Now look, I am not ashamed to tell you that I am 38 today. To be honest I feel (not to mention look) quite a bit older but I am happy to have made it to 38 and hopefully I will be allowed the privilege to grow much older. A privilege that many are not so lucky to be blessed with.
If I am totally honest with you I get a little bit sad at this time of the year. Isn’t that just ridiculous. Sad around my Birthday and Christmas. I think it is because this raging extrovert is stuck on the station with not many people to chat to. It is just me and 3 kids most of the time. Talk about first world problems!!
It is at this time of the year that I really do miss having family close by. Last year they came up, which was fabulous. I had them here for my Birthday and gosh it was good. But this year it is just us and our Headstockman (who is basically family) – Georgie. So at least I actually have another female here this year.
I often think that the people who live in remote parts of Australia are a lot like Expats. I like to think of us as Outback Expats. Like Expats we are usually a long way from our family. For me it is a 3 day drive to reach my family or a whole day on a plane and many $$$. I know we are much closer than real Expats but 3 days in a car with 3 kids is pretty much the same (if not worse) than a 24 hour plane trip right???!!!
Anyway I am getting off track… back to my Birthday, did I mention it was my Birthday? So I guess I will just have to celebrate with all of you online. I will pop this bottle of bubbly Mr Chardy gave me and have a cheers with you all this afternoon…
I told him I wanted a surprise for my Birthday this year… it didn’t need to be expensive, I wouldn’t care if it was a packet of Tic Tacs wrapped up… as long as it was a surprise. Well I guess he did surprise me…. surprise… you are getting the usual. But again – first world problems. I am very thankful that he did get me something. and check out the Louis Vuitton-esq bag it came in, second to none my friends.
My Mum bought be a box set, a series called House of Elliot and I can’t wait to binge watch it.
And look at this gorgeous present that my beautiful, thoughtful boy Harry bought me…
My friend Katie took him down town when we were in Mt Isa for Sports for Bush Kids and he bought it then, with his own money. He hid it from me and wrapped it up. I was so excited to have a surprise to open. And I was even more excited when I opened it. I think he was a bit concerned that I thought it was really expensive and said “oh Mum, it is only from K-Mart”. Well I really did start crying and told him how much I loved it and that it doesn’t matter how much something costs, it is the thought that counts and I was so grateful that he thought of me and knew just what I would like. I am wearing the trio of small bangles as I type this.
I was a little worried I wouldn’t have any presents to open so I made myself some necklaces and wrapped them up…
Can’t wait to try one out this afternoon when we are sipping bubbly poolside…
Tonights dinner will be cob loaf dip (fully homemade because we can’t just pop around to Woolies to grab an actual cobb loaf, so the bread maker is churning out out as we speak), cheese & crackers and some marinated lamb ribs – yum… while the kids splash around in the pool. Oh it is going to be perfect. There will be no whinging, no fighting kids, we will all be splashing around, laughing and slapping each other on the back… just your average, perfect family!
I really do set myself up for a fall don’t I – because when my romantic image of us all poolside doesn’t come to fruition I will be most disappointed.
So I would like to invite you all to join me …. virtually …. poolside this evening. There will be laughter, I will be throwing back my head and stomping my foot with Birthday excitement while sipping my bubbly, there will be little baby cheeses but sorry, I don’t have any little boys, saveloys or mini cocktail franks. I wish I did – they have always been a party favourite of mine.
Anyway… How are you all going?
Are you all set for Christmas?
Are you going away on holidays?
Where are you going, what are you doing…. I need to know all the details!
Will you have a drink with me this afternoon?