The celebrations all started Christmas eve with a BBQ here, then "santa" made a special and quick visit to us.
Mum, my cousin, her daughter and my nephew all slept over. Kids asleep by 10.30pm, all sleep in the garage which we converted into a mini sleepover room. They were all so excited, not sure if it was a good thing for them to be all in one room.
Santa made his deliveries and the kids were awake by 6.30am checking out their santa sacks. We had to wait for my brother and his wife to arrive, she is pregnant and was due on the 20th Dec so they decided to sleep at their house incase anything happened.
All other family members here by 8am and opening all other presents. Both Mad & Seb were spoilt as usual getting a Wii like 100's of other families this year it seems ... it is so much fun, and santa also gave me a Wii fit. Seb got lego, lego, lego and more lego. a digital camera and bits and pieces.
Madeline got a pandora ( well look a lIke) one, a hair straightner, heaps of clothes, Mio pup, my life game ....
I was spoilt with 2 pandora charms - teddy bear & lady bird from both of them, mum also got me a pandora charm - "tree of life" , a Chanel no 5 gift set ....oh do I smell beautiful :-) and other bits and pieces, gift vouchers etc ...
We had the traditional hot lunch, chicken, ham ,pork, turkey, roast vegies cauli, broccolli, carrots, peas and beans. then the best part ..mums homemade plum pudding and custard ...
Boxing day was tea here again ...cold meats and salad, and then the usual and yummy trifle, cheesecake and pav.
it is also a tradition here to also have party poppers ...but with a difference.
Jon , my brother, unlce & cousin all get the poppers and the lolly - strawberry & cream and pack the top of the popper with the lolly. One "pops" the popper and the lolly "flies" while the other person is on the other side of the room and tries to catch the lolly in their mouth ...yes they can choke, my room is a mess but they have fun ... this year we had 150 poppers on christmas day, then the same boxing day. And the kids think its great to pop the streamers onto my ceiling fan.... can you imagine the mess ....but its fun
What a day we had ...started by catching the train to Melbourne, then going to Crown casino to see the christmas display and lights, then into the city to see the Myer windows, McDonalds for tea....and then Madeline and myself going to see Kylie Minogue. While we where there Jon & Sebastian went to the drive in to see Madagascar 2 ...Sebs highlight was eating the popcorn in the car before the movie started ..then falling asleep 1/2 way thru. ..
this is how our day was spent ...
In front of Myer people were selling these reindeer ears for charity..off course they had to get a pair ... is that wall you call reindeer ears...a pair of ears ????
The theme of the windows was based on a book by Alan Snow
We also went to see the light show and Christmas display at Crown Casino. After trying to find where it was and arriving to see heaps of people standing around, we asked and found out we only had 2 minutes to wait before it started. The main christmas tree changed colours, here a few versions.
For Madelines 10th birthday, we gave her ...and me a ticket to Kylie Minogue on December 19th. This is Madeline at the concert last night, we were able to swap our tickets for front row centre seats ... we couldnt believe it. Couldnt have got any closer to her.I actually dont know why they have seats since we stood, danced and sang all night. didnt sit once. It started at 8pm and went to 10.50pm.
I was told I couldnt use my camera, almost went into a ugly face cry ....OMG i have front row seats and I cant take photos ...Nooooooooo...
Apprently my camera which isnt a SLR or anything was to large and the electrical thingies would interfer with the mikes, so used my phone. There were also heaps of couples ...all men and we got chatting to the 2 beside us and they said they would email us photos they took. hopefully they will as they took some of us as well.
We also had the chance to get a photo with Kylie ....
We had a busy weekend of craft and baking. The weather was totally miserable, so much rain so it was great indoors weekend. Both made christmas decorations for the tree, Sebastian painted santa and his sleigh, Madeline put together a christmas tree, then we all made a gingerbread house and gingerbread men.
I don't think another lolly could fit on the roof before a cave in .....
Dear 123 stitch people Thankyou everybody for sending me all my cards and presents. I really loved opening them all, and getting some of my own cross stitch patterns. For my Birthday party on the weekend I went to get my nails done with some of my friends and I went bowling. On my actual birthday I went out for tea at La Pochetta (it is a resutrant). For my birthday I got an: Ipod, Hair gel, Bratz magic nails, perfume and I Dream of Jeannie season 4 dvd and bewitched pj's and I got lots of money all together I got $105. love from Madeline.
some of the cross stitch presents I got also some chocolates stickers and even a dollar
All her presents from mum ,dad & Sebastian, one very spoilt girl.
The beautiful 10 yr old
By Madelines request - A heart shaped sponge, cream and strawberry jam centre with marshmellow icing made by nanna, with colour flame candles. They look eally pretty in the dark.
Getting ready to make a wish
The day Madeline was born 25 Nov 1998 , my mum - her nanna brought her this Madeline doll . On that very 1st day I took her photo with the doll. Every year since on her birthday I take a photo of them both.
Her photo for 2008.
Her favourite present - an Ipod nano
Another favourite bewitched pj's. she also got a ticket to see Kylie Minogue with mum of course on Dec 19th in Melbourne. Some girly sprays, lipgloss and body bath. An PS2 eyetoy game, A computer journal, I dream of jeannie season 4 dvd. and Sebastian picked out some coloured hair cream in purple, yellow and pink.
Party #2 On Sunday night was bowling with family and friends. They all had a ball with bowling, eating and cake. She was spoilt by her cousins & friends with vouchers, roxy bag and clothes, and Brittany Spears perfume - which I must say is very nice and mum might just have a spray when she is at school :-)
Another party over now onto the real day...Tuesday 25th November ...then party #3, well not so much a party but presents and out for tea.
First Madeline and 2 friends went to get a "glamapuss" minicure done at my nail salon. They all chose a french minicure, they got their nails buffed, filed and painted. The 3 of them were spoilt with hot chocolates and choc mint biscuits. They thought they were fantastic.
Then onto Subway for lunch and after a visit to Smiggles - a cute funky stationary shop. I gave them $10 each - a substitute for lolly bags and birthday cake. They were really happy about that and only took 45 mins to choose something :-) They all started off with different items but ended walking out with the same...
So after all that they needed a toilet stop and a drink so ended up at donut King for a donut and a bottle of water.
They are now home here for an hour then dropping them both back home at 4. I am sure they had a fantastic time.
YEEEE HAAAAAA ... off to see PINK on August 1st 2009. Madeline is not talking to me as she wanted to go, but explained its not a young girls show, maybe next time. But she will get a surprise for her birthday ne\xt week ....
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My 2 favourite people Madeline & Sebastian, my interest in Cross stitch, reading, cooking and my weird obsession with cupcakes ..
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