It’s the last day of school for the holidays. I feel like I am a kid again all excited for school to break up and the magic of the festive season read to come alive with train rides to see Santa, dropping off presents to friends and Christmas cards, all before we make our way to Ireland for the big day and new years. I had thought I was all ready and somehow my to do list this week just doubled in terms of packing and organizing. We wrote our letters to Santa to tell him we won’t be home for Christmas and a little map of where he can find us in the outskirts of southern Ireland this year.
I am so excited to be spending Christmas in the house my kid’s great grandmother decorated, cooked Christmas dinner and raised her five children in. It’s a house they kept in the family after my hubby’s grandparents died and now my kids get to see all their old photos and put their family decorations up. I get really emotional when it’s a family generation tradition passed down through the family to my kids. It means the world to me that we get to spend Christmas there this year just as Mr P’s grandmother wanted her extended family to do.
THIS WEEK I AM LOVING…
I am back to really working on my Spanish with the kids so most nights if I am not working, I am now studying verbs in textbooks or listening to audio cds. But I have read some great posts this week in the blogosphere. Having It All from the lovely Mummy Adventure is a great insight into what we perceive as having it all and what the fantasy of having it all is that we see on social media. Another one was from our lovely host of #Littleloves – When You Want to Tip Everything Out of your Head and Sort It. Not alone in the slightest here Morgana, I am the same at the moment. I have six different calendars, to do lists taped on the fridge, post-its on my desk, to try and keep on top of it all.
Have you heard we are featured over on Little & Fierce Blog too with an easy Christmas recipe that the kids can do with you. It makes for an excellent afternoon project if it’s rainy. The kids love playing with melted chocolate and sprinkles too. Be careful these Dipped White Chocolate Holly Shortbread bites are highly addictive, best put them out for Santa.
Have you seen us over on Mumsnet’s YouTube Channel we took over it yesterday with our family tree decorating from Homebase. We went for a vintage white Christmas theme which we absolutely love. You must check out our video and please give us a thumbs up!
I finally have bought a “school mom coat”. Yes, I broke down and went for one of those oversized, puffer, faux fur hooded numbers that you see so many about with. It has to be done when you become a school mom. I have to say it’s the best coat I have ever had ever. It’s comfortable. I don’t have to deal with umbrellas and the hood isn’t too big I can’t see. It doesn’t look too bad either so I am very pleased with it as it was in the sale – bonus! It’s been a whole lot of grey and white clothes this week which is normally what my wardrobe looks like. I don’t know why but I swear between my fashion style and home style, I clearly have a lack of love for color. If you asked me I would say the opposite but my actions speak louder for words. The funniest part is I love the most vibrant loud colors I can find for both my kids especially my daughter. I don’t often put her in pastel anything either. Either way, it’s been a week of casual and fancy dressing this week.
This week I have put together our Christmas Tablescape which came out so glittery and bright. I just love the white and grey features together with reindeers and pine trees & pine cones. It feels magical. Even though we aren’t here for Christmas we have had it set up for dinner with Granddad and then dinner with Granny to celebrate before we go.
I have also made a whole year’s worth of festive drinks and baking treats this week. It’s no wonder the waistline is expanding and not liking my clothes at the minute. We got sent these amazing Nespresso capatible pods for coffee, hot chocolate and even sugar-free milkshakes for the kids. I am telling you they are to die for so delicious. I am hosting a giveaway to WIN a large Christmas Hamper full of these poddies, ENTER HERE. Of course, it was the perfect excuse to through a donut party too!
Do you ever ponder the far future? I am the worse at worrying what lies ahead of me and my little family. I worry over things that I shouldn’t even give the time of day. Things that shouldn’t even form a thought in my busy little brain. I have enough going on right in the here and now to always be wondering about the tomorrows. I know it’s a little early for New Year’s resolutions but I really want to try to live in the moment more and not let so much of life speed passed me. My momma always said while I was growing up, I was trying to live life as fast as possible. I completely get why she said this now as an adult, I recognize it. I am constantly packing every day full with things to do, planning, organizing and then checking things off a list and moving to the next list. It does get exhausting. I look at others and wonder what it would feel like to just live life with no lists for a week. I don’t think I could do it but I am going to give it a test go while we are in Ireland. I am taking…hold your breathe…two whole weeks off blogging. (so don’t think I am leaving you hanging) I will still poke in and out of social media but I am not allowed on my blog. It will be the first time since I started two years and three months ago that I took so many days in a row off. I am not sure I will make it but it’s a challenge I am setting for myself. Wish me luck.