Monday, February 12, 2018

Good Morning Monday

Good morning and welcome to a brand new week. I hope you had a good weekend. I've got some questions for you today that are to do with family life not furniture. 

With both kids in high school now and the ramp up of home work and commitments I am wondering if I need to cut back on my working hours. Maybe it's just while the kids settle into their new routines. I went to boarding school and it was very regimented with homework times and extra curricular activities. We learnt really good study habits as a result - in "prep" for 90 minutes after dinner and another hour before breakfast every morning 5 days a week. If you didn't have 2.5 hours on homework you had to read a book or write a letter home to your parents. There was no talking. On the weekends we could do home work if we wanted to but it was free for sport, outings and the obligatory church on Sunday morning. 

So my question is, how do you manage it at your house? Do you just trust your kids to do their homework or sit them down at the kitchen table for a set session. My kids are quite diligent but I already feel a bit overwhelmed - even with the sheer volume of notes coming home from school :)

We had a nice weekend, yesterday I went to a friend's 50th birthday lunch at Kirribilli yacht squadron. So nice there on the water. Sydney really has the most beautiful harbour.  It was so lovely to catch up with my friends. We seriously need to do more of it. Turning 50 is a great excuse for all the catch ups.

navy furniture Lilyfield Life

I also wanted to share a navy chest of drawers I painted recently that goes perfectly with the bedsides I painted last week. A friend has bought the whole set and I look forward to seeing them all in her beautiful house.

navy furniture Lilyfield Life

navy furniture Lilyfield Life

a quick unstyled snap of it all together

navy furniture Lilyfield Life

Have a lovely day. I'm off now to pickup some furniture I bought on the weekend
Fiona xx


  1. Hi Fiona,
    Sounds like your children will be fine really. From what you've said, they're keen at their extra-curricular activities and do well at school. I think enquiring what they have on, homework-wise, then occasionally popping into their rooms while they're doing it will probably be enough for you. You seem to have laid down good guidelines so far, and that early instruction is very important. No-one knows your children as you and your husband do, so trust your instincts which seem (from here in blogland), to be standing you in good stead. You'll find your way. And yes! Those notes home from school!!!! Those and emails!

    The navy furniture looks so lovely! I like the way that, even though it isn't all one set, the colour has brought them together really well. I have a chest of drawers in our bedroom which might look very nice in navy..... hmmm...

  2. If they are doing well, then let them be, because being an adult who knows how to manage their own workload is the point of education - learning how to learn, how much time they need to complete tasks, etc. If there are problems, then it will be time for you to brainstorm with them how to fix them!

    Yes, to navy! Contemplating painting my bathroom vanity cabinet navy myself.


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