Christmas 2011

Saturday, December 31, 2011

We celebrated Christmas at my mum's place when we got home from the in-law's place. More eating, more presents, more fun, more swimming. The kids could definitely get used to this.
 Aren't those teeny adirondacks cute? I need to make some cushions for them but keep forgetting. Perhaps now that I have typed it out here I will get around to it.
 We had bubbles and ate off the best china.
Oma and Sweetie wore coordinating outfits so we had to capture the moment on film. Aren't they adorable?

Christmas 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

We celebrated Christmas up north at m y in-law's place this year. Mr Duyvken's family take their eating very seriously so it was 3-day food fest with some serious exercise thrown in to balance the calories in/calories out equation. We had a lovely time. I wore my red party dress and favourite shoes.
 Santa gave C the mama lamb and baby lamb that she wanted. Not very easy to find but well worth the trouble because C adores them. The big lamb is a Jellycat toy and the baby is a Russ. The Jellycat softies are just adorable, I could have bought everything.
 J got tap shoes and he hasn't stopped dancing. He's been stomping around the house for months telling us that he's tap dancing and marvelling at how good he is without even having a lesson. The sisters-in-law thought this gift was pure madness but I quite like the way tap shoes sound, it makes me think it's raining marbles. J is a very happy boy.
 Papa's pizza oven got quite a work out as Mr Duyvken baked a lot of bread and plotted ways to have a pizza oven of his own.
 We sat by the dam and looked out over the lake to the horizon enjoying Sweetie's first Christmas and arguing over things until the small hours. My Duyvken's family love heated discussions and can turn the smallest thing into a heated debate. This took me quite some time to get used to but I think I might have finally adjusted. Hallelujah!
 I took some plain baubles, glitter and glue and all the cousins decorated ornaments for Papa and Oma's Christmas tree.
I feel very lucky to be part of this wonderful family. Happy times indeed.

Gingerbread

Monday, December 19, 2011

Made with Oma on a wet summer's day. Ninja-bread men are on the menu for later this week and we are making white rocky road today. I am enjoying having the kids home from school earlier than they usually are and being able to enjoy a slightly less rushed lead up to Christmas.

Oh my

Thursday, December 15, 2011

From a quilting perspective 2011 has been a very unproductive year. I finished the family of seven quilt at the very start of the year before Sweetie's birth and was able to finish one charm square stroller quilt but that was it. I have been itching to get the sewing machine out and make something but space, renovations and children have conspired against. My predisposition towards neatness hasn't helped either. The upside of this is that I have been able to browse and enjoy other people's projects and patterns this year, mentally filing away things that I would like to do myself once time allows. This beautiful DS quilt is definitely among them. Half square triangles are so versatlie (and happily easy to make). Townmouse has just posted an amazing star she has made using triangles. In fact, similar to the ds quilt, she used triangles to create triangles but then she went an extra step and used the triangles to make a star.
What are your sewing plans for 2012?

Sweetie

Thursday, December 08, 2011

is much improved. Thanks for all your kind thoughts. See him wearing a jumper in that photo? I took that picture this afternoon. It's Kim's birthday - 8/12, and it is just insane that we are all feeling so chilly. It is very hard to get into the Christmas spirit with all these cold grey days.

Bits and pieces

Monday, December 05, 2011

Oh how I love the teeny tiny details that make up a baby. Translucent ears, soft hair, dimpled knuckles, tiny toes...
ASIDE: Ears look like caves that have been eroded by water or wind. Knuckles remind me of mountain ranges and lips of lakeside banks at lowtide. When looked at closely we are rather topographical. I would love to capture it well and present side-by-side diptychs but my skillz are lacking so you will have to imagine it with me.
Sweetie hasn't been well this weekend and he and I spent some time in hospital together. I cradled him, spoke soft nonsense and gazed at him for hour after hour. I gave him 10mls of rehydrating fluid every 10mins all through Saturday night and every time I marked something down on the observation chart I felt very grateful to have a very healthy child. This is just a little bump in the road for us but there are plenty of parents who do this every day, drawing on internal pools of strength and resolve. Hats off to you if are one of those parents. That I am deeply impressed won't make a jot of difference but deeply impressed I am. So there.

Oma's birthday

Saturday, December 03, 2011

This may be one of the very last duyvken patented donut stack cakes because soon (ish) I will have a new oven. An oven that works. An oven I can bake it. Cue the excitement!

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