The lead up to Christmas was mad, frantic and chaotic and the days over Christmas itself where we got to spend down time as a family and not worry about routine and jobs we're of course the best. Getting to just 'be' as a family is what it's about really. Those are the good days.
But those days need to be worked for and soon the dirty washing starts to pile up, the deadlines start to loom and the kids start getting a bit bored. The lack of routine soon starts to become altogether a bit less fun.
Whilst packing lunch boxes, washing uniforms, attending playgroups and baby classes may not be my most favourite things to do in the world, they do help to offer structure and routine and sometimes as a family, that's really what we most need. It's almost nearly impossible to run two businesses from home whilst balancing parenting a three and a one year old between us otherwise.
When pre-school started back up it felt like the balance was beginning to be restored. Ethan, with a huge grin on his face, was off playing with his pre school friends no sooner then his coat had touched his peg the first morning he went back. The house began to look recognisable again that same day. Logan was happier having his one on one time with us back. And work seemed far more manageable.
That was until Ethan picked up a stomach bug on his first day back and passed it on to me, (though so far I'm only feeling a little under the weather with it). But that's life - sickness happens, it can't be avoided and in a few days (we hope) it will pass.
The new year for us isn't so much about making new resolutions or goals, January marks the start of a time where things start to feel calm again following on from the rush of Christmas and that in turn gives us a clearer more collected mind and a much better perspective on things.
December and Christmas was fun, but routine - I did miss you.