Sunday, 1 January 2012

HAPPY 2012!

We've been away, hence my lack of posts.
In the week prior to Christmas we had Craig's sister, Annette fly in from Cairns to stay for a couple of nights. She looked after the kids whilst I worked which N and P loved. They went to the movies, shopping and ate yummy Cold Rock ice cream - she spoils them. We don't see each other often so it was lovely to spend some quality time together.
We travelled to Bundaberg a couple of days before Christmas to stay with Craig's mum and met up with Annette again.  It was quite cool when we arrived (22 degrees). In fact I can't remember a cooler Christmas in Bundaberg - normally stinking hot over Christmas. We had a great family time together over wine and too much food. Nick and Penny were up at 5am on Christmas morning. They were so happy with their gifts from Santa that I think everyone in the neighbourhood heard their excitement. Nick received the new Wii Skylander portal and game and Penny, the Malibu Barbie house. Christmas day was spent out at Craig's uncle's place which is always very merry and the weather was superb (28degrees)!
On Boxing Day we farewelled Pam and Annette and ventured down to the beach at Bargara. We had a lovely spacious apartment (Platinum Apartments) which was one street back from the beach and one block over from all of the shopping and restaurants. I was very pleasantly surprised by the apartment as it was the only  2+ bedroom accommodation left in Bargara when I booked in October. We enjoyed warmer weather at the beach with surfing on boogie boards, building sandcastles, hand feeding and watching fish and catching up with our Bundaberg friends. Craig was able to get out to sea in our fishing boat and came home with a good catch. I read a book in almost a day. It was a most relaxing holiday.
We arrived home yesterday afternoon and after we unpacked we went to the Clifton's (Nick's school friend) to celebrate NYE. It was a great night full of champers, delicious nibblies and many laughs. I whipped up pancakes topped with creme fraiche,smoked salmon and chives which are rolled and chopped into pin wheels - easy and yummy.We celebrated at Russian time (10pm) as we were feeling a little tired from the long drive home. I didn't get out of bed until 8am this morning which is almost a record since having children and so lovely to feel refreshed and no hangover ;)
Today I am facing a monumental washing and ironing pile but the weather is beautiful and bright so it will be dry in no time.
Rach xxx
ps - I'll be back later with my one little word for 2012 (2011's is here)

1 comment:

Petrina McDonald said...

it was so great to catch up with you at Bargara! good times :)