25 January 2012

rainy school holiday days daze . . .

Greetings all,
I just realised my eldest is on high school holidays for 8 whole weeks, no wonder she's starting to follow me around.  So it's raining, hard, non stop, i'm hanging washing around the house & the street is a river.  Yet my children have energy to burn . . .
 so we're swimming in the rain . . .
 under angry grey green skies . . .
 still raining, so we trotted off for a hair cut . . .
 & because i've got time to kill & more rain forecast, i've booked the children's haircuts on different days (unheard of for multi-tasking-stacked-appointment me), this child is next . . .
 still more rain . . .
 so being 'cheap Tuesday' we trotted to the movies.  I've been taking different children to a variety of movies, this week was War Horse & i even splurged on pop corn (but took our own drinks, fruit & tissues).  It's glorious, draining, i cried & promised each of my children a pony.  War has changed - without my war expert sitting beside me - i know they don't run on the blow of a whistle across no-man's-land into machine gun fire.  Oh the humanity, so ridiculous & so many lives wasted (& horses!!)     
 I had baked cookies for the cinema but they were eaten warm out of the oven, they left me one lonely star cookie for afternoon tea with my magazines, as it was still raining. 
 We are scratching at straws, it's not all harmony here, i'm not a 24/7 fun factory, i do have to resort to saying things like "why don't you play with paperclips" . . .
 & they do, bless their hearts, of course, totally cute paperclips to play with!!
I love the school holidays: i find school runs, pressing uniforms, making lunch, marshelling children into the garage with bags, hats, drink bottles + homework & sports runs - times 4 children versus 1 adult - repetetive & exhausting . . . compared to barefoot baking & endless swimming . . . 2012 we're doing things VERY differently, i'm only half way into living apart from my husband for 4 years, i have to pace myself. 
So it's zero commitments outside my family, we should purchase our land (by Easter) so i am directing all my focus to the farm.  My husband is going to visit during the school term instead of holidays, takes pressure off me & the high school sports schedule (until 9p.m. weeknights for Volleyball, yawn).  Oh & then there is surgery on my hands, see what i mean, a focus purely on my family including me, that's enough.  Love Posie

17 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

good for you! you've got your (achy) hands full! glad the land purchase seems to be on schedule! hurray!!!

polkadotpeticoat said...

I kept the kids home for a fun day yesterday from school...you need these days. we are halfway through the school year and then 3 months off we can't wait!!!

Jan-Maree said...

i am with you re the daily routine of getting kids sorted for school - 15 year olds are not the nicest creatures in the morning. Love the paper clip creation - very cute paper clips. Enjoy the rest of the hols while you can and I think you are right to rationalize and simplify the routine as much as possible - anything to survive in a better shape and still maintain the family unit in a good way. Happy holidaying for what is left of it!

Michelle said...

Can't believe how different the weather is on your side of town. We had a big storm last Friday but apart from that have had no rain at all.

The paper clips are very cute.

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I don't know how you do it Posie , but nice work on keeping them happy and busy and finding time for yourself.
Hope your surgery goes smoothly.

Sharyn said...

I am so envious of your rain. Here on the far south coast of NSW we are back in drought. We haven't had decent rain since October and with the hot and windy weather everything is burnt and brown. We are on fire watch everyday and every spare drop of water is going on trying to keep my vegie garden alive. We will be buying water within a few weeks as our tanks are now down to the bottom 4 rungs. Sharyn

The Provincial Homemaker said...

Oh dear, rain here too. Ginger's swimming class got cancelled this morning because of the extreme wind. To say I had an upset girl would be an understatement. She already had her bathers on:)

Sounds like you and the kids are making the best of the weather though - glad you have enjoyed a few movies together and are making sure you get the selfcare you need.

BarefootBride said...

mine went back to school this week so we've gone back to trying to be inventive for school lunches (and these are the kids who will happily eat vegemite sandwiches every day on the holidays but turn their noses up at them during term time). friday will be home made fruit salad i think - if we don't eat it all tomorrow on the public holiday with our bbq lunch.

enjoy!

Mum on the Run said...

Okay, I'm sure you made some interesting points - but, how fabulous are those paper clips???????????!!!!!

Seriously, I take my hat off to you - time and time again.
It sounds like you have your priorities in place for 2012.
:-) x

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Sally said...

That sure is enough!!!

Margie said...

A day in the life...I'm pooped just reading about it, LOL! Such a great post! Farm life here you come!

Li said...

hi ya,well i just came across your blog purely by accident, i was looking for photos of stone cladding for the downstairs facade of my Queenslander!

I used to be a soldier at SUR, 1982 -1988 and have been in the regular army since.

Love your blog what a great idea, i am a mother of 2, 13 year old girl and a 16 year old boy. I love that you are spending all that time with your kids.
I depl to EM 6 mths and Iraq 7 mths, long time away from the kids.
Good luck to you and your fam, hope your comes home safe and well soon.

L

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