School holidays, reflecting on the past and looking to the future!

The Summer school holidays started with a bang! The count down to Christmas is on, and the excitement is starting to build.   In some ways it feels a little surreal – I know the holidays have started – but at the same time I feel that I have to pinch myself to believe that the holidays have actually arrived.  The end of year excitement is in the air and I love it.   Its my favourite time of the year. Christmas is everywhere, the days are longer, the nights are lovely.  It just a wonderful time of year.

This time of year brings a lot of love to the Coast.   One of the things I love most about the coast is the Twilight markets.   They are fantastic!  If you have never been to a twilight market you don’t know what your missing.   Whether your in Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Brisbane or Surfers Paradise (just to name a few spots). The twilight markets are one of my absolute favourite highlights to my life.    The air is thick with the holiday spirit!

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This last year has come and gone far too quickly.   I feel that I have just survived the last two years.  Not just in one area of my life – in many areas of my life. Jaden is 23 months old and wakes every night at 12 am – Jaden’s second  birthday marks a massive milestone in our family’s life.   I loved the baby stage and in some ways I miss the baby stages of my children – but I have to admit that I am excited to know the little people in my life and get to know them as individuals.

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Jaden was born mid January 2011, and later  in the same month, our youngest little girl started prep.   Between Jaden being born and Chanel starting prep I honestly felt like an emotional and hormonal roller coaster.    As a parent you do what you consider ‘the right thing at the time’ – lets just say that Chanel’s introduction to school life was a shock to my system, and while I did my best to tick all the boxes each day, sometimes Chanel’s homework fell through the cracks. I needed to have c-section with Jaden’s birth, so the recovery overlapped with the school year starting, so it was difficult to pull rabbits out of hats at that time.

Jaden –  brings so much joy and happiness to our lives.  He is a true gift from God.   A very special gift.  He is also a very active little boy who adds an element of excitement to our lives.   A Houdini in action, one might say.  If the child was ducked taped to the pram – he would still be able to get out!  I am not kidding.     When my friends told me how much joy I was going to have with having a boy – no one told me how full on it would be.  In some ways I am glad no one told me how full on little boys are – lets just say Hurricane Jaden is in the house.   I can’t complain though as I don’t want him to be any other way.    I love the holiday periods.  I love hanging out with the kids.   Many parents look forward to school going back, but I am the polar opposite.   More holidays please!

Its almost 2013 and for the first time in 3 years really – I feel really excited.    There are so many plans for the new year.    I don’t want the holidays to go fast…there is no way I want to wish away the holidays, but I am excited for the new year.  What are your plans for the new year?

 

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