I have been lucky enough to receive a few of those Christmas letters in the last couple of weeks. I am always so grateful for the time people put into writing them and love how I am able to keep up with the comings and goings of my friends who are not close by. I have not written one of those for a few years and today because I am feeling a little floaty, I thought I would share some of our secrets...
Today I realised that I only have two days, three weeks, one Viva and two essays due before I finish my studies.... This sounds a little selfish to start with ME, however what I have been doing has taken its toll on the whole family for the last couple of years and collectively we are excited that it will soon come to an end.
When I was first accepted into the course, Adam and I talked about how our roles would change for a season. The discussion quickly focused on the families nutritional requirements, I had been responsible for this in the past and was quite happy to hand that job over to Adam, with some advice that sounded like, 'Hot chips are never the answer'...
Well, yesterday while I was in my local fish and chip store, those words echoed in my mind and I was reminded of just how far we have fallen!
From the mouths of big kids...
'Mum, I was just thinking the other day that you will probably never make my lunch again'
'I'm sick of this study, you're never here to take me places when I need a ride'
Dad joking around with the kids while folding washing one day says, 'This is Mums job, we want our Mum back'... Big child replies, 'She is never coming back now'.
"Wow, you cooked dinner?'
From the mouths of babes...
Nina has been a little harsh with me at times, comparing me to the Mums at school who are crafty, available for parent help and walk their kids to school... I think we need to move to a different suburb, a change in demographics will fix that! Seriously though, she has been amazing. She supports Wilson with his school responsibilities, homework and general care. As I posted on facebook this afternoon, she is so capable... strongwilled too, Adam won't take the credit for that trait.
My baby is the most forgiving, he thinks I am wonderful, smart, beautiful and as long as I give him everything his little heart desires we are the perfect partnership, mother and son.
From the mouth of my burdened husband... 'Things can only get better!'
Adam and I reminisce about the days when there was time to take an evening walk together. I got lucky when I married my man!
We have had some wonderful highlights too. Many visitors coming down from the mainland to share time with us and nurture friendships. We were especially happy to have the Brown family down from Brisbane for a week over Easter this year. Twelve people in the house for a week, was WONDERFUL! It was so great to spend time with these old friends and catch up were we left off. The kids had a blast, we did road trips, fished, toured, ate too much and laughed non stop. It was great!
Other special visitors have included Bruce and Anastasia, who love Tassie as much as we do. The kids are always SOOOOOO excited to see Uncle Bruce and Anastasia and we keep wishing they would move down. Every so often they tease us and tell us they are thinking about it. It would be so wonderful to have family close by.
Rebekah Seeman, flew down to spend a day with me. Rebekah is an Angel on earth, I love how we connect and I'm always happy to spend time with her.
Nana also came down (her first visit in three years). The whole family loved having her here, someone to provide cuddles, taxiing service, costume making, after school treats and lots of love. She is everything a Nana should be!
The kids are all doing well in their individual endeavours. I am excited most when I see them engaged in their pursuits with a look of determination in their eyes. These pursuits differ for each child.
Ethan has just finished year eleven, we are waiting for his results...
He has enjoyed the freedom of College and has done a good job organising himself to do all he needs to do... Seminary, school work, part time job, youth group, socialising, Call of Duty computer gaming, Facebook, skateboarding, bike riding, sleeping in, helping out around home and working with Dad. It really is a lot for a kid to do. He is now six foot four and makes Adam and I look like mini people. He is a pretty cool cat, nothing much ruffles his feathers if he has had enough sleep.
Angus is my contemplative child...
he is a deep thinker and has life planned out for the next twenty years. I'll leave it to him to share those details, yet it is enough to say that those who plan succeed. Angus is the perfect mix, a golden child who is rough around the edges. Under his prickly, grumpy and sometimes rude exterior is a boy who still likes get a cuddle from Mum and doesn't cringe when I rub his back. He does well at school but doesn't suck up, he hangs with the cool kids yet the teachers praise him. When he was a baby he had a blessing from Dad that said, 'Angus will make and keep friends'. He is a loyal, family centred boy.
Nina Jean is about to enter puberty...
I'll tell you how I know... it has something to do with the eye rolls, the slamming doors and the high pitched wail that comes with trying to get her brothers into trouble. I contemplate how my parenting is going to be stretched over the next few years with this wonderful ball of spunk and Adam advises me that I should treat her like he treats me... hmmm. I need to think about that. Seriously though, she was born knowing, discerning, capable and humbly confident. She has a talent to care for people and loves her social life. Nina has been busy with art classes this year and will continue next, adding to her after school activities a drama class. We're glad to have our girl.
Really I should stop there because the name says it all, or I cold have called him Stitch. He reminds me of the random little creature from the movie, 'Lilo and Stitch'. Our lives would be so dull without this boy. He is a teenager in a seven year old body. Recently Adam was asking Wilson to sit up for dinner, as Wilson somersaulted over the leather lounge, he called out 'I wasn't born for sitting still, I was born for freedom!'. Wilson appears brave, tough and indestructible, for the most part he is, yet there is a softness that shines through and we are so thankful to see it.
He gets that softness from his Dad. Adam has been stretched beyond belief this year. He continues to work hard building properties to sell and enjoys working on Sunny days the most! Adam is looking forward to my finishing school, we have recently reduced our financial commitments in Tasmania and look forward to a little freedom. Adam is planning to work on the mainland for the winter next year, just to capture the sun. He is such a great Dad, we love his laugh, his youthful attitude and his fortitude. I've said it before, but I will say it again, he rocks my socks!
I really can not think of anything else to share. Our lives are full, happy, blessed and we are tested like most. All these things seem to be part of the deal. Tasmania is such a beautiful place, we have surrounded ourselves with people in the community that we call family, for now Hobart is home.... (Please come down and visit while we are still here!!!)
I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2012.