14 November 2011
it's beginning to look a lot like i should be doing more Christmas shopping
A little bit thrilled with this wooden tree from TYPO, but really, it just reminds me that i really should knock over the Christmas shopping for others, not myself. I'm not spending Christmas Day with any family this year (is it wrong that i feel empowered??) but i have to get gifts to them. I plan to do up a hamper for each family (5-6 people, 10 families + individual gifts for the children). Honestly, until i get a date for hand surgery, it's just not at the forefront of my mind.
I dream, in the future, this hook-laden-tree, will hold the keys to our cars, tractor & quad/ trail bikes. Isn't that cool & scary at the same time, my children on the road, eeek. I loathe looking for keys, especially if like on "The Castle" we need to move 4 children's cars out of the way to get to mine!!
With Christmas gift hampers in mind, i headed to the Farmer's Market on Saturday to scout for ideas. Brandy Butter, Puddings, Organic Chocolates . . . mmmm. With only 3 children doing Little Athletics, i took my solo 3rd girl with me, unfortunately she's the hungriest child on earth & eats her way through the samples like Homer Simpson. I oblige by buying what she recommends . . . 5kg fruit, juice, lunch & dinner (rolled roast beef) for the entire weekend. So easy to feed my athletes lunch of Turkish Bread & avocado dip. I'd never offered my children honeycomb?? Yumbo.
Bottom of the barrel $5 lillies, thank you!!
This little runner & jumper won her hurdles, high & long jump on Saturday. When we had twin babies, we decided to raise them independent of each other & not compare. But this year in the same class - who gets to be class captain?? They took it in turns, unspoken agreement to nominate for different semesters (still voted by class mates, they're not dictators!!) It didn't occur to me until year 2 that actual races . . . with places, would mean direct competition & comparison. As it turns out, they take it in turns (on ability, trust me, they zoom past each other without a side glance on the track) winning the 200m, 800m, long jump & cross country each year. Oh look, you can see her latest missing tooth.
How is your Monday?? I have to return to school at midday with a swim suit for this clown above who has swimming lessons. Argh!! Her sister & brother sensibly wore their suits, ready for the pool & of course, when i dropped them this morning she blankly looked at me & said "no one told me to put my towel & swimming costume in my bag". Oh those are the Monday mornings you just want to scream, but i didn't, i had two choices: buy a new costume & towel in the city, or go home, collect & deliver. I went home & blogged. We live out of town, i'm not making 3 trips, so i'll get back to Christmas shopping list.
Are you knocking over the Christmas shopping?? Are you actually not religious but everyone expects a gift anyway?? Do you think nieces & nephews over 18 should still get gifts from you?? I have 19 nieces & nephews, time to cull a few, non?? It's hard not to be the token bahhumbug, we have large families & i wonder if they even care, when they get a gift in the mail, among so many others?? I ponder, love Posie