New Year’s Eve

As you can see we are looking worse for wear at the end of 2007. It is time for change.
Here are eight new ideas for the new year of 2008:

  1. Feed the mouths, minds and souls of all 6 of us this year
  2. Listen more/better… really, really listen…..and find a special time/activity to share with each child
  3. Walk faster and more often in the outdoors
  4. Find the work, family, life balance and keep hold of it!
  5. Love more….Andrew, kids, family, friends
  6. Learn more….work, faith, IT etc
  7. Write, read and create
  8. Sleep

Wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy New Year.

Post Xmas Mortem

We have survived another Christmas period…..a wonderful day of celebration for those of us of the Christian faith, but wow, what an excuse for the secular world to go ga ga! Another frenzy of excess spending, parties, people and exhaustion…..mixed with a few wines and rich, heavy Christmas food.

But we are all feeling good today. Jake and Andrew had a ride/run first thing this morning, then we all headed for the pool. Maddy did 30 laps and is feeling very virtuous.

We are eating leftovers (cold ham is a favourite of mine….) and discovering how good Summer Berry pudding is the next day too.

The kids got loads of pressies – some cool gadgets, books and clothes. So thanks to you all for spoiling them with your love and generosity. I am coming up to speed today with who gave each child what. A Big thank you for those who send gifts from OS. I haven’t even managed Xmas cards this year… e-letter is planned over the next few days.

We hope you had a great day. We only had 13 mouths to feed for Xmas. How many did you have?

Liar, Liar

Have you ever wandered how old you were when you told your first lie? And or recognised that you could in fact bend the truth?

Last week our youngest told her first whopper! As all four children stood around the playroom the conversation went like this:

Lily, did you do this?”

“….(pause…..silence) No!” replied Lily.

All other children snigger.

Clearly she is the one who has taken a shine to decorating our walls. In the following days she tried her hand at the wall/door frame too. And now the conversation goes:

“Look, I did this!” exclaims Lily.

She is proud of her work. The kids leave their art pencils and so on at hands reach, so the creativity is inevitable. Thank goodness we will renovate sometime in 2008 so these sins will be covered. But I thought a memory of them here would be good.

School Concert – Semper Sursum

It is late and we have all returned from the annual school concert. After weeks of rehearsals it was a real buzz to see the kids performing. Jakob as ringmaster, Madeleiene as Cinderella and Isabella as a fish from Little Mermaid. It was all so colourful and ablaze with energy, music and fun. And at the end of the night Jake and Maddy received school “Semper Sursum” awards. Well done all three of you!

Modern Families & Children’s Parties

I was disappointed to miss a documentary this week on modern family life and the excessive, guilt driven, cash wasting extravaganza that children’s parties have become.

We have always had a party for our children. We love entertaining but it is also special for them. I remember it used to be a few kids and all the parents and our grown up friends and family. When the child was one or two years old you could have a fun themed cake, some cut up fruit and then loads of champagne and fine food for the adults. But now it is a different ball game.

Our cakes are chosen in advance and I toss and turn at night deciding how to construct each one. In the last few years we have had an X box, a LEGO block (very designer!), dolls, Harry Potter Dragon’s, Ballet slippers, Hedgehogs and the list goes on. We have party food, full meals and games, party bags and presents to say thank for coming and giving the birthday child a present. Thankfully we have not had to employ entertainers. We have been the guinea pigs for that. One such memorable event was Jakob’s 5th party in London. Andrew and I, together with his sister Kate managed to entertain 25 five year olds at a Star Wars party on one cold, wet English Saturday morning. It was intense and no experience in the classroom has prepared me for 5 year olds with light sabers bashing each other around the head; or my husband conducting Jedi training (???) in an attempt to gain control and order.

At the end of the day we like control, order,organisation. And the reality is when you have large numbers of small children gathered together there is none of the above.

Jakob turns 10 next week so we have had a decade of kids birthday experiences. He had two mates over last night for the first friend sleepover. HHhhmmmm it went well. Dinner, cake, some frantic outdoor play and then loads of mattresses and the 2nd/3rd Lord of the Rings films. There was some sleep. Some play. And now they have gone. Hopefully he enjoyed it.

Playing with the blog site – FACE/BLOG

So if you stop by here regularly you will notice a few changes. Yes, it looks different. Blogger has made many new advances since my humble days starting the blog. I started several years ago using this as a tool with my Lit class and it worked – in a fashion. The personal rant that is this blog is much more fun. I love using my digital SLR and playing with pics and adding a few words. Many of you have said it has been a good way of keeping in touch and I suspect I will send e-cards/Xmas letters this year with a link to 6mouths2feed.

Do you like the new look? IF I get more time I will add more ideas in the sidebar and maybe more pics. But it is a time waster.

Just like FACEBOOK! Companies all over the world are paying for employees to be networked while ignoring their job. How do you have time to write on walls, send gifts, pokes and so on?? I would love your opinion on facebook. You can find me there, just….by accident really.

Oh Christmas tree

Lily has exclaimed over and over this week…”Look, beautiful Christmas Tree!” We managed to all gather to decorate the tree on Monday night. For some reason we did not get a picture of Lily and Andrew was taking the shots.

I have had a huge present sorting and wrapping session today – all those treasures I have been buying throughout the year needed organising. I am almost done…almost.

I have had my fruit soaking in alcohol for some days now…..each day turning out to be no good for baking the Xmas cake. I grabbed a jar of fruit mince and all the spices needed for some gingerbread and other fun baking. Donna Hay has some lovely ideas for Christmas treats.

Wishing we could have some of the cold and snow of a Northern Hemisphere Xmas. We loved our Christmas in London. Thinking of Christine and Anne!!

Here we all are….