We welcomed 2019 in our usual understated way. Barely staying awake until 12am and having a quiet New Years day. I was scrolling through social media and seeing all the ‘intentions for 2019’ and the ‘my 2019 word is’ buffered with the backlash of ‘I am good enough as I am, I don’t need to be a new me for the new year’ and it made me feel rather tired.
We didn’t make resolutions as such. But we do start the year with a ’shakedown’ where we evaluate where we are figuratively and physically, what we are doing, spending and feeling and then we try and make a plan to move forwards.
As I mentioned in my last post we have been pretty quiet on the blog. It lies squarely at my door and is predominantly because I haven’t picked up my camera in months. So as part of our January shakedown we have made some changes to that side of life too. We have sold our big cameras and lenses and are moving to a small but powerful Sony. It’s a camera we have owned before, liked and feel might fit better with our day to day life. Hubby treated himself to a video gadget thing which he’s excited about and we still have the drone so this year is about utilising what we have and taking a moment to capture the moments.
With changes in my working and our income we are focusing on managing the household in a tighter way and planning ahead more. Meal planning, holiday planning, setting aside for bills and unexpected costs. Working out some goals. I am excited to start work again and hopefully do some training later in the year as well.
If I did have to pick a word for 2019 it would be ‘brave’. Within the first fortnight I have seen the dentist for a check (something I’ve put off for 18 months) had then booked in to have the work that is needed. I’ve seen the Dr and had necessary blood work etc. I am adulting up and doing the hard things.
Hubby is embracing the shakedown. After years of injury and niggles stopping him from running and exercising like he used to (he was running sub-2.35 half marathons) he is back at it with determination and tenacity. We are both approaching 40 rather fast (although in denial about it) and I tidied my wardrobe the other day and was horrified by the amount of clothes that I adore (they do indeed ‘spark joy’) but that I cannot wear as I am to big for them. I don’t want to hit 40 and not be able to keep up with my kid. I don’t want to worry about my health and fitness. I do not wan to have to donate all those lovely clothes!
The kid is doing hard things too. She moved gyms over the holidays, leaving behind her adored coach and a great squad of fun and supportive girls. There were tears, and quitting thoughts. But she has put her best foot forward and is pushing through, this week she has done the holiday programme at her new gym and come out beaming. She’s making new friends, discovering wonderful coaches and support from all who surround her.
She killed it at swim lessons this summer and is doing swim club twice a week until the pool gets to cold and closes at the end of summer. There is a triathlon in February she’s signed up for and she’s starting new dance classes soon. We couldn’t find a class at the usual dance studio for the coming year (the disadvantage of full on gym training is a lack of free time!) so she has decided to try tap dance. I am so proud and also kind of dreading her banging about ‘practicing’!!
This is 2019 and it’s looking good so far
I would like to pretend that the lack of festive pictures was some sort of intentional commentary about social media in our lives or something equally thought provoking and insightful. The reality is that its actually a testament to the fact I’ve not picked up my big camera in months and I snap the odd (badly composed and often fuzzy) picture on the iphone more often than not. Even my instagram was quiet. It has made me ponder whether I move entirely to the small squares, but at the same time I really like blogging, I like the intention of writing a post. Of having more than just the odd snapshot.
Last year we plunged into the world of Chatbooks as a way of making Instagram work better for our family, and I have to say I really like it. I do take time to collate the pics, not all make it as far as the books as sometimes while I like a picture in the moment I don’t need it in a book (video covers, coffee pics, bored gym mum sat in a car etc). We do one for the kid as well and she loves getting books a couple of times a year too and I like that she has her special memories and events recorded (easily!) in one place.
Christmas was a lot of fun, we had hubby’s brother staying, did lots of day trips and all ate, drank and received a massive amount. The kid had a brilliant time, she adored her uncle and was spoilt rotten by all the family. She got a KiwiCrate subscription for her birthday and that’s been wonderful for activities to keep her busy, as well as her Christmas present of Nintendo Labo and board games.
The school holidays have flown past and we have been trying to savour the last few weeks while also filling the days with swimming, gymnastics, walks and meeting friends. She’s drawn, played, practiced and relaxed. It’s been full and fun and makes me miss having her at home all the time. The kid on the other hand, while having loads of fun on holiday, is looking forward to school starting again and seeing all her friends!
We were lucky enough to have a weekend up on Waiheke Island in mid December.
A couple of days relaxing on the beach, walking, eating gelato and exploring Auckland city as well.
Enjoying the beach and sun on Waiheke Island
8 times around the sun.
I won’t wax lyrical beyond saying she had a fabulous birthday and she’s pretty damn awesome, I love her.
She’s bright, cheeky and a bit of a know-it-all, unfortunately with that she’s also often right so I can’t even shut her down with a ‘but mumma knows best’. She asks questions 1000x a day and wants to know and understand EVERYTHING.
I think 8 is going to be great!
A couple of weeks ago we had a wonderful trip out to the hills with the puppy. It is a good time of year to go as the forest wasps aren’t out yet. We did a lovely 5km tramp.
Puppy has grown a lot since these pics but he’s a great motivator to get out and about and do more in our weekends.
My favourite Floofie
We have been cruising through the last few weeks with a variety of activities thay earmark the ending of the year.
Spring has settle in with amazing evening light and lovely longer warmer days.
The kids Dance Academy does a huge show over a couple of weekends that is always a hectic but rewarding time. Even if it does leave me coming home needing a stiff drink and 20 hours of sleep
We also added to our family with a spring spaniel puppy. A slightly off the cuff decision but miraculously we have ended up with a really cool wee dude whos fitted in rather well.
At the beginning of September we headed about 45 minutes west into the mountains to stay at our local ski lodge for a few days rest and fun and hopefully some skiing as well. Weather wise it was mixed, some ok weather, some heavy snowfall making skiing impossible and an amazing bluebird day.
The kid came down with an absolutely raging cold on the first day. A real doozy on a kid who usually throws them off with no trouble. A huge sleep and some nurafen saw her bounce back for a few hours the next morning and have a couple of hours fun before some serious snow fall set in and we retreated back to the lodge for hot drinks, books, board games and snuggling up with an audiobook for the kid. And some excellent food!
The next day dawned bright and clear and beautiful and after starting with us the kid moved onto skiing with an instructor so she could head up and ski the jumps and the higher mountain. Hubby can ski up there but I very definitely am a low slope skier and we have always found that when doing something new and a little nerve racking its best to head off with a professional rather than mum or dad! She skied morning and afternoon and ended the day with homemade (but not by me!) lasagne and chips by a warm fire and a early night.
Our last morning dawned bright but cold and windy so we decided to end our staycation on the high of the day before and slowly head home over the hills with a stop in for coffee and plenty of time once home to sort laundry, make a nice supper and for the kid to watch a movie after her enforced media ban while on staycation.
It was such a lovely break away, close enough that coming home was quick and easy and didn’t tire in the way that some of the big drives back from other trips away can do. It’s a type of break away we will definitely do again.
So much going on. A very picture heavy post as a inadequate catch up. Over the winter we have skied, cooked, played, staycationed and generally enjoyed a steady unrushed flow.
Making my own toasted muesli. Super easy – I ‘measure’ but filling the jar I will be keeping it in with the ingredients. For this batch it was whole oats, coconut flakes, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and mixed nuts. I then pour that into a big bowl, add a little oil, some Himalayan rock salt and maple syrup and give it a really good mix. Then into a hot oven for 10-20 mins turning really regularly.
Mountain parrots (Kea) at the ski fields. They are so naughty – these were busy ripping the rubber off the ski and roof racks and generally being destructive little monsters.
Gymnastics competition. The kid did good. Happy with her self, and how she did. We were proud parents. She made some great personal bests and did herself proud.
Staycation at our local ski field, the cutest mountain cabin with generators that clocked off at 10pm and dont come on again until morning. Amazing views. Mixed weather and some great skiing from the kiddo. She was doing jumps and skiing the whole mountain by the end of our stay. Not bad for someone who came down with a cold on the first night and curled up in bed at 6pm.
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