Our third week was much the same as the previous week although we did head into town more often. Mainly to catch up with some old friends as well as trying a few new restaurants and a little Christmas shopping.
Of course this was the week leading up to Christmas and this year being around family meant that we thought we ought to celebrate it just a little bit!
I jumped the gun a while ago and posted a blog about going out, cutting down and decorating a real Christmas tree. You can read and see it all here.
This is a photo from that blog linked to above. This photo brings me a lot of joy so I just wanted to share it again!
The weather continued to be amazing and another two trips to the beach were squeezed in.
One of the highlights for me of the stay in New Zealand was playing two full length games of Monopoly with my girls. Many memories and stories of my games with my older brother came flooding back and it was a great time for all. Some amazing math lessons were had as well!
We also managed a few walks down the river. For Jacob to have a look…..
…. and the rest of us to go for a Kayak.
Here are the girls enjoying at Chocolate Milkshake while I have a Latte at the The Terrace, Number 19 Picadilly Arcade in Tauranga.
Before Christmas my parents had a wind up party for a musical group that my Mum had been the pianist for. There is something about a big group of ‘old’ people that is really enjoyable and we all had a ball. My folks put on the main course but everyone else brought a desert. I wish I had caught a photo before everyone tucked in but better late then never! It was an amazing spread.
Whenever we are in Tauranga for Christmas we always head to Plover Place. It is a tiny little street in Maungatapu that has the most amazing Christmas lights. This year it had a live band and a resident santa. The girls are pictured here with their friend Elise.
Church started at 9am so (for us) it was an early start. As you can see, the kids were not jumping out of their skins at 8am when we woke them up!
They did have just enough time though to open the last window on the advent calendar.
Dad was up early though to milk the cow. For the first time in almost three weeks it actually rained. The drought was broken!
After church and a scrumptious seafood lunch cooked by Seerung it was time to open a few presents. Jacob quickly worked out what it was all about and was intrigued with his Grumpy’s new power tool set.
After watching his plastic bucket break (twice) and losing all the milk I quickly decided that a new flash stainless steel bucket was the perfect Christmas gift.
Little horses and funny riders with wings for Ariya.
Long haired louts from their cousins for Marisah!
An aeroplane for Jacob.
A tin of doggy food for the dog.
And so that ended week three. A lovely week with the perfect Christmas. For us that meant a really, really, quiet day with good food and little fuss.
Only one week to go before we head off to Thailand!
I will leave you with a stunning sunset taken from the balcony overlooking the river.