- Our almost 48 hours away was awesome. Husband and I’ve not had a night away sans kid(s) since before darling son was born over three years ago. I’m not going to regale you with stories as our adventures are our own, but our time away was refreshing and necessary.
- On a related note, we were last in Athens, Georgia for a wedding four (or was it five?) years ago for a long weekend in March. The wedding and weekend were beautiful, but husband and I felt that we’d never be able to move back to town if life presented the opportunity. We were chuffed when we realized during our trip that we feel differently now and would happily move back if it made sense.
- Our time away prompted a bit of self-reflection on how different our lives are now versus what we thought life was going to be like when we left Athens 14 years ago. We were among the lucky few we know who were able to get real, adult jobs in town upon graduation and that year let us be adults, albeit with training wheels. What a life we’ve had thus far and I wish I could go back in time to tell my 23-year-old self to enjoy the ride a bit more.
As the year winds down, I am spending some time before my parents arrive tomorrow reflecting on the changes this year has brought to my life. While I won’t go into too much detail here, 2013 has been wonderful and exciting. We started the year in London with dear friends of ours and will be ending it in Sydney with family. In between, we visited Belize and Guatemala, I changed jobs, moved from the Washington, DC area to Canberra, and spent eight lovely days touring the southern island of New Zealand. I’m looking forward to the changes and adventures that are in store for us for 2014. Best wishes to you and your families!