Those of my facebook friends are probably up to date but for those of you who aren't I'll share a few of our highlights.
When we first arrived in Australia 3 years ago, 3 days before Christmas, we found ourselves at Bar Beach on Christmas Eve, eating fish and chips that were out of this world and wondering what on earth we were doing here! We loved it so much that we have made it into a little tradition. This year we even managed to get a family photo taken by a lovely girl who was also waiting patiently in the very long queue - we were glad we had phoned ahead to order.
We even managed to get a photo of John and me - honestly can't think when we last had a photo without children hanging off us!
Christmas Day was lovely. The kids are allowed to open their stockings as and when they wake up (pretty early this year but thankfully they know not to disturb us!) then one present before church. This year's theme seems to have been Lego (again) with lots of books, some pj's and other things thrown in. We opted for sea food and then cold ham, salamis, bread, cheese and olives etc for our feast. We had heaps left over and had friends for lunch on Boxing Day to help us finish it off!
More Gingerbread Houses!
We've had the usual tennis camps, walks, days at the beach and pool, and even managed 4 days away in our tent.
She's got a great serve!
Kind brother helping Meg with her new Ripstik walking from Warner's Bay to Spear's Point
Sydney on New Year's Day
Football at One Mile Beach (also Meg dived through her first waves and loved it so much we had to bribe her out of the water!)
Sausage sizzle dinners at the pool
We bought it a couple of years ago but hadn't used it before. In fact we haven't tented before (other than the boys in the garden) so were delighted that our friends, who are seasoned campers, came with us. The tent is so huge that they had one 'wing' while John, Meg, Robert and I had the other and the 3 boys had their own 3-person tent.
Room with a view
We had a great time, apart from one night of quite scary winds, the weather was perfect for us ex-pats. The kids had a screen ban, including ipods, so got their amusement from playing pool, table tennis, football, swimming, flying kites, catching Soldier Crabs, face-painting (Jonathan is quite the expert), making paper, climbing trees, drawing, reading, writing stories, glass-painting, learning to play the guitar, hunting for snakes (we saw a python!) and eating!
Early morning Parkour!
Pool at high tide
er... brotherly love...?
Our Camp Photo!
Despite some ribbing I started another Granny square blanket when we were camping, again, I'm using a self-changing yarn in blues and greens which I wasn't sure about but bought in the sale. It looks better than I was expecting and the boys are already fighting over it!
I've also been trying to be a bit creative when I get the time! I made a few sets of coasters with my lovely new machine along with mending endless pairs of shorts and jeans. I've been trawling pinterest for ideas for things to make with scraps of fabric that I've carried around with me for 20+ years and have been really inspired by some very clever people.
Also this scarf which I can't wait to wear! It's from the Isar pattern, that I can't remember how I got to, which was easy to do and more of the colour change yarn!
So now we're back to thinking about routines, Husband is back working, although he's on sabbatical until July-ish which means he'll be working here (never good...) and I'm looking to start applying for jobs since nothing positive is happening with regards to Teaching. Jonathan will start High School and Meg will start at the local Public School with Joseph. She has mentioned a couple of times that she's scared but she'll be going with the rest of her class from the Infant's School and will make new friends very quickly I'm certain.
So 2012 looks set to be a big year for us all. I'll be 40 in March and I'm so delighted that my Ma and Pa will be coming to help us celebrate!
And before I forget, I was really touched to be nominated for the Leibster Blog Award by Sonia from Sonia and Fred. Apparently it is an award that is to be given to Bloggers with less than 200 followers, "Leibster" meaning 'Dearest', 'Beloved' or 'Favourite'. Thank you Sonia!
Now to spread the bloggy love -
1. Kristen at Cozy Things
2. Lynne at Pieceful
3. Kylie at Blue Teacups
4. Emily at Unravelled
5. Karen at Gooseberry Jam (although I just noticed she has 201 followers!)
These are blogs I look at regularly and am inspired by in one way or another, please go and have a look for yourselves.
See you soon!