We walked to Mum's house in the cold, wet rain, Grace all snuggled in her stroller with the storm cover down and blankie around her knees. The streets were oddly deserted, maybe everyone had already started their feasting, already arrived at the destinations. Myself, I quite like a late lunch, makes for a more relaxed morning. As it turned out, after the excitment of present unwrapping, Grace really did need a morning nap. I made salads and managed to overcook the beans. Oh well. Nobody cared. The stuffed mushrooms I made for Gerard to enjoy while everyone else was tucking into roast chook and ham went down well with everyone, especially G.
As we arrived at Mum's house Grace became very excited, calling out Nana, Nana. Soon we were absorbed into the bustle of getting ready, all helping. Relaxing, chatting, drinking champagne or something soft and pleasant.
As the day wore on it became more and more relaxed. The kringle was a hoot, some very well considered gifts and I don't think anyone got a voucher. Grace cleaned up, of course. She now has her very own laptop computer toy that makes racing car noises and talks to her. She loves it and so do I. Outside it rained and hailed. Really rained. Rained so much that the garden got really wet. Couldn't have wished for a better Christmas present. Then just as the cameras were pressed into service for the obligatory family portraits, out came the sun, just for a while. Unfortunately most of the pictures I took at this end of the day were somewhat blurry, a bit like myself. I get so anxious in the lead up to Christmas that I do tend to unravel a bit on the day itself. Which is really rather blissful. As is boxing day. Ah boxing day! Day of eating leftovers and reading Christmas novels (more on that later).
I love this portrait. I love it that we can have this Christmas with my Mum and my Dad, eventhough they're married to other people now. I love it that Lance and Nina are those people and that we can all get along. I love it that Rachael and Vivian are part of the mix and that Cam and Betty are having a baby next year and that I'm going to be an auntie. I love it that my Dad called Gerard son-in-law and that Gerard is smiling. I love it that Grace is in the middle and that this is where she belongs. You can see me holding the remote control and I'm smiling too!