Saturday, November 19, 2011

Saturday Omnibus ~ A week of Panic, Relaxation and treasure finding

So big news for me this week, my youngest, Lotte, went on camp. That's nice you say, no big deal you think...well for me it caused a minor panic and all round near meltdown ha.There were lots of big boys saying "Calm down Mum" and bigger still boys saying, "Just relax honey". But those who know me know I am not great at doing either, where Lotte is concerned, and for the days leading up to camp I had that feeling like someone had punched me in the stomach and then decided to reach in and pull out my heart....
Here is Lotte looking super excited, ( NOT ), moments before she left on the camp bus. Lotte, unlike her mother, is always relaxed, so relaxed she is very good at nodding off during moments of high chaos and commotion.  She doesn't travel light and below is just the tip of the iceberg of gear she took with her for her two nights away.


My panic extended to panic purchases...she suddenly had to have new shoes for camp, new haircut, new outfits. Everything was labelled ...a huge 12 page booklet on everything her carers needed to know, about everything Lotte,  had to be written. Thank goodness Kristen had a plan for me to ease my extreme anxiety and severe separation complex while Lotte was on camp. 
But I was in PANIC mode so this plan led initially to panic food shopping. Notice all the instant and ready to heat meals.
Panic stocking of the WAC and garden centre...including this retro TV
coffee table

Unusual Art Deco style cupboard/dresser. But I am sure you will be pleased to know as soon as I saw this ...
I stopped panicing....Very soon, if asked, I would have said..."Children ? What Children?"
Kristen took me to the Sheraton Noosa while Lotte was on camp...what a super husband! That's why I had to shop up on the instant meals, as we left Frankie and Chauncy home to look after the house etc....(the etc is code for... have heaps of friends over when Mum and Dad aren't around and have free use of Mum's car. )
Our room was at the end of the longest corridor...it reminded me of some kind of movie set.
I drank way too many cocktails and the time went too fast. We have been home now for under 24 hours and already my dining room table, which was empty before we left, looks like this....







Thank goodness Nan is here and she can help me clean and organise. I hope you all had a great week too.  

32 comments:

  1. Hi Katherine, what a thrill for Lotte and such a great opportunity for you to duck away for a few days relaxation. As we both know that doesn't happen too often. So pleased that you all had an enjoyable time. Sandy xx

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  2. So lovely that you were whisked away by your doting husband. Doesn't hurt every now and again huh?

    I remember when I was away once my son hosted a party. That was the last time as well!! x

    Clear up that dining table!! x

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  3. That IS a good husband eh? Glad you were able to relax and enjoy, and I hope Lotte has a great camp experience too.
    x

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  4. I hope Lotte had a great time at camp. She would have been well looked after I'm sure. You're a good mum to be so worried about her.

    Sheraton Noosa looks okay!

    Bitossi! Where's that going?

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  5. What an exciting week for you! Glad you and your girl had fun.

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  6. I hope Lotte has a wonderful time. It certainly looks like you did, you lucky lady! Boy, I'd love to be whisked away for cocktails by the pool. :)

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  7. I think everyone had a wonderful time and you should do that more often. How nice of Kristen to surprise you, very sweet. You can never have too many cocktails can you??? Hope Lotte had fun at camp. Enjoy the rest of the weekend Katherine and thanks for your comments on my paint colours too. ;-)

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  8. Did Lotte have fun?Isnt being a mum a job and a half we love it but its sure full of anxiety So good that you had some time out too I think I am needing some myslef soon xx

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  9. Oh Yay!! Yay that Lotte got to go to camp and yay that you got a fantastic time at the Sheraton Noosa, we stayed there earlier in the year and I can't wait to go back one day..hmm. Now that you have done it once, it will be easier next time..looking forward to seeing you soon. Kiss Noises Linda ( oh and my garden bench is delightful and having fun being moved around to find the perfect spot!!) KN again, me.

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  10. Ahhh i know and understand just how you were feeling its so hard to let them go you want everything to be so right for them. Its wonderful that Lotte was able to have the experience of camp ;-) And im sure in some small way it did you good to. Bless your husband for taking you away it looks beautiful. Happy sorting out all your new stock. And im loving that retro TV what a beauty. dee xx

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  11. I hope you and Lotte ended up having a lovely weekend!

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  12. How exciting for Lotte, I hope she had a wonderful time! Your hubby is sooo lovely to whisk you away and treat you to a few cocktails..yum! Love your goodies on the table too. Love love love the little brass easel stand, so pretty. Enjoy your Sunday and the housewives :), Tam x

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  13. Hope Lotte enjoyed her camp! and that all went well with her. Loving that blue bitossi!!

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  14. Well I'm just loving Lotte's shoes. She has good taste (like her mother). I'm sure she had fun & so did you! I think you're only human being nervous but what a great diversion... And look at all that insanely cool stuff you've brought home. I'd like to learn more about Lotte. Pruxxx

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  15. So much prep work for your weekend. Did you clean you house from top to toe as well...just to add to your many jobs.

    I hope camp went well for Lotte - a change of scenery is always good. As it probably was for you. Sheraton Noosa. Very posh. I'm sure it was fun.

    And why do you taunt me with the Bitossi???!!!

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  17. What a lovely post to read! Fantastic to hear you took a well earned break. Look forward to hearing more of your news when I'm back in Oz. Karen xx

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  18. Have yet to send my youngest off to camp!Hope Lotte had fun,and you two enjoyed your break,house in one piece?All your goodies look lovely.

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  19. Hello there lady! I've been such a slacker!! I can understand when a child goes off to camp, but you need just a little break. Happy weekend.

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  20. wonderful. we too have a special needs child. understand every bit of your words and of course everything in between. our girl goes off to camp dec 1 and 2.

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  21. How nice that you were able to get away for a little holiday for yourself. Looking forward to Lotte's reports of a fabulous time at camp.

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  22. What a wonderful weekend for you all.
    Kylie x

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  23. Hi Katherine will you be at the WAC this morning? I am popping in for a look around.

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  24. Wow Katherine what a rollercoaster of emotions you must have felt sending Lotte off. I hope she had a wonderful time and that you were able to exhale and relax. Noosa is such a magical spot, perfect for you to recharge your batteries. Take care Fiona x

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  25. I'm glad your gorgeous girl is going to experience such a big adventure, but as a mother of a child with special needs I can totally relate to your anxiety. My special little man is 5 and is starting big school at the end of January, I am in a total panic at the thought of him being away from me for 6 hours a day 5 days a week, can't think about it! Hope your Lotte had a fantastic time and what a lovely husband you have too!

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  26. What a lovely mini break for you. I bet Lotte had fun on camp too! She probably also loved coming home to you as well! X

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