January – you have been long! Doesn’t it seem so long since Christmas? I’ll be so glad to see the start of February and will be welcoming the lighter mornings, brighter evenings and that one step further towards spring.
For the past maybe two weeks I’ve been wondering when this month is going to come to an end, not because it has been particularly bad because it hasn’t, it just seems to have dragged a little. I think I was so relieved to have survived December, getting to January meant I could breathe a sigh of relief but that quiet, post-Christmas period seems to have gone on just that bit too long.
Saying that, I have achieved quite a lot in the past month. I’ve caught up with lots of friends who I hadn’t had chance to see over Christmas. I’ve been out the past two weekends in a row which is not like me at all, I’ve got back into running and even signed up to do a 10k in Roger’s memory. There has been sadness, of course, but a lot of laughter and love too.
Writing that all down makes me feel pretty positive that the year has started off so well. Our family life, although not ideal, is settling down into more of a rhythm and I feel more able to cope at stressful points in the day, like getting us all out of the house so I can catch my train to work and getting Sam and Florence ready for bed if we’re all tired.
We talk about Roger a lot, every day, and the more times Flo asks me if he’s coming back the more I am able to try to answer her without tears. Sam wrote a really touching piece at school this week all about his dad and why he was his hero. It was full of such wonderful, fun things and really made me feel so proud of them both.
Sam is growing into such a lovely little boy and the relationship he has with his sister is so special. Of course they get on each others’ nerves from time to time but more often than not they can be found siting next to one another on the sofa, chasing each other round or getting up to mischief together. I love that Sam is old enough to laugh with me at some of her toddler demands too, rather than let them wind him up. Some of her current favourites are the need to wear her dressing gown at all times in the house, and her inability to be sociable in the mornings before a drink of milk and piece of toast. Sam even said the other day, ‘Flo, please can I have a hug after you’ve had your breakfast?’, before telling me he knew she would say no anytime before!
I think I’ve captured a bit of their relationship in these photos. I was hoping to get out and about today with the camera but typically it started hailing in the window of time we had free, so we made do with the lounge instead. When will I learn to sort out my Me and Mine photos earlier in the month?
If you’d like to look back at my December Me and Mine, you can do so here.
This post is linked up with the Me and Mine project – hosted by Dear Beautiful, Bump to Baby, Capture By Lucy, Let’s Talk Mommy, Mummy Daddy Me and Tigerlilly Quinn – where you take a photograph a month of your family all together.