Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Xmas

As you can see, my children don't do Santa photos. This is Abi's 3rd consecutive year of crying while having her photo with Santa. And I love it. It's hilarious isn't it. The things we do for... tradition? Why do we do this? To show our kids all the weird things we used to make them do? Either way, it's a quick way to blow $50... on Santa photos at my local shopping mall.

The big day is almost upon us. I wish you all a very Merry Xmas and safe holiday season. If you are driving anywhere, please drive safely. And slowly.

I hope you spend this festive holiday with your loved ones, as I will be.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, my favourite day of the festive holiday. The 25th December is just so manic and crazy, that I like the quietness that Christmas Eve holds. We watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and sit around the tree and reflect on the year and all our blessings. I am heading to Woolworths at 7AM tomorrow morning to buy food and champagne, wish me luck.

I am hosting a Christmas breakfast and having my in-laws over for croissants, fruit, champagne and gifts.

Then we are heading to my Mum's house up the road for our traditional lunch with family. Mum is planning something special this year and has kept a tight lip about it. I'm sure it will be spectacular as always. My brother is up from Canberra and I look forward to spending quality time with him.

THEN, we are heading to my in-laws house house for a hot dinner, long conversations, playing with puppies and laughter.

Boxing Day, we are doing it all over again. My aunty and uncle are coming to my Mum's place for more festivities. And my inlaws host an annual Boxing Day BBQ too so we will stop in there for more holiday goodness.

I would like to thank every person who read this little blog, left a comment or sent an email/tweet. I promise to be back, bigger and bolder than ever in 2012.

xx Sam xx

Puppy Love

Meet Ziggy, the latest member of my in-laws family. My inlaws have 3 gorgeous daschunds.

Oscar who is the old man on campus at age 16. Ruby is 1 years old and she is crazy & hyper. She doesn't like anyone really, which is pretty typical of daschunds.  Then here is Ziggy, who is 8 weeks old. His coat is so soft, he whimpers like a baby and he fits in the palm of your hand.

James and I discussed getting a dog this year, but felt that a new baby was enough for 2011. Maybe next year, when we can commit the time to train and nurture a new pet like we want to. And we need to agree on which kind of breed to get. James wants a German Shepherd. I want a Labrador or Beagle.

So until then, I get to indulge all my puppy wishes onto Ziggy.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Shake It Out

Last week, I jumped onto ticketmaster as soon as the ticket presale started and it paid off, because I have front row seats to see Florence and the Machine in May 2012. I cannot wait. If you listen to one song this week, make sure it's this one.

It's always darkest before the dawn. So true Flo, so true.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Carol Time

I love me a good carol. A good Christmas album. These are the current favourite Christmas CD's on repeat in our festival house at the moment.

She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas
I love Zooey Deschanel. A have a girl crush, you can read about it here. This Christmas album is gorgeous. Zooey's voice is hypnotic. Sip a few eggnogs, and enjoy some classic favourites with a modern spin. I highly recommend this.

Christmas with the Chipmunks
My husband used to LOVE the chipmunks when he was a small. Now Abi loves the latest mod chipmunks too, so the chipmunks live on in our house! I put this on for James yesterday and he was thrilled. Me on the other hand, I need to skull a few glasses of Christmas sherry before I can handle this album. The things you do for love. Listening to Chipmunks singing Silver Bells. The kids will love it though.

Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas
A classic album. This is always on high rotation at my house, my Mum's, my in-law's place. Yes, Mariah Carey is annoying. But damn, she can really belt out a Christmas tune.

Glee The Music - The Christmas Album Volumes 1 & 2
I like Glee. I'm not a total Gleek, but I do enjoy some of the songs they cover. Both Christmas CD's are fun and easy to listen to. I find some festive albums get a little holier than thou and become overkill. These CD's are great background music for the lead up to Christmas.


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