Christmas is over for another year. We spent our first Christmas in our new home, and managed to squeeze it in by a matter of days. Suzanne and I didn’t really buy for each other but chose to concentrate on the kids. We did our best to get them excited about Christmas but it seems some of the magic was lost during the move which is a bit sad. Ashton got a camera, and Jett scored a new bike which he’s still wary of riding. I think having new neighbors who have active kids will help, as Jett and Ashton will both try and be included in all the fun and games along the street including riding bikes.
We spent the rest of Christmas day down the road at Suzanne’s brother’s house with the rest of her family which was kinda cool. Because there’s so many people and because present buying can be so expensive we hold a lottery where each person buys just one present for just one other person. It isn’t necessarily secret, but it’s a good way to keep costs down.
For boxing day we took a little drive down to my parents house where Natalie and Dave had spent Christmas Day along with their new son James. More presents were distributed to the kids and then commenced a long two days of eating ourselves silly. I mean really, what are you supposed to do when faced with mountains of succulent turkey, pork, beef, ham, vegetables, salad and desserts. Not to mention the Rocky Road and Snickerdoodles and other nibblies.
The day after we took another little drive out to The Berry Farm. A nice place, but not really my cup of tea. If it looks like we took the long route then, yeah. We only started following the GPS about 15 minutes into our journey. The address had somehow been mis-keyed (I’m not naming names or pointing fingers here) and we eventually worked out that we were actually on our way to Queensland rather than the South West of WA. By the time we worked it out, the rest of the journey involved some dodgy back roads and unsealed tracks but we got there eventually. We stopped by in Margaret River for lunch and marveled at how busy and commercial this sleepy little surfing town had become.
But like all good things it had to come to and end and we were back home on Wednesday to finish moving a few things from our rental to our new place and clean it out for final inspection. As a reward for the kids we went to Scitech, where I managed to get everyone together for a nice portrait.