I made a point of documenting our Christmas Eve, Christmas and Boxing Day with the Camera. Just snaps to remember our festive season.
Christmas Eve evening was spent with Paige, Dion and her parents at their home near Tumby Bay. It was wonderful to catch up with them as a family. Its been a while and its great to reconnect.
When we came back home we all pitched in to set up the Firth Runway 001. Dad and Sean sorted out the tealights in the jars.while Annie and I set up the strip and placed the landing lights. And then the kids, bless their socks, had to sit perfectly still for 25 seconds so I could capture this shot.
I woke up during the night and noticed that Father Christmas had visited (wink) and I took this shot with the Christmas tree lights blinking away and just one little light for ambience. This shot took 1 minute to capture.
There was other evidence of Father Christmas's visit.
And the reindeer let the kids know they had used the runway the night before hahahhaha.
The mayhem of our lounge room Christmas morning.
After our traditional pancake breakfast, the kids played with their gifts and I got things together to head to Grandma and Grandpa's for the rest of the day and overnight.
This was our spread for lunch
Our lunch table
The hugs of love to say thank you for Grandma and Grandpa's gifts.
Annie's started writing a book. And she wanted to read her first chapter to Grandma and Grandpa. So just I had capture her recital.
There's a bit of a back-story to the saxophone, and it wonderful to see them have fun with it.
Christmas arvo saw everyone take a little quiet time.
And then the backyard cricket begun
When we were back inside Annie decided that Grandpa's shiny (her words) spot needed covering up with the popper streamers.
And then she wanted to take a pic of me.
After tea we played Annie's new game, Junior Masterchef. For a kids game, its very complex
By 9.30 the kids were sent to bed, the big boys played crib and the girls offered helpful advice while sipping Bailey's on ice.
Boxing Day was a Bacon and Egg Breakfast before we left Grandpa and Grandma's. Grandma and us headed to Farm Beach to wet the Kayaks and give Miff, Grandma's Labrador. Of course I took a few pics of the family. And some others as well. here. here. here. here. here.
We were home by 2.30 and it was perfect to chill, catch up on lost sleep, unpack and start thinking about what we need to pack for our time away in Tumby
firth runway 001 is open to any and all aerial visitors tonight. Very excited kiddos. We had Christmas Eve with Paige and her family. Fantastic to touch base with them again.
Late evening before we came home and then we set up the Firth Landing Strip. We soon discovered that Vegemite jars are not quite tall enough to stop the tea lights blowing out in the gentle breeze. Lucky there was only 2 of those jars. Pavers held the runway down for just in case.....
Annie's put a piece of her Brownie cake out for Father Christmas and carrots for the reindeer.
Amy and her kids came up for the Cummins Trader's Night, the Christmas Wonderland and to scrap into the wee hours and catch a few winks of sleep on Friday night. Trish came out for some of the scrap action.
A lot of chat, a few cold glasses of Moscato and lots of laughs later, I had 'suncatcher' all done.
(you can see my silhouette in the 2009 tin pin lol)
We lost two peacock chicks during the nasty heat during the week :(
I'm not in the habit of nursing sick chicks as I really do believe that Mother Nature lets the strong ones survive. Probably sounds a bit harsh, but that's the way it is here.
I stalked Celia, the Pea Hen for a little while today. I think she must be thinking 'whatever' by now when she sees me hanging around. I certainly don't get in her face or become a pest to her. That's why I use the 300mm lens to keep out of her space.
www.facebook.com/TiffFirthPhotography The kids are slowly gaining the Pea Hen's trust by daily feeding with a small amount of grain. I feel a bit sad that ultimately we have to betray her trust when we need to relocate the chicks to their new homes when they are ready. 16.12.12
The last of Christmas 2009 is done. Yay. I had hoped that scrapping Christmas pics would put me more in the Christmas spirit.
....nup. It didn't.
We had such an amazingly fun Christmas Day with the Firth side of the family last year at Black Point on Yorke Peninsula. I know that one will be hard to top, so this year's is just going to such a ho hum day in comparison.
We do turn about with our Families each year. And this year its with my family. And that's complicated. And the kids are the only kids involved, so its not as much fun for them.
I'm hoping to get to the beach in the arvo with the family to 'christian' their gifts from Kym and I. All depending on the weather of course.