Monday, February 3, 2014

Where the bloody hell are ya?

Wow. It's been three months since my last confession blog post. I've been really looking forward to getting back into it but life has been busy. And stressful (when is it not for this little stress-head?). And, honestly, having a break from over analysing all my shit here has been nicely refreshing.

With Noo having started big school (that's right BIG SCHOOL!) last week, I'm so looking forward to having some time to myself so I can get back to doing more of the stuff I love, like blogging. And spending time with grown ups. And being by myself to do what I want to do. Oh, how I crave the ever cliched "me-time".

Here's a little catch up of what's happened while I was away...

I turned 39 years old

Truly amazing. And after enduring 2013, which turned out to be an annus horribilis to go down as one of the worst in my life, entering my 40th year is turning out to be pretty good so far.

There's was a time in my life I thought I'd never make 40, and I was proud of it. I was a rock star. Here for a good time, not a long time and all that. Times have certainly changed.

The party years

I'm not nearly as freaked out as I thought I'd be about entering my 40th year. I guess because I don't really feel 39. My body aches at times, yes. I gained 20 kilos in 2013 through depressive emotional eating. But I've now lost eight kilos since I joined the HAES movement. I'm learning to love my body how it is right now, rather than waiting for some miracle to occur that would magically turn my body into a socially acceptable shape and therefore worthy of love. Surprisingly, by doing this, I'm treating myself a lot better. And losing weight despite not being on a diet.

On my 39th birthday heading out for lunch with the family

Noo turned 5 years old

Another milestone birthday was celebrated. We went big for Noo's fifth birthday party, celebrating with all his little preschool mates at Luna Park. We celebrated not only his birthday but his graduating from the little daycare he has been attending since he was only 15 months old. We were both sad to see our time at Noo's daycare come to an end, but our family continues its connection with the school as my niece will be there a little while yet.

Celebrating Noo's fifth birthday at Luna Park

Our first summer school holidays

Noo and I had five full weeks together. The longest time he wasn't in any formal care since he was 15 months old. I was terrified I'd made the wrong decision in not enrolling him for January care but thought it would be a great time for us to hang out and do some cool stuff together.

We sure did get around: Hanging out with my sister and Noo's cousin Mala, Christmas, a couple of trips to the Blue Mountains, New Year's Eve with friends, Noo jumped on a blow up Stonehenge at Sydney FestivalDarling QuarterVikings at the Maritime MuseumTyrannosaurs at the Australian Museum, nearly every public pool in the inner Sydney region, contributed to building a Lego art piece at the Opera House, and many other fun activities. We had so many big days out that by the last week of the holidays my self-proclaimed "go-boy" Noo said he was tired and wanted a few days home to rest before starting big school.

Summer fun filled holidays!

Noo started kindergarten

Noo's start to his big school life couldn't have gone smoother. He was excited rather than nervous the night before and jumped out of bed like Santa had been the night before when I told him it was time to get ready for the big day ahead. I must admit that I was a bit anxious in the lead up to the first day. More because we'd both gotten used to late nights and 8.30am sleep-ins than worried he'd be scared to go to school. He was so looking forward to it after spending most of January missing his old preschool mates.

Neither of us cried. Shock bloody horror. I've cried a few times over the summer break, about things I can't write about, but leaving Noo at big school for the first time was not one of those times. His Grandpa and I took him on the bus into town. When we got to school there were so many big kids around I was really worried he'd be overwhelmed by it all. But no, not my confident little wonder-kid. He settled in just fine. Especially with his best little mate Justine Stark always by his side.

First day of school

So there you have it! It's nearly midnight and I have to be up super early. We have been renovating our new apartment over the last three months too. I have serious reno fatigue. Sick of strangers in the place, the dust, the moving shit around, blah. But let's not end on a negative note. 

Here's to getting back to some serious blogging in 2014.

Hoping you all have had a great summer break as well.


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bodyandfeetretreat said...

So glad you are back although I have seen you on twitter so know that things have been going OK for you. Enjoy your 'me-time' - I know that I still love having it despite K being all grown up !!!
Have a great day !

Nicole McLachlan said...

Welcome back :) x

Lady Jewels Diva said...

We all need a rest come Nov/Dec after trying to think up shit to blog about all year so don't worry about it. I've just come back after two months off and I'm glad I had that time as I got to do a tonne of other stuff, and it looks like you got to do a tonne of other stuff as well.

Kylie Purtell, A Study in Cont said...

So glad to have you back V, I've missed you! Sounds like you guys had a fantastic holidays! xxx

erin heels said...

I've missed you too. You certainly sound like you're in a good place now, looks like some time off was just the medicine you needed. Glad you guys had a good break. said...

Hey Me. Thanks for stopping by. The me-time has been great and Ned is loving school so I can enjoy the time without feeling guilty! Hope you have a great day too. V. said...

Thanks Nicole! V. said...

Taking time off was definitely invigorating. I felt guilty about it a few times and worried about losing readers but honestly, actually living life rather than over analysing it constantly (which I was doing last year), was a worthwhile positive. And I think Ned really liked not having to compete with the computer for my attention, that is for sure! Thanks for stopping by. V. said...

Thanks Kylie! I'm glad you're also an avid IGer so I've been able to keep up with you and your beautiful girls that way, while I was having my bloggy break. V. said...

Thanks heaps Erin. Yeah, I'm getting better every day. Meds have settled in and I have a much more positive outlook on life again. Thanks for stopping by. V.

Kathleen Christodoulides said...

After finding you blog over the Xmas/new year break I was eagerly awaiting your next post. I love the way you blog! Glad all is going well for you and Ned. said...

Hey Kathleen. Thanks for your lovely comment. Makes it totally worthwhile when readers say such lovely things. Hope you are well. V.

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