What I Did On My Digital Holidays

Haha, I feel like I am back at school again writing a post-holiday essay for the teacher.

It’s been good for me to have a break from blogging, Twitter, Facebook etc.

Not a complete break, as it turned out. I did write some posts and schedule them and did a bit of Twitter replying and Facebooked old pals in Scotland.

I’m not a 100% kind of a person. To switch off totally, totally, I’d need to go camping.

Anyway….

easy candle making at home

Made candles for Christmas presents, I was initially inspired by this post at Planning With Kids.

christmas cake pecans

Baked our Christmas cake after marinating dried fruit in copious amounts of rum for days and days. Not sure the filter on this photo is doing the cake any favours!

cat getting blodd pressure taken

Our dear old cat Max had a couple of trips to the vet, here his blood pressure is being taken. Not a happy cat.

boys pottering in kitchen open wall

Enjoyed the simple things, like watching big boys and hubby tidy up after dinner. Hubby has gone off now for 6 weeks – boo hoo.

kids being silly

More of the simple things, kids being silly. That’s what makes the world go around. Oh yes, and mums being silly too.

seana smith trying on clothes

Played dressups. I bought the dress on the left from Sportscraft.  Then at the Bloggers Brunch, enjoyed trying on some of the clothes by Brown Sugar. 

Also planned two parties for school mums and dad at our house – gulp!

And settled in our new American au pair, which I will blog about soon.

Hope you’ve had a good time in this first half of November.

How fast did it go?!

How’s the run up to Christmas feeling for you?

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Posted on: November 13, 2012

28 Comments

  • You have been busy! I’d love to make some candles. What a great idea for presents for teachers. Rachel x

    • Reply November 13, 2012

      Seana

      Exactly right, I had been thinking of making pesto for them… there are millions of teachers and aides for all the kids. Then I saw Nicole’s post and thought, right, I’ll give it a bash. Getting a bit obsessed. I sent loads to the family in Scotland too when hubby just went there… shhh… keep it under your hat.

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    Kaz

    Busy lady! I hope you get to go camping and unwind soon. The candles look great. Bet they smell lovely too!

    • Reply November 13, 2012

      Seana

      I’m mad on the chai perfumed ones, and have got some vanilla ones too. We usually have a candle burning somewhere. A little luxury and pleasure goes a long way in motherhood.

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    Desire Empire

    Love your kitchen. Now I see the bifold doors look fab. And boys who clean up. Wow.

    Sugar Brown looks good on you.

    Looking forward to hearing about the aupair.
    Carolyn

    • Reply November 13, 2012

      Seana

      You must pop in for a cuppa. Yes, Au pair Bethany is happy to be photographed and blogged so will snap and scribble soon.

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    Julian

    Always good to see lots of similey pic’s. That pic into your kitchen with the open doors, made me think of warm evenings and insects chirping in the night. Ahhhh

    • Reply November 13, 2012

      Seana

      Warm evening are starting to happen, and lucky for us not too many insects flying into the house at nights… plenty of kids flying around though Julian.

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    iSophie

    So organised, even the Christmas cake! Gosh, can I officially start my Christmas panic now?

    Very interested to read about the Au pair too.

    • Reply November 13, 2012

      Seana

      I am getting better each year at planning ahead. I used to get myself in such a state at this time of year, well in December. Trying to look after myself better which is easier now all the kids go to school. Funny that.

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    Kylez

    Nice work, you got heaps done! Way more than I would, I would probably just end up watching all TV I have taped because I’m too busy living my digital life!

    • Reply November 13, 2012

      Seana

      Haha now that’s something I ought to have done, watch TV in daytime. Will add to list for next time.

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    Rita

    Your cake looks delicious! The candles are such a great idea for Christmas gifts.

    • Reply November 13, 2012

      Seana

      And really satisfying to make as well. My next job is to make more in the little tins with glass lids and then to label them. I just got some silver label thinggy stuff for my Dymo.

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    Grace

    Wow! You’ve been super busy! Loving that dress from Sportscraft. Hope you’re not missing Hubby too much but maybe the Au Pair will make some nice company x

    • Reply November 13, 2012

      Seana

      She made some lovely mac n’ cheese for us tonight! Hubby has left Scotland now and last heard of in Dubai heading to Kurdistan. Oh well, at least one of us is having a travelling life.

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    EssentiallyJess

    Oh that is a hugely busy break! I think I’m gonna make a Christmas cake too this week. You have totally inspired me.
    And how cute is that cat blood pressure cuff?

    • Reply November 13, 2012

      Seana

      Hello Jess, the poor pussy cat didn’t think it was so good though… and worse was to come as they had to take some blood. Poor old cat. He is a dear thing. I’ve got the other half of the fruit still marinading in booze so need to make the Christmas pud next. Next week! Very glad to link up, thank you for hosting. I am keen to be more sociable, write less and chatter more.

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    Laney

    Oh, I am super keen on that candle idea now! Will see if I can fit it into my crash test this week!

    You look great in the photos! Taking a week off from your iLife is very liberating. I did a tech-lite challenge set by Brooke from Slow Your Home. I loved it. I’m also loving just blogging once a week. Lots more breathing space!

    • Reply November 14, 2012

      Seana

      Yes, it was good for me. Over the years I have crashed and burned too often in November. So about three years ago, I started making changes to try to avoid it. My twins finish school very early Dec so Nov is hectic. Glad to intercept and avoid weeping and gnashing of teeth. Our au pair is also helping a LOT at the moment. Got to look after the old mental health.

  • Reply November 16, 2012

    Annie

    Christmas is looming all too fast for me – I am not even close to being as organised as you!. With work commitments, school and children’s social lives, Christmas is temporarily taking a back seat on my agenda.

    Maybe I need to go camping (but I don’t have time!)

    Annie
    (Via FYBF)

    • Reply November 16, 2012

      Seana

      Hello there, great to meet you. I am so glad to be a WAHM. Makes life MUCH easier, and also I had to recuperate from my wee operation which slowed me down a lot and let me get stuff done. Big relief.

  • Reply November 16, 2012

    Rachel

    I’d like to make candles, hire an au pair, and have a kitchen like yours. I might start stalking your life. I did buy that blue and white top, however.

    • Reply November 16, 2012

      Seana

      Great top! I have to saythat life has got a whole lot easier since having all four children at school. After almost 15 years with kids at home, I feel I am still breathing out a huge sigh of relief. Love being home alone. Missing my husband though and it’s far too long til I see him again.

      • Reply November 17, 2012

        Rachel

        Yes, don’t envy you that at all.

  • Reply November 16, 2012

    Ai Sakura

    Nov certainly went by so fast!! Looks like you had such a fulfilling time during your blog break 🙂 Your kitchen looks amazing btw ;p

  • Reply November 16, 2012

    Alicia

    I am so not prepared for xmas, you are on top of it I see. The Brown Sugar looks good on you. It’s good to see the boys cleaning up, my hubby could take some tips.

    • Reply November 16, 2012

      Seana

      Haven’t started on the family here, but next up are the lovely teachers and aides as some of the kids finish school in aboutthree weeks – horrors.

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