Family Christmas Trip 2012 – The Highlights

Seeing as we spent Christmas over here in Australia last year, we decided to make the trip to New Zealand for Christmas and New Years this year, to see my family (Scarlett’s grandma and aunties).  They hadn’t seen her since our trip over there when she was 6 months old, so they loved spending some time with her, and she loved it as well!  She got very spoilt for Christmas!

Seeing as there is no direct flight from Perth to Wellington, we decided to break the trip up a little and had two nights in Sydney on the way and two nights in Melbourne on the way back.  I’m really glad we decided to break the flights up like that (flying with a 16 month old can be challenging at best!), and it was really nice to get a quick little glimpse of two Aussie cities that I’m rather fond of.

The weather in Sydney and Melbourne was fantastic, and even Wellington turned on the sun and a bit of warmth for Christmas Day!  Daddy C and myself even got a couple of nights on the town in Wellington thanks to a grandma eager to babysit 🙂

Travelling with a toddler certainly isn’t the laidback beach-chillin that comes to mind when you think of the word “holiday”… but we had a really great two weeks together and it was a wonderful break away from everyday life to round off a really good year.

I decided to write this as a highlights post and pop up a photo from each day of our holiday… there will be individual posts for each day with many more photos to come 🙂

 

Saturday, 22 December – Flying to Sydney

dad and bubba at airport

 

Sunday, 23 December – Sunny Day In Sydney

babywearing at darling harbour

 

Monday, 24 December – Christmas Eve – Family Time in Wellington

bubba with aunties

 

Tuesday, 25 December – Christmas Day in Wellington

bubba at christmas table

 

Wednesday, 26 December – Boxing Day – Drawing

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Thursday, 27 December – Fun at Grandma’s

bubba riding big cat

Friday, 28 December – Grandma’s 52 Year Old Teddy Bear

bubba with grandma's teddy

Saturday, 29 December – “Cooking”

bubba pretending cooking

Sunday, 30 December – Hanging With Nana

bubba reading with nana

Monday, 31 December – New Year’s Eve – Family Day

family photo 16 months old

Tuesday, 1 January – New Year’s Day – Three Generations of Girls

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Wednesday, 2 January – Flying to Melbourne

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Thursday, 3 January – Melbourne Hotel

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Can’t beat Melbourne on a good day!

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Friday, 4 January – Flying Home!

bubba in airport seat

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{360/366:2012} Christmas Day

bubba at christmas table

Christmas Day is upon us!

And Santa didn’t disappoint!  By Santa, I do of course mean Grandma.  I saw a onesie in Target once that said “Who needs Santa when you have Grandma?”  I think that is pretty accurate!

Bubba enjoyed it much more than she did last year, when she was only 4 months old.  She helped rip the wrapping paper and enjoyed her presents, but it all got a bit overwhelming after a while.  We kept heaps of presents still wrapped to give to her over the next few days.

She really did enjoy the gifts she got though 🙂  Her favourites were: a pink hairbrush with her name on it from Mum, a fat cat toy from Dad (“awwww bidta!”… translation = “awww bedtime”… fat cat comes on TV in Australia at 730 pm when it’s time for girls and boys to go to bed), a Playmobil motorbike with a little man from Grandma, and a little handbag with a cat that sits in it, also from Grandma.

We had a fantastic Christmas roast lunch made by my mum, absolutely delicious!  We were so stuffed that we had dessert for dinner!  But what a dessert – chocolate and raspberry trifle – yummo!

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2512web-3This is Grandma’s stocking for Scarlett.  Yes, all for Scarlett.  She must have been very good this year.

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2512web-5With one of her favourite presents.

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2512web-7Bubbles!

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New shoes!  A gift from daycare.

2512web-11This Christmas stuff is exhausting!

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2512web-15Grandma’s delicious trifle!

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