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Monday, January 9, 2012

Christmas & New Year 2011

Well another Christmas is done and dusted.  I cannot believe how quick the holiday season goes.  It seems the older you get the quicker time goes.

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas with loads of love and happiness. We stayed over at Stuarts parents place Christmas eve with 13 others.  It was lovely to wake up Christmas morning with all the children.  All incredibly excited that Santa had come through the night.

There was a bad bug going around unfortunately and most of the family ended up having gastro.  My mother in law and sister in law did not really enjoy chrissy day as they were so very sick.
Christmas lunch was at our house this year.  There were 21 of us in total and it was fantastic.  Mum was up here from Tasmania so both my family and Stuart's family celebrated the day together. We feasted on baked fish, prawns, turkey, ham and all the other usual Christmas goodies.  Everyone chipped in to help once we had finished so that was great as there were so many things to clean up.
Emma and Brittany (my niece) ended the day for us with a dance that they had made up during the week.  They found these two matching dresses in the dollar shop and decorated them just for the dance. My brother stood behind them for the lift (just in case) but they didn't need any help what so ever.  Am so proud of my beautiful girls.

The Love and Walsh Families

New Years Eve ended up being very quiet for us as Emma was not feeling well so we didn't go out anywhere.  I did however manage to stay up until midnight which is a bit of an accomplishment for me.  I think it was the first new year I have seen in since 5 years ago.... Bit of a slacker I am.

We had some friends down from Darwin on the 2nd so we decided to have our NY celebration then.  It was a funny night and there was plenty of laughter to be had.

I also managed to catch up with my oldest friend for a while.  It was great to see her as she only just got engaged at Christmas time.  Am so happy for both Kim and Terry.

Terry and Kim

Emma and Kristi Lee

Mum, Emma, Kristi Lee, Me and Kim

Miss Emma turning 12

our view

our cool spa

Jacob vegging out in front of the tv

The Jacuzzi rules, make sure you look at them as there are a few funny ones in there

The four of us enjoying cocktails, mocktails by the pool

Cannot have a beach side holiday without beach cricket

Emmas cake

Jed getting in on the action on New Years Eve

The first week of January also saw the celebration of Emma's 12th birthday.  As a little gift we decided to take the two children up to the Sunshine Coast for three nights away.  We stayed in the most amazing place - Rumba Resort in Caloundra and had an absolute ball.  There was heaps of swimming, walking, swimming, beach cricket, cocktails and mocktails by the pool and then a little more swimming.  Emma was not feeling well on her actual birthday so we had a nice dinner and cake the following day.

Well that pretty much sums up our Christmas and New Year break.  Everyone is back at work now.  Jacob and Emma return to school at the end of January which means I had better go and get their uniforms.  They both need new ones this year and Emma is moving up into high school and Jacob is going into year 10 which means he needs to wear a senior uniform.  Emma has her next round of chemotheraphy on the 18th of this month.  Stuart is taking her up this time and I am having a night off.  She has her MRI and CT scans this coming Wednesday so hopefully that will show us that the chemo is doing its job. Praying that is the case anyway

Before I go I need to tell you something really exciting......... I received an email yesterday afternoon offering me a position on the Design Team for Scrap Sanity.  YAH ME...... Am so very excited to be working with Tiff.  I think we are going to have a ball.

Ok I am out of here.  Have loads and loads of creating to do for Kaisercraft.  The next few releases from them are divine. 

Thanks for reading my mammoth post, I hope you managed to get through it all.

Remember to stay safe and enjoy life


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Looks like you had an amazing time!! I loveeeeeeeeee all the photos!! That jacuzzi one cracks me up!!! Hope the next tests for Emma show good results!! And HUGE congrats on the DT!! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Taylor Made said...

Glad you have all had a great festive season and birthday . x Looks like much fun was had.

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

What a great post! Congrats on the new design team always, looking forward to seeing what you create. LOVE the dance picture...Emma looks like a natural! Wonderful photos of family and fun trip! Praying!

Lizzyc said...

HI thanks for sharing about your Christmas and new years... it looked like a wonderful family time... all the best for the scans and chemo coming up too... and good on you for getting on the DT!! enjoy creating!!

Mrs Frizz said...

Happy New Year to you and may it be a good one for you and your family.

Hoping for a fabulous result for the upcoming scans.

Julie said...

Love all the photos Leanne.

Anonymous said...

Great to catch up on your news and see all your lovely photos. I am so glad you have all been having some fun and relaxation.

I am looking forward to our hoiday this coming week when we fly to QLD. I can't wait to meet you and the other girls.

From Susan McGuire (smiles1965) xxoo

Sheree said...

Hi Leanne! Just catching up with what you guys have been up to. SO good to hear you all had such a wonderful Christmas together surrounded by family and friends. The photos are fantastic and so fun! Lovely to see you all relaxing and enjoying some holiday time. I'm really hoping you get some good news with Emma's results. Hey a huge congrats on your new design team position at Scrap Sanity! So exciting!! They're going to love your beautiful work!

Sheree xx

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