When Grace crept down to our room on Christmas morning, I braced myself for an early start to our day. Instead, she cuddled up beside me and drifted back to sleep, not waking until around seven thirty when her little sister thought it was time to get the fun started. As she sat up, I asked, "Do you remember what day it is today?"
She looked at me quizzically before replying... "Wednesday?"
I started the morning with camera in hand. A few shots later, and it remained untouched for the rest of the day as I instead enjoyed the company of my loved ones and delighted in their excited faces and all the fun as presents were opened and time was spent together.
We had a quiet few hours at home with a special breakfast of homemade waffles and fruit, enjoying our gifts and some down time before the big day ahead. Lunch was at my Uncle's with extended family on my side and our night time celebration was with Paul's extended family at our house. With an extremely over tired Sophie tucked up in her own cot and Grace running happily around on our lawn with her cousins, I looked around on Christmas night at all the smiling faces and thought about how lucky we are to have a yard large enough to comfortably host our ever growing family.
Christmas was fun filled and celebratory but quite tiring and today has thankfully been much slower paced, just as Boxing Day should be in my eyes. We've gradually gone through and put away our gifts, stacked and un-stacked the dishwasher several times, had a swim in the neighbours' pool (they are away on holidays for several weeks and have encouraged us to use it... much welcomed with the heat wave ahead of us here in Perth), nibbled on left overs and caught up on some sleep with afternoon naps all round. I'm hoping this pattern of days spent lazily at home relaxing and enjoying some quiet time together continues.
I hope your Christmas was a magical one too...