Like last year, the Geege, the kids and I pottered off to camp on the Central Coast with a bunch of happy campers on December 27. Old friends, and new, bonding over some tarpology and the three 'S's'; sand, sun and surf.
It was fabulous. Daily swims, the odd bushwalk, and plenty of food and beverages highlighted by glow sticks, sparklers and solar lanterns. Harmonious happy kids, scooting, bike riding, and swimming until they dropped; sleeping like angels then cranking it all out again the next day. Wash and repeat. Their eyes are sparkling, their skin glowing. They look like they have been hugged by Summer.
I sat up late on the last night, regretfully saying goodbye to the gigantic sky full of twinkling stars, replaying the week's memories in my mind. The boys' first boogie board rides. The Minx mastering the scooter. The kids sneaking out of the tent on new year's eve to dance to Gangnam style. The extraordinary efforts of the group to create the perfect 'white night' to celebrate a 30th birthday. Backyard cricket. Composting. Lindt chocolate. Exploring the beach caves with the kids. The Geege having a Nanna nap in his camp chair. Truly magic.
The whole week served as a timely reminder that the key to happiness is spending time with people you love and living a healthy life. 2013 will be all about that for me. More socialising. More focus on health.
January will be dedicated to health on the blog too. I will organise my diet and exercise routine for the year, look at recipes for boosting mental health and looking for balance. I hope you will join me.
My first step towards a healthier life is my new year's resolution: No more lollies or chocolate (except fair trade, organic chocolate no more than once per week). So far so good.
So welcome to 2013. What did you do to start the year?