hitting the reset button.
christmas was full of food, gifts, visits to family, plenty of excitement, more food....and lots of wind/rain/mud.
this particular holiday is also the perfect time to completely hibernate....to do nothing, close the doors & avoid anything or anywhere that involves handing over money.
my children can stay in their pyjamas all day if they choose, we watch lots of films, catch up on our reading, eat leftovers.
we lounge around & do as little as possible. it's lovely for me after the general pre-Christmas craziness & also reinforces my personal belief that sometimes children need to have nothing scheduled/planned/organised. it means that they tend to gravitate towards what they really want to do and, shock horror, even get a little bored....although to be honest i don't think that children these days know what boredom means.
anyhow....we did plenty of nothing, we re-grouped a little & it was wonderful.
new year's eve saw us having dinner at home as a family & we all just about managed to stay up until midnight to watch London's fabulous NYE fireworks.
last NYE the four of us wrote 10 wishes after dinner & placed them in a sealed jar.
we opened it one year on...a lovely thing to do, my children loved it & i highly recommend it.
we've done it again this year.
i think we had all achieved roughly half of our 10 wishes each.
3 of us had "move house" as one of our wishes. check.
i've had plenty of fun & exciting New Year's Eves...but these days I am more than happy for the evening to pass relatively quietly & quickly in order for January 1 to get here as soon as possible.
i'm always excited for January 1....every year, it feels unbelievably full of possibilities & opportunities.
a chance to make plans & to begin again.
a day for ideas & hope & dreams.
drawing a line under the previous year.
it's the perfect time to hit the reset button.
of course there's no more reason that we should feel more like this on January 1 anymore than we should feel more full of love on February 14 or full of goodwill on December 25....but we do.
and that is a wonderful, happy,& positive thing.
hope springs eternal.
it's a new dawn. it's a new day. it's a new life.
regular readers will know that we finally moved house last November & the new house is a big project. huge. everything needs work. it's going to be a challenge.
right now our furniture is in storage. we are making do with regard to certain things.
we are waiting for everything to begin.
the house will be our main focus this year, both financially & mentally. and emotionally too no doubt.
but that doesn't mean that i haven't made a list for 2014. of course not.
and that's probably a good thing....much of the work on the house will be done not by us but by professionals. i'll need to distract myself & busy myself elsewhere too.
explore London more.
take more photographs.
write more & write better.
use my time wisely.
....and you know i love a list....so i also have a more detailed & precise list which i am working on & will share later this week when it's completed.
in the meantime, i wish you a very happy new year, may 2014 bring you all you wish for and more.
hit the button. and reset. let's do it....