Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Day


After a late night of bottling honey which Jonathan had just extracted from his hive we were woken at 7am by two very excited children!

It always seems a bit disappointing that it takes weeks of hours trapsing the town looking for gifts and they're all opened within 15 minutes! Even so, the kids were very happy with their presents.

Christmas dinner was at 12:30 at our house. We managed to turn our dining room into a banquet hall and made a huge table to sit 20! We had all of our family, the Farthings, Grandmother and K, Sam's parents and the missionaries. It was great having Mum and Dad and Paul home for Christmas.

We had the Warwick Christmas Dinner at Laugharne and Kelly's house at night and as much as I wanted to eat the delicious meal I was so full from lunch I could only manage a few spoonfuls! We had an awesome time playing 'rock band' on the playstation for a few hours after dinner - its great fun! Jonathan was lead singer, I was on bass guitar, Kelly on lead guitar and Laugharne on the drums. I could have played all night but the kids had fallen asleep on the couch so it was time to go!

So that was Christmas for another year. I say this every year but next year I really am going to be more organised!

Relief Society Christmas Activity

We held our annual Relief Society Christmas Activity on Wednesday 3rd December. It was a great night with a huge turn out of sisters which seemed to make all our hard work and effort worth it!

A few months earlier someone had come up with the grand idea of making each sister and apron which the other sisters could sign. They were awesome - Crystals friend Jeremy even designed a cool motif which we ironed on to make them even more special! They took FOREVER to cut, sew, iron and fold but they looked fantastic!

It hardly seems possible that I have been serving as Relief Society President for a whole year now! Time flies when you're super busy I guess :-)

Me and my counsellors Sandy and Carly wearing our aprons.

Putting up the Christmas Tree

We usually put up our tree on the first Monday in December but the Ward Relief Society Activity kept me very busy so we didn't end up getting it until Thursday.

We made our usual trek out to the Christmas Tree Farm to choose a tree and after about 1/2 an hour of searching found a fine speciman to chop down and lug back to the car.

Here's some pictures of the kids decorating it.

Koromatua School Prize-giving

The school year flew by so fast - especially this last term. Elle and Ryan were so excited for the last day of school to finally arrive!

Ryan had his junior prize-giving assembly on Tuesday afternoon and he recieved the top effort award for his class! We were so proud of him because he was struggling with his reading at the beginning of the year but with lots of hard work and perserverance he is now reading well above his age level! When his teacher gave out the award she said "this little boy gives 110% effort in everything he does and gets the results to show it".

The next day was Elle's senior school prizegiving. Not only did she recieve the Leadership award for her class but also Top Numeracy, Top Literacy and Overall Top Academic! Way to go Elle. She is a hard worker and a good student and her teacher said she really deserved everything she got.