Early on in the year we were invited to stay at Michael’s folks who live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland (near to where we used to live before moving to New South Wales). His younger sister, C, and her husband and new baby were visiting from Oxford, England and his older sister, M, would be coming up from the Gold Coast with my niece and nephew too. It was a full house and the older kids formed a tight unit and were pretty much inseparable. Little Man absolutely loved spending so much time with his cousins. Our new nephew, W, is super gorgeous and the girls were very interested in him!
We made the overnight drive a few days before Christmas day and here is what we got up to…
We spent the afternoon at the beach so we could watch the big man come ashore in a boat. The kids had a brilliant time with their cousins and the girls especially enjoyed rocking out to all of the Christmas classics blasting out from the surf club!
After all the years I’ve spent in Australia, I’m still not sure I’m used to this time of year being hot. It was pretty bizarre listening to I’m dreaming of a white Christmas while building sandcastles. The other slightly weird but totally adorable thing is that Copperhead thinks Santa lives at the beach. Kinda’ makes sense since that’s the only place she’s seen him.
Santa footprints. Half eaten carrot and a tiny bite of mince pie left on the plate. Stockings. Presents. Yorkshires, potatoes, Brussels and oh so much meat. Naps. Pavlova. Turkey, stuffing and apple sauce leftovers sandwich for tea.
Did exactly what it said on the tin!
After a bit of a lazy morning, we headed over to our BFF’s house for a catch up. They’re the kind of friends you dream of. Honest, caring and hilarious. Y’know that saying where all you want are friends that treat your children like they’re own? Well, that’s them.
The kids slotted right in, playing in the pool, laughing and generally acting like we’re there a few times a week. T’was absolutely lovely and was a perfect end to our time on the Sunny Coast.
We planned to stop in at IKEA on the drive home because we were in desperate need of a new kitchen table. The brief mention of meatballs and/or a hot dog seemed to sway Hubby almost immediately so we left early to start our journey to the happiest flat-packed place on earth.
Now, we actually already have a beautiful dining table but it is far too large to fit in our tiny house, so it currently resides in the granny flat. We ended up getting a lovely four seater (before the jokes and sarcasm start, yes I know that there are five of us! We will be using the end as a place setting too). Plus some mirrors with a small shelf and hooks, because as you guys probably know, I’m ALL ABOUT STORAGE!
The sheer excitement being in IKEA, plus the physicality of testing all of the sofas and beds combined with eating her body weight in meatballs became all too much for Little Red. Come the warehouse she was positively exhausted.
The kids all slept the next hour and a half while en route to their cousins house at the Gold Coast. We then chilled out there until it was time to get ready for bed and drive the rest of the way back to Newcastle.
Before leaving I tried on some of my nieces schtuff and took a real liking to some glasses. The following photo seems an appropriate place to stop and wish you an awesome New Years Eve! Whether it’s partying like it’s 1999 or going to bed early, may your 2018 bring you and yours health, happiness and plenty of smiles.