I am so very blessed. I have an ah-may-zing family. I have a husband that adores me, and don't I know it. I have 5 absolutely gorgeous children, who are the most astonishing creatures. I love watching them grow into the persons they are to become. I love guiding them on their journey.
2010 has been a struggle in so many aspects of our life. 2010 has had some very dark moments. But we can see the light ahead. So we said goodbye. But, unlike most goodbyes, this one was welcomed. My little family, and some gorgeous friends, celebrated the end of a chapter and more importantly the start of a new one. As if overnight, something else will begin. Something. Will. Begin.
We are very blessed to be able to pack up a picnic and head to one of the many local parks on the Coast and enjoy the free entertainment our council provides.
So we picnicked...
|We watched the birds (and later bats).|
|My heart aches.|
|And watched the final 2010 sunset.|
And we continued as the darkness fell. Dancing, singing, laughing, crying. At one stage I was lying on the picnic blanket, looking up at the stars, and all of a sudden, two little boys collapsed beside me for snuggles. Heaven.
A few weeks ago, amidst the final Christmas present shopping dash, I found some tubes of glow sticks. 20 for $2. At the time, I had no idea when we would use them, but I HAD to buy them. I am so glad I did. These tiny little sticks brought so much joy to my children. They sat for what seemed like forever, clicking them to glow, connecting them, waving them. So. Much. Fun.
|She had them around her ankles too!|
Then, as "midnight" approached (read: 9pm), they started to crash. Camille was the first, followed Oliver and his little friend Sean. These three tiny creatures slept soundly while fireworks went off and people blew party trumpets. They missed it all.
|Daddy's strong arms.|
|Spot the three sleeping heads!|