on the way

Luckily, it was just over a week ago that we were here, doing this:


(Hello, you don't all fit in the wading pool anymore!)


Breathing in some quality cousin time. Playing hard. 

Enjoying treats. 



(Or trying!)



We were enjoying cuddles with beloved aunts.

(My sister Suze.)

Entreating them to share iceblocks. (A pushover.)



And leaving the smallies with the Dads while we did a small amount of jewelry shopping in Berry. SO fun.



And now. Down to it. 

The decorations are packed away. The books are sorted (and given away). The kids have gone through their toys and we've given away bags and bags of clothes. 

We even got down to a small craft job today – cutting up the Christmas cards into gift tags for next year – an idea I nicked from the brilliant Tricia over at Little Eco Footprint (Tricia I didn't mean to nick your photo styling too!)



We're preparing for a big open house inspection (we are renters here) and I've had people loitering at the front door peering in which is weird. (Super competitive rental market! Crazy!) We are hightailing it out of here of course, but trying to get the place, around all the boxes, looking presentable. 

I waved goodbye to this pretty old piano today as it made it's way to a friend's house. They're terrificly expensive to move and while I liked this one it's not the piano of my dreams. I let this one go happily to make way for another. 


So it's lucky we played hard last week. 

Because right now it's all about cardboard boxes and trips to Anglicare and Vinnies! 

Adam: Do you really need all those glass jars?

Me: Do you really need all those power tools?

Every night I'm reading the same three sentences of the same book over and over before I crash into unconsciousness. 

It's a bright shining busy though. My other sister, Naomi, has just announced a visit midyear which has brightened every minute since I spoke to her from wintry Germany.

COME ON IN 2011, you are getting better looking by the day.




7 Comments on “on the way

January 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Aren’t aunties and cousins the best? I’m secretly hoping my sister never gets married so we can keep her all to ourself!!! Christmas cards into gift tags? That is so smart, and they look beautiful. Hope the countdown to the big day isn’t stressing you out (too much). Don’t forget, there’s always chocolate.

January 8, 2011 at 12:14 am

What a wonderful holiday!
As someone who has moved 8 times (lost count) in the last 15 years – I know your pain!! Good luck with all those boxes and all that culling 🙂
have a great weekend

International Woman of Mystery
January 8, 2011 at 12:37 am

Wow, so proud of your work with those books. That was a big effort. Love the tags! And thanks for all the gorgeous photies. xo

January 8, 2011 at 7:33 am

I do that cutting up the cards for tags thing too (this is my sole contribution to the world of craft). But they don’t look as pretty as yours end up. I must make more effort with glitter….

January 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Sounds like there won’t be much relxing around your place for a while.

My hubby comments about my glass jars every time we move also. I regrettebly remember letting him convince me to get rid of some once…

Glad you liked the tag idea 🙂

Hope you are having a lovely weekend in amongst all the chaos.

January 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm

What a wonderful happy post, my dear. Grand to hear all your news.
As always, I’ve shoved Christmas cards away with the rest of the season’s stuff-never thought about getting the tags ready now, instead of while wrapping like crazy next year! Brilliance- thanks.
Between my friend’s garage, and our respective parents’ places, Dave and I are getting close to the point of owning more stuff that’s not in our flat than stuff that is. It’s pretty grim. I think the house we eventually buy will actually be too small by the time we finish moving in. Scary.

January 10, 2011 at 1:42 am

I don’t envy you that move. I’ve lived in 17 houses in 3 cities (well four if you count sort of living in Sydney briefly) in two countries, and it’s something I hope not to have to do again for a long time… and I’ve never had to do it with kids yet…

Sounds like a move in the right direction to me though – when I lived in Canberra the South Coast was like heaven on winter weekends. And I’d better not say what I think about living in Sydney!


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