12 December, 2007

Trimming the tree and other things

Got our Christmas tree yesterday and decided it was time to start getting our decorations out on display.

Got my Mom to help trim the tree while I was busy with Chloe. Amy decided that she would also help out too. I also got her some things to keep her busy. A Christmas mug to paint and some decorations to make for the tree. They are chocolates that you decorate with stickers etc, she had loads of fun with it.

Once all the decorations were up, I decided to snap some photos to capture the Christmas mood here at our home.

Here are some of them during the day...will post night ones when I get some.

I dropped my folks off at the airport this morning, as they are on their way to Mauritius until the 21st Jan 2008 (how nice is that).

Amy and Dad decided it was time for another swim today, as they were feeling hot and sticky again. I think summer is slowing starting to creep in...well I surely hope so!!!

Here is the photo that we had taken with Santa yesterday...cute or what!?! Of course little Amy did not want to smile for us at all.

Now I leave you with this...


Dear Santa,
I've been a good mum all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two cases of choc.bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground. I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:

I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (in any colour, except purple,which I already have) and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze; but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the lolly aisle in the grocery store.

I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.

If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, 'Yes, Mummy' to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools.

I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting 'Don't eat in the living room' and 'Take your hands off your brother,' because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog.

If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container.

If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare tomato sauce a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come in and dry off so you don't catch cold.

Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always, MUM...!

P.S. One more thing...you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children happy, healthy and always believing.


  1. Your tree and decorations are stunning and very cute!

    The pool looks very inviting - I haven't swum yet, althought I am sure if the weather is good onthe week-end I will.

    I loved the "Letter to Santa" I think we can all relate to that a bit - ha ha

    Well done on your win - you are doing so well with all your creative layouts - I look forward to seeing what you have won, once you have received it.


  2. Sophia I love your holiday pics and the letter to Santa is so cute!!!

    It is so hard to imagine swimming in the pool at Christmas time!!!



  3. First of all - I'm insanely jealous that you have a hot sunny Christmas....can I come?? And secondly - I love that Dear Santa letter - I laughed out loud at parts and then got all teary at the P.S. at the end. Sheesh. Mind if I borrow that?

    Your Christmas card and some goodies are going in the mail today!


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