Well our first Christmas has been and gone..........to be dead honest it sounded great thinking of heading down the beach on Christmas day.....but in reality it just felt weird, for so many years you go through the Hastle that christmas's bring family wise, "where you go on Christmas day-where you go on Boxing day". And for the past 6 months in the uk i kept saying to myself "wow a christmas with our new friends down the beach".
But it was just wrong , i had been warned that the first one was ......crap to be honest, the first time it felt like christmas was heading to our friends for christmas dinner .
The turkey was cooking , the crackers were on the table, and the kids were all buzzing like they do on christmas day and the has to be done glass of bucks fizz......christmas had arrived. Not sure on reflection whether it was a good or bad one overall, but just another part of this strange journey we are all on that is all very different.
So Just when Christmas had been and gone Jac's Dad had arrived on the 29th , who was our first visiting family since landing 9 months ago, we had a fab 2 weeks but then the bit which the people on this side have been through. The goodbyes still suck and there is no getting away from it, so after an odd first Christmas and our first goodbye, we start 2009 , I feel we have taken a little step back.....dont get me wrong we have made a good start( no great ) out here but it has made it clear that it takes along time to 100% settle and thats years not months.
Dont worry the never ending optimist (me:p) isn't fading just reflecting and speaking outloud, good luck to everyone in 2009, stay strong and focused whether you have just arrived or trying to sell your house..............its worth it.
So iam off to the beach to bloody try and crack this surfing lark (even if it kills me)the waves can clear my head....big deep breath and look forward to 2009