Ok, let's get on to whatever has been going on... I'll let the pics do the talking for a bit...
2) Christmas Eve:
Had to make sure we got 'Santa' some good cookies!!! ;-)
3) Christmas DAY!
Juan got up at in the middle of the night to put this shelf together for me!! (I thought I heard a bang!) I LOVE my new shelf. I'll show you what I've done with it soon!
That time on the clock reads somewhere just after 5am....
"He came! Santa really came!" ...So cute!!
Let the opening begin!!
:-) Love it!
So exciting! :-)
This was the ONLY thing Eadie asked Santa for -- TWICE!
I think they loved getting that chocolate most of all!
Two big boxes..... What could they be??
A pink scooter! "It's just what I asked Santa for!" :-)
Love this pic!!
Later that day:
New scooters!! And I might add, this house is PERFECT for riding from one end of the house to the other!
That nail polish is pulled out and applied to someone... every. single. day.
Annual family Christmas Day photo at the 'Hunt' Family Brunch..
Which, I might add is more of a family 'breakfast' now that we all have kids... with them up at 5am, who can wait around until 10am for brunch? No-one!! It's breakfast at 8.30 now days. I'm sure this will change when they're teenagers though... lol.. :)
It was a lovely Christmas morning at Alisha's house with the Christinsons and the Hunts. We sat, we ate, we opened more presents. We skyped mum, dad and Sarah in America and caught up with them. It was great.
After brunch our family made our way over to Abuelita's house to hang out with her for a few hours, which was a nice change from our usual Christmas day. (Abuelo is away in El Salvador at the moment). We had already had a Montes Christmas gathering a couple of days before which was a very dramatic and crazy affair. I wont go into detail, as they are not the most pleasant to re-tell, but I'll just say that it involved Eadie, a car, a driveway, and a hospital. However, we are all fine and safe and well now. That's all you'll get from me.
We then came home and spent the day enjoying eachother's toys and company. Ooh, and did I mention I also got a Bon Jovi CD (which I have wanted since I was like 13 years old!), also a Bras n Things voucher (which I'm sure Juan was disappointed that I spent on new pajamas and a robe rather than lingerie, haha :), plus a few other nic nacs which I wanted but it wont sound very exciting to anyone reading this! Meanwhile, Juan scored cologne, a new Guy Sebastian CD (we didn't even mention we were getting CDs for eachother, lol) and a new tie. We actually count the entire month of December as our time to buy for our self things we want/need/want, and list it under the list of Christmas giving so having said that, I also totally decked out my new shelf, got a few new cute clothes, and Juan bought a new suit and new business shirts, LOL. Alas, the spirit of giving (to ourselves) has been in full swing for many weeks in our house.. ;-)
4) Tori graduated Kindy!
It's was so fun to go to our very first kid's school Christmas play! It also happened to be the last day of Kindy, and hence was also seen as Tori's graduation night. It was so adorable watching her in her little elf costume up on the stage singing to all the songs she had practiced and waving her arms about dancing. She was so happy and loved being in the spotlight! (Don't know where she gets that from... :)
My camera wasn't working, so my friend Megan took some snaps of the night for us and they came out great. I also have a whole bunch of photos taken every day she was at kindy, given to us by her teachers that I will post on here soon.
Meanwhile, Well done Tori, we are so excited you are a big girl kindy graduate!
Austin and Tori
6) Santa Clause!
So this year Megan and I decided to be daring and take all our kids into the city ON THE BUS and go see Santa in the Myer Center. Insane? Or just awesome!? :-)
It was surprisingly easy and fun actually, and we were shocked at how stress-free we managed it to be. We were totally expecting drama and mayhem as we took my three and her two in and out of buses and walking through the crowded city. Instead, we arrived in perfect time to catch the bus in, found spots to sit with reasonable comfort, despite bringing two prams with us, and made our way to the fifth floor of Myer to find that we were the first people in line! So the kids hopped on the kiddie's train and around and around they went as we waited to go in and see Santa. While visiting with him,Tori asked for a skooter and Eadie asked for a skipping rope. The kids loved it!
Ok, I take that back... Eadie and Tori loved seeing Santa... but in usual Anabel style, there was a freakout from her and, I'm embarrassed to say I listened to the suggestions to hold her for the photo so she could be in it, despite the tears.... ugh. Anyway, I should have just taken one with Eadie and Tori, but instead this year's pic is of me and the girls sitting on Santa's knee.... Not my best three minutes. I actually dressed the girls up all color coordinated with red hues, so I think it was just good luck that I happened to wear a khaki green shirt that day, because it was the last thing I was thinking about as I sat on that Santa's knee and prayed the moment would end soon.
By the time we came out from seeing Santa, there were huge lines waiting to go in, so we counted ourselves super lucky and totally awesome :-)
After seeing Santa, the good luck continued! We headed to the city and got a snack and made our way to a city park where there just so happened to be some kids games set up for people to play with! What luck! But then it started raining, so we walked back to the bus stop. Get this - Up pulls the bus five seconds later, and we were the only ones on it all the way home! What a lucky break! We walked back to Megan's and spent the rest of the day hanging out. It was a really nice time and the kids loved it. Even Bel enjoyed the bus ride at least! :-)
Hey, is Santa looking at me instead of the camera? No wonder I felt uncomfortable on that knee!!
Merry Christmas to all! And much love from us. xx