Some years Christmas and the surrounding days have been some of the most stressful holidays but not this year. This year our summer days have been blissful.
With only a short break to celebrate Christmas, New Years and cram some holiday activity in, combined with a large freelance workload with early January deadlines, my thoughts of our summer holidays were dark. But we did it! We had a holiday! I started loosing track of days and felt completely relaxed for the first time in 2013.
BBQs and swims with friends; early morning visits to Clovelly beach; a few visits to the Zoo to visit the Lemurs and take advantage of Little A’s combined Xmas present from Santa and Oma (renewed Zoo membership plus a guest pass! We can take friends with us all year long now!); enjoying the company of SAH’s family while celebrating his birthday in new year’s eve; working on the house as Little A happily pottered about playing; and eating – oh the eating we did.
The summer break didn’t start out so serenely, in fact it started with an possible bone break. Chasing Little A through the house, he stopped suddenly and I stubbed and bent my toe sideways against the heal of his foot. The terrible pain lasted a while but then I got on with my life, the next day however it still hurt to walk and my toe was purple and puffy. I then spent the afternoon at the GP’s office, and the next morning which just happened to be Christmas eve rushing from X-ray office, to shopping centre for last minute gifts, to X-ray pick up, to GP – not exactly how I had pictured spending my Christmas eve with my little family. And after all that it turns out it was just badly bruised. So I cheered myself up with a sneaky present from Gorman, the Gorman X Castle beach towel that then accompanied me through our beachy, summery, happy holiday break.