An Afternoon at Oma's

Monday, December 31, 2012

A lazy summer afternoon spent playing backyard cricket, eating food (both real and imaginary) cooked with love (all real), chatting about everything and nothing, making plans for the New Year and reminiscing about the year that has been.

Wishing you a happy New Year's Eve and only the best for 2013. From all the Duyvkens.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

C always has the most wonderful Christmas wishes. They are never influenced by things she has seen on tv or toys that other kids have but are, somehow, genuinely heartfelt desires. Last year she wanted a mama lamb and a baby lamb and this year she asked Santa for a red and pink fox and a snuggly robe. NB It is not easy to find a snuggly robe during an australian summer.

I am happy to say that, thanks to Fiona Dalton's wonderful book Hop Skip Jump Toys I was able to help Santa's elves make this sweet little fox. Al;though I do wish I hadn't used any cream fabric and had made him all pink and red. I also shouldn't have used red thread because that shows up quite a lot on the lower parts of his arms and legs but since this is my first ever soft toy I am pretty pleased how it turned out. 

C has named him foxy loxy and he has already been to the beach, had chocolate ice-cream dripped on him and been left out in the garden after dark. I'd call that a success!
He is sitting in C's quilt on her bed. I don't think I have posted about that finished quilt yet. I'll take some photos of it and do that soon.
PS Eleanor from the Comment Box is back!


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas and the lead up to it is such a busy time of the year but it is so full of goodness that I have learned it is best to just take a deep breath and let myself be taken by the current. The current in this case being end of the school year busyness, G's graduation from primary school, the end of pre-school for JW, J's 8th birthday, Oma's birthday, my dad's anniversary, lots of Christmas parties for Mr Duyvken, carols and parties with friends and a nasty bout of gastro to round it all out. 

A huge storm rolled in on Christmas Eve and when we came out of mass heavy raindrops started to fall breaking the intense humidity of the evening and promising a cooler Christmas Day. We stayed up late watching the lightning, grateful for our leak-free home and for all the work that Mr Duyvken has done in the past year. This was our first Christmas in the new kitchen and living room and it was wonderful to feel that, even though it was pouring with rain, there was room for all of us. The little duyvkens did a kris kringle this year and they shared those gifts on Christmas Eve. They drew names out of a hat, did some chores to earn money for shopping and then we all went up to Kmart where they earnestly looked for things that their person would like. They picked some great gifts and, honestly, they are the things that have been played with the most. It is my new favourite Christmas tradition and I am looking forward to doing it every year.

We didn't go up north to spend Christmas with Mr Duyvken's folks this year so it was just the 7 of us celebrating with my mum and my sister. It was low-key, relaxing and very beautiful.

Feeling Festive

Sunday, December 09, 2012


Friday, December 07, 2012

I've been taking photos to try to slow things down a little. There is so much on at the moment and so many things that need attention. They are all worthwhile and wonderful and I am trying to soak it all up but if things could just slow down ever so slightly I would be very grateful. We duyvkens are getting very, very tired. 
 JW's end of year concert and lunch at pre-school was very sweet.

 G's 'not a little girl anymore' bedroom makeover was fun - out with babushkas and in with florals.

 Nativity sets are up.

 2012 yearbooks are all wrapped and ready to be presented to G's class next week at their graduation.

 The evenings are beautiful at the moment and the balcony is a lovely place to enjoy the sinking golden sun.

Rocket the Monkey from pre-school spent a week with us and spent most of it hanging out in the fruit bowl. Frankly, I was amazed we didn't lose him.
Advent activities are in full swing and we are counting down to Christmas.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.

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