Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Celebration

Firstly I would like to apologise to all the children in the rest of the world.  Santa had to wait for our girls to finally fall asleep last night and finally managed to do his thing only at around 1:30am (yawn!).

We started off our day skyping with my mum and we took the opportunity to open the presents she sent us all the way from South Africa.  Paul, I think you'll like this present my mum sent me :-)  I guess I'll now find out if it is indeed as easy as you say it is...

And later on we had a quick Skype chat with Terence's family.

The girls absolutely loved opening all their presents and were thoroughly spoilt with the presents they received from family, friends, Santa and us.


Bianca was extremely excited that Santa finally brought her the cell phone she's been begging for.  I guess Santa thought since she is starting to walk to and from school all by herself that a cell phone might not be such a bad idea.
And Maa,  Bianca loved the Times Tables chart that Mrs Clause sent her :-).


Today we had some friends sharing the day with us.  There was Peter and Klara.  They are both from Hungary and Peter works with Terence.

Then there was also Wikus and Suret and their daughter Melissa.  Suret and I were together at high school and it was only through Facebook that we discovered a few years ago that we both lived in New Zealand.

Today was a lovely and relaxing day.  The Kapiti Coast put on a beautiful summer day with blue skies and lots of sunshine.

We played a few games of Dominion.

And Wikus had lots of fun playing with his present.

Wikus was highly impressed with Terence's Tropical Fruit cider.  Terence's new hobby is to do home brewing.

We decided to do a Christmas dinner rather than a lunch and Suret and I prepared our Christmas feast.  Wikus really liked the pumpkin fritters I made (which is a recipe my mum used to make) and I managed to make my grandmother's fridge tart.


Of course we ate way too much so I'm thinking I'll probably have to do quite a bit of work on the exercise front from this coming week again.

We have some tired little girls in our house tonight :-)

Tonight Wikus and Suret and their daughter Melissa will be staying the night and right now we are just quietly watching "Oh Shucks here comes Untag" an old South African movie.

We had a lovely day today.  I hope your day was lovely too!


Julia said...

Ah Lea, Merry Christmas! Looks like you all had a fantastic day.
Am also going to have to up the exercise ante next week. Have been eating and eating and eating!
Much love to you and your family.xx

LatteJunkie said...

It looks like you had a perfect day!

I made my gran's fridge tart too - peppermint caramel tart mmmmm....

Have a blessed 2012!

Maria said...

Sounds like a wonderful day; everyone is looking very happy in the photos and it sounds like Santa left lots of surprises! lol Skype is wonderful isn't it, especially when family and friends are far away.

Sue, Joe and Michael Webber said...

Happy children, home brew all adds up to a Happy Christmas! :D

Sarah said...

I love your mum's present to you Lea!! The harmonica is fun to play!! I look forward to hearing you perform for us, perhaps a duet with Paul!!!

Paul said...

Sounds like your family had a wonderful Xmas day. All the best with the harmonica. It really is quite an easy instrument to play! Truly it is! Much easier than touch typing! Terrific photos and report on the day!

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I love your Christmas report - sounds just dreamy :)

What was the temperature?