We arrived up here late yesterday afternoon after a very long drive from the south coast. I am instantly on holidays when I get here. Hot summery weather, swims in the pool, fresh country air, fabulous company, happy children and a relaxed Mama.
Don’t you just love a spot of poolside reading post swim?
I can’t quite believe that we are here, at the end of the year. There is something so nice about being back here – we were here on the first day of the year and now here we are at the very last. What a year it’s been for our little family. When I think about it all in my head it goes a little something like this…
: Maternity leave
: Backyard fix up
: Trip to Fiji
: A certain TV series goes to air
: Back to work
: A very sick little baby
: A very stressed out Mama
: Seeds planted about change
: A huge life change
: Moving on
: Moving in
: Settling down
As far as years go, I am pretty certain that we won’t have another one like this for a while. It’s been filled with the both the best days of my life, and some of the worst. I am grateful beyond words for the opportunities that have been given to us this year from our family, and from especially from Rob. I am so glad that he humoured me and let me call that real estate agent back in July. I am grateful for the family dinners and lunches hosted in our beautiful new house, for the time spent with good friends. I am grateful that everyone in my life who I love are healthy. And well. And in my life. I am amazed by my girls – what they are learning, what they are growing up to be. I am in love with my husband. I am inspired by what he does with his work and what he is planning to do in the future. I am very much looking forward to spending some more time together as a couple in the new year, and not so much side my side in the trenches as tends to happen when you are raising a babe in the first year of their lives.
I am nervous and excited about the year ahead. I know it will bring more adjustment and settling in and creating our life. Our country life. I can’t wait for the visitors, the trips, the quiet time, the autumn and the winter. For new friends. For trips to Bali. For WEDDINGS! I don’t really go for resolutions usually…more like hopes, wishes, dreams for the year ahead – daydreams and or scenes that I make up in my mind and play out. So, these are my snapshot scenes for 2011…
: A healthier me. I envisage a fit, strong Beth running through the streets of our quiet village through rain, hail or even snow and loving how it makes me feel. I have fabulous running gear on and an Ipod (Note to self: purchase fabulous running gear and Ipod).
: A certain wedding in March. Walking down in front of my little sister (looking fabulous of course) and watching her marry the man she loves. There is something so very special about seeing your sibling commit to the person they love. Saying this is it. I do. I just about can’t wait for this. The lead up. The event. The ever after…!
: Waking up on holidays with Rob with no children. Sitting by a pool, reading. Drinking cocktails at lunch, because I can. Going to bed and knowing I won’t be woken up by anyone small. Note I am looking extra fabulous on this holiday due to preparation of above 2 points.
: Making a proper friend. Who is female. In real life. And who lives nearby. Who thinks I am fabulous and gets me and doesn’t panic when I say something like “Oh for fucks sake can the children just go away already?” If she also had a snow lodge that would be great because I have never been to the snow and would quite fancy a little weekend away in a snow lodge. Also it would give me a chance to run in the snow (see point 1 above).
Most of all I hope that each and every day when I open up my laptop that there is the occasional comment in there for me. Honestly, they make my day. I love knowing that someone out there is reading what I have to say, seeing my photos and encouraging me (except for you Mr Anonymous) it has made the whole move to somewhere where I know no one all the easier. So thank you. I look forward to sharing it all with you along the way.
Now. Where is my drink?! Cheers!