And ... I'm back (deep breath)
Part of the reason I changed jobs was so that I could work in a school and get school holidays. What a great blessing they are, because having two weeks in a row away with our family was lovely. I actually feel rested and not stressed for the first time in ages. Spent time with our friends in Melbourne (had a bit of a reality TV tragic fan day seeing a contestant from Masterchef filming in a patisserie and the winners of the show 'The Block' leaving their newly renovated house- haven't laughed so hard in ages).
We then drove back up to the south coast of NSW and had a lovely week with friends near the beach. Sunny days, long walks on the beach, bike rides, lots of reading. Watching the Brady Bunch together (how come they have six children and a full-time housekeeper? I have one less child ... mmm. Oh, and that's right, I don't want a cleaner). Enjoying Masterchef, Le Tour.
It was the first holiday when we didn't have one of our children with us. Our 14 year old spent the second week away at a camp that he loves going on. Felt a bit sad that we've got to this stage, but we decided we'd compromise for everyone's happiness. It's only going to get harder and more complicated in the years ahead.
Time to gear up, but glad for the rest.