Thursday, 5 January 2017

That's a Wrap

A rather belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

We enjoyed the holidays at our cousins dairy farm in New Zealand with my family this year.  It was such a treat to be all together, especially since Olivia is starting to understand Christmas and Santa and TOTALLY understand presents!  It was wonderful to have my parents with her to put out the glass of milk for Santa and the carrot for the reindeer - the passing on of cherished traditions and memories.

Lots of resting and relaxing, special bonding time with grandparents and uncle, and hanging out with the livestock.  We even had some cold weather which allowed for a fire on, which next to the Christmas tree really made it feel like Christmas for us.

Now onto the new year which will inevitably fly by faster than the last!


Monday, 28 November 2016

Weekend Edition

Time to start enjoying the weekends again now that the renovations are done!  Admittedly there was a fair amount of cleaning of drywall dust that was done but we did manage to find some time to explore a new (to us) trail, and throw a little birthday party for Daddy! 

Our little monkey is all about the birthday parties and enjoyed helping me bake a cake, decorate with balloons and eating the cake!  She inhaled her piece in seconds flat.

Oh and Jan enjoyed an acrobatic air flight (at least the first half) and fuelled his adrenaline junky needs.  Better him than me!


Monday, 14 November 2016

Dear Stranger

This morning as I was rushing to get Olivia to day care a woman stopped me to say “I just wanted to tell you, you are doing an amazing job”.    Now just before she said this to me I was bent over Olivia trying to figure out why she was whining, tired from early mornings and interrupted sleep, cranky because I hadn’t had much time to myself for the last 4 days and about to snap at Olivia for being difficult.

She stopped me dead in my tracks and I didn’t know what to say.  Because the thing is this was one of those days that I didn’t feel I was doing an amazing job.  I was losing my patience with my daughter, I had a million thoughts going through my head as I tried to sort my day out at work, wondering where we were going to find the time to get our renos completed and constantly questioning my decisions as a mother and if there was an easier way to do all of this.  And for some reason this lovely stranger saw me and felt compelled to tell me how she felt.

This woman said to me that she had a young baby and says to her mother all the time how hard it is, wonders how do women do it and that there I was “doing it and owning it and being amazing”.  On a day when I was feeling myself crack it was a wonderful thing to hear.  Maybe she saw my cracks, maybe not but regardless to be reminded by another woman who is doing an “amazing job” and for her to take the time to tell me I was grateful.

Thank you dear stranger.  This mom gig is hard, this full time working mom gig frankly is really hard and is more draining than I ever imagined.  However we do it and amazingly we seem to survive it.  There are days when I think I’m finally getting the hang of it all and on top of my game and then there are days it all goes pear shaped and I wonder how I’m going to get through the day. Things get neglected, this blog certainly gets neglected, relationships get neglected, I get neglected….  . And to this woman’s point I often wonder how the other mothers do it, especially mothers of 2, 3, 4 children! So to be reminded that I’m doing ok, that we as mothers and parents are doing ok and in fact doing a great job it was a beautiful gift to receive this morning.  Thank you.

Monday, 3 October 2016

A Long Weekend Edition

Long live the long weekend.
Long over due, after long work weeks.

It was started right with a quiet coffee in my new favourite corner of the living room while the other two slept.

Then spent the weekend exploring new spots, celebrating a birthday with friends and hanging out at home.

I'm not ready for it to end.  We need that third day in the weekend, how else can we relax AND get the chores and errands done.  Like this blog for example!