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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Merry Belated Christmas everyone and a very Happy New Year. If you were like me, you were flat out with holiday things and leaving everything last minute. We had a half day Christmas Eve so Missy came with me to work and enjoyed meeting my workmates.

The kids enjoyed Christmas at their grandparents and we had a good old Aussie bbq on the day. It was the first time that it hadn't rained for a few years so we really enjoyed it.


I made some brownies and that was about it. I left my Christmas shopping for the last few days and went shopping practically every day to pick up bits and pieces. I don't recommend this method but hey, it worked for me. I avoided traffic and shopping queues by either going early in the morning or parking close-by and walking the rest of the way to the shops. Funny enough, I bought things for myself rather than for other people, lol. A bit of retail therapy goes a long way.

You can't live down here without feeling the heat and boy we had a few days of hot weather. I made use of our Wet n Wild passes for this season and the kids got to hang out with their cousins and have fun in the sun.


Christmas dinner is always at my mums and my sister made her scrumptious salmon bites again. Yummy!!! I got the recipe this year so I plan to make this on special occasions. There is always lots of food and too many sweets. It means that New Year Resolutions always includes "eat better"



I squeezed in sewing up a skirt for my eldest. She seems to have grown in many directions so she lacked shorts and skirts. I finally cut up my Flea Market Fancy fabric and just copied one skirt I picked up from Target. This even has pockets!!! It seemed to turn out pretty much the same size as the Target branded one which surprised me since I made-up the whole thing.


Spent New Years Eve at mums again and we danced the night away. Just the medicine I need for bouts of moodiness I've been getting lately. I must be getting old. Ha ha. We're heading up to Salamander Bay this week. The weather forecast seems to be pretty cool with some rain just to put a damper on things but we'll enjoy the time relaxing which is much needed. I do hope 2016 brings you much happiness and good things. Sweet 16 so they say!

Catch you later... I can think about school supplies in a weeks time.

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