Reindeers & Cricket in the Sunny South Pacific

Long time no blog - it has been a lovely break but my friends Pippa, Kate and Sarah have hassled me into posting!

It was not a cookie-cutter Christmas.

It was an array of old and new,

We focussed on keeping things simple,

And remembered the reason for the season,

And how to rest.

We tried to protect the beautiful home we had the priviledge to stay in,
from the thirty little fingers that extend from our offspring.

Our very trusting friends provided us with a haven away from the world, this pretty white house on the edge of a meadow, and unbeknown to them, the surroundings were just what we needed after a few months of hard work. These friends deserve a medal, it is a new house they built themselves and shows the love they have for others.

Thank you K and H.

The 25th itself was relaxed and peaceable and although admittedly we all had moments of realistic apprehension, the day itself unfolded itself gently. Sitting outdoors, we unwrapped gifts in the sunlight, under the arms of a walnut tree.

Six blonde little girls were doted on,

and frolicked with in the sun,

read to,

while the ladies sipped wine and dodged cricket balls from the fine game that the men played, (these two below being my brothers)

the chaps cavorted,

the girls conspired,

and delicious new baby nieces were cuddled.

Hope you all had a restful and special break.

paige  – (January 8, 2010 at 3:21 AM)  

glad to see you back amy!!
wounds like a wonderful christmas

wishing you all the best in 2010

Erin  – (January 8, 2010 at 8:46 AM)  

I'm loving the toys and stockings hanging up in the giant tree outside! (No Christmas picnics around these parts.)

Kenzie's hair is to die for. Tell her to keep it just like that so all of us thirtysomething moms with no primping time on our hands can keep drooling. ;)

Happy New Year to you!

Amy  – (January 8, 2010 at 9:29 AM)  

Ha ha Erin, that's so funny. That look of Kenzie's is the "I left my hairbrush behind when we went on holiday and my Mum's doing her nut at me for going around on Christmas day with such an unruly mop!"

RockWallaby  – (January 8, 2010 at 10:28 AM)  

Enjoying your blog Amy.
What a beautiful family, and what a beautiful house to spend Christmas in.
All the best for this new year to you and yours.

Simoney  – (January 8, 2010 at 10:40 PM)  

Amy, I am stunned by Kenzie! All of a sudden you can see the young woman emerging. What a stunning young lady she will be. And yes, that hair! Amazing

Lyns  – (January 9, 2010 at 8:15 AM)  

Gorgeous family! Looks like a fantastic time was had by all.

rachel awes  – (January 9, 2010 at 11:53 AM)  

i was just checking out your blog and the phone was a nurse to check on me re: how i'm doing post-surgery (which i'm fine!)....and as i told her i felt better starting yesterday and starting feeling hope, i scrolled to your dec. posting about hope...beautiful!! lovely visiting here.

Anonymous –   – (January 12, 2010 at 6:23 AM)  

beautiful pictures Amy!
Welcome looks like a lovely Christmas time was had...
loving the Christmas stockings in the trees...not something we see here.

just curious...did you receive you candy?

Cassandra Frear  – (January 12, 2010 at 10:04 AM)  

This place does look restful. Love all the white.

Gail  – (January 13, 2010 at 7:36 AM)  

I totally missed this post!

I'm with Simoney on Kenzie's pic. Wow!!

Hope it's been a great time away for you all. Looking forward to catching up SOON one night for a coffee huh?

Guckstersa  – (January 27, 2010 at 2:56 AM)  

Awesome to see the whole family again - your folks haven't changed a bit! Love to you all.

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