I’d like to begin this post by wishing you all a happy, healthy and fun 2019, full of love and laughter. We have almost reached 2020 for crying out loud. Where does the time go?
We have recently returned from a visit to Australia to spend Christmas and NYE with my family. What an amazing three weeks we had. It was so lovely seeing my family and friends again, feeling the sunshine and warmth on our skins and getting a much needed dose of vitamin D, whilst most importantly, making new memories with those we love. It had been five years since my hubby, kids and I went back to Australia together, so it was amazing to be back again.
During this trip, I really enjoyed the small things; the smell of eucalyptus trees, the blooming purple jacarandas, the sound of the magpies and kookaburras singing, wearing thongs (flip flops) on a daily basis, meat pies, swimming against the strong current of the mighty Murray river and lazing on it’s sandbars, breathtaking sunsets, and of course the constant sunshine.
It was a true Aussie Christmas holiday. Which included all of the typical Aussie Christmas things such as cold beer, glazed ham, pavlova, backyard cricket and footy, countless bbqs, and of course swimming daily to cool off in the 35-40 degree temps.
Most importantly, we laughed. We laughed until tears streamed down our cheeks and our bellies hurt. We laughed with my sisters, my brothers in law, my mum and dad, with all of our little nieces and nephews who played so well with our two kids, and with all of our amazing friends who travelled from near and far to visit us while we were back. I am blessed to have friends who still make me laugh out loud. There are just some people in life that make you laugh a little louder and smile a little bigger 🙂
We laughed at kangaroos that were a little too happy to see us (that’s not his tail)….
We laughed at pink Koala balls….
We laughed whist playing ‘Footgolf’ (a fun combination of football and golf!)….
My beautiful sisters and I laughed our way through a photoshoot….
Perhaps a little too much grog was consumed…
On New Years Eve, the hilarious Cards Against Humanity game came out and I am still cackling to myself whenever I think about it…
We were also fortunate enough to be there when our eldest niece turned 18 and got her drivers license! It was wonderful to be able to attend her birthday party and celebrate with her.
Much quality time with my family was had and once it was time to go, leaving them was ridiculously hard. Saying goodbye never gets any easier.
We arrived back home in the Netherlands with lovely golden brown tans and smiles on our faces. We will always think back on this trip to sunny Australia as one of the best to date.