Ahhhh... After a wonderful month of activity and fun and, let's face it, excess, I am happy to welcome January and the start of a new year. Taking the tree down, packing away the decorations, cleaning the house...As much as I love the holiday season, it always feels a little refreshing when it's over. The house feels lighter, and my focus shifts towards the coming year.
We had a wonderful Christmas, starting with a quiet time at home with my boys. We then got to spend time with family, and I got to hold my new and beautiful baby niece. We visited friends, ate too much, watched movies, played games, and did all the requisite holiday things. We then spent a few awesome days in Vermont, getting our first taste of skiing for the season. The boys are progressing, the weather was good, and we had a blast. Then back home for a few more quiet days, which made it easier to transition back to the school routine. No complaints here. All good things.
As I look back on 2013, all I can do is smile. It was full of growth, fun, and joy. As I look forward to 2014, I get excited. We have several fun trips in the planning stages, and the calendar seems to be filling already. 2014 will see my baby start kindergarten (!), and it may also see my return to work. Expect much more on that as I figure out what to do with my life. I am nervous about it, but I'm trying to stay optimistic that the right situation is out there for me.
There is time. For now, I'm going to enjoy my coffee, turn up the music, put the house back together, and reflect on how absolutely lovely my life is right now.