Saturday, December 20, 2014

The 5th day til Christmas

On the 5th day til Christmas we had another super, crazy, busy day. I helped Jeff finish putting up the Christmas lights in the morning and I ran the solar lights along each side of the fence. Jeff’s brother and girlfriend dropped by for a visit with their gorgeous little girl. I’m so excited to be an Aunty and love having cuddles with my little niece (still sounds so weird lol!!)
Last set of lights go up

At lunch time we picked up Chris and met my cousin Morgan and her boyfriend Gary at a Mexican place for lunch. Than we had 2 games of laser tag which I came 3rd for both games. I also had the second best accuracy and our team won both games. It’s been a year since I last placed Zone 3 so it was fun to be going again. We headed back to the cousins place and played some board games and card games for the rest of the afternoon.

Morgan and Gary racing

Jeff and Chris dancing... or some kind of game.

Games back at the house

Such a funny game!

A puppy to help me with cards

The crew!!

hanging with this puppy

Around dinner time we headed over to Nana and Poppy’s new unit which is on the top level and looks out over the canal. We had dinner there with everyone and watched the boats down the river with all their Christmas lights on. The view is spectacular and their unit is really, really nice!!!

Nana and Poppy's view!!

Such an amazing place



Watching the boats at night

Christmas lights

Dinner on the deck

This was my favourite boat!
Dinner was really yummy and we left feeling very full. We went back to the cousins and had a really nice evening swim. Jeff said it was really refreshing and he was right. Best time to swim… no sunburn!

An evening swim

Jeff gave me this beautiful light up bauble for my advent today. I love it! 

 We packed so much into the 5th day and I’m ready for a well over due date with my pillow. It was a really lovely day though! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

The 6th day til Christmas

On the 6th day til Christmas I found a spider in my bed!!! Just a little one but I decided it was best to wash all the sheets and blankets just in case. Lucky it was a warm day to get them washed and dry again before midday.

I ate breakfast/lunch and finished watching ‘The Family Stone’. After it finished I found my motivation to start putting up some of our lights. I only got 2 sets up myself but it was hard work in the heat.
The Family Stone

lights I put up. 

Candy Canes getting power from the sun

Just me today!

Mum and Dad picked me up in the afternoon and we went to visit Poppy at the hospital and he actually got to leave today which was great. Afterwards we visited Nana at the nursing home for a little bit and then went to Uncle Greg and Jeanette’s to have cuddles with their new puppy Abbie. She’s such a cutie and full of energy.

Waiting at the hospital

More waiting

Visiting Nana

Playing with Abbie. She's hard to get a photo of!

After all our visiting we had a quick family dinner at Subway and went to the shops to buy everything food wise for Christmas. Chris and I haven’t been grocery shopping with Mum and Dad since we were in high school!!!
A much needed dinner

Food for Christmas

3 trolleys. Maybe we bought too much :P

When I got home Jeff’s Mum and brother were at our place helping Jeff to put up the rest of our Christmas lights. Jeff bought a few new lights as well which look really nice. If it’s even possible, we have more light than last year. While we were putting them up we had people stop to say they were glad to see us putting our lights up again. A lady with her little dog even came down at 11pm to have a look at them.

Lights going up. 

Brighter outside than inside at the moment!!

Pink Cherry Blossom tree

Another big day for the 6th and I don’t think our days will be getting quiet until after Christmas now!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The 7th day til Christmas

On the 7th day til Christmas it was another beautiful, very hot day. Jeff started off the day by whipper snippering the edges which was great because it saved me having to do it. The best time to do it was in the morning because you wouldn't want to be out in the sun at midday… so hot!

Hard working husband

Mum picked me up and we went to visit Lidya for a haircut. That time of year when I get my hair cut shorter for the warmer months. Lidya always does a great job!! Dad has been telling Mum and I how good the bakery down the road is but because Mum’s always busy working she never gets to go there. We decided today was the day and Dad met up with us for lunch. He’s right, really good pies (mine was veggie though.)
Haircut ready for summer!

Bakery makes great pies!

Lunch with Mum and Dad. It was a tad hot!

I spent the afternoon cleaning and hosing down outside ready to put up a few Christmas lights. We’ve been pretty busy this year and still haven’t got any lights up. The plan is to put some up tomorrow night. Mum motivated me to hose outside as she was doing the same at her house and it was perfect weather for getting soaking wet!!

Christmas music to help me clean

Sweeping and hosing

Ah my reward for my hard work. Haighs and a cup of tea!

The big storm that came over us. It didn't amount to much of a storm but a little bit of rain.

Jeff got home late from work and he spent the rest of the night working on a client’s computer. I cooked dinner and finished watching ‘The Holiday’ and the beginning of ‘The Family Stone’.

Jeff having a chat to Kevin. Ready to open his 18th advent present.

A little drink with my movie (not real wine or I'd be past out asleep)

It’s time for bed on the 7th day and I get to listen to the peaceful sound of rain outside!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The 8th Day til Christmas

On the 8th day til Christmas it was a lovely, clear day but fairly hot. My washing appreciated the heat and was dry when I got out of bed. We were heading down to the airport to pick up Chris but Mum and Dad’s car had a flat battery. Luckily they planned to leave early so after RACQ came we still made it to the airport gate before his plane arrived.

Beautiful day outside.

Trip to the airport

Chris has arrived!

We stopped in at McDonalds for lunch on our way home and then went back to Mum and Dad’s to wait on a new car battery to arrive and help move Chris’ room around to fit in the new portable air conditioner they bought.

Lunch in the air con

Puss was happy to see Chris

Setting up the air con

Puss' new sleeping spot.

Just a tad hot, cooling down

We spent the afternoon back up at the University hospital visiting poppy (and seeing the cousins) and went to the Christmas carols at the nursing home with Nana. Just like last year, the carols were fairly entertaining with the ladies who ran the night.

View from the private hospital. We counted 10 canes. 

Mum and I added some decorations to Nana's room. 

Caroling at the nursing home. 

We had a family dinner at Hogs Breath which was really nice (super busy too) and headed home for bed.

Dinner was delicious and I was starving!!! 

Just like yesterday I finished off the 8th day feeling really tired. It’s always so busy this time of the year!