Saturday, December 27, 2008

Kawana Waters Holiday

After many years we made a last minute decision to take a holiday this year. We found this lovely resort at Kawana Waters - Beachside Resort. We booked the week before Christmas. It was so lovely to get away from Brisbane and relax up the coast. The girls had a great time and so did Henry.

We didn't just stay at Kawana Waters the entire time, we took a drive down to Caloundra to our favourite Fish n Chip shop for lunch and the kids played in the sand at Golden Beach. Mooloolaba and Maroochydore were both very busy spots but still lovely to visit again.

Here are some pics of our holiday
Beachside Resort - Kawana Waters

Inside our apartment - lounge, dining and kitchen
all the balloons from Sarah's birthday

View from the Penthouse
View from Penthouse looking out over the Surf Club
Shannon in the resort pool
Down on the beach looking north to Mooloolaba
heaps of room to place a towel
Looking south from Kawana
Walking down to the beach across the sand dunes
Shannon jumping off the sand dunes
Sarah and Henry building in the sand
Sarah and Henry's masterpiece in the sand
Shannon being America's next top model LOL!!
Shannon and Chloe playing around with the sandSurf Rescue at Kawana
Action shot of Henry playing soccer on the beach
Chloe and Andrew playing soccer

Chloe sitting on waters edge covering herself in sand

The surf club over the road from the resort had Carols by Candlelight on 20th
with loads of things happening for the afternoon and evening
Santa arrived at Kawana Surf Club on the back of a beach buggy
Santa's helpers handing out lollies to all the kiddies
Playground at the Surf Club
Sand sculpture in progress for the Surf Club Carols by CandlelightShannon, Sarah and Henry getting a workout at the outdoor gym
just across the road in the park at the beach
what a great idea, they should have more of these
it's just like a playground except that it is gym equipment
even has instruction signs on how to use each machine
Golden Beach Caloundra, we drove down to our favourite Fish n Chip shop for lunch. We sat and enjoyed the best fish n chips around and afterwards the kids had fun playing in the sand.
Seagulls looking for some left overs LOL!!
Shannon using Sarah's Nemo bucket to build herself sandcastles

Chloe attempting to make a dribble castle (I think)
Sarah and Henry using the shapes from her bucket and spade set
Over the sand shapes now, lets dig a tunnel

We also went to Shelly Beach at Caloundra, I always brought the girls here whenever we were at Caloundra, you can always find the most amazing shells and to top it off it's a great lesson on sea life, just by walking all the rocks and looking into the rock pools.
Sarah and Henry walking the rocks at Shelly Beach
Isn't this sweet

Friday, December 26, 2008

Handmade Pressies

These are a few of the handmade gifts I made for Christmas Presents this year. This post will probably give away who I was a secret santa for this year.

I made 4 of these in total for gifts this year. Just love the Kaiser bay window kit.

This is another of the Kaiser workshops, I just changed the papers and colours, this one was for Shannon filled with make-up for Christmas.

This handbag was made for Chloe and I filled it with lipgloss and nail polish

Shannon wanted to give her boyfriend Jake something handmade for Christmas. Shannon decided that this was what she wanted to do for him. Shannon made this "J" with a little help from me. He loved it by the way.

Birthdays - Andrew, Sarah & Chloe

December is a very busy month, with 3 birthday's and then Christmas on top. Have been busy organising birthday parties, bbq's and holidays.

Andrew's birthday was early in the month 5th December, we had a BBQ on the back deck to celebrate. Andrew had a fantastic time.

Me, Andrew and Millie chomping into the beautiful white chocolate cake my mother made for his birthday YUM!!!Chloe's 10th birthday party we had a little pool party with a few of her friends from school the day after Andrew's BBQ - 6th December (Chloe's birthday is actually 17th but it's hard to have a party during holiday time so we move it forward for her). They all had a great time in the pool. We had a Princess crown pinata which they had great fun trying to smash it.

The biggest kids of all LOL!! Sarah and boyfriend Henry having fun with the party bubbles

Party lolly bag for each of the girls.

Chloe's actual birthday, 17th December. Opening her pressie that she had no idea about and was totally surprised to get her DS - finally LOL!!

OMG it's a DS!!

Before we went away for our holiday we had the family come over on 17th to celebrate both Chloe's and Sarah's birthday.

The girls cutting their cake

who said anything about sharing the cake with the rest of the family LOL!!

Sarah's 17th birthday - 20th December was celebrated up at Kawana Waters where we were holidaying this year. She opened her gifts in the apartment, we went swimming, took her out for dinner and then there was fireworks on the beach right out front of where we were staying. Made for an excellent night for her.

Don't touch bottom Sarah or you will have to kiss the nearest boy LOL!!
OOPS!! - touched bottom
Of course the nearest boy was Henry
Sarah posted off her logbook so she can go for her P plates on 31st, she has received the text back to say it's been approved so all is ago for her test on 31st. Fingers crossed for her that she gets it first go.