Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Madness

Thank goodness the holiday season is almost over. Its been a crazy few days of presents, food and driving everywhere. Laundry has been piling up, dishes are only finally being washed and we can almost see the true color of our floor after finding some time to vacuum.

Christmas dinner was at Auntie Faye's this year. Although it was a long drive to Broadford, I knew the food was going to be well worth the trip! As usual the kids had a kick out of seeing all of Uncle Manny's chickens, cattle and some scary looking rabbit (god only knows why it has a crooked head). It was good to see most of the relatives from Hubby's side of the family, do some catching up and eating copious amounts of food.

As usual I was too excited to run for the crackle and neglected to take pictures of all that meat! But at least I remembered when it was time for dessert. Here is the unwrapping of the traditional Christmas Pudding. I could only eat a sliver of it since I find it too sweet. I also had to make sure there was enough room for the pavlova.

We also exchanged presents and the kids always have the most fun getting their gifts.

Surprisingly enough, Hubby didn't drink too much that night and I was so thankful he was able to drive us home instead of me.

The next day was Boxing Day at our house. We did our own gift exchange with the grandparents, Uncle Andrew, Nat, the twins and Jacob. There was enough prawns to feed an army and lots of finger foods to keep us all happy but not explode like the night before. And of course there was alot of beer and wine.

The weather was lovely that day as well so the big kids and little kids all had a great swim. Hubby said he had the most fun in our pool that day.

On the 28th was Nacho's 3rd birthday. So after one day of relaxing, sort of, I baked some cupcakes the evening before and went to Hays Paddock to meet up with some of Sam's school friends and their parents for a morning play date. I used the opportunity to celebrate Isabel's birthday and from the looks of it she was not impressed at all. But at least she was in better spirits that afternoon at Uncle Andrew's house because she had lots of presents waiting for her.

That afternoon Grandma and Pop were also kind enough to watch all 5 kids while us 4 big kids went to watch Avatar at the cinemas. It was a 3D session so we got our 3D glasses to watch it with. The last time I watched a 3D film was when I was a kid with those red and blue glasses which didn't really work. I was really impressed this time as there were parts where I was about to swat some alien flies away from my face when I remembered its all part of the 3D effect! But poor Hubby, since he can only see from one eye, he said most of the movie was just a bit blurry to him. But he was able to get a bit of the 3D effect in some parts.

There are more activities lined up for the rest of the week. I'm glad the kids are occupied with all their new presents. I'm also glad I've cleared out alot of space in the toy room for all the new toys. I've also found a place that helps refugees and are accepting donations. So all of the kids' old toys are going to find a new home that will make good use of them.

Its been a wonderful full year living in Melbourne. I've learned alot about life here. It's also been a great holiday season. I wish everyone a safe, healthy and prosperous new year ahead.
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