We had a staycation filled to the brim with special quality time spent with each other, special friends and family and many wonderful activities in and around PE.
With our recent loss of a precious family member I knew Christmas was going to be hard and it was, but also it made us appreciate the togetherness with family and friends more.
Although Holly our Jolly Elf has already made her appearance, we only ended up putting our Christmas tree up on the 17th. The kids had fun decorating it and I must say it’s the first year that they helped from the beginning to the end, not losing interest to help. That was special. The kids also sent off their letters to Santa.
I took loads of pics this holidays… so bare with me as I share some for safe-keeping on my blog.
We also did Uncle Jumbos with the kids as per tradition.
Christmas Eve was spent at our house with my Mother-in-law, Sis-in-law and nephew. Hubby made a delicious gammon in the Weber and we had a very chilled evening together with yummy food. A candle burned for Tony; and a special photo-bauble on our tree as this was the first Christmas eve spent without him.
The kids loved the opening of presents part. At the end of the evening we left snacks for Santa and Rudolf.
Christmas morning the kids woke up to the pressies Santa left for them. Rollerskates and Rollerblades, one of the things on their lists. We had a lovely Christmas lunch with my parents and older sis and bro and their families. More pressies for the children. They ended up with quite a stash!
We did a lot of fun things during the holidays. My little sis and family visited, so spent time with them, then my brother and his family visited, and we also did a sleepover and my older sister’s house so spent quality time with all my sibs. We went to Splash with friends, we had beach days, we went strawberry picking, we went to different kids play places, went to the movies where we ran into Helen.
Johnathan and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary…we didn’t have a babysitter, so we celebrated out with the kids. On another night we were able to get a babysitter and we had a fun night out with friends from out-of-town.
We never really sat still at home, we were busy and out-and-about all the time… and had so many braais! When we were home at the odd occasion we played boardgames and the kids were testing out their rollerscates or they were having fun on the trampoline or in the park.
New years we had some quiet time home, it was lovely and much needed. I set the table nicely and hubby made us a lovely beef roast.
The three weeks went by so quickly, wish we could have had another week as we didn’t even get to everything we wanted to do. But now it’s back to work, back to school and back to reality. I am thankful for all the special times ❤ and memories made ❤ .