It is New years Eve at 6.39am. My four cherubs are sleeping, and the palace is unusually quiet. But I like it! I treasure these time when I can steal away a few precious minutes before my royal family wake up! Usually my baby cherub is awake at this hour, but it has been raining heavily last night, and the gentle murmur of rain showering down, has caused everyone to slumber a little more deeply today. Even the Summer butterflies have curled up for a little more sleep and the sky is a light shade of grey; not a brilliant Summer blue, like it has been more recently.
As I reflect on a busy 2011, I am reminded of the things that matter most. The highlight of this year was the arrival of my darling Prince Cherub! How he graces our family with love and laughter! And his big brother Prince, who walked for the first time at the tender age of four. Specialists weren't certain if he would be walking before school age, but he is now, and we rejoiced the day he found his feet! The last four years have been filled with sadness, uncertainty and then wonder, and thankfulness, as he finally reached the milestones of mobility, and although he does not speak, we have discovered a new language that seems to leap from his heart in the way he perceives this world, as it is known to him.
Along life's paths, I have yet again been graced by my closest friends, who have picked me up when times are dark, and I need their light to show me the way. Yesterday a friend picked me up at 8.30am and we were out all day, having relaxing facials, and a neck, shoulder, and back massage, followed by a mini make-over, and a trip to the local boutique movie theatre. We were Queens for the day! At the end of the day when I returned home, I felt great! The aches and pains from my shoulders had lifted, and I realised how much I needed that pampering! I love my busy life, but how easy it is to be constantly picking up toys and doing two or three loads of laundry per day (that's quite a bit for a family of six!), and barely having a moment to sit down to relax! To have a really good heart to heart talk to my friend, without any interruptions, and to sit down for quite a while over a coffee and a chocolate jaffa, was such a treat!
So I, Queen Daisy, have learned that while it feels great to devoid my life and my house of clutter, and to attend to all the needs of my cherubs, no matter how great or small the need; I also need to relax more, pamper myself, and do just one or two things per day to help ME feel like the Daisy Queen I really am! Sometimes it bothers me that I don't feel like I have accomplished much at the end of the day! The day starts with a tidy house, then at the end of the day it looks like a mini tornado has hit! That's the beauty of family; I love a house that looks "lived in", with a million family photos, and toys in every nook and cranny!
Two days ago I made it my one goal, to clean up the clutter from under our bed and under baby cherub's cot! How easily it is to speed-clean a house when you have visitors about to knock at your door, and stuff gets pushed under beds and even better, you get to close your bedroom door and lock it, so guests just won't see the mess! :0) Gone is the clutter, and those "things" that got under our feet, all now are put away, and it feels great to have clear spaces - only my beautiful wedding dress is stored in its big box, under our bed! With four cherubs in our family, we have learned to utilise our spaces to the best we can! We originally had three bedrooms, now we have four, thanks to a huge laundry space which we turned into a very small bedroom for Prince. And the laundry space has been relocated to the back of the kitchen. Living in a smallish house can be done with a busy family, if you can learn to keep only the things you need, want and love. No easy task, but those tips have saved me from tripping up on toys!
What are your goals for 2012? Reflecting on 2011, what springs to mind? For me, 2011 was all about learning who my real friends are; particularly the ones who held my hand through dark times. I was there for my friends too, when they faced hard times. True friendship is all about learning to love, receive, and be a true friend right back! And those friends are there for the good times too; to laugh right along with you!
Happy New Years eve! Here's to a wonderful new year of adventures!