Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

It’s holiday time, so we’ve headed to Norfolk Island for our annual summer time holiday with my parents. We have been having a relaxing time, finally, which is nice. The children have been going nuts for grandma and granddad – which has been a little trying – but they’re having a good time. We’ve had a lot of rain, but have still managed to spend time at the beach. Elena hurt her knee on a friend’s trampoline, and we have our fingers crossed it’s nothing serious. I’ve been having a lovely social media holiday, too.

Long ago, Alex and I decided to use this fortnight with back-up to transition little Hugo into a bed. In the process we’ve also managed to lose the dummy and bottle habit too. It hasn’t been too tough, but Hugo’s certainly keener than his sister to get out of bed and run around. No surprises there, really.

We had a lovely Christmas day with a ton of good food and four generations of family together.

Christmas lunch 2014  guava glazed whole duckChristmas pudding

The children are so fortunate to still have their great-grandma visit, and I’m very thankful for that. I have memories of one of my great-grandmas but they are all fairly scary as she was very aged and a bit senile by the time I came along. I hope our two will have some fond memories to look back on when they’re older.

Photo bomb!

photo bomb

I managed to sew Christmas outfits for the kids again this year. I started in early December and managed to avoid any midnight sewing. Amazing. I must be growing up. As are our two.

Photo bomb revenge. A hug.

photo bomb revenge

Elena’s dress is a Boo! Designs Grace dress sewn in a Christmas cotton from Spotlight and coordinating homespun from my local fabric store. The flutters are a cotton lace. The pattern was pretty straightforward and easy to follow, and ranges in size from 12M to 6 years. I should get plenty of use out of it.

grace dress back

I sewed a mashup of sizes – 18mth size chest and size 3 length.

grace dress bodice grace christmas dress

Hugo’s shorts are basic KID shorts with boy length. I didn’t add pockets because they would have obscured our view of Santa.

Hugo Christmas KID shorts

The shorts fabric is from the same range as the fabric used to sew Elena’s dress. The bunting on the two fabrics made it fairly easy to pattern match, so I was pretty happy with that.

Christmas KID shorts

Pattern placement and matching is something I’d like to get much better at.

I’ve been sneaking some craft in here and there, knitting full steam ahead on Hugo’s baby vertebrae. I have just started on the second sleeve. Toddlers have such long arms – these sleeves feel like they are taking forever! In other knitting news, I was very spoiled and received a set of Addi interchangeable circulars for Christmas. I have some Madeline Tosh Light in Rose waiting to be cast on. I’m thinking of trying a Magrathea but am slightly intimidated. I am trying to finish the sleeves on this little cardi for Hugo first. Knit, knit, knit.

We hope you are all having a relaxing holiday season – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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2 Responses to Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  1. Jenya says:

    Sounds like you have had a wonderful Christmas! The kids are lucky indeed to have their great grandma around 🙂 Love the Chrissie outfits, and photo bombing is just too much fun 🙂 All the best for 2015 for all of you 🙂

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