The kids made an unspectacular gingerbread house (and I stayed true to tradition by huffing and puffing and saying we are NOT doing this again next year!) We made reindeer food and they sprinkled it on the driveway on Christmas Eve.
And then it was Christmas; with too much good food, and lots of laughs and so much sweet, simple family time.
Mum and Dad stayed with us until New Years Day. They can't sit still longer than it takes to drink a cup of tea so while they were here Dad plumbed in a rainwater tank and tried to fix my washing machine and Mum attacked the garden jungle and painted all of the traffic areas in the house (got rid of 8 years worth of grot and grime and kids handprints!) and I sugar soaped all of the walls (finding muscles that I didn't know I had!) Hannah's feature wall was repainted in a mushroom colour to match her sophisticated new "tween" look.
And in between all of the frenzied hard work there was a tea party in the new fairy garden (that is a whole other blog post) and a trip to the park to try out our new scooters (thanks Santa!)
Happy New Year!