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New year grumps

This is my first blog post of 2014 and I’m slightly embarrassed to say it’s a bit of a grumpy one. That said the story of this post starts with the fact that Christmas was simply magical – including celebrating our family Christmas on 27 December (see here for more on that!).

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It’s been fantastic – we had time to relax, time to play, time to laugh, time with the wider family and time to simply…well…enjoy being a family. Of course what this means is it’s inevitable that as the holiday period draws to an end, and the normal pattern is about to resume, I’m feeling a little glum.

It’s more than a ‘Christmas is over’ thing…it’s a recognition that normal life is so busy that I don’t get to do the things I want with, or for, my family often enough. I’m confident that I’m not the only one who feels like this and I also know that I really have no right to complain, or to feel glum, but I’m only human.

There’s just no time to do all the things I want to do and yet I can’t stop doing the other stuff because it well pays the mortgage, means I have clothes to wear, and prevents us starving.

I’ve spent a couple of days now thinking about this and my head is still very muddled but one thing I do know is that I don’t do feeling glum very well and I’m already annoying myself. This post is then my way of telling myself to buck up, get a grip and focus on one goal. It’s a simple but big goal.

In 2014 I will find a way to have more time for (and with) my family.

It’s not my only goal of course (get fit, cook more, blog more) but it’s the main one. It’s the goal that overrides all the others – it’s the guiding light for my year.

I’ve no idea if I’ll achieve it, or how I’ll do it, but big dreams and big goals are the only way to look forward and to get me through my new year grump.

Of course, I’ll let you know how I get on. 🙂

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A step back in time

When I was a little girl we would go to the seaside for two weeks every year as a family. We would have day trips to local sights, spend days on the beach and generally enjoy time together. This is me back then!

Last week we took our two children to spend a few days as a family in Cornwall. We’re lucky enough to have relatives who live in Cornwall, so we were not only seeing family but also having what is best described as a good old fashioned British seaside holiday.

We went on the beach every day (even when it was raining), we ate fish and chips, we built sandcastles and we relaxed as a family. In an age where we sometimes wonder how a child could possibly manage without their computer games, endless toys and of course the soft play places, it was quite simply mesmerizing to watch our children having such simple fun – as I once had.

As I sat watching them digging holes and building castles (and periodically joined in!), I couldn’t help but enjoy the smiles on their faces and be reminded of my own childhood holidays to the seaside. My memories of beach holidays with my parents and siblings are some of the happiest memories of my childhood and, as I sat there watching our children play in the sand, my silent wish was that our children might treasure with fondness the memories we made as a family this holiday.