Wednesday, December 25, 2013

December 24. Day 358. My extended family

Christmas is a great family time of the year. It's a time for celebration and reflection and most importantly getting together with one's nearest and dearest. In that I include the "extended" family which in my case is two groups of people with whom I share absolutely no blood bond at all.
Megan and her husband Bernie and girls Jacquie and Natasha and Alison and her husband Peter and kids Daniel and Kate have a special place in my life. We all have a child now 15 and we share roots that go back to daycare and preschool. When the children were in the early primary years we started a new tradition of getting together on or about Christmas Eve. I love these people. We have laughed together and cried together and after a drink or two discussed endless amounts of secret women's business. Between then they have convinced me to go camping, walk Cradle Mountain and attend both Taylor Swift and Robbie Williams concerts. So it is only fitting that we always gather on Christmas Eve for some festive frivolities. This year, under the rotation policy, the event came to our house and even two Grandmas were involved. As always we made quite a splash. Pictured from left at (Tash, Megan, Kate, my Drama Teen Oliver, Jacquie and Daniel).


  1. what a really lovely tradition to have!

    I am sending you health and happiness for 2014 x

  2. what a fantastic photo - such energy and fun in it and it makes me smile that you are all dressed in swimwear whiule we wear jumpers and coats lol! x
    happy new year x

  3. sometimes close friends are better than not close family. Nice to see you all together enjoying relaxing time out at this busy season.
    Hugs to you and yours from me and mine.Looking forward to seeing your pics next year

  4. I wondered if your boy would be in there somewhere! What a wonderful tradition, and it looks like you had a fabulous day.

    Thanks for linking up to Project 365 this year and well done on completing the year, I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of your photos. I hope to see you in 2014.

  5. Great photos, especially the first one. Glad you had a great Christmas and well done for completing another year