Christmas 2016 came and went by way too fast this year. I seemed to be completely in control in the lead up:
Christmas Cards - tick
Christmas Presents - wrapped and under the tree - tick
Menu sorted for Christmas Day - tick
Christmas Drinks Party - tick
Decorations - tick
Then suddenly Christmas Day came and went in a flurry closely followed by New Year and suddenly January is almost behind us....eeek... stop the merry-go-round I want to get off!
Our Christmas party was a great way to celebrate with all our friends before the real "silly season" began...it was also a great way to try out my new wooden antipasto board...success!
Lilly performed at her final "Carols in the Domain" with Australian Girls Choir and her school results were announced...worth a celebration for sure!
We started our Christmas Day celebrations volunteering with a breakfast in Manly for One Meal Makes A Difference, a wonderful charity group that we work with a few times a month feeding those less fortunate, it was great to see some of our regular patrons and give them a healthy start to the day, and a little treat thanks to my mum's delicious shortbread.
John and Taylor headed to Freshwater Beach for the annual surf race (a family tradition when we are in Sydney) and Lilly and I headed home to get ready for lunch.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch but made sure there was room enough for dessert...Nan's traditional pudding with custard, ice-cream cake, raspberry trifle and Nana's famous shortbread.
John and I headed to Coffs harbour to celebrate New Years Eve with his folks and the girls celebrated with friends.
And that my friends was Christmas...2016 style...bring on 2017 and new adventures.
Thanks for stopping by (sorry I have been away so long) x
All my good intentions have disappeared, I was super organised this year and yet still my little blog suffered...but before I sign off my computer for a few days I need to wish all my readers a wonderful Christmas....hope wherever you are and whatever you do, big or small, you enjoy xox
Seems like just yesterday that I headed south for a weekend away with Taylor to celebrate her finishing school and a few short years later is was Lilly's turn. We flew to Melbourne early Thursday morning and after a quick flight and easy transfer we were sitting in Kinfolk Cafe with the first of many 'Melbourne coffees'...we loved that all the staff at Kinfolk are volunteers and apart from great coffee (and an amazing toastie) ALL their proceeds are donated back to charities!!!! Way to go team!
We stayed at The Blackman Hotel which takes its design inspiration from a famous Australian artist, Charles Blackman and his original artworks adorn the walls. The hotel bikes were a great way to explore the local area and meander on the many dedicated bike tracks down to St Kilda beach for the morning, and the hotel was close enough to walk into the city and a quick taxi ride home (or tram) after a day of shopping.
All that shopping, bike riding and walking can make you VERY hungry and apart from (ahem many) pitstops for coffee we managed some amazing food as well. We enjoyed Il Nostro Posto a traditional Sicilian restaurant in the famous 'Hardware Lane' one night, another favourite was Pillar of Salt in Richmond, a great way to end a morning of shopping on Chapel Street.
So there ends another "schoolies" trip, such a lovely way to celebrate the end of their school career as we look forward to new adventures...kinda happy that both my girlies were 'under 18' and the regular schoolies trip did not appeal...lucky me I got to spend quality time...so proud of both and the wonderful human beings they are xox
Our 'baby' attended her Year 12 Formal a few weeks ago and so ended her life as a school student....hello world!
Lilly and her two good friends got 'formal ready' together, then their dates arrived so we were lucky enough to get lots of great photos before we all headed off to the "pre-formal" celebrations at a friends house...
There were plenty of cameras on hand to capture the 'perfect shot'....lots of paparazzi LOL
A week earlier Lilly attended another formal as the 'date of a friend'...another dress...more photos...
So, the 'end of an era', no more school formals...we have our last school Presentation evening to attend on Monday then that's it - we are 'done and dusted'!
Time for new beginnings as Lilly starts another chapter of her life....exciting!!!
Yes I'll admit it, I HEART Flowers...there is ALWAYS flowers in my home, the more the better lol!
So, when Taylor suggested that I might like to take a trip to the flower market with her girlfriend and mum who have never been...well I was 'in the car'...!
There really is nothing like it, walking into the huge warehouse and the smell of flowers 'hits you', the hustle and bustle of the traders 'selling their wares' ducking and weaving as the florists choose the best blooms and the novices like us wondering in awe, oohing and aahing!
Usually a visit is planned before 'an event', as we get ready for a party or special occasion, so it was nice just to visit with no plan in mind, just to wander and buy a few bunches of whatever took our fancy...
Our home is now filled with the 'sweet smell of floral goodness', yes spring is well and truly here and I am loving it!
Hmmm might need to invent another reason to go back before Christmas.....LOL x
My Birthday was last weekend...yes, 21 again! Celebrations began early when I caught up with my mum and dad a few days before in Palm Beach, where a visit to The Boathouse for cake and coffee was obligitory!
We had a busy weekend planned catching up with some other "Birthday buddies" who have Birthdays around mine, so Taylor was given the opportunity to test out her baking skills and create some amazing 'naked cakes' which were thoroughly delicious...(and calorie free of course)
Did I mention how spoilt I was!!!! Some wonderful cards, gift and flowers....a sneaky lunch just with hubby and then dinner with the family at a favourite local restaurant in Manly Garfish then home for yes you guessed it MORE cake x
So that is it for another year...time to start thinking Christmas...eek did someone mention there are only 7 weeks until the jolly fat man appears!!!!!!
Seems the past month has gone by in a flurry of Birthdays and celebrations....the crafting supplies have been out in force.
Most of Lilly's friends are turning 18 and although the "group present" is still popular, I think turning 18 is worth a special card as well.
Ah yes as you can see I am STILL loving my doily stash....
I came across a heap of photos the other day that I had printed but not used in an album...they have been coming in very handy for my card making...this pretty photo was taken in the Cairns Botanical Gardens way back when we lived In Cairns...seems like a lifetime ago now, still makes me smile and remember x
And this one from our Europe holiday....Venice is STILL one of my favourite destinations!
I think that is almost ALL the cards for the year...must be time to start crafting my Christmas cards.....I think I read somewhere only 9 weeks 'til Christmas...eeek!!!