Busy schedules aside, the holiday period also means getting together with family. So that’s what we did… We drank, we ate, we drank some more, we ate some more. There was music, there was laughter, and New Years letters!
Ah yes, one of the privileges of being a godfather. My charming godchild Magali did need some encouragement at first, but in the end she did read her letter out loud. She’s adorable! We got her a huge animal puzzle from WWF we got at the Oxfam fair. We finished it together in one sitting! Did I say she’s brilliant? 😉 I’m convinced she will lead a company or at least a team some day 🙂
To the Notariaat
Christmas and New Year are closely followed by my birthday.
Yes, time flies… I’m 36 now and possibly over halfway there. So what do you to celebrate that you’re getting older?
You get together with the family again, of course!
We went to our favorite breakfast place in Nijlen, the Notariaat, twice. First for breakfast, with my dad Eddy, aunt Anita and Leo, my cousin Tom, Christine, daughter Magali and her mischievous little brother Maxim. (I’m sure he will become a band member of some sort. For now, I’m putting my money on drummer).
The second time we went to the Notariaat with my mum Martine, uncle Mille and Greet for some delicious, oldschool afternoon pancakes. We’re talking European pancakes here, crêpes, not the American ones. All New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier were neglected… although even my uncle didn’t dare go all the way and take the famous Pancakes Notariaat (= ice cream AND chocolate sauce).
We spent some cozy evenings with Sofie’s side of the family too. After nearly 17 years, they’re pretty much my family too. You know how that goes…
So there you have it… now you’ve met the whole cast!
Quality time > Quantity time
This seems a good time for a confession…
I don’t visit my family as often as I should (I know that because some family members can be quite vocal about that). After 36 years they have come to accept that there is always way too much on my schedule. Especially activities which they refer to as “useless”. Writing for my blog for example. Or all the other stuff I listed in my previous post…
I always needed alone time to recharge my batteries and do some creative stuff. It gives me purpose and calms my nerves. Welcome to the life of the introvert. By now they know I prefer spending quality time with my family to going on pre-scheduled visits (or phonecalls). Nevertheless… breakfast or pancakes are always a good idea.
So the past few months were productive, fun, cozy and tasty. I’m happy we caught up with everyone and I plan to spend a bit more quality time with them in 2017.
What about you? How do you balance family-time with a busy schedule? Any person you would like to spend more time with? Why not give them a quick call? Or pay them a visit? Time goes by so fast… Never take anything for granted!