Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas 2014

So it is the last day of 2014 and I have really fallen off the blogging wagon.  I have every intention of blogging our journey more often in this coming year.  After all...I am my family's memory keeper. 

I am going to share some of our Christmas moments with you today.  We try to keep things fair in the family.  Every second year we have all our children and grandchildren at our home for Christmas and every alternate year they spend time with their in-law parents.  This year was an alternate year and Wynand and Nadia invited me and K to spend Christmas Eve with them and Nadia's family.  It was so much fun.

The evening started with some real "boere sport" the teams are getting ready for racing with potato's balanced on spoons.
Then we tried to throw water balloons to each other...trying very hard not to let the balloons burst.  The couple who move apart and throw the furthest without the balloon bursting was the winner.

K and I one this round !!!!

Seeing who can spit a watermelon pip the furthest...not so good at this one ;-P

Then it was pulling rope.

The horses and ponies found the humans very entertaining.

Supper was "vetkoek" with various fillings.

Nadia's step father baked all the "vetkoek"

Then we had a feast.

When it got dark it was time to move on to the next part of the program.

Merissa (Nadia's sister) played the guitar and we sang Christmas carols while Christian read the story of Jesus.
Lukas and Christian played drums on whatever receptacles they could find.

We had our lunch at the local Italian club.  The venue as well as the food was totally forgettable and downright awful.  Pictured eldest son Kobus and his wife Lache with our youngest grandson Juan on her lap.

My beautiful Leane.

Dewan...the clown...would have nothing to do with photo taking.

Little Lukas...always ready to give the biggest...most beautiful smile.

My younger son Wynand with his wife Nadia.

The two of us.

Father and son.

Juan entertaining himself.

After the "sad" Christmas lunch we went to our home for coffee and desert...and the children spent the rest of the afternoon playing in the pool.

I trust that you had a blessed time with your family and that you are ready for a brand new year.



  1. Beautiful photos!! Looks like a wonderful Christmas!!! Happy New Year!!!!

  2. Aw, memories made despite the lunch. Love that one with the balloons. My photos are nothing but a blur this time. People were constantly on the move. Oh well. We had fun. 28 here. Expected 5 more but had a new grand babe on 12/24. That was exciting.

  3. Thank you for sharing your Christmas with us ... Christmas eve sounds like a whole lot of fun ... Wish I had a family who did things like this!

    Sorry to hear that Christmas lunch was forgettable ... thankfully it was spent with VERY special people.

    Wishing you and your amazing K and family an awesome 2015!

  4. This is what christmas is all about- family, fun and food!!! Though sorry you had an unforgettable lunch. Love love love the pictures and all the fun activities. May 2015 be a year of grace and blessings for us all

  5. That sure looks fun! Thanks for all your visits to my blog last year and every good wish for 2015 :)

  6. That sure looks a fun day - especially the 'games'..... So much for your nice lunch out --- aaaah well, the best laid plans & all that!!! Your Grandies are all so cute & so very different in their personalities.... Must say your Lukas, like ours, is rather photogenic - maybe it goes with the name!!! Hoping 2015 is a better blogging year for you---- but either ways, I have THOROUGHLY enjoyed getting to know you & keeping up with your goings on this year. So GLAD you are blogging!!!!!

  7. Lovely photos and love to see the games and traditions you share.. We had a quiet Christmas at the beach, something different and very enjoyable all the same... Now to get a grip and hang on and see where 2015 takes us!

  8. It looks like quite the gathering. Happy New Year to you and yours. And I hope you do get to blog more in 2015 - I'll be reading.

  9. You're the second person in as many days to mention vetkoek. I haven't had one in YEARS (about 8) and in fact, my last one was eaten in PE.

    I'm so keen to hear more about the bad lunch :)

    Lovely traditions with Nadia's family!

  10. What a wonderful holiday you had! Lovely photos of all of the family. The grandchildren are all growing up. Wow!

  11. Lovely photos & what an entertaining day! Love the look of their dining room!!

  12. Gorgeous photo's...sorry the lunch was not so great...BUT makes for an unforgettable Christmas!!!! LOL


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