Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Christmas in the Desert

Wow! We've had an amazing Christmas here in Arizona...

Lizzy celebrated her 31st birthday on the 23rd and then had her first ever Christmas away from her family!

We had a fab Christmas Day with Chris, Jo and Tia Saxton after church in the morning and the five - yes five - Christmas Eve services the night before. They all went really well and Walt, the church leader, said they were the best Christmas services he'd been involved in through the last 28 years - yippee!!

Daisy and Lucy got lots of presents - Daisy got a bike and Lucy a trike; they got a Noah's Ark Playmobil set to share, but get this - Daisy asked for a balloon in her stocking which was her favourite thing all day, and Lucy played with the wrapping paper... At least next Christmas we know what to get them!

Daisy was very proud of herself for sitting on Santa's knee - last year she was terrified and had nightmares about him so this was a big deal!
Gareth and Lizzy were very proud of themselves because they managed to cook a turkey on Christmas Day!! (Though Lizzy did keep complaining about how big it was - Gareth bought, quote, 'the biggest one I could find...') There certainly was plenty for everyone. After the kids went to bed we had a good natter over supper and then played poker to end a great day.

Now Christmas is over and Gareth has two weeks off, and Lizzy's parents are coming out soon which is going to be great fun.

When we get photos we may post them; till then...
Happy Holidays!!!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Our Christmas Photo!

The wonderful Sally Breen took this for us, and we love it - please note Lizzy's rather fine red berry garland up the hand rail - so tasteful!!

First ever blog

Well hello - we finally succumbed to the wonders of blogging!!! It was whilst we were editing our Christmas letter that we realised there was probably an easier and better way of communicating all this stuff, so here we are in the 21st Century.

Seven months in Arizona!!! It's finally got a bit colder here which makes us feel more like Christmas is actually going to come this year!
We've just driven round the Community Church of Joy christmas lights - yes,
two miles of Christmas scenes in fairy lights - wow!

Now all we have to do is work out how to display photos and we're away... I may be back later...