It’s taken me over a week to start this post as I’ve been recovering ever since I hosted Christmas lunch at my place! Because it wasn’t just Christmas lunch for a dozen people; we hosted Christmas lunch here for 24 adults and 21 children, and even with my poor maths skills, I can conclude this amounts to 45 people!! In keeping with tradition we all sat down to lunch. For the first twenty years of my life my nana hosted Christmas lunch at her place. But as she got older, and the family grew larger, my auntie then took over and for the past 19 years we enjoyed the most fabulous feast at her place. Sadly she passed away six months ago and so Mr NASD and I put up our hands to host Christmas at our place and ensure the family stayed together for such a special day. It wasn’t the same without my dear auntie, and her absence was deeply felt by all, but we did our best to put on a great day, and by all accounts we succeed. I am going to let the photos do most of the talking. Here is how we hosted Christmas for 45!…
Mess. It comes with raising little people. Only you have know idea how much mess they are capable of creating until you’re in the thick of it. With three children six and under I am, most definitely, in the thick of it!
In the early years I tried to maintain some control over my home. When I just had a little baby, I thought SHE generated a lot of mess. How wrong I was! When she became mobile, right about the time my second was born, I relinquished all control. I thought two kids made a whole lot of mess. Wrong again. The real mess was yet to come. When my third little one arrived on the scene my older two became interested in craft (read: MESS). Scissors were Miss A’s exciting new toy and cutting up sheets of paper into tiny bits of confetti was her favourite activity….
When I was 15 I did work experience at a trendy photography studio in inner Melbourne. The studio was surrounded by fashion boutiques and I confess I was more interested in the retail offerings than taking photos. At Uni, I dabbled in a few photography subjects and enjoyed the magic of processing film in a dark room and seeing my photos come to life in front of my eyes. It was cool. And then, in my 30’s, digital photography took off and it has changed the amateur and professional photography landscape. Photography used to be an expensive hobby. Today, however, you can take as many photos of your baby crawling as you please, because storing them on digital memory cards costs next to nothing….
I am thrilled to bring you this guest post by Jessica Donovan from Energetic Mama. Jessica is passionate about educating parents on nourishing their children with real food, helping to boost their health and heal naturally. It was 6pm on a weeknight. I had been in the kitchen from the moment we got home from school. It wasn’t intentional but I am sure you understand how easily the kitchen can swallow you up as soon as you set foot in it. So I had emptied lunch boxes, unpacked the dishwasher, done a load of dishes and because the kids were happily playing I took the opportunity to pack tomorrows lunches and get started on dinner. Well the next minute it was dinner time and I simply asked Mr 7 to feed the dog and Miss 5 to set the table….
May is a great month. Smack bang in the middle of autumn (the Fall for my northern followers) we celebrate Mothers’ Day (Sunday, 10 May). This significant day allows us to celebrate and appreciate the mums and mum figures in our lives. But this year, I want to think beyond it being just one day.
I am dedicating the month of May to kindness. I am dedicating the month of May to celebrating mothers. I am dedicating the month of May to acts of compassion. I am dedicating the month of May to….
‘Make a mum smile in May’.