We drove to Adelaide for Christmas this year, the day we drove over, it was 39C most of the way and we had no aircon....oh well. It was the first big family Christmas for us in 3 years. The last Christmas we had in Adelaide, Charli was only 7 months old and my niece C was only 1.5 months old. Now there are two 6 year olds, two 5 year olds and two 3 year olds. They had so much fun playing together even despite the fact that the nieces were unwell and towards the end of the holiday, my 2 got sick. They got LOTS of presents, a holiday at Nannie and Papa's, a sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa's, a camp out in the "shed bed" (caravan), a trip to the carnival at Semaphore where PJ went on every ride she possibly could and a sleep over at Aunty S's with all the cousins.
Poor PJ did have a bit of a rough time though, she went out for dinner with Daddy and afterwards they had cold rock icecream before going to see Avatar 3D. Apparently the combination of icecream and lollies that she decided on was a little iffy, add to that a swing around the pole while waiting for daddy and what you get is spew all over the movie theater carpet and a trip home. Oh, and an argument about where the clean up will take place with one Daddy refusing to enter the female toilets and one six year old refusing the male. Luckily Aunty K came to the rescue and she made it home in a less spewy state and went straight to the shower. On top of that, she got a cold and then a bit worked up at the whole leaving Adelaide thing and spent half the ride home with her head in a bucket. This particular bucket is now lovingly referred to as "security bucket" due to the fact that she wouldn't let it go for the whole trip home, even though she had been spew free for at least 5 hours.
So, the point to this long drawn out story is that Christmas this year was Awesome, family, fun and a holiday which felt like a holiday, now if the kids would just get better so we could enjoy what is left of it :P