Ahh - year's end. Mayhem, frivolity, stress.
We've been involved in much the same sort of stuff as everyone else - putting up the tree, end-of-year concerts, breakups, gift buying, photos with Santa...
So funny - we choofed off to IKEA the other day as we had an errand to run in Collingwood anyway. As we pulled up, a fairy ( as in the magical kind with a wand ) alit from her motor vehicle and enquired if we were here for the festivities ? ( err ? )
Of course we told the boy we planned it this way, as a surprise, nice parents that we are.
At every turn there was something else - facepainting, tattoos, balloon shaping, fairy floss .. etc, etc etc - and all for free. Love you IKEA.
He loves that t-shirt. Wears it all the time. Daggy.
That's my boy in the centre - I blanked out his t-shirt name and the centre, in case you're wondering.
I teared my way through the whole programme EXCEPT when my son was on, because I was so intent on making eye contact, taking a pic, waving. Poor thing. He squinty-frowned through the whole thing as he tried to see us in the crowd. His face said 'those damn lying parentals dumped me, they're not here at all!'
It's his last day next week. I love this place and his teachers so much, I am going to miss them a LOT. We've made them each little gift bags with chocs and Mr.Men toiletries ( cute/amusing containers with garish contents I wouldn't put anywhere near my body - but hey.. ) and Reindeer Dust.
Reindeer Dust ( thanks Tiel ! ) :
I have been hanging out to make these since I saw them on tsk.tsk last year, a little too late.
We now have a big bowl of them for teachers, friends, and visitors, each individually signed by the bagger ( MC )
And here's our free Santa pic, taken at our local street festival recently.
Look, I know it was free, but they also paid for a Professional Photographer, who only had to set up in the ONE spot on a tripod, and probably didn't even have to adjust settings for lighting all day. So then why is the pic off-centre, the chair chopped off, and my son's hand blurry ? I'd approach them for the piss-easy job next year, but I don't think they like me after harrassing them for the pic for the last two weeks ( when it was apparently sent out ). It arrived today, after another email from me yesterday. Ohhhhhh - *that* lady .. no, I don't think so !
This is the next project: the *other* side of the house.
AB finished painting most of the shed ( was an 80's Peach - bleah ! ) until the can ran out. Same as our fenceline: Dulux's "Ticking", if anyone's interested. I luff it, and it sets off the Jacaranda, which is having it's first good year after much nursing from me over the last 2years.
So here, we will be ripping up all those bricks, using any that are clinker, and dumping those foul orange ones, more retaining walls for garden, and AB is going to have a go at building *another* small deck, which will come off the lounge, for outdoor dining. Smash out the windows right next to me as I type and install French doors. A meandering path from the drive to the backyard...
Should be nice. No rush though, just as it comes.
I think that's enough for one post, yeah ?