Can you believe tomorrow is the last day of 2013? Come the first of January we will have an 18 month old. Wowsers. Christmas crept up on us so quickly this year. It was weeks away and then suddenly it was here. I had a lot of plans to do cards, cookies and various other things but it just did not happen. A week before Christmas, my father in law passed away which was devastating for Spouse and our family. Losing a loved one at any time is difficult, but at Christmas it leaves a gaping hole in a time where family is paramount. Being the stoic and strong man Spouse is, he has handled this difficult time with grace and compassion. Watching him navigate this has affirmed every reason why I love him so.
Smushy and I have done our best to support him and get him through the times he needs raising up. She has been a little trooper through all this too. Children are an excellent distraction and reminder of all that is good with this world, especially during times when things are pretty rough. (Boy do toddlers make you feel alive. Especially when they punch you square in the nose during nappy changes.)
I am looking forward to 2014. I love the new year. Not such a fan of NYE, what with its inflated expectations and tendency to bottle throwing lunatics on the streets. But New Year’s Day? I love it. A fresh start. All kinds of good.
We have a lot coming up. A move to new premises is fast approaching and in April we head back to the US of A for a much-needed break to our beloved second home. I can’t wait to get there. We are going to NYC and then up the coast to visit friends, on to Montreal and then back to L.A to take Addison to Disneyland. I cannot wait for decent service, excellent prices and those accents. Plus Theme Parks. Lots and lots of theme parks. Bring it on.
For me, I need to focus on getting healthy and moving on. I’ve spent the last few months letting go of so much crap in my head and it’s been amazing reconnecting with people who I’d shut myself off from. I am so lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing people. It’s good, very good.
I’m not sure about more babies next year. Definitely not till we’ve moved and had our trip. No vomiting mid-air thank you! Maybe 2015 is more likely. Right now, Smush is enough. She’s all-encompassing and we love focusing on her. But whatever happens, happens.
Mostly I want to thank you for reading my blog this year. For supporting me and it. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my life and loves with you in 2014 and I wish you and yours, the happiest of New Years! Stay safe out there.