This week we joined The Giant Wiggle in aid of of action for children. It was hosted by our school and they did a wonderful job of making the event enjoyable for everyone taking part, I had just as much fun as the children. The whole morning was themed on the children’s story the Very hungry caterpillar which I think is a great little story for young people. What a fun way to start the holidays whilst helping to raise money for children and families less fortunate than mine.
Good Friday was like a summers day so warm and sunny, isn’t the world beautiful in sunlight. We did more gardening, walked by the sea and ate bags of chips and baked cakes, such a relaxing day. Once the children were tucked up in bed I spent the evening getting ready for our little girls 1st birthday. I loved it, blowing up balloons, wrapping presents, it was quite emotional really as I looked through a year of photographs and planned her day.
After work on Saturday we had friends and their children come and join us for coffee and birthday cake, sadly the weather was the complete opposite of yesterday and was now cold and wet so we couldn’t play the garden games but we all had fun. I kept the coffee flowing unlike her sisters party 2 years before where I kept the prosecco flowing. I was asked about my sobriety and happily chatted about how it has improved my life and anxieties. I know there are a few people who are surprised at how far I have come.
Sunday was a paid day off, fabulous, so not only was I being paid for not going to work but I was being cooked for as well, what’s not to like. We had a family day at my partners sisters, they cook the most wonderful food and today was lamb my absolute favourite. The children did an easter egg hunt and I have never seen so many eggs, over 100, my daughter was amazed and high all afternoon riding the sugar train. Lunch here is a boozy affair and in the past neither me or my partner wanted to be the driver as we wanted to drink, eat, drink, eat, and drink some more.
When we arrived we toasted to birthdays and holidays and good health and I was given a fizzy water to toast with and I felt totally at ease with this and happy. After lunch when we went for the dog walk and play in the park I was eager to go rather than thinking just leave me here to carry on with the wine, I didn’t feel lethargic and lazy. I did however fall off my sugar free wagon and indulge in lots of chocolate and black coffee, buzzing!
This holiday I have crammed in a lot and had a lot of fun and it continues to get easier and more fun the further into this sober world I go. There are only 14 days left of my sober challenge to complete now. What I wonder is will I carry on counting the days after 100 or will they just be days.
Also I might need another challenge to focus on, going back to a previous blog when I mentioned doing another marathon, I don’t have the time to commit to the training needed for a marathon but think I will look for something.