Friday, December 21, 2012

To 2012, with love

As the clock struck midnight and fireworks filled the air, I slept. Maybe I stirred slightly, disturbed by the sound of our neighbours cheering. A new year had begun, but I wouldn’t see it till the early hours, when little C woke for a feed.

After three very hectic and highly eventful years, our wish for 2012 was for peace, selfishly not of the world variety (although it would be nice) but for the quiet variety that affords a bit of a rest.

“Pha! Sorry folks, you don’t get a rest for at least the next eighteen years” said 2012.

And so the year began and our lives were hectic as ever. 



In February we moved house, never a fun undertaking, but with small children in tow was highly challenging. At the time G was into Toy Story 3 in a big way, and thank god, or I’d still be packing.

I found the move quite difficult and failed to connect with my new community (and not through lack of trying – where is everyone?). Missing my old life I turned to my blog and took the somewhat terrifying step of joining twitter. My blog gained readers, my stats improved. I discovered the Australian Blogosphere and significantly for me, discovered wonderful blog hops (IBOT and FYBF) that connected me to a group of brilliant, witty, intelligent and thought provoking blogs that inspired and entertained me.

I attended my first blogging conference, Blogopolis, and put faces to the names of bloggers I regularly engaged with, and the world famous Grace Titioka. I met Jodi in the morning and we spent the rest of the day looking after each other amongst the sheer overwhelming awe of it all. I also talked complete and utter drivel to Mrs Woog and Eden, who I’m sure lived to regret sitting down next to me.

Let’s not talk about my wisdom teeth.


My little C was a baby at the start of the year, and is now, very much a toddler. A walking, talking, tantrum throwing toddler. In July she turned 1 and, shortly after, took her first tentative steps. I stopped breastfeeding, which was much harder for me than it was for her, and she started sleeping through the night (on the whole, touch wood and all that). She is a clever clogs. She uses sentences (important things like “I want tea”) and I suspect she will grow up to be something big in communication… or tea… 



My husband’s parents travelled down from tropical Queensland and spent a week being run ragged by their granddaughters. We don’t see them as often as we’d like and consequently squeezed as much into their short visit as possible. The water park, playgrounds, our family friendly pub. 

In November, with a little encouragement from Kimba, I took part in Frocktober. The experience became hugely significant for me and represented more than a long overdue image change. I rediscovered my femininity, I started putting in a little more effort and I experienced a massive surge in my self esteem. Wearing a dress gave me more confidence and changed the way I carried myself, both mentally and physically. I'm now participating in a self impossed challenge I like to call Frockever. 

Oh, and I went to Coles in my wedding dress. That was fun!  

G, who was a little slower in her language development (concentrating instead on running and climbing and jumping and terrorising all the other mothers in the playground) suddenly got the hang of it all and hasn’t stopped talking since. She recently celebrated her third birthday (with a special trip to the Opera House and a doggy cake. That’s… doggy… not dodgy). 


Like most families with young children our routine revolves around the needs of our offspring. Maintaining an adult conversation is virtually impossible. At the end of a long day, chasing my children round the house (or park, or shopping center, or Target… in my undies… ) collapsing on the sofa with my husband is still the highlight of my day. Sometimes there is wine, sometimes telly, sometimes, even a bit of hand-holding… It’s the only grown up time we get and I treasure it completely.

Sometimes it’s hard to see how far you’ve come. Absorbed in the day to day. But looking back I’d have to say it’s been a pretty great year.

Thank you 2012. 



Wishing everyone at FYBF a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful new year!

35 comments:

  1. Bless x. Loved meeting you this year! :)

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    1. You to Kim-Marie! And I can't wait for our shopping trip in the new year! x

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  2. A great year indeed - and entertaining for us readers! I love your writing and relate very well to your kid wrangling :) I'm so glad I discovered your blog this year and only regret not meeting you in person at Blogopolis!

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    1. It would have been great to meet up, hopefully we'll see each other in 2013 - are you coming to DPCON? xx

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  3. Nice. Not sure I'd be up for putting my post wisdom teeth up on the net. Thanks for reading me and giving me something to read in return. Merry Christmas

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  4. That wedding dress trip was one of my favourite moments about 2012! I fricking loved it! That took balls - big steel ones! X

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  5. Ditto on the wedding dress. A stand out moment!

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  6. a beautiful post and a sentimental recap on what seems like and wonderful year
    I love the idea of Frocktober - maybe something to think about for next year
    Merry Christmas to you and your girls
    xx

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  7. Thank you for the mention! What a year for you, especially with the wisdom teeth removal...! :) May 2013 be even better, look forward to catching up in the new year.

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  8. Sounds like a great year C. I'm yet to do one of those blogger conferences, TBH they scare the crap outta me! I love your "frockever" idea too. I love dresses, but don't wear them nearly enough!

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  9. Lovely post, Catherine. So great to reflect back on a year and realise it's been pretty great (except for the wisdom teeth of course!). Great to 'meet' you in the blogosphere this year. :)

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  10. So much happens in a year when you really look back on it! (Is that an obvious statement? Maybe not...) Wising you a great 2013 :)

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  11. I'm with you, starting a blog and discovering the blogging community has been a delightful glimmer of joy for me in an otherwise difficult year. Merry Christmas Tea Lady and hope to hang around here lots in the New Year.

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  12. Happy Christmas to you and your lovely family! X

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  13. I really love the idea of wearing dresses, I don't even think I've worn one this year, or a skirt either. Maybe 2013 will be the year I join you in femininity! I enjoy your blog, sense of humour and honesty. And a blogging conference might be on the cards also, might be safety in numbers hey Aroha?! :) Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Emily

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  14. Your wedding dress exploits will go down in history - and those are gorgeous photos of your family :) Hope the rest of 2012 is as lovely for you

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  15. It's a beautiful post to sum up your whole year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  16. All the best to you and your lovely family for Christmas. May your tea cup runneth over in 2013.
    BTW - my vote for blog post of the year goes to Christmas in the Tardis. Sheer brilliance.

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  17. Merry Christmas Catherine! Sounds like you had an awesome year too. I hope 2013 is just as good. I look forward to reading more and more of your excellent blog next year.

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  18. Merry Christmas to you and your family. A lovely post to end the year

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  19. It certainly sounds like a wonderful year Cath.
    Thanks for making me a part of it. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family xxx

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  20. Wisdom teeth and wedding dresses! You've had a full on year, C!
    I loved meeting you at Blogopolis too! Here's to more catch ups next year!
    P.S Thanks for the mention! World famous? Haha ;)

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  21. You've pack a lot into one year. While busy, it sounds like it was a good one. Here;s to you getting your peaceful year in 2013.

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  22. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Sounds like you had an great year.

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  23. I loved the wedding dress too! Merry Christmas!

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  24. I have loved getting to know you this year. I wish I had have met you at Blogopolis. Maybe next year. I hope you have an excellent Christmas and I look forward to following your 2012 journey too. Rachel xx

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  25. I really enjoyed reading this. Congratulations on a great year!

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  26. I still remember seeing that photo of you in your wedding dress at coles. Classic. Very brave!

    Moving to a new community is -hard-.

    Hmm.. my 2 year old isn't big on words at the moment. I am hoping he too, will just start one day.

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  27. Ah lovely read about a real year for a real family. Jeez, it's hard when kids are so little. You reminded me of moving house with babies and preschoolers and shudders ran up and down my spine. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a good start to 2012.

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  28. That's it, I'm off to see the post about you in your wedding dress at Coles!

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  29. What a year huh! I remember your wisdom teeth posts and your frocktober efforts. Looking forward to reading more next year too :) xx Danya

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  30. Loved meeting up with you this year Catherine. Wishing your family the best for 2013.
    Salz

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  31. Hi Catherine! I hope you'll get a more peaceful year in 2013! It was so funny when you wore our wedding dress at Coles but you looked beautiful!

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