Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Making the Time to Create.

I love to create things. I feel relaxed and content when I can make things. Even something as simple as a card can make me feel as though my day wasn't a waste. (Not that looking after my family and keeping the house clean is a waste but it can be a very thankless job and by the end of the day you are back to square one and preparing to repeat the process the next day with not much to show for it.) This year I have promised myself to make the time to do the things I love. It takes a lot of preplanning and I've found setting a side a day to do this has been the best way to fit it into my life.

Drink bottle covers and a couple of easter gifts.
Do you set aside a particular time or day to create?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Dreaded School Morning Rush.

I love to wake up earlier than everyone else in the mornings at about 6am. The house is lovely and quiet. I can catch up on reading my favourite blogs and have a quiet 'hot' coffee before 'The Dreaded School Morning Rush' begins. No matter how organised I think I am. It's never enough to make the morning run smoothly. I've tried waking them up earlier. Getting more things prepared the previous night etc, etc. It only takes a grumpy child, a lost sock or homework and the whole morning unravels at great speed. Checklists are stuck to our fridge so that Miss 10 and Miss 6 can check off what they have done and where they are headed. The novelty soon wears off and they spend more time looking for their favourite coloured markers to check off the boxes than actually moving. Sigh!

Is there such a thing as an organised school morning?

Or is it just something that I dream about daily that will never come true?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day!

This morning I baked some cupcakes for afternoon tea for the kids and also a simple chocolate cake with fresh cream for our dessert tonight.

We haven't planned anything extra special. An exchange of cards and chocolates is about as fancy as it will get this year. Maybe a 'childfree' date night in the near future might be on the cards.
Hopefully we will be celebrating a little more next year as we've been together 20 years.
It's lovely to have a day dedicated to showing someone how much you love them, but I think showing how much you love someone each and everyday is more meaningful. Not to say that giving and receiving cards, flowers, chocolates and small gifts isn't nice too!

How do you celebrate Valentine's Day?