We didn’t get any Christmas cards sent out this year, let alone write a Christmas letter containing a nice family photo. The past few months have been just too hectic for such things. We didn’t even get around to buying Christmas presents for each other, but I don’t think we were any worse for wear. We did celebrate (minus the gift giving) and it was a nice family time together. We also spent a lot of time on skype with our families back home so we got to experience a more “traditional” Christmas through the internet.
We’re going to write a Year End Review blog post in lieu of a Christmas letter so keep an eye out. We’ll likely mail a copy to our grandparents who don’t use internet that often (or at all in Tim’s case).
Christmas morning we went to church and had a lovely service with our new church family. The guitar player was sick, so Tim stepped in to play acoustic and it worked out pretty well! We were then invited out to Christmas lunch to Mark and Anna’s (known to be one of the best cooks in WA – at least by the church folk). There was a huge spread of dishes – the proteins alone consisted of fish, prawns, duck, turkey, chicken, and ham. There was also a number of salads and, of course, desserts. We sat around a huge, beautifully decorated table, along with their sons, a few girlfriends, and Mark’s parents. We really felt like a part of the family and it was so lovely to share that time with them. Eden had a nice long nap there and then enjoyed playing with their dog, Billy, for a good part of the afternoon.
Boxing day morning we spent at the beach, and much to our delight Eden actually got to the point where she would walk in the sand; a big improvement from the last time, when she’d just whine and curl up in a ball when we tried to set her down. She’s actually been asking to go to the beach almost every day since then – today she even brought out her bathing suit and swim diaper while saying “beach” – so it mustn’t have been too bad for her. She also enjoyed sitting in the shallow water and watching the dogs walk by. The water was a lovely temperature, but by 11:30am it was getting pretty hot, so we decided to pack up and head home. We spent the rest of the day at home and later that afternoon was when Eden got sick.
We’re just recovering now from a nasty stomach flu that seems to be going through our church. Eden was hit first but only vomited a few times and seemed to be all better the next day. The following night, I (Kathryn) was hit full force from 3am onwards and didn’t catch a break until probably 7pm the following evening. It was a rough day. Tim was supposed to be back to work, but there was no way I could take care of Eden, so he brought his laptop home and worked from home the best he could while taking care of her. It was a full out day for him. I was able to keep some liquids down by the time I went to bed and that’s when it hit Tim, all night long. Today was spent recovering for both of us and trying to keep little bits of food down while tag teaming with Eden. The poor little thing, she definitely had cabin fever tonight, since we haven’t gone anywhere for 2 days. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll be feeling much better (and all of my stomach and back muscles wont be sore anymore) and we’ll be able to do something interesting together.
It’s been pretty hot the past few days, around 39 degrees Celsius and I have basically lived in front of the air conditioner. Being sick and pregnant really affected my heat tolerance, and I felt like I was suffocating in the other rooms in our house. I tried to spend some time outside with Eden late this afternoon, but I felt like I couldn’t even breathe. And this is just the beginning of summer…. I’m hoping I’ll get used to the heat, if that’s possible.
Anyway, that’s it for now. I think I’m heading to bed soon, since I haven’t had very consistent sleep the past few nights. I hope that all of you back home are well and had a lovely Christmas vacation with loved ones. We’re looking forward to next year when *hopefully* my parents and littlest sisters will be here to celebrate with us!