The New Year is here
So it is finally time to get back to the normal hustle and bustle of family life, back to routines and structure. Its bittersweet, I’m looking forward to getting back to normal, because, that’s inevitably what is next, but, I am also going to miss the beautiful family time we had this past holiday season.
I don’t know about you, but, when Christmas comes it is so needed. It is a time when we really get to be together, just the four of us, to be at home. As opposed to my husband having time off and always heading somewhere, away from home for a mini break. I have really enjoyed the cosy nights in, late mornings, pj days and late afternoon adventures.
Our ordinary day
Today we had the most ordinary day, but one of our most special. We spent some real quality time together. I don’t know how long it has been since the four of us had breakfast, lunch and dinner, at home, all on the same day. But it has been a while. So having all three meals at home together today was a luxury to say the least! The kids are tucked up in bed now after a busy day of Lego, ‘playing friends’ as Sophia calls it,colouring, eating, snacking, and tidying (and of course not forgetting, trying to keep on top of the ever growing laundry!).
Yesterday we went to Ikea, and picked up some frames and shelving for our hallway and the kids room. So my husband got to work on that today. One thing ticked off my list which I have wanted to do for ages, getting those frames up in the hallway!
Every January, as it seems to be a theme in my house, for the past few years now, we have a huge clear out. This year we tried to avoid it, by doing a small clear out in November of some of the children’s toys. But after both their birthdays in October and November, and then Christmas in December, we seemed to be back to square one! So, another clear out was needed. I don’t have these clear outs to be mean,(because I can’t help but feel mean throwing out their toys) but, quite literally, at the moment we don’t have the room. If I didn’t do these clear outs of their toys, the children would have no room to play. ( I usually give the toys we clear out to the Nursery/preschool my children attend, but I am thinking of giving it to our local children’s center this time). I also cannot focus when the house is cluttered; it really makes me anxious and gets me really agitated! Don’t get me wrong I appreciate the normal mess children make, but clutter is something else.
I took some lovely photos of my little Archie today, (Sophia wouldn’t agree to any) it makes me so happy to see his little grin, and chubby cheeks looking at me with those loving eyes. He really is an eating machine at the moment, but he is not very adventurous with his food, so he is eating the same things over and over. If that’s a good thing or not I don’t know. But at least he is eating. While he was ill he wouldn’t eat or drink anything, and constantly wanted to be attached to my boobs. I feel I have a little freedom now at least. I don’t mind breastfeeding at all, but he had not been himself for a while, and I was starting to worry about everything. But he is in a good place now, no more ear infections, and just good health. January is always a good month for health, all the Christmas colds have gone and everyone is ready to start looking at life from a new perspective, and working towards their New Year’s resolutions. So I have faith Archie will be well from now on, no more ear infections for him.
He has such an adventurous little spirit, he is into everything, but he is also so gentle and calm. I look at him, and think, he is like a cuddly bear, so big and strong, but doesn’t know his own strength. I usually realise this when we are playing and he pats my face with happiness, but to me it feels a bit harder then just a pat! I love this age so much; it’s full of exciting new milestones, and greater understanding of the world around him. It is so exciting. I feel so lucky I get to experience raising a girl and a boy, both so different in so many ways.
I wrote a post of my wishes for 2015, and I can honestly say that I really wrote it from my heart, and, I have never had such beautiful and loving responses from other woman. It gives me faith, that us woman can and do raise each other up. I am so thankful to have come across such wonderful woman, here on the internet that not only support me, but value me as well. I always value women, and their choices, if it is for the good, and happiness of them and others, it is beneficial, and I will always support other woman on their journey. So, thank you so much for supporting me. I really mean that. I always say to myself no matter what I put out there, as long as it helps who it needs to help I have completed me intention successfully. I love nothing more than helping and encouraging people raise themselves up, to better and brighter adventures.
May happiness find you, joy chase you and love never stop shining through you, I wish for you the very best 2015 you could ever imagine.
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