This year is just running away from me.
I don’t want to alarm anyone by using the C-word, but in just over 5-weeks time it will be CHRISTMAS.
When this year started, I was still working full-time. My son had not yet started school. I was eating gluten. The big 4-0 was still 8-months away.
The year has been full of surprises, adventure and change. I am looking forward to a calmer 2014. One where we feel settled in our new work and school routines.
A year in which I remember to order prints of all the digital photos I have taken and put them into frames. Where I am on top of the laundry pile and stop ignoring the ironing. Next year, I am looking forward to us taking a proper family holiday.
We had a wonderful week in Devon and will no doubt go back again for a long weekend. But, it will be nice to also go somewhere hot and sunny. We have been to Crete for the past few years, but before having a child we liked to venture a bit further afield. Our son is now also of an age where he can be more easily distracted with films and devices, so travelling on a longer flight does not fill me with as much dread as it once might have done.
While it may be some time before we are able to enjoy a beach holiday in Barbados in the quite the same way again, it is nice to be in a position where we can start thinking about more far flung destinations.
I am not sure if our budget will quite stretch to flights to Florida next year, although that does hold an obvious attraction for our Disney obsessed 4-year old. I am sure that the Greek God(zilla) would not need his arm twisted too much if the dates also coincided with a golf tournament out there too.
However, I do think Florida is still firmly on our ‘one day…’ destination list, but we’ll definitely get away for a break somewhere.
More than one somewhere if we are lucky, but I am trying not to get too ahead of myself.
I want to feel the sand between my toes, drink rosé after a long day by the pool, and read a book or three.
Obviously, with our little boy in tow the only books I will be reading are likely to all be his, but I am hoping we’ll have a few family members close by to keep him occupied for a bit of the time.
Next summer seems such a long way off, but if it is anything like this year it will pass by in the blink of an eye.
Hopefully a really long, drawn-out, boring blink.
Although, while this has been quite a big year for us, I am still not in a hurry to see the back of it yet.
Not least until I have finished (started) the Christmas shopping anyway.
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