Self Care Saturday 3: Dividing To Conquer And My Birthday

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Whew! That was a busy two weeks.  We’ve been up and down between Sydney and Jervis Bay like wee rockets.

With some careful planning, and the assistance of the lovely Bethany our au pair, I did a bit of dividing and conquering the kids which worked really well. Whew again!

The first week after Paul flew out, I packed up Dexbox13 and Rusty Rocket and went down to our beach house at Jervis Bay with a lovely friend and her three boys. We had a very ACTIVE time.

Minnie and Mr15 stayed in Sydney, doing art classes and sleepovers and working at McDonalds respectively.

This past week, Minnie the Minx and I had a real girls’ time, with two of her friends from school plus their wonderful mums and big brothers.

Three nights with my wee daughter, what a rare treat!!

Back in Sydney, Dexbox was with friends at a sports camp and Rusty Rocket and Mr15 played some cricket.

How gorgeous are little girls? 

And little lads too?

And Thursday 17th was my birthday.

A mere 49, and I was delighted to enter my 50th year. Only 51 years until I get my telegram from the Queen.

No seriously, I really am improving with age.

And life has become SO MUCH EASIER than it used to be.  Thank God.

Seana Smith 49th birthday

We went out for a birthday breakfast to my fave cafe in Huskisson

Any year that starts with a breakfast like this is bound to be a cracker. The soft toys agree.

One of the mums is a wonderful cook, and effortlessly knocked up a birthday cake. The eight of us sang ‘Happy Birthday” and I felt like a princess.

My husband isn’t a man who remembers birthdays, especially when he’s half a world away.

Which is not a problem, there’s lots of things he’s good instead.  See, improving with age.

All this toing and froing did take a heap of planning, but it worked well and both trips were great little real holidays. Amazing.

And it’s so good that all the four offspring were happy whether with me or with Bethany. Jeez, I’m grateful.

And now, it’ll be school shoes and new pencils round here for the next week.

How’s the last week been for you?

Did you do some things to take care of yourself?

And are you too improving with age??




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Posted on: January 19, 2013


  • Reply January 19, 2013

    Desire Empire

    If only every girl could have a Bethany. She sounds great. And you’ve had a lovely week or so.

    • Reply January 19, 2013


      Every mum deserves one. Having Bethany around has made this fly in fly out lifestyle so much more managable. I think the kids really suffered adult input deprivation last year… and I was much more stressed and harassed. Whew.

  • Reply January 19, 2013


    Wow that’s a lot of organising! My head was swimming just trying to follow your kids’ activities! I believe I am improving with age. My feet, however, are not. Unlike your lovely pair, I’d never photograph mine!!!!

    • Reply January 19, 2013


      Haven’t worn high heels since 1992. The last two weeks were a bit mad, and I didn’t even write about the aged cats medical regime. We’re all home next week and it’ll be slack as slack. Lots of TV and swims and that’s it.

      Did you manage to do something good for yourself in amongst it all this week?

      • Reply January 19, 2013


        Why yes I did! I treated myself to an impromptu lunch complete with apple cider – ON MY OWN.

  • Reply January 19, 2013


    Happy belated Birthday Seanna.
    I’m wearing out with age I think …you positively inspire me with all at to and fro’ing.
    Ps- love your breakfast , what is the cereal base. I am struggling to find the healthiest museli type options.

    • Reply January 19, 2013


      That cereal base was a granola of oats, almonds and honey with some other bits and pieces. I must try to make it. The cafe is fab, what a treat.

      Here’s to you literally rejuvenating now that your treatment is over. Here’s to a restful-ish week before all our twins go back to school. Take care x

  • Reply January 19, 2013


    Not a lot of me time for me this week with my training for 2. I am bowing down to you, I don’t know how you do it.

    • Reply January 19, 2013


      When children are older, everything is much easier. It’s still hectic and I find that having all four at home is super-harassing and I generally don’t know whether I’m coming or going BUT it’s easier than having wee children underfoot, much.

      And I really am a believer in ruthless self care for mums.

  • Reply January 19, 2013

    Mairi Stones

    50’s even better. Like you I feel I’m improving with age. Unlike you I have a fairly quiet and peaceful life, more busy with what goes on in my head and learning to manage that rather than being busy to avoid my head which was my previous incarnation. XX

  • Reply January 20, 2013


    Happy belated birthday, Seana!!! I’ve told you this before but you look AMAZING and don’t look a day over 35! Seriously!
    Glad to hear you had a fab day. Looks like having Bethany is turning out marvelously.
    I went to see Les Mis on Friday. Gold class. On my own. How’s that for ruthless self care? 🙂 xxx

    • Reply January 20, 2013


      Good girl! I haven’t seen it yet but will do… but when… BUT managed to get to see The Hobbit this morning and blogged the thrill of that.

      We Scots-Aussies have young skin as we saw NO SUN until we got here!!

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