We had a wonderful Christmas last year (still doesn't sound right!), first of all we had Christmas with Joel's parents and his brother's family who had flown over from Perth. They have three girls, 6, 4 and 2 and so they fit right in with my girls and all had a blast.
Joel and I both agreed it was the most fun we've had on a Christmas day in a long time. The food was great and the presents were opened but it was the fun family time afterwards that made the day extra special. Sliding down the water-slide, running and jumping over the sprinkler (I got soaked!), painting nails (they are all girls remember), blowing and popping bubbles and playing board games were just some of the fun things the girls got up to that day.
We then had my family's Christmas day in Katikati. My brother Sam was over from Australia, and we all opened too many presents and then enjoyed my other brother and his NEW wife's company later on for lunch. I can't wait for them all to have kids so that we can have a more active day but I have to be patient don't I? It wasn't the best day as Quinn was quite sick (after the pin-prick rash two days later we realised she had Roseola /eyeroll) and so it was quite miserable for me too. Mum made wonderful food and we received some really lovely presents.
Next year I'd like to take the girls to a service in the morning or at least on Christmas Eve since we will be home this time. I'm looking forward to opening presents and having a good time at our own house for the first bit as we don't often get that when we travel down to Katikati each year.
I think I say it better with my photos, so here goes...