Tuesday, December 29, 2009

the most wonderful time of the year!

we celebrated Christmas Day at my mum and dad's... like we do every year, but this year we stayed with them, it was so wonderful! Family is so very important, and I am consider myself to be so lucky to have such a wonderful family, and such lovely friends

this is my marvelous SSCS present from Lynda - isn't it just magnificent! THANK YOU so much Lynda, I am just absolutely wrapped (he he - no pun actually intended), but I had to endure the whole day before opening it, as we have a big family tea (25 of us now), at my folk's place so everyone can be shared around and visit other families for lunch or breakfast, and we do the big pressie opening in the evening -

We were up at half 6 in the morning - having been awake since 5am ish, had to wait for the others to wake, and when they didn't I decided to shake them up a bit - literally (he he he), then off to my sister's to watch her children unwrap their pressies and brekky, and the traditional family photo of us all in our jammies...

Christmas down under is not complete without lots of these...

and because my Mum lives right by the beach, A Christmas Day beach walk is also on the menu, and Christmas just would not be the same kiwi Christmas without this...




I hope you all had a marvelous day too!

12 comments:

By Hoki Quilts said...

Hi Shiree
Looks like you all had a great time, aren't big family gatherings fab? If not a bit knackring!
What a fantastic setting for a family get together.
hugs
Miche'le

Chookyblue...... said...

that is a beautiful gift from Lynda...........I love it........thanks for being part of the SSCS and waiting so patiently all day to open your gifts.........

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hey Shiree. What a wonderful Christmas. Love the jammie photos and your beach is so beautiful. Love the ocean color!

I hope you have a wonderful New Year. Hugs...Tracy :)

Maree: said...

Lovely pics...Glad you had a good xmas.
cheers

Melanie said...

Merry Christmas Shiree. I'm so glad you were with your family when you received that awful comment about the swap -post dated 23rd Dec.

I have never seen anything like it in Blogland before and I hope I never do so again.

What a lovely and unusual table topper you received. So much detailed work in it. Beautiful!

Rae Ann said...

I love it that you stopped by my blog and left me such a sweet comment. The great thing about it was that I found out about your wonderful blog and have now become a follower.
Your Christmas day sounds like a lot of fun. You are right...family is what it is all about and nothing gets better than that!
It is so fun to see the weather where you are. Where we are, it has snowed all day and it will snow an additional 8-12 inches tomorrow. I think I need to come for a visit and walk that beach! How Fun!
Have a great New Year!

Simone de Klerk said...

Shiree, you had an absolutely wonderful Christmas. So good to be with family and friends.
Very happy to have met you and I look forward to the inspiration you give me next year.
De beste, warmste en gezelligste wensen voor 2010!

Francien said...

Thanks for your lovely comment on my scrapblog Shiree..what a great blog you have too...you are very blessed with a big family like you have, look like you had a wunderful Christmas...and the gift from Linda...its awesome!!
Wishing you a Happy New Year from the Netherlands....greetings Francien.
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Cubby House Crafts said...

Lovely Table Topper! The bottle brush...one of my favourite natives! Lisa

Micki said...

I see that you are near a beach too Shiree, but it is much warmer there. It is freezing here in Ireland. I love your collie! So glad that you had a wonderful holiday, and Happy New Year!
Micki

Bev C said...

Hello Shiree, A lovely present from your swap partner,you were so patient,I think I would have had to sneak a peak before that. Happy New Year to you and your family for 2010. May much love and happiness come to you. Happy days.

Julz said...

looks like you had a magical kiwi christmas day :) Have a great new years eve. Hugs Jx