And so the holidays continue, and it's been busy since the kids returned home.
The first thing on the agenda, was to celebrate our own family Christmas.
The kids, of course, had spent Christmas with their Dad and his family, but having left the day school ended, we'd had no time to enjoy our own festive fun.
So it was fab to finally open our presents at last!
And enjoy a special dinner.
Seemingly within minutes the house had been demolished!
And then Harmonie had a gingerbread tree to nail ...
Which she totally did. See?
(Hers is the one in front...)
There were friends and families to catch up with, cups of tea to be made (because Mumma's are the best!), and favourite meals to be inhaled. Anyone would have thought the children had been away for months, not just three weeks. Though I was just as guilty as missing them as much as they had missed me!
And of course, the pets weren't going to miss out on being pampered, Lucy especially.
Lucy being groomed to within an inch of her life ... and loving it!
I wanted to take the kids to the beach for a break but it turned out they didn't want to go.
"We don't like the sand," said Chase.
"The salt water makes my skin itch," said Harmonie.
Certainly, the last few times we've been to the beach they have a ball, but they insist on going back to our accommodation after every swim/kayak/stand up paddleboading session to shower and 'get clean'.
Seriously? Who are these kids anyway?
Okay. Mine. Enough said.
Anyway, they said they were perfectly happy to stay just where they were, thank you very much, at least for a while. I guess an 8000 km return road trip will do that to a kid!
So we're not going to the beach, but we're hoping after a family reunion and a few other adventures, to spend a few days in Brisbane rekindling friendships and getting our city fix before school starts once again.
So dear followers, did anything happen these holidays that surprised you?