Isn't it a funny time of year? Not season-wise- I love the crisp clear blue sky, the falling leaves, the light, the changing scenery, heck even the rain, but i admit to barely getting chance to look up and take it all in. I want to stop and see it all so much more, that I'm on a mission to do so. Thing is with now, being a mumma and all, life is just one big M A D run up to Christmas.....meetings, school plays, school concerts, dance shows, shopping, delivering gifts, grocery shopping, organising the get together, design work, Christmas cards......all mad crazy mess that makes me turn green just trying to figure it all out. Normally I don't have many scheduled things, just a few things that i do every couple of months -hairdressers, long distance friend meet up, visit/have over relatives etc etc...but now I have at least one thing booked in EVERY DAY -bar two days- until Christmas. I have to keep telling myself i can handle that, because the old me a year or so ago certainly couldn't of. I know some people thrive manic busy days, I don't; I like my home, my family, my 'time, so much as I, of course, want to do, or be involved in, everything thats going on, its an effort you know? Funnily enough, speaking to a few people about this reveals they too feel a little over whelmed 'dont-think-about-it-just-do-it' as one of them said. I take some comfort in hearing that, seeing how seems sometimes all around me people are organised and rushing about and loving it. not always so. I sometimes go to Mumsnet this chat site and relish in the threads of conversation about how to cope/what to cook/what to wear/what to give/what to say. Pick up a billion top tips, and the immense relief of other 'non' stepford wives being alive and well. :)
so memo to self this season, slow down, calm down, don't over hype and relaaaaaaax some more. now then, anyone know a good website for actually achieving that?!
As all my American friends are busy finishing their thanksgiving holidays I feel a pang of envy; such a shame we don't have some kind of similar holiday here, don't you think?
Christmas without the stress of presents? getting together with people you love? Counting your blessings and taking time to remember how lucky you are...(and not to forget, as I keep getting told, the masses of holiday food. LOL!) All sounds good to me! I have such a lot to be thankful about, and I am too, far more upsides to my life than downsides. :) I am eternally grateful for being a SAHM, getting to bring my children up full-time, when so many other don't have the choice, and for having the time and chance to create my artwork. I am a thousand times blessed with all my happy healthy talented children, and I can get beyond mushy over my Hubby, who (mostly...) is a real rock of support tho thick and thin. I have some really close friends who know and love me just as I am (ala bridget Jones) Oh and of course I am lucky enough to have a 'Grouch' list down the side here to dump all my grumbles and grievances! LOL!!!!
Plus, if we had some kind of thanksgiving, it would break up the mad rush towards Christmas. It feels alot like running down a VERY big hill, where you cant stop and life's crazy, til you fall in a heap on Christmas afternoon. No wonder we all get deflated the day after! the hype and build up is massive -or 'fuuuuuuuuuuge' as my three year would say :) - and the pressure is quite something. so I'll start a 'new holiday' campaign if you'll all promise to sign it.....
Biggest congrats to my lovely blog-mate Sarah, who's now seeing her scrapping in print, she really deserves it too. she has a fabulous wonderful arty style, always beautifully done. -Sarah can i link to your picture and show everyone??
Oh seems we have another actress in the house...Moll has been cast as an angel in her first ever preschool play. ahhhhhhhhhh. thats SO going to make us cry! Mind you i have yet to 100% believe its going to happen, she is a little inconsistent on if she will or wont put the outfit on. this is after I had to spend three days convincing her angels wear dresses and not, unfortunately, trousers and a tutu... She is least keen on wearing the wings, so I have visions of everyone in the audience wondering who the heck the girl in white trousers stood at the back is supposed to be. ... I am photographer that day so hope to share it with you, (all being well and angels wearing wings that is...)
Ah, yes, Christmas shopping. I am right in the middle of mine and, well lets put it this way, I'm dreaming of January. This year am particularly challenged by an interesting budget set by Mr Britguy, -interesting because its around half of what I'm normally out spending for Dec 25th. Of course he feels no pressure over Christmas now, he's done his part; provided lump sum for Christmas. Now its down to me; just have to find amazing and original/funny/clever/perfect gifts for everyone in our large family at the bargain price of less than they cost to make, get it all home, wrap it and get it to the correct person. (At which point If the gift is a success Mr BG will step forward for half the credit, should it be a flop the 'credit' will be all mine... why does that happen??!!) Still, have discovered FABULOUS voucher codes sites and am creeping thro every discount code possible. Mind you; discovered that most people cannot remember what they got for Christmas last year, but in our house everyone remembers the gifts in their stockings. ...so thats food for thought.
Just got my A3 photo calendar from photobox. absolutely AWESOME. Used my digital scrapbook pages -great to see them so big! I am so impressed with the quality and just charmed by the pictures on every month. On line now to order more for unsuspecting relatives, LOL.
Its 1am and tho I'm fairly often up this late I'm usually by myself.... Not tonight however, there is a very cute chubby cheeked sweet girl at my feet. In her lilac Pjs and with her beautiful sandy tousled hair it would be impossible to be mad at her for not being asleep. We both crashed out earlier, and slept thro til about 10pm. so its no wonder shes up now really. She is just so happy to be near me and playing, shes grinning as she dismantles a post-it note pad. I am blessed.
There hasn't been enough hours in today again........I really could do with another 'me' around this time of year. Tho, Mr Britguy assures me one is enough.....
I have FIVE work-in-progress projects open in my editing screen. Two Internet windows open, both email accounts up, (and I'm thanking all higher powers for Mr Britguy buying me a monster computer that can cope!!) Plus on my desk I have my ideas pad as always, one phone, one notepad, one shopping list, three recipes, a novel, chocolate bar wrapper and a mango and apple drink. Chaos! Not to mention the Baby snoozing in my lap. I cooked dinner, went straight to Parents Evening with Georgia, and then did seven days grocery shopping arriving back home (at 9 something pm) in time to feed, cuddle and get baby to sleep. I am a multi tasking mumma! BIG TIME! Now who do I talk to about my day off?!
Okay, I am not reassured on the Christmas shopping front. Even my Dad rang me today to announce he has done his shopping. Holy Moly. HELP! Still, I have created some great Christmas Greeting cards. Unfortunately for customers, not me. Got new Business cards today tho. ....Can I pass these off as Christmas cards I wonder? Or get away with just sticking a note to the back of Daisy's Birthday invites?
NOT on my Christmas card list are Ebay (feepay more like) and Paypal. who suck basically. But you already knew that! Am going to have to send them 'virtual coal' for not making the 'Good' list :)
Are you feeling your age? One way to guarantee you feel much younger is to attend your child's Parents Evening at school. Always feel like I'm faking it as a grown up when I go. Sat in front of a lovely teacher tonight, but as she spoke I felt about six, -I could hear my teachers saying the same about me all those years ago....eeeek! Nervously shift about in my seat praying they don't ask me a Math question.............
......well I seem to get a lot of time searching the 'net for source photos/images (thats royalty free things I can alter,use,cut up, etc) sometimes I need very weird things, -pink tropical fish for example today, (plus can-can dancers and fishnet stockings) to use in logos, or designs of some sort. You can only begin to imagine what I come across.... After I have trawled the usual source databases I go 'direct' searching, which is interesting to say the least! Mind you have found some great gifts for Christmas that way. LOL. (friends and family reading this, relax- none of you have pink tropical fish, can-can dancers or fishnet stockings for Christmas...) There truly is everything out there on the Internet isn't there? from the weird, to the funny, passing shocking, useful, and quirky on the way. I LOVE it, my Internet connection is so much part of my life, from my Internet friends, my business, Hubbys business, my emails, shopping- both fun and grocery, my blog, banking, directory enquiries, children's homework..........I couldn't live without it at all. ever. get with-drawl symptoms after a day never mind any longer. Came across a funny cartoon of a lady hugging her computer saying 'no no! not this! take the kids;first door down the hall' Know just how she feels.
I am NOT counting the days til Christmas, but am wondering how everyone else's Christmas shopping is going? Mine is slow. have some, had those for ages, haven't added to them tho. ah. need too. Unfortunately Mr Britguy doesn't quite share my sense of urgency here. Last year I had it all done by October. Admittedly I was due to give birth at Christmas, but oh gosh doing the gifts super early felt sooooooooooooooooooooo good. Now if you could just reassure me I'm not the only one who's not finished yet this year....
Inthe middle of two challenges, one a photoshop editing one all about vegetables -I'll show you what I mean later!- and the other a digital scrapbook one; to scrap a layout involving a number as the title or part of the title. Watch this space for both entries!