Happy 2016! I came across an article yesterday with some simple advice for good health: Sleep well, eat well, stay on the move, and be around people. I went to bed at 10.30PM last night, which is something I haven’t done since I was in primary school! I’m experimenting with a new routine where I work early in the morning, since I have to get up at 5.30 anyway to help Layla get ready for school. The mornings are peaceful but with Z up at 7-ish, I’ll have to be more organised and efficient than when I’m working nights.
I spent the December holidays with friends and family; we tried to squeeze in as much quality time as possible with my sis-in-law Jac and her kids, who were visiting from NZ. We finally stocked our home with mattresses to host them, and it was surprising (to me) how everyone seemed to fill in the spaces in our tiny home, yet it didn’t feel crowded at all. Her boys survived without a TV in our home, thanks to back-to-basics games like Gobblet Gobblers (tic-tac-toe with a twist), Monopoly Junior, and Uno. We also had the most wonderful family Christmas where we gathered at an uncle’s home and talked and played till midnight, when kids were finally allowed to rip into their presents.
In contrast, we entered 2016 in our usual fashion, at home without fanfare. I don’t think any of us were ready for the new year, but Alf and Layla (who’re both returning to school as teacher and student) felt the dread most. Alf has a challenging year ahead of him as he’s agreed to take on a full teaching load again, something he hasn’t done in five years even though he’s been back in school for some time. Layla pulled up her grades during last year’s final exam and did well enough to land in a class where they’ll be “enriching” the English programme–we’ll find out what that means soon enough. Z’s gotten started on reading, and I’ll spend this year getting him school-ready for his K2 year in 2017. A “dream kindy” I was eyeing for Layla will move into our neighbourhood in the later part of this year–don’t you love it when things fall into place on their own? 2015 was good for me; I worked steadily and met my earnings target, thanks to recommendations from friends and babysitting help from my mum-in-law. I’ll have to find a new challenge for myself too! Until work rolls in again, I’m forcing myself to cook instead of steam and assemble, and I’m learning from the best.