Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Our Christmas (Long)

What fantastic festive fun we've had the last few days.
It all started on the18th Dec with Theo's family here for Christmas.
We managed to fit everyone into the new family room (it's so great to have room for everyone)so we could all sit together for Christmas dinner. It was lovely. I decided on a roast dinner and that was no small feat, but with all the family pitching in, it went very smoothly.
Laura came up with the idea that we should have real crockery and cutlery and she remembered that my SIL Helen and her family had made everyone a dinner plate that was uniquely theirs when they had Christmas at their house 4 years ago.So an email or a phone call went out to everyone to bring their plate. Our niece made mine and because I love patchwork, that was what she painted on my plate. I also made a little bauble name holders for everyone.
Gifts under the tree for the children (right) and one for the adults (left).
For the adults we buy one gift, we then play a game to swap the gifts.
There was plenty of room on the new verandah for everyone. We played a few fun games through the afternoon.

Sitting down together for dinner.
The finished Gingerbread house looked fantastic
The makers of the gingerbread house.
My DD Laura, niece Philippa and her BF Michael.
The girls didn't want the house 'smashed' so they carefully removed one side of the roof the reveal a surprise.
Some fingers got in very quickly.....
not much left after everyone has a piece!!!
The 24th of December sees my family get together for our Christmas festivities. Every year we sit the children in front of the tree and take a photo.
Below was 5 years ago, haven't they grown!!
We all sit together for dinner on Christmas Eve

Christmas day is a little more relaxed,with a simple lunch,
 we then help mum later in the afternoon to prepare for the next round of festivities on the 26th. Mum makes a traditional turkey,
here's my brother with the finished result. This one was about 7.5 kg (15.5lbs) plus stuffing!!! We have very close family friends come for lunch.

I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas with those you love.

Today sees me doing not much, pottering seems like a very good idea. I might venture into the sewing room later, but for now, pottering it is!  

Till next time

Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas Wishes

With the next three days to be filled with Christmas festivities I'd like to wish you all a Loving, Peace filled, Exciting, Healthy, Dream filled
Merry Christmas

Enjoy every minute

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Getting ready for our Family Christmas

Things have been happening here, and the excitement is building.
We have Theo's family Christmas here this saturday for a fun afternoon and Christmas dinner.
It's our turn this year, it only happens every 7 years!! We have heaps planned, and not a lot of time.

So far the trees have been trimmed (thanks to my family), we love to do some simple outdoor decorating too .


Laura has had a go at making a gingerbread house. Looking good....

And I've spent a little time in the sewing room turning this........


into these

Yes!! there are 45 in my DH's family. It's going to be a fun day, I'm really looking forward it.
I still have heaps and heaps to do. As a friend of mine always says,
"If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done!!" I'll be banking on 'that' minute!!!!

So whatever your week holds
Love it, Live it, Enjoy it

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Exciting times

We have have had some exciting days here, the furniture has been moved back into the main rooms, and it's just wonderful. It feels fantastic to have this wonderful space. DH(Theo) & GtB(Graham the Builder) have just put so much 'everything' into it. I just love it!!!! I know there are still a few things that need to be done , but so much has been finished, I can't help but still be excited!  

New Family room

Renovated dining room

AND look at this...........its not much at the moment, but it's all mine!!!
My new sewing room.
I've put some essentials in, as I have things I want to sew up for Christmas.

We've had visitors from Queensland, our gorgeous niece Jenny, her DH Terry and their darling little daughter Paige, our great niece. They had the pleasure of being our first guests in our new and improved home.

Play with a peg is sooooo much fun

Open wide........

It was our 22nd wedding anniversary about a week ago, (I have been married 1/2 of my life!!!) and my gorgeous DH brought me this beautiful bunch of flowers. Aren't they just spectacular??

 Now the next round of activities, hype and fun begins, and I'm not even the tiniest bit organised. There are so many things I want do, but no where near enough time to do them all. I knew things were getting really serious, when the Advent calendar came out last week. I made it back in 1997 ( I think), when folk art was my hobby. The kids love it, and each each year it comes out, they bring it out. I can't believe that at 19 and 17 they still expect it to be filled. (It's these little things that make it special). I did mention to them something about  making a new different one, but they weren't impressed, so it stays! 

till next time
Whatever you are doing or will be doing
Enjoy it, Live it, Love it.