The tree this year is truly magnificant and absolutely HUGE , and when lit up with candles it really is spectacular, and if I hadn't been stupid enough to delete my photo's (don't ask .....I am still fustrated with myself three days later) then this spot would have some amazing images of that night..... however it doesn't ... so ... anyway..... christmas day was great for us too... we didn't go anywhere or even have extended family with us, so it was just us and it was really relaxing... the kids had a glorious time opening their presents from 'santa', and they did pretty well this year.
Becca got her nail polish she so desperating pleaded for and I (or rather santa) managed to find an acceptable form of barbie doll for her , a young girl version, with more suitable clothing and a grandparent set. Anton got his starwars lego set (he just wanted a small certain type of aircraft, which I (santa) eventually found on trademe) and Kurt a remote control car (he asked for a helicopter, but we convinced him a car would be more fun) and Arwen, well she asked for nothing, but was given a great dolls buggy.
Actually we did pretty well this year managing to stick with our no wrapping policy (we use material bags , with ties which I made up a couple of years ago) and pretty much everything we made or brought secondhand, so vitually no wrapping !!!! It was great..
|Waiting in the hallway for Mama and Papa to say it's OK to come into the living room|
|'new' (to her) dress|
|Very excited about a 'horse' book|
|The pure joy from the 'suprise' that lies within the bag|
|A 'new' doll|
|Trying out the remote control car (you can imagine the smiles on the faces of these two)|
|Our only paper wrapped present|
|Serious lego constructing|
|The proud completion "all by myself, without anybody helping"|
|Trying out Arwen;s kaleidoscope|
|We gave in to the nail polish request|
|Serious doll play|
|A bit of fix it work for the car|
|A bit of help with the next lego construction|
|Happiness in amongst doll mania|
With the temperatures in the mid thirties, even a mellow day started to get unbearably hot.... there was just one thing for it.... an afternoon at the river !!! ( with the new body boards)