I think there is a greater balance to life so that a period of intense business is followed by a period of complete and utter slothdom.
At least that's the balance I aim for in life anyway.
And so our winter holidays have been very slow and very very relaxed so far.
We've cleaned the playroom and bedrooms, opened Christmas presents and thrown out wrapping and packaging and had a three-way assault on the vacuuming and dusting but al that was done the first morning and since then we've just been playing and eating and playing and eating some more.
Meg and Amy wanted to make cookies to deliver around the neighbourhood so we made some gingerbread:
These are mine. Meg and Amy were way more creative but kept asking me to wait to take a picture and then we got to the end and bagged them and delivered them and I realised I still hadn't taken a picture. Oh well!
I thought after the cookies were bagged and the necks pleated deliberately and twist-ties and tags attached we would be ready to go on our delivery route but no.
Meg decided she would make everyone lucky-dip fortunes. This was a very long and involved process that required stamps and stamp pads and stickers and sequins and markers and glue and isn't it lucky Santa brought all that and more? The neighbours were (understandably) a little confused by the lucky-dip fortunes but played along and then were very nice about the fact that she mixed up the characters for luck and old and was wishing everyone great old and small old instead of fortune. Oh well, it's the thought that counts right?
In other scintillating Winter holiday news Amy made her first fried egg:
Amy has been making us salads since before she turned three and I always thought I was pretty up there with the letting-your-kids-cook thing until I watched junior masterchef and these two 12 year old twins were raving about how they'd been making pasta since before they could spell it or somesuch. Anyway, it may not be masterchef material but Amy was thrilled to make her own fried egg. Cooked through and flipped to boot (blergghh!) but she was most impressed and asked me to take a picture so here it is.
I had all these grand plans of stuff to do during the holidays. Working mummy guilt and all that I thought we could go to the movies or the park or at least go for many brisk walks and the girls could play on their scooters or sleds depending on the weather etc etc.
But the girls had their own ideas. They got a magnetic foldout case with double-sided backgrounds and a gazillion magnet people and pets and things and have spent absolutely HOURS playing with it.
I am not really seeing the excitement factor myself but they are thrilled and it's cooperative, imaginative play and so quiet and doesn't requires batteries or me to decipher the instructions so everyone's happy!
And it has left me plenty of time to enjoy stollen and ginger tea.
Thank you boss's mum. This is the perfect winter afternoon snack.
Who'm I kidding- and morning snack, post-brekky top-up, pre-lunch fortification and supper to boot.
It's been a nice, quiet, relaxing, warm and yummy winter holiday so far this year.
May it continue!