I’m happy to say that things are finally starting to warm up here a little. Spring is so close that I can almost touch it with my snake print flip flops. I don’t know about you, but escaping thick socks and clompy boots signals the end of winter, and I so long for that. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t say that I am the stereotypical Brit, that dons their swimsuit at the slightest glimmer of sunshine, but I anxiously await the moment that it is acceptable to ditch my winter coat and give my toes some air! I love the warmth, beauty and hope that spring seems to bring.
Yesterday I finished work early and Dan, Letoya, Ethan & I enjoyed some family time in the garden. For Dan this largely consisted of raking up the thousands of leaves that swamped our grass, but Ethan had a great time cleaning & polishing his ride on car. His attention to detail is magnificent. He takes such pride in everything he does. Lets hope that this enthusiasm extends over the next ten years, and I will have the cleanest car in the street!
Letoya & I had a great time just having fun on the trampoline. My attempts at recreating a few stunts looked more like an elephant being launched from a sling shot, than the graceful athletic look I was hoping for. Despite the fact that I have now reached (and surpassed) the 3o mark, I still assume that I am young enough to reference things that I could do in my teens, as if they are a not-so-distant memory, much to everyone’s amusement. I really can’t wait for more time together in the garden together. Now that Ethan is getting older, he can really get stuck in to some outdoor activities.
Having time with my little ones really makes me sit back and appreciate how lucky I am. I constantly struggle with balancing work and home life. I do a compressed week at work, working 4 days, but starting at 7 am. There are days where I feel so physically exhausted I struggle to do much after work. When I consider how fortunate I am to have the flexibility I have, I realise I have no cause to moan. Looking back at my first pregnancy, some 7 years ago, flexibility in my workplace at that time was non-existent. It is really promising that more and more employers are appreciating that a good work/life balance, equals a more fulfilled and productive employee.
I’ve spent quite a lot of time this week planning my latest blog posts. I am really trying to identify what I want to share and why. I have always worked in an office environment (predominantly in finance ). I had come to terms with the fact that my career would be in finance, in some capacity or another, devoid of creativity or inspiration. It wasn’t until I went on maternity leave and took time to really get to know myself and think about what I want out of my life, that I began looking at starting Wonderling blog. I absolutely love the creative process. It has made me sit back and look at all the beauty which surrounds me and fully appreciate it. During my maternity leave, we as a family overcame a lot of obstacles, and I want to share these with you all, in the hope that it will help others.
One final point, I have spent the last couple of weeks looking at booking a holiday for us all. Choosing the right holiday for a young family is no easy task! Finally, I have decided on a location (which I know Dan is relieved about, having listened to my endless lists of positive & negative points about every major holiday hotspot within a four hour flight radius). I will share a post on my experience when booking a holiday for our family. I am honestly so excited to be booking this week! Let the holiday shopping begin!
Have a great week & thank you for visiting Wonderling!
How is your week so far? What are you looking forward to this weekend?