A bit of Christmas nostalgia as I go through our video camera getting ready for the Christmas concert and presentation day next week. Two things. Amy looks SOOOOOO little and wow, Stella really couldn’t talk properly!
Its been a wonderful week full of friends and family, camping and parties. The girls are sunkissed and exhausted, Stella is sporting a nasty sprained ankle after a fall off a swing and a trip to the Dr for an x-ray! Ron and I are tired but happy, sad not to be camping anymore but [...]
We are heading off to celebrate Christmas Eve with friends, then back home before spending the day with Ron’s parents tomorrow and then we leave the girls with the grandparents and spend the night with more friends. Up early on Boxing day and packing the car and trailer to go camping for a week! Fingers [...]
This is a brilliant Christmas gift and only takes a few minutes to put together. You will need a large (750g) glass jar. Ingredients 3/4 cup plain flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon bicarb soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup caster sugar 3/4 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup [...]
Ingredients: 1 x 395g tin of condensed milk 150ml milk 450g Demerara sugar 115g butter You will need a large pan, a sugar thermometer, a stand or electric handmixer and an 8” square brownie tin, lined with baking paper. Also be prepared to stir your fudge mixture for about 20 minutes without stopping so this [...]
This time of year is fraught with emotion as it is. Now throw in a rare astrological event and an end of year preschool Christmas concert and its all too much to cope with. Amy is not herself, she sobbed desperately when we left her at preschool after her concert and this afternoon when I [...]
We spent Christmas Eve with close friends, celebrating with each other because our families are a long way away. It was a lovely afternoon and evening. We went to church at 3pm complete with camels and Mary rode into the church on a donkey and somehow they managed to twin Buzz Lightyear and Woody with [...]
I am so excited to bring you this pictoral history of the White Family Christmas photo. Its made me laugh, I hope it brings you the same pleasure! This one is for you Mum! Happy Christmas everyone!
Remember Christmas ’07 and Christmas ’08? Well its that time of year again. Actually its a lot earlier this year but as we are going away next week, we wanted to make sure we didn’t miss the photo opportunity. Especially since Amy is rather fond of Santa this year and Stella is her usual sweet [...]
After church we went back to Grandma and Grandad’s house to open more presents. Amy was thrilled with her gifts especially her Dora sleeping bag and her pink camping chair. Grandma also bought her some beautiful dresses and t-shirts. Aunty Gaye bought Amy a slippery slide for the garden and we are just waiting for [...]
Although Christmas is already so last year, I best post the rest of the pics and recap or I will forget and we can’t have that now can we. Amy woke up in a great mood and ran straight to the front door to see if Santa had drunk his beer and eaten his biscuits. [...]
The build-up to Christmas in the White House was lots of fun. We had a full weekend then a quiet Monday and Tuesday. Ron wasn’t well which suited me as he stayed home with Amy and I managed to get all my Christmas food shopping done painlessly and by the time our friends arrived for [...]
This is what Santa wears on his feet Downunder! We had a suprise visit for the children at our playgroup Christmas party last week. Amy’s face was priceless when Santa came in, she was really excited. Unfortunately she was last called to go up and fetch her present and the novelty had worn off a [...]
Remember last year’s Christmas Photo? We went back this morning to get this year’s photo done. We have been talking to Amy about Santa for a while now even though it kills me to call him Santa. Growing up he has always been Father Christmas to me but I decided that when amy is old [...]
Amy gets into the Christmas spirit and opens the first door on her advent calender. I can’t help myself but just melt a little very time she says “Ho, ho, ho merry kisskiss!”
We missed catching up with the Butchers before Christmas so we had them over before New Year. The kids got to open their presents to each other which was fun whilst the grown ups drank wine and had a barbie. Later we bathed the kids and dressed them in their pjs and then they had [...]
In addition to making apricot jam and spicy apple chutney as gifts this year, I also decided to handmake gifts for my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. They are both the kind of people who would appreciate something made with love rather than purchased with credit! I started off by quilting together a 1m by 1m piece [...]
This is the last few Christmas photos, then we can get on with exciting things like the day the Whites went waterskiing on the Hawkesbury and what we are doing for New Year! This is the traditional family photo outside St Johns after the Christmas morning service. Amy was very good and didn’t cause too [...]
Christmas Day – the lunch part of it, in pictures. Here is Amy playing with her golf set. She absolutely adores this toy, its been the suprise present of the day and we have heard “gof, gof, gof” incessantly since then! This is the Christmas table all laid out and ready to go. Behind the [...]
This is the christmas food post. This year christmas was all about the food for me, for a couple of reasons. Firstly I decided to handmake most of our gifts, at least for the grown-ups so I made a batch of Apricot Jam in the tradition that Mum and I started last year. I also [...]
Christmas in the White house was a slow burner, but once it got going, it went off with a bang! Its Thursday and we are home for the morning getting ourselves together. Ron has been unpacking and putting together multiple toys that make a lot of noise. Amy is insisting on playing with her Christmas [...]
Its Christmas Eve, I can’t believe it actually is although its starting to feel like a holiday. Ron went to work today but we picked him up at 1pm and I have been cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Our Christmas tree is up, I have been listening to Christmas music on the ipod [...]
Christmas has well and truly arrived in the White Household! Amy met Father Christmas (known as Santa here in Australia!) today and although you can’t really tell from the above photo, she didn’t like him much. Ron was trying to angle her body towards Santa whilst Amy was holding herself rigid and bending away from [...]
I loved this clip, something a bit different in the way of Christmas Carol’s with a little African flavour for good measure. Funny how hearing that always reminds me of our wedding because part of the dvd is set to it. More interesting posts coming soon, I promise.