Hello, hello! Happy New Year – did you have a good one? We were in bed by eleven (a combination of age and two children meant that we chose sleep over celebrations), but technically managed to see the new year in, as the neighbours had an almost industrial-sized firework display which lit up the bedroom like disco lights at midnight. Hurrah for freebies!
I haven’t done a 2013-reflections-round-up style post, but when I was having a little clean up of the laptop, I found some old pictures from last year that I never got round to posting, so I thought now would be a good time. They’re mostly from our trips out and about over the summer; visits to the beach, a local working windmill (Bursledon, if you’re interested – sooo good to take school-age children to, the staff are great and young’uns can even have a go at grinding flour themselves), fruit picking and just generally pottering about. We did do anything major last year; no babies were born, nobody got married and we didn’t buy a house (renters for life, y’all), but apart from a few hiccups, 2013 was pretty good to us.
I don’t make resolutions; last year (or was it the year before?) I did a list of aims, but never kept track of them. I know some people find the challenges helpful, but I just end up feeling a bit despondent if I don’t achieve everything on the list. I find I’m happier if I just sort of…. make things up as I go. There are things I’d like to achieve this year; spend more time crafting, read more books, squeeze in a bit of extra work time…. but nothing major. I’d like us to spend more time outside, learning about nature with the kids, I want to experiment properly with veggie cooking (by ‘experiment’ I actually really just mean ‘bother to cook’), and I’d really love to go camping and take the kiddos to a festival. I want us to be fearless and experience as much as possible, and I’d like us to stay healthy.
Have you made any resolutions, or set any goals?