Is anyone else feeling slightly out of step with the way time is passing at the moment?
The children are back at school today after a lovely 2 week break, that feels like much longer than 2 weeks. In a surreal way though, not in a dragging kind of way.
The last week of term, and the children’s Christmas concerts and everything feel like they were months ago, not just a couple of weeks ago.
And now we’re already at week two of Living Arrows for 2018!
We made the most of the dry weather on Sunday and wrapped up warm for our standard walk on the beach and play at Victoria Park.
It was so cold on the beach, but the children still happily played for quite a while.
They were burying treasure for each other and then drawing trails in the sand leading to it so that they could go and hunt for it. They don’t always play so nicely together, but when they do it is just amazing to stand back and watch.
We all really love our little routine trips to the beach, and I especially love the opportunities it gives me to take photos of my family!
And now we’re back trying to settle into the old school day routine.
I have a feeling it’ll take a bit of getting used to for all of us. We’ve all really loved the slower pace of the Christmas holidays, where we’ve not had to rush around in the mornings to get out the front door.
We only took our Christmas decorations down on Saturday so I feel a bit like I’m still yet to emerge fully into the new year.
Normally I’m itching to get the tree down and life back to normal by new year’s eve, but something was different this time. Maybe it was the fact that we had a real Christmas tree for the first time, so it felt like more of a big deal to take it down!
I’ve really enjoyed it though, this cosy little Christmas bubble, and I’m not in a big rush to completely burst it. I’m writing this while burning the last of my gingerbread scented candles. And I’ve been working my way through the bottle of pumpkin spice baileys in the fridge over the last few evenings.
Normally I would pack these kind of things away and save them for the next year, but this time I feel like just enjoying them as much as I can.
I think that might be a bit of a theme for the next year. To just enjoy things as much as I can. To stop worrying so much. To not rush on to the next thing, but to slow down and appreciate how much there is to enjoy about the moment we’re in.
I got a bit lost I think last year, I let my anxiety creep in a bit too much, but I’m starting to find my way again now.
There really is so much joy to be found in this life, so much to be thankful for, it really is pretty glorious when you slow down and appreciate it.