Jodie at Mummy Mayhem gave me my first blog tag yesterday - to post my favourite ever photo.
It really got me thinking. How do you choose your favourite photo? There are so many possibilities - the shot of Abbey on her first birthday, sitting at a restaurant for her first real 'kiddy' meal, an enormous grin on her face; a wedding shot taken by a friend of Steve and I dancing together at our wedding reception, oblivious to any cameras, singing to each other; and a rare photo of my whole family on a trip away last year for Dad's birthday.
In the end I chose this one - a picture of Steve and I (in the middle) with four friends ('the Shenanigans' on the left and 'the Brats' on the right), on a sailing boat in Croatia in 2007:
It was one of those spontaneous trips. The Brats had been living in London for a year and emailed us an update of their travels: 'We're going on a sailing trip for a week around Croatia'. Steve and I Googled it and fell in love with what we saw. Decision made. Then we were walking up the street that evening and bumped into 'he' of the Shenanigans. 'Guess what we're going to do?' and told him excitedly. He thought it sounded great and by the time we got home there was a text from him: 'We're coming too. Don't tell 'she', will be a surprise for her 30th'.
Eight weeks later, Steve, myself and the Shenanigans were flying to London to meet up with the Brats. We spent a few days looking around London and then the six of us took off to Croatia (after that, the Shenanigans, Steve and I went on to Vienna and Paris as well).
It was the best holiday you could imagine; a week of pure bliss. Sailing to a different location each day, stops for swimming in the Adriatic along the way, then exploring and having dinner at the place we were moored. Idyllic locations, interesting historical places to visit, beautifully friendly people and wonderful food.
Our days on the boat were spent lazing in the sunny weather, relaxing, chatting and drinking (we were known to say, just after breakfast each morning, 'Is it too early to have vodka in our orange juice?' and always coming to the conclusion that it was perfectly acceptable to have a vodka and orange at 10am; meanwhile, the guys drank large steins of beer or - you could say - beer by the litre).
Dolphins swimming alongside the boat one morning topped it all off; they looked so peaceful and without care, and completely reflected the mood of us all.
It was a much needed break for each of us. The Brats enjoyed seeing some 'old' friends and warm weather, the Shenanigans had a holiday sans children and away from hectic renovations, and Steve and I were able to take our minds off the fact we'd been trying to fall pregnant for two years.
This photo not only looks to the past though. It also reminds me of the year ahead. We decided, after being in Croatia for 'she' of the Shenanigans' 30th birthday, that we should take a trip to celebrate the 30ths of 'he' of the Brats and myself. So looking at this shot makes me think of the amazing time the six of us (plus the Shenanigans' two kids and Abbey) will have in Samoa in June 2010. Can't wait!
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