Baby’s First Christmas

Hi all! I hope you has a wonderful Christmas and spent some great time with your families.

Our Christmas was great. We went to my in-laws for the weekend and there were 14 of us there to enjoy the day. It was manic, loud and a ton of fun. We ate too much food and got spoiled with tons of gifts (especially Miss Willow). IT was just an all round great day.

I don’t know if I’ve ever said, but my in-laws have a house in Malelane on the Crocodile River bordering the Kruger National Park. We try and go visit at least once every two months, but we’re usually only there for the weekend. It was wonderful to get to spend an extra day just relaxing and taking in the surrounds.

Hubby got off early on Christmas Eve. We quickly packed the car and hit the road. Willow slept for a short time, but she spent most of the journey awake. That said she was an absolute dream and had a lot of fun in her seat eating biscuits and playing with her toys.

When we arrived at the house is was 42 degrees celsius at 4pm! We quickly unpacked and then got into the pool. Willow loves the water and had the best time splashing and swimming with the Dad and me.

We had a quiet family dinner that night and spent most of the evening getting ready for the next day.

Christmas Day was a blur of wrapping paper, hugs and laughter. We had an awesome lunch and spent more time in the pool (December in Africa is not for sissies! Although Christmas Day was a lot cooler than the day before, which we were all grateful for.) Willow was spoilt rotten with tons of new toys, books and clothes.

We spent Boxing Day just lazing about and relaxing. There was more pool time and more food. We were also treated to about 30 elephant that spent the day at the river. Some came right up close to the fence at the bottom of the garden. It was spectacular.

We rounded out the weekend with sundowner cocktails at my husband’s aunt’s house that evening.

So many present! This is what happens when there are 14 people and an almost one-year-old at the party!

So many present! This is what happens when there are 14 people and an almost one-year-old at the party!

The correct way to open your cracker

The correct way to open your cracker

Afternoon treats with the elephants

Afternoon treats with the elephants

Willow was surprisingly chipper in the car both there and back

Willow was surprisingly chipper in the car both there and back

 

Showing off her new swimming cozzie and enjoying an ice lolly

Showing off her new swimming cozzie and enjoying an ice lolly

Wearing her special Christmas hat

Wearing her special Christmas hat

Willow really enjoyed her ice lollies

Willow really enjoyed her ice lollies

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