Well, I am back in Australia (and have been for 2 weeks!) and we've had our first Christmas home since our big move to Dubai. Firstly, the Xmas celebrations have been excellent and we had a lovely Xmas Day and Boxing Day with the families. Both of the days being probably some of the best Xmas get togethers we've had.
Other than the Xmas events themselves, we have been incredibly busy catching up with family and friends. We have seen as many people as we can and we still have some meet and greets to go before we head home on Sunday and whilst we are very tired, it has been well worth it.
Unfortunately, the Sydney weather hasn't been too kind on us with lots of rainy days, but we have ticked off most of our things to do before we head back to Dubai... I know that I am yet to get a Chocolate Thick Shake yet :-)
Its also been odd coming back to Sydney. After being away for 10mths, I thought that things might have "changed" but the reality is that we have slipped into Sydney and it doesn't feel like we've been away. The people are here, our friends and family haven't really had any dramatic changes in their lives and everyone has welcomed us warmly. We have the "what's it like?" spiel down pat but its still enjoyable to tell people about Dubai and the great life we're having over there.
Also, as it is customary at this time of year, you do look back on the previous year and what happened and you look forward to the new year and what you want to achieve. For me, and for all of us, 2009 has been probably the biggest life changing year for us and it also has been incredibly rewarding. 2008 was a horror year in which the dam burst but I am very proud of me and Niki and the girls because we have really changed tact in a huge way and have made alot of changes that have all been for the better.
And I don't just mean the physical move to Dubai, but that in itself would also be the biggest thing we have ever have happen to Niki & I since the birth of the girls.
We have made many new friends in Dubai, but we have also retained the good friends of Sydney and in short 2009 has been brilliant.
So, what for 2010? Well, we are over the "hurdle" of the move and have settled into our new life... so I guess 2010 will be the year of travel and enjoyment. I personally want to drop the 25kgs I have added over the past 3 years and spend more time bettering my health but also as a family, we're looking forward to the new experiences that the world can give whilst still keeping the home roots of Australia close to heart.
I know that this blog has suffered a bit in 2009 and perhaps its a sign that the therapeutic need I had to vent my spleen has dropped a bit... but Lime Kettles will enter its 7th year next year and will continue on. I hope that the readers of this corner of the Internet, both friends and strangers, continue to read and post the odd comment that you're out there :-)
So to you readers, I hope your Christmas was also great, that 2009 was kind and that 2010 will be better than any other year!