Saturday, 24 December 2011

December 24

the christmas card picture

I can just about smell the snow drifting in from the North Pole, the presents are wrapped, the tree is waiting, the excitement from the smalls is palpable... I think that this is exactly what Christmas should feel like.

I've been super organised this year {of course this has been made much easier because we're not hosting the Christmas festivities}, but for the first time ever, my presents have been wrapped for days and will be ready for the fat man to deliver once the children are tucked up in bed.

... and as promised, the photo above was the outcome of my kid photo session early this month, I didn't put the writing on the front of my actual cards, and I had them printed at a professional photographers printing joint, and they came out so beautiful. They've all been sent, and hopefully received, and now I have a beautiful keepsake for another year. However, the photo below was also one of my favourites...

my favourite picture

... it just shouted at me "THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU TELL THE KIDS TO LOOK AT THE CAMERA AND SMILE!!!"

I also wanted to say thank-you to those of you who still drop by my space here, after a year particularly spasmodic blogging on my part {consistency has never been my strong suit}, and
a really big thank-you for those of you who take the time to leave me a thoughtful and lovely comment. I wish you and yours a wonderful, relaxing and happy Christmas and hope that you get all that your hearts desire.

So have a very Merry Christmas, and I'll be looking forward to showing you the wrap up of the day! x

Thursday, 22 December 2011

December 22

last day of prep
Oooh, what and exciting morning!! Our last day of school for the year, his last day of prep. The school report has been received, all of his journals and workbooks for the year have been sent home, and wow, don't they show a lot of learning throughout the year. The final school uniform has been plucked from the 'clean laundry basket', the final school lunch for the year packed...

As we were grabbing up bags and heading out the door this morning, I found myself quickly grabbing my iPhone for a 'spur-of-the-moment' snap, it's been a big year for him and for me, and I felt such happiness watching him head out, full of confidence {because we've done it so many times now} for his last day of prep.

When we arrived at school I had one of those cheesy high-jinx moments with another school Mum, as we were enjoying the same emotion, and happily said the same sentences at the same time - "isn't it so exciting" "I took a photo this morning of the last day of prep"... it's nice to see that we were all enjoying this little milestone together.

I sent him off into his {now empty} class with his wrapped teachers gift {a wooden chopping/cheese board, with a m&w cheese knife & pate knife} and a card that he had written entirely on his own... now I just have to remember to pick him up at the early finish time!

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

December 20

harvesting

harvest

harvest

I've been looking forward to harvesting my garlic this year, It's all grown beautifully, and it's just a little bit magical finally being able to see what's been happening under the ground for all of these months.

I know that you're not supposed to harvest the garlic until new years day, but given that we are going on holidays, and that it may need some time to dry out, I thought it would be okay to harvest my crop a little early... and I was not disappointed.

It's like a little bit of magic, really... I planted the cloves from two heads, and now I have head after head of glorious garlic, to share and enjoy.

Monday, 19 December 2011

December 19

the donkey

"you mean I'm supposed to sing!?!"

gift time

We've had an exciting day today :: her last day of kinder :: giving of teachers gifts :: losing mia temporarily {again!} :: finding out who other kids prep teachers are :: and enjoying the kinder concert {where Daisy was relegated to Donkey, as her recent track record of stage fright excluded her from playing Mary}

I'm not sure that she would have even come out as 'Donkey', except that 'Mary' had a sure hand on her reigns and didn't give her any other option. She played her role well, but when afterwards when her teacher said it was carol time, she headed straight into the audience to sit on my lap. However, she was more than happy to join her class mates once again when the singing was done.

When we got home our letter was waiting, so now we know which teacher each of our children will have next year. Exciting times I tell you!!


Wednesday, 14 December 2011

December 14

making fire

Last night when we got home our landlord was burning off down the hill. This morning when I headed out to the car I found this delightful little creation...

Sunday, 11 December 2011

December 11

stage fright

stage fright

she's out of control

performing

post performance

This year was our first time at the community carols, Angus' class had made t-shirts for their performance, and he was most excited. So even though Daisy was probably too tired, we were going anyway, so we got her ready for her performance.

As soon as she got on the stage, the stage-fright set it, and she sobbed for half of the performance before being lead from the stage and back with us.

Our boy, on the other hand, was more that ready to get on up there with his class and show us just what they had been rehearsing. He did all of the hand gestures, and sand all of the words, and looked like he was having great fun.

It was a fun little adventure, and I am sure that it will get easier for us as the years go on... there was a little sad moment at the end, where he had a quick photo with his best friend from his prep class, who has moved house and will start at a new school next year. It was probably the last time they will see each other, and neither quite new what to do with that...

Friday, 9 December 2011

December 9

their place

It's been a long time coming, but they* are nearly in....

* being my parents, and in being into their new {16 years in construction} house.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

December 8

late night gifting...

It's been the season for babies!... one, much anticipated arrival, and one surprise text letting a nine-month-secret out of the bag!!

Lucking my shop is quite well stocked, as some late night wrapping was in order...

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

December 7


This is one project that has definitely 'dribbled over the line', as much as I love this blanket, it has certainly been a labour of love, an exercise in 'sticking with it' ... it's taken much longer than I could have envisaged {and given me an insight into why they are called 'granny rugs' :: that's actually because they take so long that by the time you finish you'll probably be a granny!!}

Really as soft and beautiful as my blanket turned out, I wished more that once that I'd known to use 8 ply for it instead of 4 ply, not only would it have got bigger faster, I probably would have finished it much sooner.

That said, it's done now, in 'lap blanket size' and I am more than happy with it {and very glad so see it finished!}

You can see a very bad photo of the completed blanket here.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

December 6

and Max

When we first brought the babies home {many years ago now} our cat max made himself vary scarce indeed. A few years ago when we moved to this house, he spent the first year in the top of our bedroom wardrobe, only venturing out when the house was quiet, to grab a quick bite to eat...

It is so nice to now see him happily pottering about outside, sleeping in the sun, and even tolerating the children when they pick him up and lug him around. Who says that you can teach an old cat new tricks?!?

Monday, 5 December 2011

December 5

lit

It became apparent that the 'new tree' is slightly larger than the tree that we had last year, when we decorated it with the air dried clay ornaments... there wasn't nearly enough. We added a selection of silver baubles, and then it just looked a little too monochrome... the trick was to add 150 multi-coloured lights, flickering and flashing in their special way.

Now the tree looks festive and glorious, and certainly brings that festive mood home.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

December 4

nanna's birthday

Of course December can't be filled only with Christmas festivities... we have many birthdays to celebrate this month, starting with a very enjoyable day with family to celebrate Nanna-Jan's.


Saturday, 3 December 2011

December 3

christmas photo in action

I'm a little late this year, getting organised for the 'annual christmas photo', but really, December 3 is not insurmountable. We had fun playing outside with the bubbles, them in their fancy clothes. Of course there were lots of sillies {and a few grumpy's}, but I did get a shot that I was happy with.

The cards have been ordered and will hopefully arrive by the 15th, giving me enough time to send out our seasonal greetings...

I'll be sure to post the 'final' photo here once that is all done.

Friday, 2 December 2011

December 2

designing

decorating

finished

Ooh, look... another Christmas themed activity! This one has been on my radar for a number of weeks, the notice that came home had more 'remember' dates than the days of christmas! There were notices to return, a t-shirt to buy {wash, dry, iron, label, hang & bag} and return to school on a particular day, there were working bee's to cut out shapes {which I didn't attend} and babysitters to organise so that I could be by his side while he created his christmas t-shirt.

It was nice to have some one-on-one with my boy though, as it's not something that we do very often, and I think we did an okay job on the t-shirt, although I did manage to write 2001 instead of 2011 in the sparkly puff paint! Don't know what I was thinking at the time?...

The t-shirts are now drying at school and will be worn while his class performs at our community christmas carols in a few weeks.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

December 1

nude tree

Phew. I didn't think that I was going to make it, what with December 1st falling on a Thursday (!) but I bought* myself a few hours by skipping Mia's afternoon sleep today, and instead we hiked over to Chadstone {suburb, not the centre} to purchase an artificial Christmas Tree.

I've been trying to decide between between real or fake for a while, and for the last few years we've had the real deal, but it's been a pain to try and keep a real one in good nick for 25 days. By the time Christmas day rolls around, we have pine needles everywhere, the whole tree is looking a little dehydrated and a little worse for wear. Not to mention that we have to pack the tree up pronto {ie: boxing day} because we head out of town for a month the day after, and could you imagine the mess that we would come back to if we left our tree up until New Years!

I started leaning towards artificial, mostly because I wanted something that I could just pack up and stow away until next year. Then be able to pull it out with the minimal of fuss on December 1... a new tradition if you will. But, I didn't want a sparse looking tree, I wanted something that would look as 'real' as possible, but with none of the mess {cutting, transporting, SAP, pine-needles...} so I did my research and found this amazing Chrismas Tree shop.

I really did want my tree up today, so after kinder drop off I drove over there and had the. best. shopping. experience. {I really can't emphasize that enough, as I intensely dislike shopping experiences of the other kind!} The staff said hello when Mia and I walked in, even though they were busy, they had ample staff, so I was left to browse for a minute or so then someone {Lorraine} asked me if I would like some help, she chatted trees with me, made a fuss over Mia, answered my questions, and sorted out my tree for me. Then another lady chatted while she put my transaction through, wheeled my tree out and put it in my car for me, then while I was strapping Mia into her carseat, the lady dashed back out and left a lovely goody bag on my front seat, containing a little bottle of bubbly and some chocolates to enjoy while putting up the tree...

Seriously, excellent service and such a pleasant shopping experience.

The tree itself is now up, and I am de-lighted with how it looks. Lush and realistic. Exactly what I wanted.

Tonight's job will be to lug the advent calender and decorations out of storage, but so far I'm happy just having the tree up.

* meaning that I'll pay for it later when she is overtired and grumpy.