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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

In With the New

Happiest New Year!  We spent the waning days of 2012 among ancient stones and touring Salisbury Cathedral. Seeing Stonehenge, the Magna Carta and lots of English sheep in an afternoon. It is an amazing life for the smalls (us, too) these days.

We're mighty grateful for all of it. And getting sentimental, if not a bit weepy, about all these lasts thrown in with lots of firsts, and juggling a hugely ambitious travel "to do" list for 2013. While knowing full well that some of that travel will eventually include school and house hunting, too. But all of that is good news. We know we're very fortunate and are happy and appreciative. But sentimental knows my name and 'tis the season of reflection - looking back upon one year and looking forward to the next.

The best good news is that we're still on our break! That means tomorrow we'll finally be baking the gingerbread people we've talked about for a few weeks. You can be sure we'll all still be in our pajamas. I'm not rubbing it in. Remember when you were barbequeing in the middle of June and knee deep in swim meets while we were still slogging away with spelling lists? This is a tiny bit of just desserts for an exceedingly long school year.

Remember, too that soon after your many days at the pool that we were bouncing on Stonehenge? I'm not ashamed to say that when we stood in front of The Stones this week I reminded the kids of the giant bouncy monument on Hampstead Heath. More than a few sets of tiny eyes lit up with a renewed appreciation for what they were seeing in real life.

More soon and meanwhile, all the best for 2013 and much, much love.

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