Happy New Year! Blogging and social media took a back seat here over the school holidays and the break was definitely welcome. That said, some time away has definitely increased my motivation. It’s good to be back.
I’ve never really been one for new year’s resolutions, but this year I’ve taken that attitude a bit further. Taking a step back from work for a few weeks has made me realise that for the past year or so, I’ve been getting it all wrong. I’ve been so worried about getting everything right, that I’ve hardly been blogging or posting on Instagram and Facebook at all. So this year, I’ve decided to stop trying to do everything perfectly and just write what I enjoy.
I don’t have any personal resolutions either. This year, I’m doing the London Marathon and a local triathlon. I’m taking part in Veganuary, with a view to improving my diet in general. I really don’t feel like I need the added pressure of new year’s resolutions. So instead, I’ll be taking the pressure off. Giving myself a break, asking the children to do more for themselves and worrying less about getting everything right.
Just over a year ago, Lia learnt to ride a bike. At that time, Libby was just learning to use her brakes properly but was still finding it difficult. Fast forward to this year, and we spent new year’s day cycling in the Forest of Dean. Both girls are now starting and stopping easily and using their brakes to slow them down. We had intended to buy Libby a new bike for her next birthday, then give hers to Lia. But our day cycling has made us realise that both girls are ready for gears.
We’ll be getting them measured up for new bikes over the next few months, so they can have bikes with gears for their birthdays. Whilst we’re not looking forward to the expense, it will be great being able to cycle pretty much anywhere and know that they’ll manage the hills.
The girls have been ice skating a few times at events we’ve attended, and always enjoyed it. Ridiculously though, there’s an ice rink ten minutes walk from our house and we’ve never been. We decided to change that this holiday, so we spent a morning skating. It was quite hard work on my own with the two of them as they’re both like Bambi on ice. But with the help of a ride-on seal, we survived and had quite a good morning. Libby was desperate for me to take a photo to send to her friend who has recently moved away. So despite it not being the greatest quality photo ever, I thought I’d share it because it’s one they’re really proud of.