Why? Because from Boxing Day onwards I will be out in the sunny climate of California enjoying the sunshine of Santa Monica, the long beaches, lazy days and the good company of Miss Roo, my brother and his wife.
I approach this journey with lots of emotions as it’s been a weird few months since September when I called time on my marriage of 10 years and originally this journey was to be one we made as a family of three. Now it will just be Roo and myself and I’m nervous about travelling so far on our own but excited about seeing people who mean so much to me. I will miss people here, family and friends and some new ones I’ve made in the last month who have been bringing a smile to my face.
Christmas has felt somewhat fragmented and a little ‘un-festive’ this year but I’ve managed I think to remember gifts for everyone and have convinced myself that it’s not the amount spent on the person that matters it’s spending time with that person that means the most to them.
Cases are packed, tickets are printed and passports in the handbag. IPads are charged and films downloaded. It seems bizarre to have spent the afternoon rummaging through my wardrobe finding ‘holiday’ clothes when outside it’s barely 3 degrees, but come Thursday I will be stepping off a plane into 25 degrees and beautiful sunshine.
Emotionally and mentally I am ready for a break. 2014 will herald a new start in many ways for Miss Roo and I. It will be our first year together as ‘just the two of us’, Daddy E and I are adjusting to what life as two singletons brings when you’re 35 and 40 and then there’s the house to sell, my new job to start, a new house to find for Miss Roo and I (as I firmly believe that we need our own space in order to cement the next stage of our journey together rather than continuing to live with my parents, as lovely and comforting as it is).
Miss Roo also has her new school to start…a big decision that was difficult to make over the last two weeks but one that required doing. In reality commuting 65 miles a day for school runs and work isn’t workable, logical or sensible for either of us and it’s a good job that my mum made the call to her new local primary school as they only had two spaces left for January intake and would be full again come September.
She had a trial day last week and despite a little momentary wobble appears to have had a wonderful day. I know that come January 13th there will be more wobbles….by her and by me but I know the decision that has been made is the best one for her and I will be there to hold her hand and hug her close when she has those doubts.
I don’t plan on writing much over the festive period – it’s a time for family, a time to spend with friends, a time to relax and recharge, it’s a time for me to think about those close to me and how much they mean to me.
To everyone who has read The Mummy Blogger and our tales in 2013 this blog is for you; to all of you who ‘tweet’ me, texts me, ‘like’ my countless Instagram photos a huge huge thank you! To the PR’s who have worked with me on campaigns and reviews – I look forward to working with you again in 2014.
There are far too many of you to mention but you know who you are (I hope). I’ve been writing for over 5 years in 2014 and you all help keep my sanity intact and there’s nothing like having other parents to vent to when it’s all gone tits up and no one else is listening.
From Roo and I we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope that 2014 brings you whatever you wish for and so much more….