For my birthday a couple of years ago I was given a great book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends. To help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday since and on Wednesday’s (or late on a Tuesday) I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites.
So November already seems to be flying by, I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. Maybe it’s because we have had so many big events or maybe it has just been super fast. This week has certainly gone by in a blink.
Here are my top ten moments from the last 7 days:
- A lovely day at home working away with the cat placed firmly at my side. The poor beast has been missing the child so much since he started school and we seem to be flitting in and out of the house without stopping, so I think he enjoyed a day having some company. I certainly did, he’s very fluffy and warm.
- One morning L had said his toys didn’t want him to go to school. The twins, being his Go Go Hare Toy and Gerry the Giraffe, would just be too sad. He then suggested that they would be OK if they could wear his clothes, then they wouldn’t miss him. So after I dropped him off at school and before I went to work that’s exactly what they did! They also managed to get him a Paul the Penguin cake from Costa, just in case it was actually him who was sad, you know, just in case.
- I treated me and the kid to a new Christmas Jumper each, I love Christmas and had been feeling a little blue so this was the perfect pick me up. L is very excited about his and I’m itching to wear mine, I’m so not going to last until December!
- I made up my sister’s Baby Shower gift Saturday morning and L helped. It was nice to do something together and I’m very pleased with the results.
- L and I popped into Norwich to see The Grinch. We had green Grinchy popcorn and cuddled up to enjoy the film. It was really good and the cinema was nice and quiet so it didn’t matter that L wanted to get up and have a dance.
- We had a family day at the beach, it was really good fun. Nice to spend the day together, especially as I thought I would have to work, but it ended up being covered last minute, so it was a real treat.
- An even bigger treat was enjoying a portion of battered brie and chips from the No. 1 Takeaway in Cromer. We had been to Cromer twice over the summer and I resisted, so as it was the weekend I treated myself and it was good!
- Running round on the beach and jumping in the pools left by the tide until L was soaked and we had to take him back to the car and put him something dry. We just had a laugh.
- Finally hearing from all my family that they are safe. The wildfire in Northern California has destroyed two of my cousin’s homes and for a while was threatening some others. It was a worrying weekend not having heard from everyone, but I can’t tell you how pleased I was to find they had evacuated safely. It’s certainly made me think about things and realise how lucky we are here, where I live in Norfolk we aren’t at risk from flooding, certainly no risk of wildfire, there’s no extreme weather that would affect us that badly. We are safe and I haven’t appreciated that enough.
- L finally, at long last, taking his new bike to school. Now he’s done it once there will be no going back and he has realised that just because it is physically bigger doesn’t mean he can’t use it. It does mean that I have to practically run to keep up with him, but it’s all good exercise, I think!
I’m really glad I write down a few positives from each day and then go back through them each week. It helps keep me focused, calm and therefore happy. It is also a great way to keep a note of the things we’ve done.
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