Wow, times sure flies by when you are doing stuff! And I have been definitely doing stuff! My Christmas spirit has been found with a HO! HO! HO! and a strand or four of twinkle lights. It all begun with a phone call from a friend and the offer of tickets to The Nutcracker by the Queensland Ballet. There is absolutely no way that you can walk out of a performance like that and not feel Christmassy! I have been blessed to see a few Queensland Ballet productions over the last few years, and not that I know anything about ballet, but having Li Cunxin (yes, Mao’s Last Dancer) as the artistic director has benefitted the company enormously.
The following morning, my Brisbane Boys and I, made our way down the Gold Coast Highway and into New South Wales to visit some of our favourite people in the world, who were holidaying at Kingscliff. Time spent at the beach is always enjoyable but when you are with people you have heaps in common with, it’s only going to be Fun with a capital F!
At first glance, this friendship may seem a little odd. Their family is young with the couple in their 30’s and their kids 4 & 7. Mine is older with my kids almost the same age as the parents in the other family and me heading towards 60 …. rapidly. But this friendship is true and real, born out of care and compassion and faith plus a large dose of AFL football. I have never seen little boys that remind me so much of mine, when they were little. They are capable and competitive and articulate and I believe they may give their parents some tough times as they grow but also so much pride and joy.
It was very interesting to see the 2 oldest siblings pair off as well as the 2 youngest. They fished, swam, dug for crabs, surfed, rough and tumbled as only boys with brothers do, played pool, kicked the ball around for hours and sang silly songs! It was exactly what we all needed and when I received a text message from one of my Boys thanking me for organising a fantastic day at 10:30pm the same night – you just know …..
In between these events, my Christmas tree arrived, decorations have been found and a strand or four of twinkly lights have been put up! The tree is naked except for it’s lights because a very special little visitor is coming to stay for the next 3 days and I promised I would let Miss Abi help me decorate the tree.
Yes, Abi (of The Abi Diaries) is coming for a 2 night 3 day sleepover in about an hour. I haven’t told Fev yet …. I’m thinking SURPRISE! might be the best way to go! So hold on to your hats for our new adventures. She’s always fun and I’m always completely exhausted when she leaves but I wouldn’t have it any other way. So stay tuned for the continuing adventures of Mandy and Abi. I’ll probably blog when I can over the next week so we may be coming at you anytime at all.
Other noteworthy things that occurred this week were that BerlinBoy had his first snow of the season.
We had a heatwave in Queensland
My first Christmas card arrived, as it does every year, from my 95 year old Uncle Don from New Zealand! Every year without fail it is my first – I don’t know how he does it.
And I, somehow, chipped my front tooth with absolutely no idea how or when!
That’s all for now! Catch you with more from me …. and Abi – later!