December 2018 Little Things

Well, here it is - my last post from 2018. I don't know about you, but every year seems to fly by more quickly than the one before which is slightly alarming and a tad disconcerting, but what can you do? For the most part, I'm happy and enjoying life as the kids grow up and we continue to age on this beautiful planet, though. {Also, I am now attempting to be more mindful and am doing daily meditation so I'll let you know how that goes. Ahem.}

As months go, December was a busy and happy one. We had been looking forward to it for almost a year and we were ecstatic to have our London family staying with us that month.

But earlier in the month we were equally busy with all the fun end-of-year activities.

Luke got back from his NASA trip and his sisters (and parents) were so pleased to see him again. See Sarah's Insta story below:

We hosted a Christmas Cocktail Party at the beginning of December (before everyone's calendars became too busy). But I'm so upset with myself because I didn't take any photos from the evening except for a little Instagram video (here's a screenshot from that video). Can you believe it? Too busy being a charming hostess ;) and enjoying our sweet guests. What can I say?

We were lucky with the weather that evening and got to spend lots of time outside. 

I love hosting a cocktail party and I think we might make this Christmas Cocktail Party a regular on our calendars now. It's a wonderful idea to get all of our friends together before everyone gets busy with their Christmas plans and goes off on holiday. It's also great to catch up over some festive cocktails and tasty nibbles and bid farewell to a fun year of memories you've made together.

The next week I went to my work's Christmas lunch which was held at the Sculptureum - see my post about that over here.



Sculptureum     Sculptureum

Then it was Sarah's 18th Birthday. Check out that post over here.

And a few days later Sarah went to her water polo club's prize giving where she received the award for Most Improved Player in her Gold team.

Then my sister and family arrived. And after a day of settling in, we did a day trip to TiriTiri Matangi Island - see that post over here.

TiriTiri Matangi Island

The kids went to the Wharf a couple of bays along from ours - to do wharf jumping.

Murrays Bay Wharf

I then visited the Sculptureum again, this time with my family:


Then it was Christmas - see that post here.

We did lots of coastal walks:

Our girls then left for the Rhythm and Vines Music Festival in Gisborne for a few days.

We also did a coastal walk from Long Bay to Granny's Bay and beyond. See that post here.

Long Bay Okura Walk

We went to Waiheke Island one day - read that post here.

Fullers Ferry

Fullers Ferry

And we drove up to snorkel at Goat Island one day. I wrote about that day trip here.

Goat Island

And then it was the 31st of December and we celebrated New Year's Eve with friends and family at home that night.

Sadly my night time photography skills are still lacking and I only have these two blurry photos from that night:

And for those of you who don't follow me on Instagram, I posted my "bestnine" photos from 2018 over there. I love doing this every year because it's such fun to have this little 9 square reminder of some of my good times during the past year.

Instagram #2018bestnine

And that was our December 2018 in a nutshell. Lots of good times. xx

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