Oh what an year it was!!! We saw ups and downs, struggled and celebrated, our spirits toppled and took flight. Woah, that was a lot to happen in a single year. But like the adage goes, “All is well that ends well”. While we bid goodbye to 2014 and welcome the new year 2015 with new hopes and aspirations, I would like to look back and highlight a few events that stood out to etch our memories with their stamps. Here goes:
1. I ran my first ever marathon (I didn’t run any after that unfortunately. I had registered for one here in Sydney but it got cancelled for some reason after waiting for 2 months. Gah!)
2. Mantam had their first ever graduation day. They graduated from Kindergarten while in India. (But they went back to Kindy after coming here :-P)
3. I entered a swimming pool for the first time in my life. Our apartment in Blore had a pool but dunno what took me so long to take a dive in. In the last few days of our stay, I decided that enough was enough and took the plunge, literally. With cute little kids for instructors, it was so much fun.
4. I have started being conscious about fitness than ever before. Have been walking and working out as much as possible. Abbas gifted me a fitness band during Christmas. Yay to that 🙂
5. I started a Whatsapp group of all classmates from school and that has been the high point of this year. We have so much fun in the group pulling each other’s legs, reminiscing old times, mocking teachers, discussing all the funny memories. I’m so thankful for the technology.
6. Mantam have developed a passion for reading which is one of the biggest sources of happiness for me. They are seen reading all that they can lay their eyes on. Their love for words also leads them to write, which is great too. They write fearlessly by sounding out words and creating spellings. I can point out so many mistakes but I really love to figure out the logic behind those innovative spellings.
7. I think we have bonded together as a family more than ever before. We went through highs and lows holding each other for moral support. We have learnt the value of money and how we can lead life with basic necessities. Life has it’s own ways of teaching us lessons. We must inculcate the habit of learning those teachings for our own good.
8. We bought a car here as Abbas had to travel 3 hours to and fro work and all the responsibilities fell on my shoulders. We miss our beloved Bulu to a great extent but buying one was a necessity as it would reduce Abbas’s travel time by half and he would also be able to easily pick them. Will write more about the car and the situation under which we bought it in another post (I need to generate some fodder to survive the marathon huh!)
9. Abbas learnt to wash vessels, clean the house and even braid Mantam’s hair. (Not counting the toilet training as it has got a lot of mention already in the blog)
10. Last but not the least, we have become zen like! As in, we are no more bothered about what people say or talk about us. We are too far away to even be worried. We are enjoying our lives to the fullest.
PS: I think NZ and Oz are among the first countries to step onto the new calender year. We witnessed the dazzling display of spectacular fireworks and drifting off to sleep now. Tomorrow is Abbas’s birtdhay and lot is expected to happen. That’s why I thought of writing a post before going to bed 🙂
Happy new year to all of you in advance. All the best to everyone taking part in the blogathon.