I made these yummy cup cakes for Samara to take to school on the day of her birthday. They were very popular. The kids love having that special day when they get to treat their friends to something nice. The teachers like something delicious with their lunch coffee too!
I made it through the exam (Popular Literature) relatively unscathed. The children are now on school holidays too, and it's just wonderful not to have to rush off to school in the mornings. It feels positively luxurious to enjoy a second cup of tea in the morning without having to nag anyone!
It has not been perfect. Both Christopher and Samara have coughs, and Joshua spent this morning with a very upset tummy, though it seems to have passed now. I have every hope that tomorrow will be a better day. I am hoping to take a quilt out into the back yard and spend some time in the sunshine. We have had some much needed rain recently, just enough to green up the lawn, and we are all longing to get outside and play (or bask) in the winter sunshine.
Other plans for the holidays include a lot of sorting and cleaning. A semester of study combined with a heavy bout of depression has left our house in a pretty poor state. We have discussed it, and decided that, for now, I need to prioritise home and care of myself and the family above all else. I was spreading myself far too thin, spending all my time fulfilling outside obligations to the detriment of our home and health. I confess I have truly struggled with my self worth as a stay at home mother, constantly taking on other things to try and prove I could be as useful and busy as my working friends. I am slowly coming to realise that I am not happy when I am overcommited, and not doing anyone any favours by doing so. I am lookimg forward to spending time being kind to my family and myself.
It's been a long journey to this point, but I am actually beginning to feel some peace in my life, and I love it!