So Christmas has come and gone again!
Another year, another round of family and gift giving, cooking, eating, drinking and very full tummies.
Grumpy children, over excited children, worn out grandparents and frazzled parents.
You all know what I mean and who may I ask woke up to cherub faces like these four, quietly reading in bed waiting?
Not me and I am sure not you!
Our house used to be filled with squeals of laughter and the rip of paper as my four would try to open Santa's gifts as quickly as possible and then the family gifts slower so we could all see.
The last few years I have been awake and had to wake them and this year I was waiting for some to come home for the family breakfast and opening of gifts before we headed of to the bigger family get together.
My husband and I commented on how it changes over the years and what we have to look forward to in years to come.
So imagine our smiles this year when we watched our son and his partner ride around the family backyard giggling and planning adventures like small children on their new bikes, our daughters asking if Santa remembered the yearly underwear collection, and our son saying thanks for not forgetting an addition to his CD collection we add to each year!
Does it diminish, the joy of family and Christmas as they get older?
I thought it may have as I juggled with timings and extended families and grandparents pick ups, but the sight of all my family laughing and enjoying each others company and being home made me realise that no matter how old you are, whether the belief of Santa has passed or the loss of food and drink under the tree for the reindeer, Christmas will always be a time to bring family and friends together for not just gift giving and great food but tradition old and new.
Now for me its off to cheer in 2014.
So from all of us here at EcoSleep we wish you and your family a very Happy New Year
Hello fellow shoppers, parents and friends.
Yes, it is that time of the year again when we have to dust off our best walking shoes, don the hefty shopping bag and head to the stores to buy the Christmas gifts for friends, toys for children, foods or sweet smelly treats for grandparents, gifts for partners, token gifts for office friends, gifts for teachers, instructors, the lolly pop lady and the dog washer!
When does it all end!!! NEVER I fear because then comes the Santa list and if you have children like mine there was always the request for a PONY!
Why I never know. I am not a horse rider and am a tad scared of even riding one let alone owning one. I am positive for the horse people out there they are the best thing around but not in my household and not for Christmas!
I answered with the usual straight face:
“It won’t fit down the chimney” “We don’t have a chimney he always come through the deck doors” they chimed.
“We don’t have enough space” “Yes we do, look outside we have lots of land (not all owned by us but ‘borrowed’ and kept tidy)
“They eat too much” “We can give them our carrots as we have lots of them every night”
How do we do it as parents? Try to find the perfect gift for everyone we are buying for even when it is not on the top of the list or even on the list!
Thank heavens in my family this year it is a Kris Kringle and I get to buy for 1 person…….and my husband, and the 4 children and their partners, and the neighbours, and friends.
Who am I kidding!!………. It’s still just as crazy as it was before!
Happy shopping this Christmas…I think I may do mine online :)
When I was young I remember dreaming of travel and adventure and then marriage and children.
Well I did do all of those things in that order so I was sure I was on track and yes I did actually want 4 children even though I didn't factor my wonderful twins in the equation and things looked rosy each night when all were in bed.
Its the mornings that it all started and went steadily downhill.
The mounds of washing, endless picking up of toys and food and items I didn't even have names for!
I told myself it would change in time, as they grew older it would get easier and they would help around the house, picking up their own things and putting them away.
Um-mm now no one knew where the spare keys were, or the dog lead or the school notices so I had to ask them to stop being quite so helpful for a few years and so it went on.
Then light at the end of the tunnel! The kids grew up, started driving, being organised, house sitting, and travelling.
My life started to look rosy again or did it?
Our front door became the entrance to a speedway and it was a whirlwind in, clothes thrown everywhere in the attempt to find "that top" and there they stayed until the next visit or wash day or another event! Are all kids bedrooms the same?
I closed the door but when it was opened and I walked past I couldnt help it..I had to go in..guiding my feet to carefully find floor space and teeter while wondering where to start.
I can hear you saying it now as I did myself.."Its not your mess and they are old enough to tidy up"
but I cant help it! I just want it clean and tidy and orderly! Remember I invented our Coshee quilt cover to help this!
For years I waited patiently for this day and it is slowly receding as I watch the piles grow and the mess accumulate to the sighs and eye rolls of "Dont worry I will do it when I get home. Just close the door and don't look in there."
When does the housework stop? As parents did we miss a line when we got married after the "Till death do us part" that said "Housework will be yours forever and ever?"
Maybe I had that glazed look of love on that day and I didn't hear it but I challenge any parent to tell me that they can walk past that closed door and not want to clean and tidy!
It must be a parent gene :(
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