Skip to main content

Hello Boxing Day!

I'm amazed that people find the time to check blogs on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but when I had a look at my stats this morning I was pleasantly surprised by the numbers! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas!

We were very busy; had my brother staying over and MIL came over for Christmas Day. Lots of great food, and more importantly lots of really great leftovers!

We discovered that Ari isn't a big fan of Christmas food. The kid loves triple smoked ham, but passed on the candied potatoes (I know, unbelievable, right?) and of course, everything else was vegetables, so he wasn't having any of those either.

He didn't like the Turkey - strange child - (though, he liked it cold for lunch today - strangerer child!) and the rest was vegetables, so you can fill in the blanks.

Wasn't keen on the pudding, but loves brandy custard and cream!

Oh, my chocolate ripple pudding with cooked apple was a hit though! I really think that is going to have to become the tradition dessert for Christmas Eve in our family - next year I'm adding cherries as well!

So, yesterday, he barely ate anything, but seemed very happy nonetheless. This morning when he woke with a stomach that hadn't consumed anything solid in sixteen hours, he was not a happy chappy at all and vomited all over Erik's bed (note, he had the forethought to get out of his own bed first).

It took two hours of raspberry toast (no margarine) and sipping water, then spewing and repeating the process to bring him back to his cheeky monkey self!

Other than that, Christmas was a blast!

Highlights included;

- Doing Christmas Eve dishes with my brother in the wee hours, with him scrutinizing every item I washed and returning several [clean] items back to the sink because they didn't meet his personal benchmark for sparkliness... Oh the memories of our childhood, and the hundreds of times we did this very same dance!

- Lukas opening the biggest present beside the tree (it didn't fit under the tree) which was for him and him alone (he was very much filled with glee over that little fact)...


We're really hoping this will help him pursue his interest in music with greater ease. He had some guitar lessons in term three last year, but with no one in the house able to support his practice, he floundered. At least I can help him with a keyboard a little bit (I can read music at an elementary level and know where to find notes on a keyboard), so we're hoping to find the money for keyboard lessons in the new year.

- Bryn opening his Skylanders present. My brother asked which game it was (as he gave the boys the Wii last year) and the Grumpy Old Man replied, 'Highlanders.' Yep, that's right, it's a game about men in skirts... Made us all laugh!


No, the child was not hopped up on anything other than pure excitement, but dear me, he has a future on the stage if he wants one, you could see that grimace in the nosebleed seats even without make-up!

- Erik opening his new mobile phone - finally - and now he thinks he's King Muck! It was only a Samsung Galaxy Y, but he loves it! You'd better believe I've memorized his number already! Also, because it's a Telstra pre-paid, I can call him for free from my mobile and home numbers, which is great!

- Receiving these beautiful candle sticks!


I love, love, love them! The pillar candles are scented in chocolate-gingerbread, and caramel and even when not lit, the smell of them infuses the room!

- Getting Vuze to talk to Tivo again! Okay, so it's not strictly Christmas related - although, it means being able to download Christmas 2012 specials of Call the Midwife and Downton Abbey. 

After the power supply died on the Mac a month ago and it was fixed, my Vuze program decided it couldn't find my TiVo, which meant that while I could still download shows to Vuze, I couldn't transcode them so we could watch them in the comfort of our loungeroom on the TiVo (first world problems, I know!)...

I'd tried uninstalling and reinstalling Vuze, but it seemed to always find my old account and refused to boot up from the proper start. I knew this meant I hadn't deleted every Vuze related filed on my computer, but couldn't find them all to delete them. It felt like a hopeless task. And then I discovered this You Tube video which ensures the complete uninstallation of every file related to a specific program on a Mac - it worked perfectly for me, and is very simple!


Anyway, reinstalled, and Vuze talks to TiVo again, so I'm very pleased!

- Managing to get a half-decent photo of all the boys...


Love them so much!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family!

Comments

I'm glad you had a lovely Christmas Sif.
Ailsa said…
It's sounds like you had a lovely day! Cool presents too :)

Popular posts from this blog

12 Things Happy People Do Differently - a self-reflection...

A few days ago a Facebook friend posted the above poster on her wall. I believe she got these points from this blog which she enjoys reading, and the bloggers on the Marc and Angel Hack Life blog derived their discussion of these points from this book, available on Amazon - you're welcome! I have to admit, I haven't read the blog or the book I've just mentioned but wanted my readers to have access to the sources of the poster for their own reflective purposes.
The New Year will be upon us in but a few days and I thought this a great opportunity to do a little personal assessment on how I'm playing the happy game. I'm often not very happy at all - I don't need to be happy all the time, let me just say that up front - I personally believe that life is a balancing act and those who seek euphoria often will also often feel desolation because in all things there must be balance. The great riches of the few on this planet come at the personal cost of the many as is …

The symbolism of elephants...

Just recently I've been seeing and noticing elephants everywhere!

A few weeks ago I saw the Samsung Elephant Ad, and watching that led me to watching a video with an elephant painting (seriously, you have to watch it to believe it!).

Then last night the boys told me they were having a free dress day at school to raise money for 'Mali the Elephant' - who turned out to be a paper maché statue which the children will paint and then show around the council before it comes back to the school to stand outside the performing arts room.

Then this morning I followed a link from Twitter to Toushka Lee's blog and read this post about an elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka.

This morning the Grumpy Old Man did another driving test and unfortunately didn't pass. We've booked his next test and are looking forward to that now. About ten minutes before he walked in the door I saw this poster on Facebook...


At the time, I didn't know if the Grumpy Old Man had been successful or …

Do you have low self-esteem?

I don't.

I used to think I did, but having met several people who really do have low self-esteem, I've now come to realise I actually have low confidence (and note I don't say low self-confidence, but more on that later), and that is a different breed of animal all together.

I was having a chat with a friend the other day about people who constantly put themselves down. If you are a participant in social media you might be aware of this kind of person. Everyone is smarter than them, prettier than them, more motivated, better organised, or has greater talent than them. It goes further, some of these people are not at all opposed to running themselves down to others with comments like, 'I'm so fat' (and not in a proud, fat acceptance way, but in a negative, self-loathing kind of way), or 'I'm stupid' or 'I'm ugly'.

Some people are just fishing for compliments, of course, but the ones who persist; the ones who simply cannot take a complimen…