Monday, December 15, 2008

Hanging on

by the skin of my teeth until I finish work Thursday afternoon.
Who knows if I will blog anything worthwhile between now and Christmas. Haven't even thought about the November Reading Round up - I think I did read something though.

The kids and I put the tree up and I took photos for the SBO challenge but never got time to make the LO for it. I'm giving up on the rest of the challenges - it's just too hard for me to get time to do it. In my more frustrated moments I consider packing up all my scrapbooking and sewing and giving it away because I despair of finding time! But... mustn't give in to self-pity.

Last week was insanely busy with work and school Christmas parties left right and centre. I did get the Christmas cake made, some chocolate panforte made for presents and on Thursday I made the Christmas pudding (aka the Scarlet w*ore of Babylon). True, I did have to get up at 1am to turn off the oven when it was cooked but it is done!

On Friday I made some gift Christmas cakes and lemon cordial. Saturday was the daycare Christmas party and Missy Moo once more demonstrated how different she is to her brother. While he clung to me like a burr, she was up on the stage boogying to the music. Even Santa didn't bother her. Here she is (in the red dress) singing about Santa Claus... he's outside ringing his bells.

I then went to find some summer clothes for the kids because DS only has about 3 pairs of shorts that fit him that don't have holes in the wrong places! And Missy Moo really doesn't fit size 1 anymore however much I try to deny the fact she is growing up. DH needed a couple of new go-to-church-shirts too; the Barkers outlet store had buy one get one half price so I managed to sort that out easily.

Saturday afternoon we went to a wedding.

DS wanted to know what it was all about.

Me: We have to get dressed to go to the wedding.
DS: Whats a wedding?
Me: It's when people get married. You know, like Mummy and Daddy did.
DS: Why?
Me: Ummm.. well, Fred and Julia fell in love and so they decided to get married.
DS: Why?
Me: *inside: aaaarggghh!! So they can't be accused of living in sin? They want to make it legal? They felt like a party?* Just get dressed okay? It's at the beach and there will be sausage rolls.

The latter mention of sausage rolls was a mistake because he then spent most of the ceremony asking me where the food was and when he could eat it.

And there were no sausage rolls.

Fortunately there were sufficient sandwiches to cope with his appetite. I think he's having a growth spurt. He ate 4 helpings of lasagne last night.

Missy Moo enjoyed the cupcakes, and they both liked the beach.

Now the lovely Rachel has kindly awarded me with this Kreative Blogger award. Thank you!

The rules for the award are this:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Provide links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

I'm going to have a think about this one and get back to ya!


  1. Anonymous8:36 pm

    wow you have been busy! I've got lists of jobs to do, things to gets, places to go all coming out of my ears!

    I'm definitely looking forward to the weekend when life starts to slow down a little.

  2. Busy, busy ... hang in there ... Thursday will be here before you know it! Hope you'll find some time to be creative in your days off.

  3. Well first up, hooray for finishing work on Thursday!! I will be working up til Christmas Eve - boo!
    Those are great photos of the kids dressing the tree, and the one in the Santa hats.
    I had to LOL at Tim's conversation about the wedding, and at the sausage rolls! Sounds like something my boys would say/do!

  4. one more sleep and then work is finished yippppe for you. I decided to work up util xmas eve, given I have had about four months off earlier in the year. Funny you should mention the packing up of you scrap geat etc that was what I was thinking as well. But like you we both know we would regret it....hang in there and enjoy your break. Awwww no sausage rolls at the beach wedding.....poor Tim lol. Looks like they had fun though. Isn't it great to see Miss Lydia up there dancing on stage.

  5. Hang in there! I know how you feel. I'm afraid that creativity will have to be post Christmas here! Such cute photos of the Christmas party!

  6. OMG Penny, you are amazing! You are a mum who is working fulltime, with the added time thieves of Christmas parties and weddings and you still manage to make all those goodies! Give yourself credit where it is so deserved girl!

    Love the photos of the kids, esp. the Christmas tree ones and DD booging down on the stage.

    Haha, it is comforting to know that someone else is living something akin to the Spanish Inquisition where every answer to every question is followed up with even more questions increasingly difficult to answer too. Sometimes when it gets to the eleven billionth question in a row I answer "Because that's the way God made things". That shuts them up mwhahhahha.

  7. Lol Penny at the sausage rolls! I'm with you on the SBO chaleenges - I got the first four done, and then no more. I got the Week 7 freebie but haven't had the time to do anything with it. Christmas presents for the teachers were all bought boxes of chocolates (I reckon I'd like that from someone who was so very busy) so that'll have to do. My work is almost done - just the last to do then it's all over red rover from me! Woo Hoo!! Cute kindy pics too

  8. Well ... I will be thinking of you tomorrow (or your today!) relaxing (sort of) once you get to your destination! Hope it's fab and your little ones sleep all mtgs heeheeee!! We head off tomorrow too ... very thankful Mum is here, she's going to look after the kids for us so we don't have to take them into mtgs :-) I know I am so lucky, but I am going to make the most of it!
    You have been so busy ... hope you get a chance to chill & relax and do some things just for you next week! Have a great Christmas. Luv R & Co.

  9. I love it that your kids are so different - who wants to be a clone?

    And these days I try to broaden what I consider my 'creative' outlets (because I never have time to scrap) so I count baking and lemon cordial making in the' creative' bucket and then I don't feel so bad.

  10. hugs Penny. Sounds busy and stressful for you - I hear you about competitions and the pressure! There will be moments when you can create...what I find frustrating is the desire to create and not being able to due to paid work pressures!

    Hope you are enjoying not having work for a wee bit!

  11. No sausage rolls! Oh no!! This time of year seems so frantic - you will get some time to yourself eventually. Funnily enough, I used to scrap way more when I worked. Don't quite know how that happened. Hope you and the family have a great Christmas :)

  12. wow, i am tired out just from reading of all of your escapades.
    love the pics of the kiddos. i can't believe how big they are. and LOL about the wedding conversation with tim. i just love answering the whys with ava too. (groan)
    merry christmas! :)

  13. just catching up on some reading and hoping you had a great Christmas! I like the way you call yr daughter Missy Moo- we used to call my baby girl that as well!