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 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
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