Before I start this bumper edition post about our holidays (overdue!) – first a HUGE milestone. Hubby and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary on the 23rd of December. A huge milestone, because he survived me HAHA, no murder as yet :p Luckily for him, I still adore him! Being a parent of two little ones is hard work and we really have to fight to make time for each other, may the next decade be filled with more happy memories!
On the first of December Holly our Jolly Elf made her appearance again! We had fun with her mischievous shenanigans this year now that the kids could both participate. Much sadness when she departed and even Shae asked after Holly. Wondering how much longer Jamie will believe in the magic …
And it was so much fun to put our Christmas tree up – every one participated!
On the 16th we started our holiday by doing a family photoshoot. I can highly recommend One Two Tree Photography if you are in PE. Here’s a few favourites:
Then we were off to Oudshoorn for a few days for our gorgeous godson’s christening and much needed family time. We had a lovely couple of days with my two siblings and their families who resides there, and my parents and other sibling & family who also made the trip. My godson made me broody (but not THAT broody!)
The rest of the holidays were filled with lots of quality time for us 4, beach time, ice-cream, play time, time with friends and family, some more ice-cream and other excursions in and around PE.
Christmas was special – we had Johnathan’s side of the family over and it was a good evening. Before bedtime the children sprinkled magical reindeer food on the lawn for Rudolf and his gang to spot our house easily; and had some truffles and milk ready for Santa; and carrots for the reindeer. Christmas day was spent at home, just the four of us. It was actually a calm and relaxed day. The kids was overjoyed with the Christmas presents underneath the tree and they spent the morning playing with their new toys. Then I prepared our Christmas lunch, we all had a nice nap/quiet time and afterwards dessert.
New Years Eve was spent with friends – we haven’t had so much fun in a long time. We stayed over so that we can be off the dangerous roads and the plan was to have lunch the next day before going home, but unfortunately we had to spend New Years at the emergency rooms with my unwell mom – she had extreme chest pains and my dad didn’t know what to do. Luckily she was helped with xrays and medication and is on the road to recovery. My MIL’s arthritis also worsened so much that she had to be admitted into a care facility shortly after New Years. Not a good start to the new year, but I pray that both of them will get much better, very soon…
So December and the first half of January was jam-packed. I almost feel like I need a holiday to recuperate just from that! :p