Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Gosh. It’s been raining since we landed and we woke up to a gloomy 2018.

We had spent the last day of 2017 unpacking, washing and clearing the boys’ wardrobes. We cleared out 4 bags of their old clothes, most of them too small for my elder son yet too big to fit his younger brother. I have been hoarding these clothes thinking that one day my younger one could fit. But most of the time, it never happens! I would forget about them and start buying new ones!

Perhaps the biggest word to sum up 2017 is Simplify.

Between my husband and I, I am the hoarder and he’s the thrower. He’s a minimalist and through him, I’ve seen what it’s like to live with the essentials. I witness that every time we travel.

From the things we pack to the itineraries we plan. He can travel with a bar of soap and 2 days worth of clothes, because according to him, you can always rewear or wash them! I am secretly glad the boys take after him and they would make fun of their Mom who needs a BAG of toiletries!

I am your typical tourist still learning to be a more adventurous traveller.

Our December last minute holiday in Australia was planned (or should I say unplanned since it was so last minute!) around simplicity. The main itinerary was to explore new hiking trails and get close to nature. We basically parked ourselves in one place for a few days and hiked. I actually felt relaxed, despite all the strenuous hikes. I got to contemplate between my wants and my needs. It was kind of liberating when you got that figured out.

We packed our books and a deck of poker cards. The boys finished all the books they brought and we played cards almost every night. I was so happy that they could actually live without their gadgets and electronic games!

While my elder boy was happy lounging around with a book, my younger one was always finding things to play. He was constantly on a look out for sticks. He collected those which were shaped like ‘guns’ and carry them everywhere we went so that he could shoot ‘enemies’

Then he found a long straight stick and spent many hours sharpening it with rocks. It was sharp enough that if you threw it like a javelin, it would stick into the ground !

At the glamping ground, he made a couple of friends and they would play till dusk.

They wandered off to the remote part of the lake and ‘spearfish’ with the spear he made.

He told me that there was no fish so they decided to see who can throw the furthest rocks. They surprised a flock of ducks swimming in the lake which flew off just before I snapped this picture.

This picture sort of round up 2017 and a reminder for me to strive towards simplicity for 2018.

“In the tapestry of childhood, what stands out is not the splashy, blow-out trips to Disneyland but the common threads that run throughout and repeat: the family dinners, nature walks, reading together at bedtime, Saturday morning pancakes. ” ~ Kim John Payne, Simplicity Parenting (one of my favourite parenting reads)

Here’s to a new year with less things and less clutter but more space for experiences and memories with the people we loved.

Happy New Year.


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