The long drive north along the New England Highway - did I say how good it is to be home?
With their Aunty M at a Christmas Eve bbq
Visiting their great aunt (my godmother)
Grandpa and 2 of his 4 grandsons
One of the any things Santa brought
Check out the joy on this little face when she 'met' her hero
I bribed the three cousins - a treat if they stood and smiled for me - it worked - aren't they gorgeous?
For the blogosphere - see we are preparing Hannah for a visit to the US one day:
Well I am home. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and new year. I have a stack of holiday photoes. The twins had a ball up north visiting my parents and playing with their cousin Daniel. The portable dvd player worked a treat on the long drive up and a steady diet of ricesnacks and junk food kept the brats fed.
While we were there we took the brats to Wiggle World (part of Dreamworld) and needless to say they loved it. On the way home Kit was discussing next Christas when we visit Nin Nin and Grandpa and Wiggle world again. He loved seeing his grandparents but WW was a VERY close second!
We got home exhausted about 8.30 pm on the Friday before NYE. My mother who has a number of health difficultites but who had been very well over Christmas was critically ill - it didn't happen until we were about 4 hours from home and at least 10 hours from her so we kept driving and I flew out on the first flight the next morning. In the end I stayed up there for a week. Mum is now home and slowly recovering but it was very scary for a while and remains so as her health seems to get worse every time she is sick and in hospital. Still I appreciated a week at home to help Dad a bit (he does a lot of caring for Mum as she has limited mobility) and visiting with Mum at the hospital. I missed the twins like crazy of course but knowing how fragile Mum's health is it was really nice to spend that bit of time with her.
NYE was therefore a quiet affair. Still when I said goodbye to my parents yesterday and came home - it was with high hopes for 2008. I hope that it is a good one - for everyone! I think it is one for me to slow down a bit and focus on home and family - something I am looking forward to.