27 December 2011
the twilight zone time of year
Don't you find this time of year a bit like the Twilight Zone, stuck in no man's land, exhausted without direction?? Full belly from Christmas, family overload & sale shopping . . . if you can get off the lounge, afternoon naps, who lives like this?? It's actually difficult to move forward when you're all planned out & feeling so lazy without an agenda.
A little replay of our Christmas . . . children waited for me to watch them open their Santa sacks (i've never had a child wake before 7a.m. even at Christmas!!) Lots of family phone calls, while i made iced tea & mango crushes . . .
we had pancakes & croissants while the boy finished off each of his sisters' drinks!!
Fun & games until someone gets burnt!! Quick call to my brother for a complimentary Christmas Day burns victim consultation on my 3rd girl who spent 20 minutes with her upper arm under cold running water.
Lunch was Italiano style - simple & delicious, but with hiccups - i put the smoked salmon out first . . . my son ate the entire platter before anyone even sat down & there were tears as we all missed handsome soldier. Then huge scoops of gelato in waffle cones, completely untraditional but it was truly all about fun for the children.
Someone got a sequin pineapple purse (we watched The September Issue on Boxing Day, poses were struck). I have devoured Vogue since i was a young girl, i find high fashion utterly fascinating. I'm so far from a model, but what an interesting life, one of my girls would like to model.
Could not believe my luck at the Country Road sale, the ONLY pair of moccasins they had were red & in my size, yay!! My girls acted like porters & carried the shopping, so cute, especially as i loaded them up on 6 new beach towels & homewares. Also picked up the kaftan i had on my ultimate gift list, $80 off!!
Slightly in shock my first born wears a size 39 shoe, she's not quite 13!! I've had to hunt down suitable flat ladies shoes for her since she was 9, i wait for sales - she did well today. Thrilled with my new foxy shoulder bag from Hive & this oversized beach hat from Trenery. I am not a hat person, but who cares in Summer?? Time to done the Miu Mius.
So i spent my 36th Christmas afternoon, dozing on the lounge reading the new cookbooks the children received, putting a disected shark will full plastic anatomy together . . . listening to a storm pelting the roof, wearing new Peter Alexander slippers, i felt so OLD!! As the children got bikes early for Christmas, their gifts were few & practical - like clothes, educational toys & VS hair dryers - how much fun is 'the big hair styler', it rolls & spins & doesn't tangle!!
Thanks for the gorgeous well wishes this Christmas, i've been able to chat & Skype my husband a couple of times each day, takes the sting out of missing him. We've also found a property i like & he's agreed to consider, yahoo!! It's smaller (about 70 acres) & below our budget, in a great location. Progress!! Love Posie