Monday, January 02, 2012

Twenty Eleven

Isn't it a little crazy that year by year, time seems to just go a tad quicker as we get older.

2011 has been a great year for me.

There was nothing extraordinary about it. In fact, most parts of it are just happy peaceful times.

I turned 30 this year. It was incredible. We celebrated it onboard a yacht with my family and friends. The husband, who spoils me silly still, took me to Spain for a birthday treat. It was amazing. We had the best time eating and drinking our way through the country. Spending plenty of time catching up on us time. One of the best moments of 2011.

It is also the third year that we have been back in the motherland. And probably the first that I have truly settled back in. It is finally home and I've made my peace with the decision to be based back here. (which I'm sure my poor suffering husband is really thankful for. I've stopped chewing his ears off about the move.)

My entire universe revolves around my kids. It's also the first time in their lives that we placed a lot of emphasis of their education. I'd made sure that I got the oldest kid prepped up for the academic expectations of primary school.

In fact, it was during this year where we experienced the stress and nervousness of Primary one registration. Armed with a whole load of research and advice from friends, we very fortunately got our boy into the school of our choice.

My kids have also grown so much this year. I guess the boys are definitely not babies anymore. They are independent, funny and at times pretty rebellious. With the husband being really busy in his career, I've been left to hold the fort for many hours this year. Which means the schooling, chauffeuring, violing practising, feeding are pretty much in my portfolio. Thankfully, I have help from my family and the husband tries his hardest to spend time with the boys.

The baby of the family has brought such joy to us this year. She dances to Hi 5. Sings Hokkien Christian songs. Loves reading her bed time stories. Talks in full sentences now. And just giving us a run for our money in general. We love her so!

There were quite a few weddings that we attended this year. All of our closest friends got hitched! The latest being two of our bestest friends who had such a beautiful wedding.

Now that the kids are older, the husband and I have recovered a fair bit of our couple time. We go for weekly date nights when my parents babysit. It was our ninth year of being together and still we laugh and hold hands when it's just us two. He, who has been rather busy this year, still listens to my rants and tries to sneak in as many movies with me as possible. I adore him so.

I've also decided that in 2011, I was going to focus on myself a little. I went to gym once or twice a week. Did pilates once a week. And had pole classes twice a week. All these exercises made me such a happy lady with all the endorphins generated. It was very gratifying to just breathe and do something for myself without worrying about three little people's needs. So I plan to continue that in 2012.

I also got to develop a few new friendships from different areas in my life. And I'm so happy that I have a different galfriend to call or whatsapp for my different needs. In my earlier life, I'd always thought that I would be ok on my own. But now, my gals are everything to me.

I am very blessed, indeed.

2011 was fantastic.

This new year would be special. All of our babies would be in school. It would be a beautiful new chapter. And there is much to look forward to.

Happy New Year!!

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