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This is my favourite Christmas present this year. I received this family necklace as my present from Evie. (She's not quite up to online shopping so she may have had some help from Mummy and Daddy). I think it's sweet without being overly cheesy.
Family Necklace

It was bought from Eclectic Wendy Designs on Etsy. I was impressed with her service as Evie ordered it after the cut off date for Christmas and it still arrived in time.

jess - 5th Jan 2012, 21:23 tags: christmas christmas11 gift_guide


The lead up to Christmas was so busy that I had to let go of most of the crafting plans that I had made.

I was a bit disappointed. I had pinned lots of ideas in the middle of my uni semester. While uni is on I'm not able to craft. I plan instead and use these plans as motivation to make it through the uni semester. I was going to try to make a handmade present for all of the kiddies. But in the end I realised that my plans were unrealistic and were causing more stress than enjoyment. So I decided that in the future I would make birthday presents and buy Christmas presents. With that decision made I was able to relax.

I did manage to squeeze in this bit of Christmas crafting for the boys. On impulse I bought some Christmas sock monkey fabric when I was Windows shopping during one of Evie's late night feeds. It was really too cute to resist. I used the sock monkey fabric to make the boys some personalised quilted Christmas placemats for Christmas day. They were just the right sized quilt project for me. Not too big for me to stuff up majorly but big enough to let me practise my quilting skills.
Craft: Placemat Oscar
Craft: Placemat for Leo

A success I think. I'm adding personalised placemats to my list of standard present ideas.

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 3rd Jan 2012, 21:24 tags: christmas christmas11 craft leo oscar sewing quilting

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Excuse me while I catch up on some Christmas posts.

To celebrate Christmas with Mothers' Group we had a lovely gathering at Michelle's house. Even though it wasn't the warmest of days, we managed to get out in the backyard and spend some time in the sun (Can you tell that I'm very disappointed about our horrible summer?)

It was a chance to play dress ups for the babies too. (Poor Evie, I love dressing up and I make her participate in my hobby. She doesn't really get a say in it). We had a Santa and several of Santa's helpers.
Santa and his helpers
When you're trying to take a photo of so many babies at once it's hard to get a photo where they are all smiling. I love the photos where they are cracking it though. They are adorable.
Unhappy Elf
Sad Santa

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 28th Dec 2011, 18:55 tags: kids evie mgroup christmas christmas11

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Merry Christmas to everyone from the Wilsons. We had a glorious Christmas day at Copa. Finally some proper Summer weather. There were blue skies, sunshine and the temperature reached at least 25 degrees (not as warm as I like it but better than nothing).

It was Evie's first Christmas and she wasn't sure what to make of it. She was more interested in eating wrapping paper than opening presents. Evie had an almost 3-hour nap in the middle of the day. I think she needed some "me" time after the excitement of the morning.

Leo on the other hand was a mini tornado and was unstoppable. I think he'd opened all of his presents from Santa when Oscar had only managed to get through half his Santa sack.

The best present of the day was a swim at the beach in the afternoon. The water is about 20 degrees and although not super warm is lovely and refreshing.

Here is our traditional Christmas day family photo. Andrew and I both look super tired. Evie was so excited about a visit from Santa that she decided that a 5am start to the day was in order. We used to have a rule that you weren't allowed out of bed before seven on Christmas morning but Evie doesn't quite get that yet.
Christmas Day 2011
Merry Christmas to all of you fuSHies. I hope your day was filled with joy and love and that Santa was kind to you.

This year, we've decided to donate the money that we would have spent on Christmas Cards towards a World Vision Smiles Gift. We made a donation to a child immunisation program.

jess - 27th Dec 2011, 21:46 tags: christmas christmas11 christmas_day

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Last week we took Evie for her first Santa photo. Evie is not a huge fan of strangers so I was a bit worried that she was going to crack it big time.

And really, Santa is more than strange. He wears a velvet suit in the middle of summer and his face is hidden by a beard. Most of the time we tell our kids "don't talk to strangers" and then suddenly at Christmas time we push them to sit on some strange man's lap.

Evie was a bit unsure what was going on and there was no way that she was going to smile. I think she was more wary of the photographers who were waving stuffed toys and ringing bells trying to get her to smile. Her look says "what ARE you doing people?"
Evie: Santa Photo

Although if she had cried she would be in good company with her Auntie Annie and Cousin Oscar who were both distressed by a visit to see Santa. And all the kids on kidshatesanta.com. So horrible and yet so funny at the same time.

jess - 19th Dec 2011, 22:26 tags: evie christmas christmas11 santa_photo

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