Friday, August 17, 2012

Looking Forward, Looking Back

My Beloved and I celebrated an anniversary recently. It wasn't a big one, but it was good to take the time to say hey, aren't we glad we met, and aren't we glad we realised (in time!) that we should be together.
After having the kids, telling My Beloved we were going out was the best decision I ever made, and it makes me happy that I can say that without doubt or hesitation.
My family swapping and sharing gastro and flu over the last few weeks started getting me down. So I wrote a list of all the things I'm looking forward to in the next few years. And there was so much! In the remainder of this year we have two trips up to Queensland (yay!) a couple of exciting birthdays AND we're going to be done with my Beloved's Master of IT (touch wood) and half way through Med School (touch wood and yay again.)
Celebrating our anniversary (sans kids, sprawled over the hotel bed and sipping champagne, another yay) my Beloved and I talked about all the things we've crammed into the years since we met and started going out. And we wondered if the next six years will be as full.
I'm not sure if I'm scared or excited. A bit of both.
The past six years involved 2 kids, a wedding, living in 3 countries and two states, travelling through 10 countries, three degrees (one finished) and moving house 7 times. Finishing two manuscripts. And um, putting on a few extra kilos.
I'm hoping the next six years involves living in at least one other country (hello, I've been in the same house for 18 months now, this hasn't happened to me since Uni. I keep getting this craving to pack a suitcase. Or backpack. Basically, anything containing a passport.) Another baby would be good... but not till we can afford a cleaner. The degrees finished. My Beloved's specialty chosen. The Poppet and Sprocket happy at school and even more themselves. A lot more books written and hopefully published. We already have our next Big Trip to the UK planned, this time with my Beloved's wonderful family. (UK folk, expect us winter 2014!) And um, those extra kilos lost.
But... here are some photos from the very beginning.
When we were both volunteers in the Solomon Islands...

                             Diving in the Solomon Islands - off Guadalcanal
                         Hibiscus at Maravagi - Central Province, Solomon Islands
     Our Leaf Hut... A Leaf Hut is essential to Happiness. One day I am sure we will have one again.
 Scraping the coconut to make Coconut Cream (There's a sharp bit at the end of the wood I'm sitting on) Just after we moved in to the House of Green Dragons at White River.
                Our Evening Walk at White River, Honiara
                 A Beach Close to Home at White River, Honiara
                   Maravagi, Central Province, Guadalcanal