We started off the day at 6.50am. Good start to the day, not too early. Oliver was the funniest. He walked into the loungeroom and all the presents were so unexpected for him, he kept saying 'wow,wow'.
We spent the morning opening presents from each other. Here are some of the pressies. Oliver got a train table to put his Thomas stuff on and some Bob the Builder tools. Sarra got a Nintendo DS and Bratz stuff. Hallie got a skateboard, Spiderman web shooter and leap pad books. I got chocolates, an iron, Capri gift voucher and a body scrub from the Body Shop. Ooh I love that shop. Simon got fish (2 have died already) to go in his 6 ft long tank that he loves, root beer - he loves this particular American one that you get from the Asian supermarket in Launy and then we got a barbecue for the deck which was for both of us but Simon picked it out and pretended it was for me too.
We rang Penny in Canada and my Dad and then set off to Tammy's for lunch.
Jason is home from his travels overseas where he has worked for the past 4 yrs. He is only home until the 23rd of Jan and then heads off again for another year of working and traveling. It was good to see him again. A photo of him would have been good eh? I can't believe I have not captured him in any of them except on the video camera.
Oliver and Nathan concentrating on the PS
We had quite a gathering with the Rowlings (Tammy, Jason, Jakob, Aneika, Nathan, Henry, Katie and Lilley and Jason's parents, Les and Lynne, Kay and Dion with Josh, Allister, Paige, Piper and Savannah, Oma and Pop and us.
This year we had the Rowlings and next year we have Penny and Chris in Canada. Oma and Pop got the kids a popcorn maker which we absolutely love because one of the kids' favourite pasttimes is watching a movie and eating popcorn and it was just getting too expensive to keep buying the bags.
At about 3pm we headed back to our house as Simon had to start work at 4 and the Gibson's and Wheelers were coming to our house for tea. So for tea we again sat down to turkey and ham and roast vegetables and desserts, I'm amazed I'm still standing with all this food in me.
We again opened more presents and I got a lovely vase from Collette, Tupperware brand tupperware from Lisa and a rice cooker from Mum. The kids got the game, Guess Who, puzzles, books, learning activities and clothes to name a few.
We had tea out on the deck and thankfully it was a beautiful night with no wind. After tea the kids and Collette played a little basketball while the rest of us sat back and relaxed. Everyone left by about 8.30pm and the girls and I played Guess Who for a while longer until the girls could not keep their eyes open.
Simon has tomorrow off which will be great as it is Sarra's birthday and after all this food today (groan), we are doing it all again tomorrow with a birthday party at Bridport...... and more presents for Sarra!!