24 January 2013

Holiday fun and cherished thoughts

January has been a bit of blur - a twilight zone of holiday socialising peppered with a few work days to keep my feet on the ground.

We've had pool parties at friends' houses, play-dates at the park, visits with cousins and simple backyard fun.










I knew it already, but these past few weeks have helped me realise even more how happy I am with our life here, with our family and our friends.

I smile until my cheeks hurt when I think about how wonderful it is that a group of kids aged between 15 months and 15 years can all have fun together while their parents catch up and laugh until their sides hurt. I feel blessed in the knowledge that my parents are also my friends, that we enjoy each other's company and choose to spend time together, that after a few painful years, there are twinkles in all our eyes once more. My heart wants to sing at recalling a recent conversation between two six-year-old friends who want to be part of each other's families, who are "sort of cousins, because your mum is my sister's Godmother."

Precious.

SixByTheBay

9 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, happy post. I'm so glad you're feeling so happy. We've had a rough few years too and I'm feeling like finally things are starting to feel better - as though we're heading in the right direction (Now I have that song on the brain....)

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  2. It does us good to reflect on the positives in our lives and makes us feel even better and happier. Too often we get stuck in a rut and can only see the negatives, I hope this happy streak continues for you!
    Lots of smiles - Lou @ The Honesty Path

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  3. Beautiful times Francesca! Cherish those moments. xx

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  4. Sounds wonderful! And definitely something to be thankful for.

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  5. So nice that you've had a great start to the year. The outdoor play cubby made me smile. So much like ours. It's so nice to hear children's simple observations. Precious.

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  6. Our family believe that cousins are a great gift & you can never have too many.....
    Great start to the year..let the positive vibes continue to flow!

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  7. Gorgeous! Thank you so much for linking up! Sounds like you have had some lovely fun of late, good for you! xx

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  8. It's wonderful to live in such a nice place where the kids can play together while the parents hang out :)

    Thanks for stopping by and linking up with my NO RULES Party!!

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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