Out of all my years on this earth, this year has been good and bad in equal measure. I’ve leaned more about myself that ever I ever imagined, I’ve laughed harder than I ever thought possible and I’ve cried more times than I have done in the last five years in total. I’ve said goodbye to some people I loved and I’ve also welcomed some new, very wonderful people into my life. I’ve developed several new close friendships because of the circumstances life has threw at us. I’ve improved relationships with my family and friends and I’ve also re-evaluated some older friendships too.
Although I want to Menorca in May, I have been in dire need of a break to recharge my batteries and to also reflect on where I’m at and where I want to be, going forward. When Rich suggested going on holiday for a week I couldn’t have been happier; a week in the sunshine reading books and relaxing with cocktails, exploring, seeing new places and experiencing new cultures sounded fantastic. But there was just one issue- would I be happy leaving the kids for a week with my parents and their dad?
I pondered about it for a few weeks. I felt guilty but I also felt like it would do me the world of good. I spoke to friends for advice and then having spoke to my parents they thankfully they agreed to help me out with childcare, so we booked the holiday and the countdown began! It seemed like forever, it was only a couple of months but I was so desperate to feel the sunshine that I hurried time along for the day we would be sat in the airport awaiting to board our flight!
Both Rich and I are in need of this break, he’s been working away a lot recently and endured some pretty difficult jobs and long hours so I know he’s as excited as I am to take some time out.
So yeah, we are going to Thailand. Today I fact. I’ve just said my farewells to the kids and written the ‘Gabriel and Willow manual’ for my parents! I will be sharing our week’s holiday with you on our return so expect Thailand adventure spam, we are heading to Bangkok, Au Nang and we also have a few nights in the jungle area of Krabi. We are hoping to enjoy the city culture of Bangkok then have some relaxing time in the beach areas and the islands of Phi Phi and Koh Jum perhaps too. Lots of possibilities for adventure and relaxing in anycase! Just what the doctor ordered.. Just hope I cope with missing the kids well; but ultimately I know they will be in good hands and well, it’s exciting so I shall focus on that!
And saying our goodbyes earlier..