Happy New Year to each and every one of you!
I hope everyone had an amazing festive season, whether you went big, kept it small, went away or kept it cozy at home.
2020? Yep, I’m still trying to wrap it around my mind – that not only has Christmas come and gone, but we’ve already welcomed in the new year as well. It feels like we should retrace a couple of days and go into it again, just to be sure.
We had a VERY chilled festive season. One thing that I’ve come to realise over the years, with kids, is that the year is already so busy and there are times you can’t keep your head above water. Bring on December, and it’s like we’re shoving that whole year of busy into one month. I’ve felt like I’ve come out more tired after the festive season, diving head first into the year than I felt through the rest of the year. So I’m over the whole busy, constantly packed festive season.
Even with everyone going away on holiday, I feel some sort of envy slowly creep up, but then I see how overcrowded places are, and I feel happy sitting on the couch in my home without feeling like I’m suffocating in the crowd. My kids climbing all over me doesn’t count, mmmkay?
So what happened the whole of December if we weren’t busy all the time? I definitely had enough to keep me busy every day. With a full house, and Hubby Byren being on leave for almost four weeks, there was enough making a mess going around to keep me on my toes.
I also started decluttering again. Though I only got through 30% of what I wanted to achieve, it’s still a start and I’m glad to say that a small part of me is proud of me because some days I didn’t even want to put in 5% of effort into it. I managed to declutter some of the big things, one being the garage which was a mess on it’s own with things just lying around (I can’t take the credit for this one, I didn’t ACTUALLY sort it out, I just called the shots on what stayed and what went).
I’ll dive into the rest of the clutter I want to sort out as the year goes on until I reach the goal I’m hoping for. Next up: my wardrobe. Eeek.
Christmas Day we spent at home, keeping it intimate. We’ve actually done this for a few years in a row and I wouldn’t change it in the near future. There’s no craze to get 200 meals made while needing to set up places and still entertain that aunt you once saw when you were 10. I’m kidding, if you love going big, that’s all good. It’s not for me in this season of our life.
I’m trying to simplify, to live for the smaller moments than force the big ones. I want to focus on what really matters: my family. This is the season I’m in now and I’m pretty content with it.
New Year’s Eve we mixed it up a little. One of Hubby Byren’s colleagues invited us to spend the evening with them, and it was a complete different set up to what we usually do. We broke the traditional week on the farm as we have been doing for the last few years, and frankly I’m glad, because change is good and since I don’t get out much, I was happy to meet and mingle with new people, and all of them were mamas. We had a lot of topics to cover over the gin we had flowing.
That’s pretty much it – the whole of the festive season.
How was yours? Where did you go, what did you do? Let me know in the comments below..
Now let’s dive into January. Again, 2020??
This month is quite a hectic one. See, this is what I mean about needing a quiet festive season, because we don’t walk into the new year, we bolt into it.
Hubby Byren is heading back to work in the middle of the week, and I only the kids are going to be a bit of a handful having gotten use to him being at home for such a long time. I’m dreading Tuesday evening because I know what will be waiting for me the next morning. I’ll be switching to wine at around 17H00 on Wednesday, #justsaying. JK. A little.
Just as they’ll start getting used to it, school starts! The day before the school’s open again, we’re going to go meet the teacher and get him settled in, and I’m excited! I can’t wait to meet the woman whose going to part of shaping Monster’s future. That sounds dramatic, I know, but I’m keen on making sure he’s in good hands, because as I’ve been told a couple of times, Grade One is a hard year emotionally as well as academically.
Then the year kicks off in full swing. Forms, newsletters, lost stationery, misplaced uniform, last minute announcements, lunch ideas, etc. It sounds like it’s going to be hectic but yeah, open mind here. I’ll also get to see my mama friend more often, pretty happy about it because us mamas need each other more than we think we do.
The week after that Hubby Byren’s birthday. YAY! Not really though, because he won’t be with us to celebrate it. He’s flying out on that day on his first business trip of the year, so while he celebrates in the air, we’ll enjoy cake at home. It kind of sucks that we’ll be missing it, but that’s the cost that comes with a travelling husband. Sometimes these trips fall on important dates and you just need to find ways to work around them.
The last week of the month leaves us with Monster’s choir auditions. I’m so excited about it because it’s a pretty awesome thing to be spotted from so many faces, and voices, and invited to come and audition.
I know most of you all are heading back to work this week so I hope you settle in smoothly into the pace after the holidays. The year is fresh and promising, so let’s take it on in full swing and take everything we have, put it into what we want and need, and make it out best year yet.
Happy New Year once again, and let 2020 as well as this decade, be the breakthrough year for all your dreams, hopes and ambitions.