Thursday, December 31, 2015
These days between Christmas and New Year are very unique....
No one has to be anywhere much....we've all eaten way too much and been social enough...
They are nothing days....but in a good way
We took the kids crabbing on one of the nights...it was hot ...too hot to stay home...still, with no breeze....perfect for crabbing...
A haul of 4 crabs was just what the crab loving ones in our family love.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
So I posed to my family that we give up a little of ourselves on Christmas day to be available to those who might need extra.
Feeling a little unsure, they did agree. We found somewhere local that was hosting a Christmas breakfast for those who might not have anywhere to be.
We arose early and headed out the door...presents unopened.
We made ourselves available for setting up,serving, hanging with kids and flipping bacon and sausages.
When we were finished.....it was realised that it really was something that we had needed to do and that starting our day that way was such a refreshing way to begin the festivities.
We continued onto a family lunch feeling filled up on knowing that we helped make a difference to about 300 people.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
We may not have had the yearly family photo yet...
Written the family letter or any cards for that matter
moved the elf for days at a time
Called friends to wish them a Merry Christmas
Returned emails from lovely friends who have sent their hellos
I have sat at my machine and sewed some gifts
made a pavlova and 3 Carrot Cranberry loaves for gifts
cleaned the bathroom
nearly wrapped all the gifts we weren't going to buy this year
went op shopping with my girl and found the perfect pieces for the Christmas socialising
had a cuppa with each sister
remembered to put the lights on the tree most nights
went to our church's carols nights
worked a few shifts in my new retail job
managed a couple of blog posts
It is felt all a little "unpretty" this year.....but there has been some healing, some making new ways, planning for the coming days....
the coming days will bring a new thing......
So Happy Christmas and may you be touched by the true meaning of Christmas.
Monday, December 21, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
After a lot of thought and soul searching I said goodbye to the one thing I have loved for the last 8 years...
Said goodbye to the 100 plus mums,dads,grannies and more importantly the awesome small people that have added such joy to my days.
They spoiled me with words, gifts and lots of hugs. There were tears.....and sharing of memories and we ate way too much food over three days.
Some of my beautiful families have been in our playgroup programme for 6 years...some just this year.....but they have all worked their way into my heart and I will miss them heaps.
It doesn't make sense to give up something so special, but it is time.....with all the changes this year it does feel like I am meant to do this.
So today I have woken up relieved that I made it through the week of goodbyes....I am tired but filled up with goodness knowing that together with my fantastic team we have made a difference in families in our community.
I guess now I need to put some thought to the coming week and get myself out there for some Christmas gift shopping.....
maybe I will just hibernate for a day or two and gather myself and my emotions......plenty of chocolate sitting on my kitchen bench.