08 July 2011

things i'm loving 'snow day' & i'm grateful for 'love'

Greetings all,
Oh finally, it's school holidays for Canberra!!  To celebrate the last day of term, my 3 primary schoolers were invited to dress for Snow Day & dress for snow they did!!
Check out the beautiful weather, it was still -1C when we dropped them at school (yes WE, my husband flew in 30 hours early, yesterday afternoon).  He was thrilled to leave warm & sunny Brisbane to arrive just in time for a -6C Canberra night.

 Very Scooby Doo outside in the thick fog.
 I had my leather gloves on & enjoyed the car heating.
 A nice surprise waiting at the post office - my on line orders from my head-cold-shopping - just in time for my husband to see.  As our fabulous post office lady said "you can't exactly hide 3 giant floor cushions & smuggle them into the house like shoes".  I say fabulous as she is equally as excited about my orders of fabric, twine & vintage wax paper stripey straws as i am!!  Ooppss, i ordered 450 straws, my head cold did last a few days, i was delirious & they have been a huge hit with the children.
 Oh why thank you Donna Hay, these DIY brownie & macaron mixes will do nicely as i perch myself on your indulgent floor cushions (FYI cushions reduced from $140 to $69.95 + $9 shipping each now - i've been told we're NOT visiting her General Store when we visit our parents in Sydney) & every order comes with a box of pencils.  I left a little note saying 'if you have any spare pencils, i have 4 big Donna Hay fans who would make good use of them' & da dah, 4 boxes of free pencils were beautifully wrapped up in blue tissue paper with the order.  What a treat!!
 Mmmm . . . for more Things I'm Loving, go visit the lovely Paisley Jade today.
Now to double up this post with I'm Grateful For with Maxabella Loves, as i have one busy weekend (looking at farms, yippee) . . .
 As i mentioned, yay, my husband is home - 2 whole weeks of fun & games with the school holidays.  To celebrate i treated myself to this beautifully embroidered heart by Plushka (hi Katia, gorgeous to see you here in windy, blustery, blizzardy Canberra this week) which will sit nicely with my heart collection (red one by Plushka, linen one by Red Stitch Designs, hi Brenda!!)
 Handsome soldier sent me flowers mid week, i've been pretty run down, exhausted & desperate for some time off the school run & homework judging, what a lovely surprise!!  Oh the joy of sharing the parenting, if only for a couple of weeks. 
What do two lovebirds do after 2 months apart - that's right, turn out the pantry, pull out the fridge & clean behind it + sort out all the bits & pieces which found their way to the top of the fridge.  We were heading to our favourite restaurant Poacher's Pantry for lunch, after a spot of shopping in the city, but handsome soldier felt a bit heady & unwell (no doubt frozen) so we picked up a movie (RED) & enjoyed crusty BBQ chicken & salad rolls, mmmm.  That my friends is how you keep 15 years of marriage alive.  Next we're changing lightglobes!!
Finally back on regular internet speed, yay, blogs here i come.  Love Posie
Thanks for the super encouraging comments on my talk to the high school girls about a career in design . . . they were a mix of nervous & shy, keen & so totally not interested.  I was teamed up with 2 former students who were studying Industrial Design & Engineering, we all had very different angles to discuss from 'the panel'.  They were impressed by different things - famous clients, glossy magazines, published books - each group of girls was completely different.  I did give away surprise prizes to the girls asking the best questions & handed around copies of Handmade Living for them to flick through, something tangible & the teachers loved that too!! 

30 comments:

ally said...

oh always be grateful for love (and early homecomings!!)
....and Donna Hay :-)

yardage girl said...

Have fun looking at farms ... I would love a farm of my own too! Best wishes for a truly lovely 2 weeks with your whole family together. Nic x

Sindy said...

Lovely flowers - it helps when keeping a marriage alive to have a thoughtful husband as well as a super-wife! Memories of the heat in Darwin and your washing drying in an hour should keep you warm. Enjoy your manly time - shared decisions are always so much easier...

Miss Prudence said...

cleaning behind the fridge is a very under rated role LOL - but you can make brownies together now.

Hootnz said...

Looks like you've had a great time shopping... enjoy your time with a united family, and good luck in farm hunting.... also great to see that the lecture went well :)

Nic said...

Um $80 for a box of biccie mix??!!?! I hope they are very large boxes!

Maxabella said...

You are in purchasing heavs, Posie! Enjoy your solider. x

Kate said...

Hooray!! Soldier boy is home. I hope the 6 of you have the most wonderful couple of weeks holidays and find a fantastic farm that ticks all the boxes.

Posie Patchwork said...

Thanks Nic, drew the distinction between whether the brownie mix was $80 or the cushions . . . actually put in a link & realised the cushions were only $69.95!! They used to be $140, i got one for $100 but when they were reduced to $70, i figured we could do with more, they are truly brilliant, love Posie

The Moerks said...

HI Posie, I was so excited about reading about your Donna Hay purchases, I just did a post and linked it back to you. ;)

brismod said...

Wow, Donna Hay nirvana! Enjoy. Too funny about cleaning the fridge with your hubby. He really must be the "One". xx

Sarah B said...

Yes, I get in trouble for too much internet shopping. The last fancy thing I bought I had delivered to Mum and Dad's so I wouldn't get in trouble (even though it's my money!) How sad is that?
Have a great weekend with your husband once he thaws out :)

Naturally Carol said...

Fabulous that Soldier Boy is back in town..a great fortnight ahead for you all! Loved your Donna Hay package too..please let us know how that macaron mix works out..I'd love to know..it maybe the only way I'm going to taste a macaron..short of going to the big smoke or making them from scratch, I guess.

texwisgirl said...

love that practical married life! :)

Jodi @ The Scribble Den said...

How sweet. Enjoy your family time.
(and what a beautiful family it is)

visiting via Maxabella Loves I'm Grateful for ... x

Taylor Made said...

Woohoo for school holidays we started today too.....no -6 here but still cool enough to hibernate inside for some of the next two weeks....enjoy your time together as a family.

Silver Threads of Happiness said...

How fantastic that having your husband home coincides with school holidays, your children must be just as stoked as you are to have their Daddy home when they are around too.
Enjoy those Donna Hay goodies, and the lovely chocolate treats you saved for when your man was home. x

Kylie said...

Yay to have Soldier boy home - we are about to loose ours again:( Looks like all enjoyed snow day.
Love you take on keeping it real in a relationship - I sent DH into the roof the minute he walkied through the door:)

Posie Patchwork said...

OH yes, how good for remembering, i saved all the chocolate from my boutique chocolate factory visit for my handsome soldier, no nibbles or seaking any of it. Love Posie

Sarah@Dolls And Daydreams said...

What a lovely post! I bet you're super happy to have your chap back home ... ahhh that's so nice! Here i am stressing that mines been away 3 days and yours was away 2 months! I'm sure you'll all have a lovely time!

The Provincial Homemaker said...

Oh, hope you and your kids have a lovely holidays with your hubby.

Kymmie said...

You guys are so romantic, which is normal for partners who are away from each other so often. My heart breaks for you because I know you'd love him to be home much more. Beautiful flowers, delicious Donna Hay (oh my!), and four lots of pencils, very nice!

Happy Grateful Day. xx

PaisleyJade said...

I'm still drooling over the macaroons...

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

oh Jennie, enjoy having the solider home! yay - i wouldn't be surprised if you ditched the blogging for two weeks, what with the absence you guys have to endure!! Love all your goodies too - Donna Hay! Goddess!!! Have a blissful co-parenting holidays xx

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

oh - and with a husband home each night, our lightbulbs still don't get changed. three blown and it's been 6 months ;-))) xx

jody said...

lovely photos! they look so happy and cosy! x

Kellie said...

Oooh, yes, Donna Hay!! *Nods head* I'd be grateful for that too!! ;)

Kate said...

Full of interesting and good reasons to be grateful.
Homecoming sounds sweet - define your own love story.

Seana Smith said...

Hello via Maxabella's Grateful. How lovely to hear that your hubby is home; you guys have a really long, long separation. Mine was away a lot for a couple of year and will work overseas again. But home at the moment and I must say life is SO much easier. Enjoy the holidays.

Posie Patchwork said...

The macarons were AMAZING, do try & just found you can get them from regular supermarkets, ahhh, yay, love Posie