Every year I feel exactly the same way as I head into the second month of the new year. The beginning of January seemed to last forever with it’s plummeting temperatures and it’s grey skies. The lull after the lights and excitement of Christmas coupled with the return to work after a nice break seem to somehow drag out those early days, making me wish my life away on a daily basis. Then out of nowhere, it’s February and the year starts moving at a much faster pace.
My plan this year is to collect moments, not things and each month I want to capture those moments in a post so that I can look back over the things we have done over the year.
January was a quiet month. School started back early for us all making it seem like a longer month too. As a special treat after the first week back, I coerced my daughter into going to see a pantomime. When I say coerced, I mean it too. She is only seven and in spite of me telling her repeatedly that she would love it, she was convinced it was too scary. This time, she said she would give it a try and so we headed off the Malvern to see Cinderella. As the lights went down and the curtains up, she was hiding behind my arm but in the end, she was shouting and screaming along with everyone and absolutely loved it, so much so that she is already counting down until she can go again next year.
This month I have spent a lot of quality time with my daughter. The boys are usually either spending time with friends, playing sport or on one of their devices and so February we will have to find time for a much-needed family day out. A and I had a lovely ‘girl weekend’ down in South Wales. We spent a lot of the weekend in Swansea shopping and chilling out in the amazing LC2. It felt like a real mini holiday and we are planning another one later this month. This photo also shows one of her top front teeth hanging on by a thread and she was thrilled when it came out a couple of days later.
Tae Kwon Do has featured in this house for many years with R now working towards his red belt and taking regular classes. His sister also enjoyed it when they ran an afterschool class at her school but with so many different ages in the normal classes, she wanted to join but was simply too nervous. So we have been sitting at the side watching for a number of weeks and I was beginning to think she would never join in and then, at last, one of her classmates started and she was away. She loves it and I love watching her and her brother as it is such a great martial art to do on many levels.
Last year, I took my first tentative steps into the world of crochet and even though it took a while to get my first project done, I fell in love with it. What is not to love? It is calming, creative and so therapeutic. I fell in love with a pattern called Spice of Life and this month I have made real progress with it. It has so many different stitches, I am learning as I go along, but I love the textures and colours.
We are never far away from the next birthday in this house and R’s birthday at the end of January marks my second time of being a parent to a teenager. He is definitely showing more teenager like tendencies but things are still calm for the time being. That might be due to the large amount of cake we had to eat. His sister and I made him a Malteser cake and then I ordered some cupcakes from a local lady who makes the best cakes I have ever tasted.
So that was January and it was a quiet month. I am hoping that February will be lighter, brighter and will offer more opportunities for collecting even more of those all important moments.