Holding onto that summer feeling

On the eve of my return to work after two blissful weeks off, I made a promise.

With the kids tucked into bed and Dave pottering around the garden, I ventured outside in my nightie to sit on the kids’ swing and steal some time to myself.

As I swung out to the stars, the warm night air caressing my skin, I reflected on the summer that was.

A summer full of sunshine, laughter, dancing, swimming and general good times. I didn’t straighten my hair or wear makeup or care what I wore. My hair became sun bleached, my freckles darker and my skin sun kissed. Summer loved me and I loved it.

Right in that moment I felt completely blissed out. My heart was full to the brim thanks to some divinely quality time with Dave and the girls. I was the most relaxed I’ve been in some time.

I made a promise to the stars that night. A promise to the stars and myself to hold onto that summer feeling for as long as I could.

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With the heralding of a new year many of us commit ourselves to new year’s resolutions or choose a single word to guide us through the year.

I ditched the art of making resolutions years ago and can never seem to settle on a word that will see me through the entire year. Instead I decided that night that my focus, my intention, my promise to myself this year is simply to be happy, healthy and calm.

For happy, healthy and calm is something I was not prior to Christmas.

We had two weeks off over the holidays. Truth be told we could have done with another week to help us fully unwind and further establish a calmness that we could carry on into the year.

It took us about a week to relax. Really relax, you know, when the days mesh into one another. You don’t know what day or time it is and you don’t care either.

I was still feeling amped up from a busy year right until after Christmas Day. It wasn’t until Boxing Day that the relief came.

We didn’t go away anywhere special on our break. We simply kept things local making every day easy, fun and flexible.

The girls loved having the undivided attention of their parents and we enjoyed the quality time with them. With Dave home I felt as if I could take a breather from the kids. I know that sounds terrible, but Dave works very long hours and is often tied up on the weekends with other work. It was nice to have him around to share the load.

We often spent long mornings in the pool watching the girls’ confidence in the water grow. Our afternoons were usually spent in the garden letting the girls run wild with their imaginations as they played fairies, chased butterflies and dreamt about swinging up to the clouds.

We sprinkled these easy days with a few adventures, trips to the rainforest, a visit to the Gallery of Modern Art, The Wiggles, and a movie. Dave and I actually saw two movies these holidays which is unheard of.

I’ve been back to work for just over a week now. It was mid-morning of my first day back that I started to feel my summer lovin’ vibe begin to be crushed with a distressful daycare drop off and an intense workload hovering over my head.

I pushed away the thoughts that threatened to take me back to my pre-holiday state and managed to keep the calm. Over the next couple of days the kids had trouble readjusting to daycare and it took everything in me to not break.

We made it through that first week though. We’re keeping grounded. We’re holding onto that summer feeling for as long as we can.

Are you still holding onto your summer feeling (or winter for my UK/US readers)? Are you feeling refreshed for a new year? Are you a resolutions type of person or do you focus on intentions and feelings instead?

Linking up for the first time this year with the inspirational EssentiallyJess for I Blog on Tuesdays.

 

70 comments on Holding onto that summer feeling

  1. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    January 13, 2015 at 5:51 am (3 years ago)

    I am still blissfully in Summer mode. Having trouble not feeling down after our beach holiday but loving these clockless days!
    I hope Summer will continue to follow you Renee. X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 5:48 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Jody and you too! Clockless days are the best x

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  2. Lydia C. Lee
    January 13, 2015 at 6:28 am (3 years ago)

    I’m staying clear from my computer for large chunks of the day – I’m not sure when I’ll comeback for good – maybe next week, but maybe I’ll eek it out til Feb….Outside and playing on the slipnslide are becoming my favourite past times….

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 5:49 am (3 years ago)

      Lydia that sounds like absolute heaven. I’m glad you’re enjoying your screen free time. There’s plenty of the time in the year for that. Enjoy the time off while you can.

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  3. Bec @ The Plumbette
    January 13, 2015 at 6:39 am (3 years ago)

    I’m glad to hear that your two week break was exactly what you needed. It’s hard to keep the calm when the reality of work and going to daycare hits, but you almost have to take a moment in each day to prevent the stresses of the day to overcome you. You do so well to manage what you do Renee. I hope that this yeas is a happy one for you. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 5:50 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Bec. I agree. I’m all about taking those moments during the day. Am really trying to not run myself into the ground this year! I hope this year is a happy one for you too xx

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  4. Bec @ HoP
    January 13, 2015 at 6:48 am (3 years ago)

    What a beautiful post. And good luck holding on, it’s so hard. I’ve been very lucky – my boys headed back to daycare with no trouble at all. Which is particularly incredible as my eldest has had a fit pretty much every day for the past 4 years at drop off! It’s gut wrenching to walk away when your little one is crying but you just have to go. I hope your girls settle in again soon x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 5:51 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Bec. I know you understand. My four year old has been good this week thankfully but now the little one has decided she wants to be upset. Sigh.

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  5. Tonia Zemek
    January 13, 2015 at 7:10 am (3 years ago)

    Sounds like you had a lovely break, which is nice to hear. I prescribe some more time on that swing – it sounds magical! I hope you get the chance for some mini-breaks throughout the year to help hold on to that summer feeling x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 5:52 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Tania. Hubby and I already have our first mini break without the kids planned. Can’t wait! x

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  6. Andrea Phillips
    January 13, 2015 at 7:36 am (3 years ago)

    Magic swing sounds like the place to be!
    I wish you all the happy, healthy and calm days in the world, and of course lots of love xo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 5:52 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks darling. Same for you. The swing is indeed magical. Even Dave was on there last night πŸ™‚ xx

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  7. Andrea Phillips
    January 13, 2015 at 7:41 am (3 years ago)

    Oh and our weather is currently poo, so no I don’t want to hold on to it – I want some of what you’re having!! Xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 5:53 am (3 years ago)

      Oh no! Sending some sweatiness your way πŸ˜‰ xx

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  8. Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    January 13, 2015 at 8:13 am (3 years ago)

    Isn’t it lovely when *that feeling* washes over you of feeling happy and serene. If only we could bottle it and pull it out whenever needed. I do love the long summer holidays where I have everyone home and I never know what day it is and we usually get some time at the beach. πŸ™‚ x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 5:54 am (3 years ago)

      Sounds blissful, Min. Just blissful πŸ™‚ x

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  9. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    January 13, 2015 at 8:28 am (3 years ago)

    I always find it quite odd when people talk about holidays at Christmas. Having worked in retail for 13yrs it was always the busiest time of the year and a complete black out period for holidays. Christmas Day was always my only day off and the last 4 yrs Trent has worked Christmas Day so even that wasnt really a big deal. Everybody was asking Trent when he was starting holidays for the few weeks before Christmas and we’re like holidays whats that. He at least had Christmas Day off this year so that was good to spend together for once, but he was back at work Boxing Day. Perhaps when we have kids in school then Christmas will feel like a holiday period. Glad you guys had a relaxing break πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 5:55 am (3 years ago)

      Oh that’s hard, Toni. Sounds like that man of yours needs a good break. I hope you guys can find the time for a mini holiday in the very near future.

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  10. Rach
    January 13, 2015 at 8:56 am (3 years ago)

    I am always aiming for self improvement but there is something so hopeful about the beginning of the year it’s like newborn babys lol nobody has messed them up yet…. January nobody has messed up the year yet. I do love myself some float time in the pool cloud watching in summer it makes me so zen.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 5:56 am (3 years ago)

      Oh it’s the best isn’t it, Rachel!! Haha and yes January is like a newborn baby. Great comparison πŸ™‚

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  11. Michelle@myslowlivingadventure.wordpress.com
    January 13, 2015 at 9:58 am (3 years ago)

    I’m still in holiday mode, with a trip away coming up soon. It is the best time of the year isn’t it? I feel happy with an intention set for the year rather than resolutions. I make lots of changes during the year which I’m pretty good at sticking to. An intention feels like the perfect thing to bring to a new year. It always feels like such a new and exciting opportunity for changing your life.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 5:57 am (3 years ago)

      It does. I’m not quite sure why, but intentions always seem to work better for me. Enjoy your holiday away soon!

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  12. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    January 13, 2015 at 10:20 am (3 years ago)

    I’m really loving the summer feeling at the moment. In fact 2015 has been ripper so far. I want to hold onto this feeling too, right through till December!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 5:57 am (3 years ago)

      That’s awesome, Jodi! Good for you. I hope we can all hold on to this feeling until December πŸ™‚

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  13. Vanessa
    January 13, 2015 at 11:15 am (3 years ago)

    We try to have a bbq a week at the beach, usually breakfast or dinner, just to keep that relaxed summer feeling going.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 5:58 am (3 years ago)

      Vanessa! I love the way you work. A weekly bbq at the beach sounds awesome. You must live very close to it. Lucky duck!

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  14. Kathy
    January 13, 2015 at 12:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Glad you had such a nice break and sorry we didn’t catch up (although sounds like you needed to stay close to home to really feel that calm). There is a lot to be said for going away but taking a genuine break at home is really great because it does help to re-set your normal life. I’m trying to hold on to summer throughout the school holidays and then try to find reasons to keep holding on after that.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 5:59 am (3 years ago)

      Good on you, Kathy. It looks like you and the kids have been having loads of fun. Yes, shame about the catch up. We’ll have to lock another in before too long.

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  15. EssentiallyJess
    January 13, 2015 at 1:31 pm (3 years ago)

    I think this is the one thing you really miss when you’re a SAHM. I’m at home all the time, so it’s never really a break. I’m always thinking of what I should be doing instead.
    Having said that, the lazy mornings not doing the school run are always blissful. πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 6:00 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, that would be hard. If I worked from home I’d definitely like a holiday away to really feel like it was a break from the usual. Enjoy those mornings without the school run while you can!

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  16. Jess - Peachy Keen Mumma
    January 13, 2015 at 1:38 pm (3 years ago)

    I just went through last week with the post-holiday blues! No joke. Husband sharing the work load, on holidays was great! Because let’s face it holidays still have lots of work in them where kids are involved. But you did make me remember that when I was in Melbourne I was forgetting what day it was, I was more relaxed and happy. Next week we go away again for 4 days, right after the weekend and back in time for the next weekend at home. So that’s really 8 days off in a row. I’m going to remember this post when on holidays and tell myself to chill out, enjoy my boys, and drink wine. The bonus is that there is TERRIBLE reception on phone, and no internet or TV where we are going so there’s lot’s of time to make our own fun and let the world go by. Ahhhhh

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 6:01 am (3 years ago)

      Ahhh! Good for you, Jess! Enjoy those eight days and relax relax relax πŸ™‚

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  17. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    January 13, 2015 at 1:54 pm (3 years ago)

    That summer feeling is magic. Do your best to hold onto it. Maybe keep something that can remind you on the ‘not so summery’ days to try and keep that magic.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 6:02 am (3 years ago)

      That’s a brilliant idea, Malinda. I will have a think and see what I can come up with. Ahh I’ve just thought of it lol. A photo of the four of us from the holidays. Thank you! Love this idea!

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  18. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    January 13, 2015 at 3:51 pm (3 years ago)

    I love that feeling, Renee. We had a lovely relaxing break too and it’s really hard to get back into a routine, isn’t it?
    No doubt you made some beautiful memories with your girls this Summer xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 6:03 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Lisa. We did. I hope you had a lovely break too and hope to catch up with you some time this year. Finally πŸ™‚ xx

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  19. Tash @ Gift Grapevine
    January 13, 2015 at 4:06 pm (3 years ago)

    That summer feeling has stuck around – 35 degree heat and lots of visits to the pool and beach certainly help! Seeing my toddler tornadoes confidence in the water grow has been a highlight of the summer. Don’t think the feeling will last much longer – Handy Hubby is back at work this week (boo!).

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 6:04 am (3 years ago)

      Yep. It’s hard when hubby goes back to work. Sounds like you’ve had an awesome time though. Perfect weather for swimming. Hope you can hold onto summer for a while longer.

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  20. Simone
    January 13, 2015 at 6:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I managed to have an extreme state of flow (my word for the year) for the entire first week back from my hols. I started to feel the edges of anxiety creep in today as the work and responsibilities began piling up but I too am fiercly holding onto the desire to stay in holiday mode for as long as possible! Your dreamy stay-cation sounds so nice Renee xo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 6:05 am (3 years ago)

      Keep holding on, Simone!! It can be so hard can’t it when we lead such busy lives. I love your word. It suits you very much xx

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  21. Emily
    January 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m not a summer person at all. But something’s been different this year. Maybe it’s the kids. Or just the fact that, because hubby’s a builder and the industry shuts down over Christmas, it’s just when we have to take holidays. But I have loved it. And so have the kids!
    I don’t usually do resolutions, but I’ve had some fitness goals recently so made just one: to go to a group fitness class every Saturday at my local gym. Obviously, if we’re away for the weekend or have other plans I’m not going to beat myself up about missing it, but if we’re home and doing our usual thing (Cam at the pool with the kids), then I’m not making any excuses.
    And I don’t usually do words either, but I think you’ve already seen mine for this year. Steady. Sticking to it so far. 13 days in it’s not much of an achievement, but hey, it’s something! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 6:07 am (3 years ago)

      Good on you, Em! That definitely is an achievement. Knowing you, you’ll be able to stick to it the whole year. Your summer sounds like it has been awesome. Good luck with the fitness class. That’s a great resolution.

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  22. Tegan
    January 13, 2015 at 8:47 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m so glad that you are able to hold onto that blissful feeling. We’re on the countdown until school starts and so trying to get as much stuff into our days before he starts. I really don’t know what I will do without my offsider during the day.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 6:07 am (3 years ago)

      Oh my goodness, Tegan. I know! It will be a big change for you both. Can’t wait to read all about it.

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  23. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    January 13, 2015 at 8:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m with you lovely, I want to try and hold on to these summer feelings for as long as I can. Not refreshed really but I do have a sense of purpose. To say NO to horrible writing jobs I don’t want! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 6:09 am (3 years ago)

      Good for you!! That sounds like a great start to the year. I’m glad you’ve made that decision. I’m sure it will make a big difference to your life xx

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  24. Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy
    January 13, 2015 at 9:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I totally just got caught up in your beautiful summer bliss and I am so envious! Unfortunately I didn’t get a summer feeling this year nor the chance to relax to the point where nothing else was on my mind but how relaxed I was because I still had to work the equivalent of two days a week and I somehow managed to fit those hours in amongst everything! I am still looking forward to some sort of holiday and I think I’m going to start planning one right now!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 6:10 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, definitely plan one, Eva. You have to when you work so hard. You need to have something to look forward to.

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  25. Lisa
    January 13, 2015 at 11:08 pm (3 years ago)

    My hubby had a short week off over Christmas, but he still took time off (he is a workaholic too) to hang out with us or finish early. Hold onto those summer feelings as long as you can. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 14, 2015 at 6:11 am (3 years ago)

      That’s great, Lisa. That family time is so important and important for the workaholic to have a rest too! xx

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  26. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    January 14, 2015 at 6:12 am (3 years ago)

    We are still very much in summer mode. But then again, we chose to take every Friday and Monday morning off so we can have extra long weekends all January long. It helps us keep our summer alive!
    Going back to work just for Monday arvo through to Thursday night is awesome.
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 18, 2015 at 10:03 pm (3 years ago)

      What a brilliant idea, Leanne!! Love the way you think.

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  27. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    January 14, 2015 at 8:57 am (3 years ago)

    I’m so glad you had a great break. There’s nothing better than that summer feeling is there. It’s nice to just potter around home. I only had a semi-break, but thats because we’re going to Malaysia for 2 weeks soon (I can’t wait!!!). Enjoy that summer feeling, lovely!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 18, 2015 at 10:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Woohoo!! That will be amazing. Can’t wait to hear all about it πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 18, 2015 at 10:04 pm (3 years ago)

      I would love to see NYC in Winter, Caralyn. Thanks for dropping in πŸ™‚

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  28. Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
    January 14, 2015 at 4:26 pm (3 years ago)

    I didn’t really get any time off with my boys this year πŸ™ Sounds like your break was fantastic though! I’m hoping our 7 night cruise in July will help us all to have a mid-year relaxing break. I am no good at holding on to that holiday feeling though upon returning to work. My shackles are up before I walk in the door because I’m resentful that I’m no longer on holidays lol! Hope you can hold on to that feeling for a super long time! x Aroha

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 18, 2015 at 10:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Aroha and bring on that mid year holiday. Such a brilliant idea! xx

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  29. Lyn @thetravellinglindfields
    January 14, 2015 at 4:47 pm (3 years ago)

    I always found that the best way to find that lazy summer feeling is to take off your watch and avoid looking at clocks – doesn’t work brilliantly if you aren’t on holidays though – lol.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 18, 2015 at 10:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha yes. That might cause a few problems. Love the idea though πŸ™‚

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  30. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    January 14, 2015 at 6:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Summer breaks are just so good aren’t they? I know exactly what you’re talking about. We had 2 great weeks to ourselves as well and it was perfect for re-connecting and slowing the pace down. Good luck with maintaining that refreshed state of mind as life amps back up again. It’s always hard to not get thrown back into the chaos of structured life. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 18, 2015 at 10:06 pm (3 years ago)

      It sure is, Vicki. I hope you can hold onto your refreshed and relaxed state of mind too x

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  31. Grace
    January 15, 2015 at 1:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes! Hang on to it for as long as you can! Like you said, it’ll keep you grounded and remember the REALLY important things in life.
    All these little things – they all add up. To something much much bigger to what we can even fathom right now.
    Love this post, lovely! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 18, 2015 at 10:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Grace. Great minds πŸ™‚ x

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  32. Dannielle
    January 15, 2015 at 3:31 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m trying to hold onto that summer feeling Renee but now with Zadada back at work and the school holidays coming to their end I can feel it slipping away πŸ™
    The good news is that we have our annual trip to Noosa drawing closer (we have a timeshare unit we can’t use in school holiday time) so I’m trying to focus on that, we love or trips to Noosa!
    I love this post especially your description of yourself swinging up to the stars, I felt like I was there with you. hope you can keep holding onto your summer feeling, it is a precious one.
    I’m not really a resolution kind more a live for the moment and see what each day brings kind of girl.
    Thanks again for such a beautiful post.
    Have a great weekend ahead xxxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 18, 2015 at 10:07 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Dannielle. Bring on that Noosa holiday. I absolutely love Noosa too. You guys will have such a ball. Don’t forget to tell us all about it πŸ™‚ xx

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  33. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    January 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm (3 years ago)

    What a gorgeous post hun. I too am desperately holding on to the summer feeling… I will be until the very last moment xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 18, 2015 at 10:08 pm (3 years ago)

      Good on you, Sonia!! We have to. It’s the only way πŸ™‚ x

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  34. Druime@SnippetsandSpirits
    January 16, 2015 at 11:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Gorgeous Renee. Nothing like the freedom of summer. Hang on tight πŸ™‚ x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 18, 2015 at 10:08 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Druime. You too πŸ™‚ x

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