Sorry this has been so long coming. Life has once again take over. It may be long overdue but nevertheless here is part two of our Christmas holidays.
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Bright and early on the monday morning, I’m talking 4 am, we bundled the kids and ourselves into the car and took off from Sydney on the second part of our journey back home to the Gold Coast for our Christmas holidays.
It felt like it took forever to get out of Sydney and onto the highway with a decent speed limit. Once we did, it was winding road between mountains, with no real places to pull over for a while. Of course it was right at that moment that Ryan threw up all over himself, his teddy and my jumper that he was using like a blanket. Talk about awful timing.
We had to drive another 20 minutes of more before we found a rest stop where it was safe to pull over. And as I was getting Ryan out of the car to clean him up, Mia proceeded to throw up as well. It was just getting better and better!
We cleaned them both up and luckily they only got clothes (and poor teddy) which made things a whole lot easier. Then we were back on our way.
The kids were fine and watched a movie and napped. Then about 10 minutes before our first official (scheduled) pit stop, Mia threw up again. At this point I thought for sure I would be next. At least this time we were prepared and not even a change of clothes were needed.
The breakfast stop seemed to do the trick, and the rest of the drive was uneventful. Just lots of music, talking and loads of laughs with my sweet family.
The time seemed to fly by and it didn’t seem to take the 11 hours that it did.
Before we knew it would could see the wonderful coastline peeking at us in the distance.
And look at those lush hills. So beautiful and green. So different to the dryness we left behind in Wagga.
Finally over the hill we came, and we could see Coolangatta on the horizon. And road works. They sure had done a lot since we left.
Ah we were finally back on our home turf.
It felt so good to be home, and to know that we would soon be seeing all of our family. We were finally home for Christmas
I figured before I get into all the new fun for the year, I would share with you some of the fun from our holidays. I’m warning you now, there is going to be photo overload!
Part one is our road trip from Wagga to Sydney. We left bright and early on a Friday morning and were there until early Monday morning. We stayed with my brother-in-law and his girlfriend, we shopped, ate, looked at all the Christmas decorations in the city. It was a fun and enjoyable start to our holidays.
I heart roadtrips!
There were some seriously gorgeous decorations, and the Christmas windows at David Jones in the city was beautiful. I liked the return to the traditional windows. Gorgeous. And Santa’s Grotto was loads of fun, the kids were seriously amazed by it all.
We found the most amazing gingerbread house. It was incredible. And looked delicious. It was fantastic.
It was also lots of fun keeping an eye out for the fun Santa’s around Darling Harbour. The ones over the street lights were the best!
The start to a super fun family holiday. Perfect.
And my fave purchase while in Sydney? The funnest red skinny jeans. I love them. In fact I am wearing them right now. The best part I got them on sale. Love it!
Part Two coming soon.
It has been so great this year, we have had lots of fun Christmas activities and parties to go to. One that the babies really enjoyed was put on by the local Bunnings hardware store. There was jumping castles, a fun activity centre, pony rides, facepainting, ornament decorating and fairy floss (cotton candy) all for free.
A perfect way to spend an evening.
This was the sweetest little pony, it was half the size of the rest and his name was Strawberry. Adorable.
One of my favorite things to do with the babies at Christmas time is to bake. I just love it! Here is a popular recipe at our house. We make a few changes to the original recipe, including the addition of cocoa, but as we all know chocolate flavour makes everything better!
- 125g butter, at room temperature
- 100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
- 125ml (1/2 cup) golden syrup
- 375g (2 1/2 cups) plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Plain flour, to dust
PREHEAT OVEN TO 180°C. BRUSH 2 BAKING TRAYS WITH MELTED BUTTER TO LIGHTLY GREASE.
Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined.
Stir in the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until combined and dough is formed. Wrap in cling wrap and pop in the fridge for around half an hour.
Roll out the dough to about 4cm thick with a rolling pin. A few pats from little hands always makes it better.
Then use cookie cutters to your hearts content. Little ones just love this part. Re-knead all the excess and repeat the process until all the dough is used.
Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool.
Once they are cooled let the children get decorating! This is my fave part. I just love seeing the colorful creations. You can make your own, but these sweet little tubes from the supermarket are perfect for little hands, and you can just pop the cap back on if you don’t use it all.
This is Todd’s handiwork. Too cute. The kids loved them!
Have fun baking, and trust me you will have fun eating them!