Ahh finally some peace and quiet. Mum has taken the children to put flowers on all the families graves which is a tradition in our family. It is Mum’s way of telling her loved ones – Mum, Dad, Sister and Brother, plus various Uncles and Aunts that they are still in her heart and memories every day. The children really participate and Mum gets to tell them stories and bits and peices about those who have gone before them. In our house when someone we love has gone “home” they are still spoken of as if they are here – which in fact they are in spirit.
So I am catching my breath after Elise’s Graduation which was yesterday. It was a lovely day with lots of memories. All the children in her class were a little subdued though. I think they finally realised that it was truly the last day they would be a Primary School Student. The ceremony went very well and everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously and I didn’t even cry!!!
Elise receiving her Certificate and Commerative Glass. Her teacher is the lady with the floral skirt, the lady behind Elise is the Parents Club President, and the gentleman is the Principal.
Last night was her party with the family. Ashley and I gave her a watch – which I am happy to say she has been wearing all day and really likes. Mum and Maurie gave her a beautiful silver necklace and earrings to match and Nanny Kate and Poppy Bill gave her some stunning blue earrings. We had the most delightful meal and chatted until quite late.
My little girl – all grown up and looking quite the young lady. Where has time gone?
Today we braved the shops and bought the last few bits and peices. Goodness it is busy and the weather is unbeleivably hot and sticky. I was so glad to get home, even if it was to face loads and loads of washing. I’m never too sure where all the clothes come from that I find in the laundry.
Tomorrow is clean up the house day and I must do the last few bits of cooking (cheesecakes and pavlova) before Saturday’s party. The kids all want to make Gingerbread Men so I guess that will also happen tomorrow.
Today I can honestly say that I am truly looking forward to Christmas and the New Year, with all the fuss and mess and celebration. I don’t fear next year at all – well not lots anyway. Yes it will be lonely with all the children at school, but I have been discovering lots of things that I want to try which I will now have time for. I think in my heart of hearts, that I have accepted that Elise is growing up and try as I might, I can’t stop time marching on, and that to accept that and to celebrate that my children are rapidly becoming independant young people is a good thing. Just don’t look if I give them an extra long cuddle every now and then.
Roll on 2006 – I’m ready for you!!