Tuesday, December 31, 2013

So, That Was Christmas {happy new year}

Christmas has been and gone and the New Year is right upon us.

As I take a moment to reflect upon recent days I realise I am indeed an old lady. While the childlike part of me still wishes for the Christmas holiday to be full of wonder and carols and sleepless excitement, the adult part of me yearns for the same thing it always does - rest.

We all came down with a stomach bug on Christmas Eve. The children spent two whole days and nights lingering in the bathroom while Dave and I wiped up messes, tears and our own disappointment at the lack of any real sleep.

What are the chances, really? A stomach bug for Christmas!?

My devastation was palpable.

For me Christmas is all about a hearty feast, champagne and salty ocean swims. This year the rain and impending sense of 'vomit' made our celebrations far more somber than usual. That and the fact that my darling brother and his wife left on an Australia wide adventure just days before. They were missed and things were quiet.

It just didn't feel like Christmas this year. It didn't even feel restful or rejuvenating.

But while I was schlepping about and morning the loss of my own Christmas Spirit, the children were filled with overwhelming joy at having most of their family at their immediate disposal. They relished in the opportunity to have at least four adults willing to construct lego, play catch and carefully place together puzzles.

They were overcome with the excitement of revealing cheap plastic toys, fishing rods, frisbees, body boards and books from unenthusiastically wrapped parcels - their gratitude was immediate and lasting.

This Christmas, I was again reminded of the selfless joy in parenting. While I was exhausted, sick and truth be told, a touch depressed, my kids were exhausted, stick and absolutely brimming with indescribable joy. So in their joy, I found mine.

Tonight, Dave and I will sit with a cheese platter and a cider and we will talk about the year that was. We'll make plans and resolutions for the year that is to come and tomorrow, when we rise, we'll start to live them.

See you tomorrow, love birds. For now...

H A P P Y    N E W    Y E A R

a new year, a new dream


  1. Have the loveliest night and a beautiful 2014!

  2. Happy new year Beet. Enjoy the cheese platter (we're digging into one too!) x

  3. I am in front of my computer too! And with cheese as well!
    Happy New Year!

  4. Beautifully written, Em.
    I can relate to a lot of what you've shared.
    Two of our four boys are sick tonight on New Year's Eve...
    You are so awesome, big hugs to you.
    Happy new year!
    Ronnie xo

  5. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family. 2013 was the year I found your blog (a latecomer I know), found many businesses to buy from through you (Little Tienda, Bayside Vintage and soon when recovered from Xmas debt, Bohemian Traders!!) and most of all gleaned a sparkle in my day from your humour and honesty! So thank you Em, despite not knowing me, you've contributed to my life this year! Can't wait to read more in the New Year!

  6. There is nothing worse than feeling sick at any time of the year let alone at Christmas time, add to that the whole household not a pretty picture. Thanks for hosting the weekly stills as I've enjoyed your posts and everyone's link ups too. Here's to a great year ahead. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  7. Happy New Year to you and your family. Thank you for your lovely blog, which I always enjoy reading x

  8. Merry New Year Em!! All the best for 2014 and thank you for all that you are! <3

  9. Happy New Year Em. Have so enjoyed finding your blog this year. Love your true blue Aussie attitude and sense of humour. You've made me laugh and smile a lot this year. Be well xx

    1. hah thanks so much Chrisy, thats so lovely of you xx

  10. Em it has been lovely following along the happenings of the beetle shack this past year. Keep up the amazing work.

  11. Happy New Year, Em - what a huge year you guys have had, I hope 2014 is good to you all! xx

  12. Happy New Year to you and your family :)

  13. Happy new year to you too, I've loved following along with you here. May your new year be full of goodness (and health! you poor things!)

  14. Oh dear, I'm sorry to hear you Christmas wasn't that good! Luckily I've never been ill over Christmas, poor kids must been heart broken!

    Hope your NYE was better =)

    Corinne x

  15. What rotten luck! But still, finding our joy in one another and carrying one another through the hard bits is at the heart of being in a family, and so a Merry Christmas after all (even if only for a sliver of a moment!). X

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  18. شركة نقل عفش بالرياض وجدة والدمام والخبر والجبيل اولقطيف والاحساء والرياض وجدة ومكة المدينة المنورة والخرج والطائف وخميس مشيط وبجدة افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة نعرضها مجموعة الفا لنقل العفش بمكة والخرج والقصيم والطائف وتبوك وخميس مشيط ونجران وجيزان وبريدة والمدينة المنورة وينبع افضل شركات نقل الاثاث بالجبيل والطائف وخميس مشيط وبريدة وعنيزو وابها ونجران المدينة وينبع تبوك والقصيم الخرج حفر الباطن والظهران
    شركة نقل عفش بجدة
    شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض
    شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
    شركة نقل عفش بالطائف


Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em