Monday, December 26, 2011

SSCS reveal...........and recap of Christmas 2011

I stayed up way too late on Christmas Eve and it was well into Christmas Day that I decided to call it a night (or morning!).....it wasn't until then that I was satisfied that all was in readiness for Christmas 2011.

First thing to do when I got up at 6am was to open my SSCS gift from Terry in the US......



Thanks so much Terry....I love it....and it won't be going away with the other Christmas quilts.....this one is going to stay out.  ...and thanks to Chooky for organising this swap over the past few years. I always look forward to joining in. 

Time just to take a couple of pics of the swap pressie before loading the car and picking up Mark and Terri for the trip to Adelaide for Christmas catch ups.......Mark enjoyed some "breakfast" on the way....rehydrating I believe.......


Terri shared the back seat with the gifts for her nieces and nephews who we would be seeing later in the day.....


First stop was to catch up with Rhiannon and Mark's dad ....John.......


 ...and his Mum.....here are the kids with their beloved Yia Yia.........


John also bought me a great gift which I will share in another post.........

It was then time to head off to Rhiannon and Wade's house for lunch.........and an oyster shucking lesson for Mark.......Wade using his teaching skills on the rookie......


The "boys" got Nerf guns for Christmas....(as you do) and the girls had to play too.....btw no empty drink cans/bottles were harmed in the following pics.....



Well done to Rhi and Wade for hosting lunch.....Great job guys!!


Time for a pic of me with the kids before we loaded up the car again and made our third stop for the day (possibly only outdone by Santa himself the night before!)


My eldest son Shane was hosting lunch at his house....so I caught up with Jo-Anne as well.....not often all four kids are in the one place.......at the same time....so a pic was in order........


It was also great to catch up with all five grandies as well.........Ryley is quite the little model and wanted her picture taken with her Aunty Rhi.......




.. on her own........


and with her brother and cousins.......




Fourth stop for the day was to Terri's parents for dinner and catch up with her family........more turkey and pudding and a lovely relaxing evening!  Mark jumped into the driver's seat for the trip home...and by 10.30 I was tucked up in bed after a fantastic Christmas day. 

Today is Boxing Day.....and I have no plans......don't have to be anywhere......at any particular time - a real luxury for me as my days are usually very structured.  Showering and changing out of my PJs are options I won't be taking up today....Breakfast was Special K...(good start right......) followed by Maltesers left over from making Malteser slice.....which I took with me yesterday - luckily for me I didn't bring any home or it would have formed part of breakfast!!

Haven't had lunch yet but am thinking it might be Christmas cake....LOL   I made these to take as gifts yesterday......and kept one for myself......because I LOVE me some Christmas cake......I also saved a couple of mince pies as well........Yummo!


The only stitching that has been done lately was a few of these little bags I made for work mates.....they were given with bags of Angas Park goodies......


Have been watching the cricket and start of the Sydney/Hobart (yacht) race.......and enjoying my slothfulness! I do need to get some house stuff done ....but not today!  the only thing I will do is clean off the dining table to set up my Christmas / New Year jigsaw (courtesy of Rhiannon and Wade).  Catching up with friends later in the week and the kids are planning a visit home so my time off work will be most enjoyable. Looking forward to it......and the New Year.....may 2012 be the best year ever!

'Til next time....................Lorraine



20 comments:

Linda said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous Christmas. Enjoy a relaxing day :)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Your gifts from Terry are just so wonderful....great photos.....enjoy the rest of your day...

shez said...

lovely post Lorraine,awesome xmas runner and i love those little bags you made for your friends.xx

Kris said...

Nice day! You deserve a lazy day after that fully awesome Christmas day! Talk about busy!!! I feel like I did nothing at all and have just been sooooo tired! Thinking of calling it a day right now and it's only 6:30pm!

Jan said...

What lovely gifts, Lorraine. And what a lovely Christmas. We had a cruisy boxing Day here too - books, watching the start of the yacht race and thinking about stitching for me; yacht race and cricket for my DH - very relaxing.

Maree: said...

A lovely Xmas Day with Family Loz..Thanks for sharing your pics are Great..
HNY.
cheers

OzRose said...

I think a slothfull day would of been on my list for today after the day you had yesterday!!! Sounds like you had a great day - a belated Merry Christmas to you and yours too Loz xx See you in the New Year! Make it a safe and happy one!!!

Lynda said...

What a great Christmas Day and so lovely to have all your children together. Love your hair colour.

Shay said...

It sounds like the perfect day Loz. All your kids in one place , great eats and a water fight.

I stayed in my pj's until 5 pm Boxing day and only got dressed because we had people coming for dinner...today may be a completely different story.

joolzmac said...

Wow, you had a busy day,zipping her and there. It's lovely to catch up with friends and family at this time of year, isn't it? Glad you had a good one,

Cheers - Joolz

Vivian said...

Such a busy, busy day, and after that you definitely are ready for slothfulness and total relaxation. It's been earned. Family time and going here and there for food and fellowship--such a wonderful time you had.
The lovely little bags look like the snap ones made with the tape measure in the top. Sweet!
Season's greetings from a few miles/km away.

Chocolate Cat said...

Love your SSCS gift! Sounds like you had a wonderful (but busy) Christmas day and a boxing day very like my own!!!! Not achieving a lot more yet today, need to remedy that!

AnnieO said...

What a lovely swap mini quilt--how fun. Love the pics of your kids and grandkids, wonderful bunch! I made some of those bags for gifts too this year. Enjoy, enjoy the rest of your holidays :)

Daisy Jayne said...

Sounds like you had a nice family christmas,and very busy.. love the little bags nice choice of fabric colours...take care

Chookyblue...... said...

your Christmas Day sounds like a marathon like mine..........all wonderful but then you crash Boxing Day with exhaustion........I did NOTHING all day too........got some washing done today and prepared heaps of posts..........
lovely little quilt from Terry.....I would leave it out for awhile too.......thanks for being part of the SSCS yet again........

Terry said...

Looks like you had a wonderful day with your family! I'm so glad you like the little quilt. I really enjoyed making it for you! All the best to you and yours in the new year! :0)

Katie said...

Great photos! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :-)

Nancy said...

WOW...you were one busy Christmas lady! I loved that all my kids and grandkids came here this year!! A lot of work, but it was great...

So, your ex got you a gift? Can't wait to see what that was...

Tracy said...

Hi,
I just popped over from Chooky's to let you know I thought your gift you made was gorgeous.
Happy 2012,
Tracy

Suzanne said...

Sounds like a wonderful Holiday end for the 2011 year!