After a fantastic Christmas break I'm back. It has been truly amazing spending time with the family from Christmas Lunch for 15 to board games with the boys.
In past years we've seen the Christmas holidays fly by and before we know it it's time to get back to work. We always complain about how fast the time flies and wish we had another week. Well, that bit is not different but the time we've spent with the boys has been brilliant.
None of us spent all our time playing computer games, even though we all got them for Christmas.
We've found new board games we love to play, we've draw pictures together, we've built lego.
I've also spent time reading, learning, and making plans.
I am ready to take on 2016 and I'll be keeping the word 'joy' in mind.
Over the break I happened to look at a website on Facebook, it was just a simple little thing. You put in your name and it told you your word for the year. I don't usually like that kind of thing but I was messing around and did it for fun.
The word it gave me was joy, and it felt right.
I spend a lot of my time stressing about my boys, wondering if I'm doing enough cleaning, and worrying about mundane and pointless things. I often forget to see the joy in my life. So this year I've decided to make a conscious effort to see the joy.
As I said we had family over on Christmas Day and it was a wonderful (albeit busy) day. The Hubby got to talk to his dad and his siblings, the boys got to play with their cousins, and I, well I cooked lunch mainly but later on I did get to enjoy a glass of wine and a natter with the mother-in-law and sisters-in-law (or is that sister-in-laws? I can never remember).
Our house was filled with laughter, shrieks of happiness, and lots of festive cheer.
It makes me smile just thinking about it.
With the challenges that life is throwing our way at the moment the word joy seems more important. Remembering joyful times, seeing joyful smiles, and making memories for us and our children that will fill our hearts. It's the only way to tackle life's challenges.
No matter what 2016 brings I am ready, keeping joy at the forefront of my mind.
What word has inspired you for 2016?