Hey peeps! How are you all? Did you miss me? Well, I have missing visiting you all now have 168 posts to read. Prolific bunch aren’t you?
I hope those of you who celebrated Christmas had a nice time and enjoyed time with your friends and family. I hope those of you who lost loved ones during the year managed to have great memories of those you lost and that your loss didn't; overshadow the enjoyment of the day. The first year is the hardest and the sadness does lessen over time. But I know that it’s very tough. So hugs to those of you, struggling with your grief.
So what have we been doing in my blogging absence? Well, the kids and I went to Sydney to have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with my extended family. It’s the fourth year in a row for us there. The first was the one just before my mother died and that seems to have started a tradition. Now my traditions are things like eating shortbread while putting up the Christmas tree and watching both lots of televised Carols (the Domain in Sydney ones and the Vision Australia ones from Melbourne). It seems the extended family Christmas is now one as well. Mr E. didn’t come with us this year as he is unwell and it was touch and go whether he ended up in hospital on IV antibiotics. Basically he decided that he’d prefer to be at home alone rather than end up in hospital in Sydney. So for the first time in 17 years Mr E and I were not together for most (if not all of Christmas Day). I’m still feeling a little unsettled about that but Mr E. is slowly getting better and will probably avoid a trip to hospital which is what we really want.
The kids and I went to the beach on Christmas morning, then to a morning tea, present opening and lunch with my family. We had a lovely day. The food was great and Boy Child ate PORK and HAM! Apparently ham tastes like cabanossi (huh?). He even ate steak in public when we took out my Grandmother out on Christmas Eve. How proud are we? Very! He was also extremely helpful at the Christmas Lunch with carrying things, playing with the little kids and impressed many people by trying new foods. Lots of people commented on how mature he is and how helpful. We are so extraordinarily proud of him.
Girl child had fun playing with the cousins particularly the two littlest. She shared beautifully and was lovely. She is very nurturing. We are very proud of her too. Except maybe of the 5.45am wake up we had. Not a great start when you have a full on day and a 3.5 hour drive in the evening. But she was happy to find her stocking had a present in it.
We made it home safely. Tired but happy that Mr E. was doing well and grateful that we had family to spend the day with. I hope you all enjoyed your celebration, not matter what or where they were.