Back and go-slow...

posted on: Wednesday, 16 April 2014

I am returned from the mountains. I had the best time; we all did - it was one of those glorious family/friends holidays where everyone got on and everyone had fun and it all went really well. The weather was unseasonably warm so we skied in t-shirts and enjoyed lunches in the sun and my face is tanned like I have been to the Caribbean, but the rest of my body is post winter-appropriate pale. I have a love/hate relationship with skiing, having learnt as an adult I will never get that perfect shoop-shoop that others seem to have (those who learnt as children). But this time, with the fantastic visibility and wide open pistes and not too many people I finally got it. I got that lovely rhythmic feeling of the shoop-shoop. It rocked.

via inspiration lane
It was made all the sweeter by the inclusion of the chalet girl. What a treat to not have to lift a finger or cook or clean. I observed these girls with interest; their days not dissimilar to my normal housewifery activities. A whirl of bed making, wiping, preparing, clearing for the next onslaught. I have to say I basked in not doing anything.

We watched the film 'About Time' when we were away. If you want to feel love and be reminded to love - watch it.

Back and it's Easter holidays and my son turns nine today! I am so in love with my kids at the moment, we have had a good time lately altogether. The thing he wanted the most for his birthday? A digital watch, night-vision goggles and a football. What more does one need?!

The hint of spring is filling me with happiness and that bottled hope for a good summer. No sooner was the ski wear packed away did I start planning summer wardrobe items and dusting off sandals to be worn when it warms up.

Following inspiration from my friend Simone, I have started printing out life quotes and sticking them on mirrors and on walls around our house. Interesting response. Immediate one from my son about this one was: 'this means get off your gadgets and use your imagination doesn't it?' Hah. So maybe what I say (on repeat) does filter in?!

And so, post-holiday everything goes on. The bags get unpacked slowly and thoughts turn to what is ahead when the children return to school in a few weeks. I like the summer term, in fact I like everything about summer. We now have a countdown (as Boo keeps reminding me) to her getting braces on her teeth (14 days), to when we go to see One Direction again (51 days) and when we go to Florida (82 days)...yay for that.


  1. Welcome back! Sounds like a good time was had by all on your ski trip. So wonderful to have those blue sky days when you are halfway up a mountain. Those chalet girls work hard, and play even harder! So lovely when you are away and someone is doing all the daily grind stuff for you. It's taken me a week to get back into home life after 2 weeks in Hawaii. Ahh. I forgot two appointments last week! Finally stopped thinking 'This time last week we were……".

    Yes, countdown to summer. Horray! Great not to have to pack away all the summer clothes and sandals I took away with us. Counting down to the end of the school year and my son moving onto middle school - how did that happen. And finally my little girl starting Big School. First vacations, summer camps and fun to be had, so trying not to think too far ahead.

  2. do you really love to use other people's photographs & allll theeee timeeee??
    + NO CREDIT ???


    and rude.

  3. I am glad to hear that I'm not the only one who prints & posts inspirational quotes around the house - I especially did it when mine was younger (probably about your children's ages) in hopes that the wisdom would sink in. I'm glad you had a great time on your trip. And yes, I am in countdown mode to warm(er) weather as well.

  4. This post made me smile. My sister keeps telling me to watch that movie, and I haven't got around to it yet. I will, though - sounds like it's one I'd like. Your ski trip sounds absolutely wonderful. How nice to be able to take a break from the house routines, to be able to breathe the fresh mountain air, get good exercise, spend time with friends... And wow you have fun things to look forward to also! I didn't realize you finalized your trip - Florida it is! I'm excited for you. It should be hot and steamy, and I'll look forward to seeing some beach photos from you during your trip.

    Have a wonderful weekend!


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