December 20th

Saturday, December 20, 2014



Elf? The Snowman? Arthur Christmas? Die Hard? There are so many good options.

December 19th

Friday, December 19, 2014


I don't think we'll end up doing this one. The kids are all enjoying a pyjama day and I haven't organised any supplies. We can gather some sticks on our bushwalk this afternoon and dig the rubber bands out of the desk drawer but it might just be clapping sticks and strummies this year.

December 18th

Thursday, December 18, 2014


This has become such a lovely tradition, we look forward to it every year.

December 17th

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy 10th birthday to our wonderful J. Fruit cups for the classroom treat and dinner in the backyard tonight. I think it's going to be a great day.


December 16th

Tuesday, December 16, 2014



It has been a year filled with blessings and avoidance of bad luck. We have much to be thankful for.
The events in Sydney overnight are very upsetting and make the things for which we are grateful feel precious and fragile.
I'll ride with you.
Peace and goodwill to all.

December 15th

Monday, December 15, 2014


We are gathering our supplies.

December 14th

Sunday, December 14, 2014


December 13th

Saturday, December 13, 2014

It is always a good day to have an early dinner at the beach. Today it is 10 years since we lost my dad so it felt especially good to have the sea breeze blowing away the sads. We still miss him so much. I often feel unreasonably annoyed at tv producers who keep making shows that I know dad would have loved but never got to see and today I felt unreasonably happy to see Sweetie eating his fish and chips with a fork, just like dad would have. It seems that cutlery preference is a genetically inheritable trait. I wonder which strand of DNA it sits on?  I hope it is on the band near courtesy and joy in small things, near a twist supporting eyes that sparkle and a love of reading. If Sweetie carries those things forward I will be a very happy mama, and a very proud daughter. 





1943 - 2004. Forever in our hearts, our family stories and our sparkling eyes.

December 12th

Friday, December 12, 2014



December 11th

Thursday, December 11, 2014



G has started using the glass doors on her wardrobe as a whiteboard. I love her To Do list style.

December 10th

Wednesday, December 10, 2014



One of my beautiful neighbours brought brownies over yesterday afternoon just as we were getting home after school. How lucky are we, dear reader? I ate one for you. It was delicious.

December 9th

Tuesday, December 09, 2014


We move the activities around each year to make sure that it fits in with all the other Christmas/end of year things that we have on. In between concerts, masses, speech nights, etc it can be challenging to make the space in each day to do the advent activity. Many of them, like today's drawing pictures are very adaptable. Some years we pack up all the art supplies and head to the park to draw in the open air with a picnic and serious artistic intention. Today it will be a quick picture while the kids have afternoon tea before we head back to school for the end of year mass where choirs of angels will sing. Truly adorable angels.


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