Have a wonderful Christmas Eve
Trip Start Jul 30, 2006
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We started our day off at 9:30AM, when Frank and Joyce picked us up to take us to Franks sister Mary's house. Bart meet them all about 5 years ago when he was here with his Mom. Just like the Italians back home, as soon as you walk in the house "What could we get you, something to eat or drink". And even though we said "we were good", which the Australian's get a kick out of, especially Joyce she says "I know you are good, but would you like something"
After our visit we went for a short ride to the Pinaroo Cemetery where Franks dad is buried, took a few pictures, then off to the grocery store. Lennie and Luke loved the broccoli salad I made last week so much, I was asked if I could make it for Christmas Day. After a long morning, we started to get a little sleepy in the car, so we decide to go back to Nadia and Luke's for a nap.
I was so surprised when we walked in the house. It was beautiful. Nadia had the table set all in red and green, just lovely. And the Christmas music was playing, it is really starting to feel like Christmas. We decided to kill two birds with one stone, we napped out in the back yard, under the hot Australian sun with the colorful Lorikeets flying around above us. Today was a high of about 85 degrees, just checked the weather back home in Pennsylvania, looks like a warm one this year of 42' F. Everyone has been writing about how unusually warm it has been lately. Of course, we decide to travel the year it's a warm winter. One of the things we were trying to do with this trip was avoiding the cold weather and we did a pretty good job of it except for Greece those couple of days. After about 2 hours in the sun and taking a few pictures of the lorikeets.
I decide I should send our Christmas hello and work on the blog
After our short visit, I went in for a shower to put on my Christmas outfit. Not like the usual tradition, no new fancy clothes, just my traveling skirt and a borrowed green top from Nadia, which fits perfect. In the mean time Bart was on the computer and gave me a wonderful surprise
We wanted to thank all of you who have been following us all around the world. We love your comments, keep them coming. We miss you and love you all very much.. I will especially miss our traditional Christmas Eve events, seafood dinner at my parents house, and hidding the leftovers from Dad. Opening all of our presents at Nana and Papa's, no one better be in my spot. If someone does, enjoy it now because next year it is mine again. Next we would go to midnight mass and sing all of the Christmas songs. And our nightcap, drinks and snack after church at my parents house, just up the road from church, can't believe this will be the first one I missed in 30 years. I must say I love it here in Australia and traveling, but I really don't think I could miss Christmas ever again. It's the only holiday when you get a chance to see our entire family all under one roof. Bart's family has their traditional Christmas Day gathering, where this year we will miss out on the first time with 4 generations. We can't wait to come home to everyone next year. Especially to see all of those new babies. Any more new arrivals, Niki and Krista?!? We wish you all the very best..
Frank and Joyce arrived and Sabrina put our some appetizers, we had a few glasses of wine as well. After while Luke decided he would call Nadia to see how much longer she would be, she said only about 15 minutes, but to start without her. We had a wonderful dinner prepared by Sabrina, chicken, scallop potatoes, and asapagragus, salad and dessert. The food was so tasty and good. Nadia arrived we took a few pictures. opened a few gifts. We had a great nice, I called home to my parents house to say Merry Christmas, it was nice to talk to all of them. After that I was very tired and decided to go to bed. Soon after Robert followed. Looks nice tomorrow will be another warm day.
Looks like no snow this year at home, one thing we always looked forward to waking up on Christmas Day. We love you, with a extra special hello to our moms and dad, brothers and grandparents.
We hope all of you take a look at the beautiful sky this Christmas Eve and remember all of our angels up there, because we are. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. Currently "Let it snow" is playing on Magic 93!!!
Love you all.. Merry Christmas.. Love, Lyn and Robert