Friday, December 23, 2011

Just popping in to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas!!!

Hi everyone :-)

I just wanted to take the chance to wish you all a wonderful Christmas.  I have my eldest boy's birthday tomorrow (yes its on Christmas Eve lol) so I just know that I won't get another chance to pop back in here.

From my family to yours we wish you all the loveliest of days and we hope you all enjoy the precious time with your families!

Monday, December 19, 2011

I am still here.....

Hi everyone, thank you for your comments regarding Hubby's impending job loss.

Sorry I have been missing in action, part of the reason is that I have been feeling a little, I don't know, "lost" could be way to put it and partly it has been just due to the usual Christmas madness at this time of year with kid's school things.

Hubby's job continues to cause us stress.  The guy from Queensland has already left, he got time off due to the stress of it all and they basically just paid him out until the end of the month straight away.  The guy from Sydney is working up until close of business on Wednesday then he joins the unemployment queue.  Found out that at the same time they did this they also fired the guy from Tasmania which is especially cruel given that he moved his whole family down there 2 years ago to start up the operation and in that time he lost his mum a few months ago and his daughter just 2 months ago and now this.  My hubby has given them a counter offer in a bid to save his job and they are considering it,,,,,,,,they won't give us a definite answer though, which is so frustrating.  He has offered to run as a one man band (which makes life very hard when you need to be on the road as well as in the office/warehouse at the same time) and take a pretty large paycut (which I am still trying to juggle things to cover that possibility).  Jobs right now are hard to come by in Hubby's field, doing what he does.  His job is safe till end of January, we know that and we know we have pay until end of February so we have 2 months breathing space but it doesn't stop me worrying.  I have been out of the workforce now for 13 years and naturally I also stress that to make ends meet our family life will have to be turned upside down.  Hubby and I would love to do something together but finding something that fits and doesn't stretch the budget too much is also a problem.  As you can see, right now my head is spinning.

Christmas is usually a time of year I love, this year, not so much.  Our usual Christmas light display is a mere shadow of its usual self.  We don't have a huge display but I normally feel proud of our little display that we put together.  This year our huge inflatable Santa ended up with a huge hole in it and that kind of put a dampener on our display and hence it never really got finished which is a shame.  Still we do have some lights up along the gutters and around the windows so I guess it is better than nothing.

Luckily we were organised on the present side of things and we only have a couple of things left to buy, 1 for my brother and 1 for Mr14.

I look around my house though and feel like everything has kind of just been thrown together this year, maybe its just me but it doesn't have its usual Christmas cheer and sparkle.  I am just putting all my efforts in to making it a special time for the kids, regardless of the pressures of life.

Last night we went on our first of 3 Christmas light tours.  We went to see the Brewery lights, the huge Xmas tree in Victoria Square in the city and then to a few sets of house lights on the way home.

Tonight we will go driving around to various other houses which have been decorated and tomorrow night we will go down to Ethelton where there is a street that really goes out to impress with their light displays and then go around to some local one which are computerised to music and are absolutely brilliant.

Last week we had my Mr11's Karate grading for his Orange Belt.  He proudly wears his orange belt now :-)

Last week we also had Mr11 and Mr9's POP day which is like a Christmas concert.  Mr11's class did a Hula Hoop demonstration which went really well and Mr9's class sang a couple of songs,,,,so cute!

Also last week was Miss12's Christmas Concert and then her Year 7 Graduation.  Next year she begins High School.  I can't believe it!

I had a dress in mind for her but had to leave it up to her mum to do the dress shopping.  I wish that I had just bought the dress for her, her mum couldn't be bothered and rushed out on the day of the Graduation to get her something.  Miss12 wanted a purple dress and nice shoes,,,,instead she ended up wearing what appear to be her mum's sandals :(

We have my stepkids this weekend and Miss 12 has shared with us some news about happenings at her Mum's house which she isn't very happy about so I think there is going to be some trouble in the wind very soon.  We have been watching this unfold over the last couple of months but she hadn't said anything to us.  This weekend she has told us that she isn't happy and doesn't really want to be there.......this could be fun....NOT!!
 What is the saying,,,it never rains but it pours or something like that, mind blank sorry! lol.

I will be back during the week to share some Christmas Light photos.

I hope everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit and enjoying the lead up to Christmas,,,,,,just 6 sleeps to go!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

From Hubby's Boss......Merry Christmas........

.....your position is terminated!

How cold and heartless can big companies be.  This company took on 3 guys in 3 states of Australia, taking them from a company they all worked for but were unhappy in.  He wanted to expand his company in the area that these 3 guys specialised in.  He has had them for no more than 11 months at the most, got the information and the new customers he needs and now has terminated all three of them at the same time quoting it is due to the economic climate....this is while announcing he is hiring 4 new storemen in Victoria and WA!

I just want to scream right now!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Salisbury Christmas Pageant

Saturday was the day of our local Christmas Pageant.  Although on a much smaller scale than the Adelaide one I showed you last week, it is lovely as it has a real community feel to it with many sporting clubs and child care centres dressing up and parading through the main street of the suburb.

My Mr11 proudly took part with his Karate club.  This is now, the third year that he has been a part of the pageant and they always have fun.  I am so thankful that the weather changed, after being a scorcher of a day on Friday, a cool change came in and the temps were a lovely 23 degrees (celcius) for Saturday.  It did rain a bit but I much preferred that to the poor kids suffering from the heat of the day before.

Here are a few photos of the day:

My boy's Karate Gang as he calls them

Star Wars was out in force

Here comes my boy :-)

Retired Greyhounds that have been rehomed through GAPSA, a cause that we hope to become involved in very soon

Yes that is Barney from the Flintstones along for the ride

The Line Dancers came along,,,some even dressed as Fairy Godmothers,,,too cute lol

We even had the real deal Santa, not one of his helpers (This Santa is always at our local shopping centre.  We love him, he has the real beard, he is just fantastic!!!)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Adelaide Credit Union Christmas Pageant 2011 - Part 2

Finally I have made it back to blog the rest of the photos from the Christmas Pageant.....well not all of the photos as there were approximately 100 floats and bands etc but a few more of our favourite ones at least lol.  The Adelaide Christmas Pageant began in 1933 and is an annual event, I hope will never die.  I believe in these times when there is so little joy in people's faces, with everyone suffering from financial stress, things like this are truly needed.  Something that families can go to which costs nothing but a parent's time (and patience lol) that lights up children's eyes and brings to life the magic of childhood.

Click on the photos to enlarge them :-)

Nellie the Elephant is one of the oldest floats dating back to 1950

Nipper and Nimble get taken to the Magic Cave to give rides to children when they go there to visit Santa

And the man all the kids are waiting for arrives last

Santa was welcomed with a very warm day in Adelaide

Tomorrow we are off to the local Christmas Pageant (done on a much much smaller scale lol) as my Mr11 is in it with the rest of his Karate Group.  Temperature today is meant to be a scorcher 37 degrees,,,,the weather man says tomorrow will be a much nicer 23 degrees with rain,,,,,I hope he is right!!!!  I would much rather the kids get wet than get heat stroke!