On Christmas Eve we went to see Aaron's Dad and Step Mum Carrol to exchange presents. Aaron's Dad seemed quite teary and I could tell that he finds Christmas hard now too, but he always loves it when we come to visit.
Harri woke up at 2.30 am and told me he couldn't go back to sleep. I told him he had no choice but to go back to sleep, but five minutes later he was back in my room. He ended up sleeping in bed with me till 5.30 am when he couldn't wait any longer. We woke up the other boys at 5.45 am and they couldn't wait to see their presents.
My brother Chrish arrived from Sydney about 9am so I went and picked him up, and then we had him and the missionaries from church over for brunch. We love our missionaries at the moment - Elder Nonoa and Elder Chan-Tung. They're awesome guys and are also a lot of fun. It was nice to have them over as it gave me something to do in the morning, and they made Christmas morning fun.
trampoline with Uncle Chrish.
At lunch time we headed out to my brother Eden's house. We decided to have our big family 'Christmas day' on Boxing Day, so that my sister Nicki and her family could spend Christmas Day in Hobart without having to travel up, so our Christmas Day was very casual, but really fun.
We spent a long time playing cricket in the backyard. I don't love watching cricket (unless it's a really exciting one day match) but like playing it. It was so much fun that we couldn't wait to play again on Boxing Day.
My sister in law Steph put on some music and all of a sudden there was a dance party on the deck. It was fun watching the kids dance away together.
When we got back Mum had made us a yummy brunch. Dad has been keeping us entertained with all of his stories which are starting to come back to him.
When we went back to my brother's house, my niece Chloe told me she had a little shop set up and I could come to get hair chalk, nail polish and could have my portrait drawn. It's fun to do girly stuff with my nieces.
I was waiting patiently for her to make the big announcement, and finally as we sat down to eat they told us the exciting news that she is not only pregnant - but is 27 weeks pregnant! Living in another state makes it easy to keep such a huge secret. We are very excited to be getting another nephew in March.
After lunch my brother pulled out the black plastic for an awesome water slide. It wasn't warm enough for me to brave it this year, but the kids loved it.new Christmas tradition since Aaron passed away, and I love it.