We’ve just come home from a week over at my parents’ place.
Everyone gathered there on Christmas Eve to spend Christmas together. All floors, beds and lounges were full.
With that many people under one roof, there were a lot of gifts to be opened.
We ended up having to do a second sitting.
Brayden got Lego, of course. His heart’s desire.
And Ethan got board games and computer programming books. His passions.
We gave Little Miss an assortment of delights – fancy stationery, small trinkets, clothing, dvds and of course books.
She loves her books. Her mother cleared space in Little Miss’ bookshelf in anticipation of all the new books she knew Aunty Tracey couldn’t help but give her.
Over the week we spent time living together as one huge family.
Do you like the hairdo I gave Little Miss one afternoon? This is challenging to do on a two year old!
Little Miss looooved having ‘Her Boys’ with her every day.
This is her new ‘pleeease’ face, complete with sweet ‘hand under the chin’ gestures. She was testing out its effectiveness on Brayden. It worked. Hey, it worked on everyone.
We spent a lot of time outdoors getting wet.
We played with Little Miss’ sprinkler toy,
and tested out the new “Bunch of balloons” water balloons.
(They disappear waaaay too quickly for the price)
And someone forgot to tell the ankle biter that people with cameras who are fully dressed aren’t in the game!
The kids, and some of the braver adults, also tried out the new ‘Slip n Slide’.
They loved the slide, although it’s not as slippery as you would expect, so we added detergent. That worked!
We also cooled off in relatives’ pools.
And when the kids weren’t in the water, they were testing out their Christmas gifts.
Ethan’s nose was always in a computer manual.
And for New Years…
Well we rested.
One needs rest to start a new year with oomph and gusto.
Happy New Year!