14 August 2011

a stop. start. up. down. weekend with a huge surprise

Greetings all,
Wow, you bloggie folk are the best ever, i can't thank you enough for all the comments over the past week as i've been exhausted, ill & flat - all things which fly in the face of who i am & what i'm about (energy, health & happiness).  
My darling husband could sense how dreadful i was feeling & took leave to come home for the weekend - you can imagine the exciting surprise on Friday afternoon when he flew in & turned up on the doorstep.  Yay!!  A whole 48 hours with my handsome soldier.  I never ask for pity - we chose this life - the Army & more recently, to live in 1300km apart, so my husband could concentrate on his career (wars/ courses/ training/ exercises/ promotions) & our eldest transition to high school smoothly (our 9th school) . . . everyone is flourishing personally, but it is a long road & a lot of work to raise children physically on your own & spend this much time away from your favourite person in the whole wide world!!  It was meant to be 2 years, then 3, now it's looking like 4 or 4.5 years, eekk!!  We can do it!! 
 Exciting image of our kitchen sink . . . but it offers up clues of our weekend - a delicious made-from-scratch tandoori chicken BBQ dinner with rice; flowers for a client; remnants of baking; freshly squeezed orange juice . . . capping off a busy weekend. 
My donations to the school bake sale . . .  
 my muffins look whipped rather than mixed, but i can barely grasp a wooden spoon with my hands (carpal tunnel) is really playing up so the KitchenAid did the work for me.  
 The latest stationery purchases (delivered on Friday) - now to think up what to do . . .
 completely love these handmade stamps - i want to use them on fabric or tape . . .
 & i need to make a new range of gift cards/ tags, these sticky rings from Japan will help with inspiration . . .
 for my next Handmade market i want to put together stationery packs & work on the packaging/ display - i think these stumpy pegs are perfect for the job!!
 I'm being very restrictive with the sharing of the vintage stripey straws while i work out what i want to do with them, but they just make drinking so much fun for the children, so i let them have a couple on the weekend.  
 I should start a series called "images you don't want to find on your camera" . . . always taken by the children . . . this is an outdoor puppy who is only allowed inside at night, after the children are asleep, to patrol the halls & keeps us safe, um, can't you tell . . .
look at that Winter coat around his bottom, SO much fluff, he leaves a trail.
So it was a very stop. start. up. down. weekend with parties, events & cuddles.  I'm so thankful my husband was here to courier the children around while i flaked in the passenger seat of my life, if only for the weekend.  He has great timing that boy!!  Love Posie


28 comments:

Tas said...

I did read the whole post but the bit where hubby turned up as a surprise had the romantic in me all swooning and everything else became a blur.

How lovely for you x

Mookah said...

Oh, how lucky are you! We all need a little surprise every now and again.

The Moerks said...

It sounds like you are feeling much better. Bummer about the carpel tunnel. Must make the crafting hard work. I love how you and your hubby don't let a little thing like 1300kms get in the way of shared parenting. Rest up Posie and have a fab week. Deb

Felicity said...

Yey for surprises - unexpected and lovely!

I'm so pleased that you were able to rest a little more on the weekend and hope that the week ahead is smooth.

xx Felicity

PS: Our dog Luke has so much crinkly winter fur on his bot that I joke that he's wearing disco pantaloons from the 70's!

Tiff said...

Happy to hear your Mr checked in with a surprise visit! That would have been uplifting! My intern had a similar experience, her soldier came home to surprise her too, that meant he could bring her to, and pick her up from, the big sleepover! You may choose the lifestyle, but those simple treats of spending time with loved ones are moments to be treasured and I think you might just appreciate them more than us that have those loved ones around all the time! I love the look of that baking! Hope you are on the mend and are feeling energised for the week ahead! X

Sindy said...

nothing like a big strong handsome man appearing on the doorstep - and one who cooks so well too! Plus he gets to see his lovely wife and children - win win.

Leonie said...

Oh thats wonderful!!! I really admire you and your positive attitude! I always come away from reading your blog inspired to get through our current situation.
Im forever conscious about the school thing too, we're up to 5 already ourselves...about to make it number 6.
You do such an amazing job, look at all that baking! wow.
And I am absolutely swooning over those stamps!! wow!!! love!

Flying Blind... said...

Glad your weekend turned into the one you deserved xxx

Bree said...

I want those cupcakes now! In a wanty wanty wanty pregnant way!

Lovely surprise from your hubby, what a man! I was actually thinking about you and your life today...

Bree

Tammi said...

A surprise visit was just what you needed Jennie..I can just imagine the squeals of excitement from you all :)
That is a delightful package you got, absolutely adore the stamps.

xx

Amy said...

Yay for the surprise visitor!

Hope your feeling better

xx

designed to a T said...

HIiPosie, sorry to hear you haven't been well, but glad to hear that someone special knows when to drop everything and head home. The kids must have gone hyper to see Dad! Get better..I haven't commented for a while, but still keeping an eye on things from afar...rest up...T

loulou said...

Now miss posie

I am coming down to you and packing you up and moving you up here - you need to be together - like salt and pepper!

I hope you are feeling a bit better and wow - what a wonderful surprise for you and your children.

you take care

x
Loulou

Mama of 2 boys said...

What an uplifting, feel good post Posie :o) So sorry to hear you haven't been feeling your best of late. Very pleased you had your handsome soldier by your side for the weekend though, sometimes just having someone 'there' is all you need. Though it sounds like he's a tremendous help also. Loving the pic of your doggy up on the bed sleeping... what a cheeky fella ;o)
Your contributions to the bake stall look scrumptious too... I am really into the baking thing right now... I go through phases of baking like a crazy woman! Take care and hope you're feeling better placed for the week ahead xo

Taylor Made said...

So pleased to hear of your very special surprise....hope that is enough to kick start your week ahead. Hope it's a good one.

Naturally Carol said...

So good to hear that the wonderful Soldier Boy was your hero in your time of need! Great collection of goodies by the way.

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I am so happy your soldier made it home as a surprise for you. I am in awe of how you make it work and still have so much time to be creative and find all that stationary eye candy.

Kylie said...

Yay. He knows you so well and you needed him. Hope that you have a great week. Thinking of you and hoping that this little visit can get youvthriugh another month or so until you can see each other again.

AllIsClear said...

3 things.... Firstly, thrilled about the handsome soldier's arrival - very damsel in distress of him...! Secondly, sorry to hear about your hands and thirdly, very envious of the stationery. Hope you have a better/good week.

Brenda said...

What a lovely surprise you had for the weekend, nothing like having your soldier home to make you feel better.

I'm also loving your stamps, very nice!

Sannah said...

What a WONDERFUL surprise! Yay! It must have been just wonderful to have him home for the weekend, especially after your tough week. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, lots of wonderful common sense! The wedding is actually north of the city, and the reception is out towards mosman, hence why i feel a bit nervous about getting there. I'm sure I will be fine though, once I am there. Just nerves!! And I am so glad to hear that you have found a school that you are happy with. Although the montessori sounds lovely too, I imagine you miss it :) Hope you have a lovely week, and look forward to reading your next post. Maybe it could be about choosing to have 4 children?? I am feeling a little clucky at the moment, and wondering how people know that they want to go from 3 to 4 children!

ally said...

What a lovely weekend!
Love those ring thingies from Japan - linky??
And what a great favourite person

TexWisGirl said...

oh, i bet your hubby blew in like a welcome breeze! what a sweetie! glad you sound better!

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

Posie, HUGE HUGS for feeling so crappy but big smiles for your lovely weekend surprise visit :)
A friend of mine has had bad carpel tunnel as well after having her first bub, but acupuncture is working really well for her.
Hope this week is better for you xoxo

Mum on the Run said...

So glad your Hubby is so well atuned!
Love your phrase 'in the passenger seat of my life'.
Hoping you're feeling much better this week.
:-)

Sewandthecity said...

It is so nice that you appreciate those little precious moments in life. It is unbelievable how often we take things for granted. I love the “hand -made" stamps.

Seaweed and Raine said...

I think your man may be better than one in a million Posie! I DO hope you are feeling better soon, and that your carple tunnel settles down quickly too.
Love those straws and stumpy pegs! :)

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