‘Hello’ has been on high rotation over the last few weeks, Matisse even gave it a whirl. Mostly the word hello was repeated over and over but it is very cute to watch, especially when she adds in a bit of expression. I have always appreciated Adele’s music but the lyrics resonated with me more so with this song as I traipsed along to my home town of Adelaide.
Welcome to 2016, what a whirlwind two weeks it has been. I decided to take the break and have a breather with my family. It was worth it but Christmas holidays seem to be busier than ever at the moment. Between Christmas day preparations at my parent’s house, six adults and three children under the one roof with many more visiting at any one time, it was managed chaos but so much fun. We spent our last night at my brother’s house in the hills and I found myself tear up as we left, the party over yet again as we all divide across the country, my sister in Sydney and us in Melbourne. Seeing the kids play together and have such a natural bond pulls at the heart strings every time, making me yearn for that forever closeness. I will stop being emotional and indulgent as I realise I am very fortunate to have my family around, period.
The time flew but we made the most of it, endless family celebrations and trips to the beach. I didn’t even dip my toes in once. We did go to the local pool which was a fantastic opportunity to escape from the awful dry heat, I do not miss that.
This year made more special as Matisse knew what was going with the Christmas celebrations and she absolutely adored playing with her cousins. This year I endeavour to take more power in the kitchen and now have the helping hand or blade of a food processor, finally the fear of seeing me close to losing a finger got Dan to the shops. Mum and Dad gave me a voucher to the Australian Writers’ Centre which I will utilise at the end of the month when I take part of the Creative Writing Stage 1 course.
New Year’s Eve was spent between Seacliff and Glenelg then home for cocktails and poker, guess who took the crown? I have a wonderful poker face after a few drinks, sober not so much. Glenelg provided a bunch of entertainment. The kids loved the concert down on the beach, boogying their little hearts out until we dragged them away. Having the excuse of getting them to bed meant we escaped before the New Year’s Eve crazy descended.
So many highlights and fun times but the greatest pleasure was getting out with Dan. We don’t get to do it very often at all, I think this is our second night out by ourselves since our gorgeous girl came along and boy did we enjoy it. We didn’t party hard or stay out too late but having that one on one time and just hanging out chatting was amazing.
After attempting something fancy along Hindley St, I know that just sounds plain wrong but there is one there, unfortunately it was all booked up. We went all Melbourne style and searched the laneways. We stumbled across a teeny tiny little bar called the Pink Moon Saloon. It is long and skinny and fits in only a small amount of people but they had tasty food and an even better signature cocktail. We had to pretend to be a little bit cool while hiding the parental tired glare and luckily the friendly staff made us think we pulled it off. Next up we had some Saki at a new Japanese bar on the corner of Leigh St. I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore, it is undecided if it was the Saki that did it or the 5am wake up. Our child decided our Christmas present was to experience more hours in the day. Thanks Matisse can I sleep now?
Now we have a new year it’s time for new things, I’ve decided to join Dan and limit my sugar intake. It’s about time. He has been living with it daily for the almost three years so I thought I could at least join him for January and see if I can make it a part of my daily living. Addictions are funny things and they sometimes stop you from seeing what is happening right in front of your eyes. In my case we have the sugar addict and the diabetic. Not the best combo. We spent our early relationship enjoying our weekly lazy hungover Sunday mornings covering stacks of pancakes with honey and sugar. Me the weight bearer and my husband remaining his slim self. Nowadays we don’t share these experiences so much but I have definitely been able hold my own, especially through pregnancy and early motherhood. So far, I have been doing okay. Maybe a little aggravated but I could put that down to many things. I’m interested to see the changes in my mood mostly as I have relied so heavily on sugar as a pick me up when I have been tired. I’m not in to quitting sugar as there is sugar in many healthy foods so I’m excited to be looking for the better alternatives.
I hope you are all well and that 2016 is looking to better than the last. Has the New Year inspired any changes for you? I’d love to hear about them if you want to share.