So the December 2017/January 2018 holiday finally arrived… and then, it was over. It always feels too short, and getting used to the normal takes a bit of time, even if the holiday had only been two weeks long. We got back home on Sunday evening, and our little person was less than impressed. As we drove into town, she could barely contain her disappointment: “I like our home, and my room, and all my stuff, but why is the holiday over?” ?
It may only have been 2 weeks (and like Zee, I too want to know why the holiday has to be over) but, as always we made the most of it, and now we’re ready for 2018.
It was a great break – we spent a few days with family (there was some serious bonding time with my precious baby niece); we rested; we jumped (and laughed, and laughed some more) at Rush; we ate ALL the food; we drove 1800 km and took in the beauty that is South Africa; we went on lots of walks (well, Zee would ride her scooter, and they would both slow down so I could catch up – awww); we went on a boat ride and spotted amazing animals; we relaxed by the pool; we played soccer; we drove up a mountain; we got crazy tanned; we got massages; and Shawn grew his annual holiday beard. ?
Shawn even made a surprise booking for the last 4 nights on The Elephant Coast, at Ghost Mountain Inn (seeing as our anniversary is 2 days into the first work week this year) – that was really special, and the perfect place to wrap up the holiday. I’ll tell you more about the place and our stay there in another post.
The holiday was also a break from my phone and iPad. Well, not entirely, but I did switch off the data – I didn’t write or read any blog posts; I was hardly ever on social media except to post a few pics; I even avoided WhatsApp as much as possible. Definitely a “detox” that I’d recommend everyone tried every now and then.
Something I did use my phone for was to take plenty of photos. I played around with the camera, especially during the second week, and it’s the thing I’m loving most about the iPhone X right now! I took these pics without any real effort – I was lounging by the pool, and just clicked away – and I love how they turned out. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I was working with the loveliest model. ❤️
And finally, my fave – the “I see you mom, and I know you’re still taking photos” face. ?
What did you get up to these holidays? And are you all set to take on 2018?