Sunday, December 21

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On Friday night we headed to the city for our Christmas tradition of dinner, gelato, a bit of Christmas shopping and a visit to the Christmas tree.  We got in there a little later than usual so there wasn't really any shopping which was fine but it does mean I still have a little to do this week....We bought our dinner and walked over to the tree but sadly it wasn't alight.  There was a light show on for little ones so we sat and watched while we ate dinner.  Then there was gelato eating, oh it is so good and a must visit if you are ever in the city. My favourite is the coconut flavour.  I probably should try another but when you like something you stick to it or at least I tend to.  So we walked back to the car after dinner stopping along the way to capture the city at night.  There has been a catch up with family this weekend and an exchange of gifts.  I love catching up and seeing my nieces and nephew, they grow up so fast, I do wish it was a little more often but life and other things can get in the way but we make the most of it when we do.  
How was your weekend?  Have you finished your Christmas shopping?
Wishing all of you a stress free week before Christmas.

Thursday, December 18

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 On Sunday we went for a drive to the country to help my Mum out. I always find it a little hard to go up there since Dad has passed away.  Despite him being a man of few words the house is so much quieter, his presence is so greatly missed.  I love going to the country to see my Mum, the fresh air and oh the green, it's looking beautiful again now just in time for summer.  The storms have brought welcome rain, a little ferocious at times though.  I still remember the time when I was in grade two and my Mum came to pick me up early from school so we weren't caught out in the storm, always school time... We've been keeping busy with our advent calendar although this year it hasn't met with the same enthusiasm as previous years.  I'm not sure we'll be doing it again next year but as the girls grow life grows and changes and you just have to go with the flow. One of the things I love (there are many) about Christmas is the lights, I keep the tree lights on all day as well as night.  I hope your week leading up to Christmas is a lovely one where you can find moments to pause and enjoy. 

Thursday, December 11

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Today I took the girls out to the movies for a holiday treat. We took our bottles of water, fruit and a chocolate or two that they received as a gift the day before. I love having children and going to the movies with them, they really are so much fun.  When we came out of the movies the sky was dark, just waiting to rain.  Almost all afternoon it rained.  The sun came out briefly and when I saw it hit the rain it almost looked like fairy lights, it was beautiful. The rain is still falling softly, I hope it continues when it's time for bed, I love the sound of it on my tin roof.  I am so grateful for the rain we are receiving, bringing back life into my garden once again.

Wednesday, December 10

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Another week has passed me by and I'm sitting here and my mind has gone blank.. I do remember I have been a little crafty this week. I have all of my Christmas cards finished, sitting there waiting for me to write on them. I am pleased they are finished, the plan to have them posted by the 1st of December has gone out the window sadly.   Have you noticed though that people don't send out cards like they used to?  I used to get so many but over the last few years I have gotten much fewer, I still love the tradition of sending them out. We've had some rain this week.  A couple of storms, nothing serious but certainly welcome relief. The grass I think turned green before my eyes, it has been wonderful to see again.  My Miss 15 got her first part time job.  She works just a few hours a week in a little shop. It will be good for her, confidence building, independence and most of all money for her to enjoy how she wishes.  I am starting to feel old though, my first born going out to work, how can this be...We went to the park down by the river the other morning after dropping off Molly for a clip.  It was quiet, peaceful, we just sat together and chatted and had morning tea together.  A perfect morning with my girls uninterrupted, a little different to our park visits when they were younger, fun just the same. Enjoy the rest of your week I hope it's a wonderful one.