And just like that, we’re off and racing.
How is it that the second week of January 2016 is here already? Dave and I are back at work, the kids have returned to day care and our summer holiday seems like a distant memory.
We feel a little fresher as we start the year, or at least I do, after a much needed summer break. It was just under two weeks that I had off work, but it was enough time to allow me to slow life down, breathe, and enjoy the simple things in life.
At the start of the holidays I was a total grump because I’d wanted a ‘proper’ holiday. I had my heart set on two weeks away down the coast where we could get away from it all and spend long summer days and warm nights with the sparkling blue ocean and golden sands as our playground. I feared that if we didn’t get away, if we didn’t treat ourselves to a ‘proper’ holiday that it would feel like we’d had no time off at all and we’d be back at work right where we left off feeling just as exhausted as ever.
I had nothing to worry about. I’m sure a couple of weeks at the beach would have been pretty dang lovely, but our two weeks at home were just what the doctor ordered.
It seemed that everyone else in our neighbourhood ventured away for the summer because our piece of the world was oh so quiet. I attempted to take a leaf out of Dave’s book and didn’t plan anything. This is totally against my nature and the organiser in me went a little cray cray el-panicko at first, but I soon got into the swing of things.
We’d wake each morning, see what the weather was doing, how the kids were feeling, and set off on our adventures from there.
Much of our time was spent at the local pool splashing around with the kids and gently attempting to re-train Miss Five how to swim after her losing her confidence over the past few months. We had a glorious day at the beach one day and went ice skating the next on the girls’ persistent demands. They’d spent much of the break obsessed with the Dora’s ice skating spectacular DVD and were convinced that ice skating was as simple as pushing and gliding and they’d be able to ‘leap, hold tight, turn and land’. They were quick to discover that Dora had withheld some vital information – ice skating is not as easy as it looks. A more realistic interpretation on such adventures would be much appreciated next time por favor, Dora.
We spent lazy afternoons having bunch o balloon fights – seriously, so much fun – and simply enjoyed each other’s company.
Besides loving every single second of our quality family time, I loved the small windows of time I stole to myself to read, relax, ponder and plan.
I don’t know what this year will bring, but I feel like there’s a certain excitement in the air especially with Miss Five start prep in a couple of weeks. Argh.
What I do know however is that it feels wonderful to be writing again, even though this appears to be one long ramble. I’m looking forward to sharing more tales on motherhood, marriage and me this year. What do you reckon? Are you up for it?
How was your summer break? What big adventures are on the cards for you this year?
Psst! Have you noticed the mini makeover I gave this space? I felt it was time for a new look and feel, so I asked the uber-talented Kim from Zonkt Designs to whip up a logo and header for me.
I am thrilled with the original design she created for me – the three hearts cleverly represent the three elements of my blog – motherhood, marriage and me. The new logo and header tie in beautifully with my new blog theme. It makes this space look all professional and slick – ooh la la. I hope you love it as much as I do.
Linking up today with Jess for IBOT.