Three Christmas trees in three different locations. That is what happens when we travel during the holiday. First Christmas tree - Malaysia
We dragged out our four-year-old Chinese tree with all the usual decorations (several have since been binned because of mould!).
Christmas tree at Grandma's
We decorated Grandma’s tree, complete with decades old decorations. And tinsel. Ugh…
Three number three - Berarra
And then there was the temporary, afterthought, holiday tree. Beautiful in it’s tackiness.
Christmas morning
And dwarfed by presents.
Postman handing out lollies!
Christmas in Australia!!
Only in Australia would a postman dress like this and hand out lollies to mesmerised kids…
Customary Derry gingerbread house.
Mr Whippy visited
Mr Whippy made the rounds.
Slip n slide
Slip n slide. This looks like she’s flying along like a pro. I think she was actually motionless – kid needs more practice with this.
Roos at our home
Regular visitors – morning and night – to houses in the street. The advantages of living next to a national park.
Galen chats to Uncle Paul
Chatting to Uncle Paul on Christmas morning.
Present time
Joy on Christmas morning.
Someone loves cherries.
Cousins with hair tied up
All tied up

I can’t wait for our next holiday…!!


Berarra Beach, NSW

Hanging out at the beach in Australia for a week was SO. MUCH. FUN. Wish we could do it all the time. Let the pictures tell you why. This is just at Berarra (more beaches to come!!)
Berarra Beach, NSW
Nannie with her grandkids
The big girls explore
Playing at Berarra Beach
Cousins in a boat
On the rocks
Riding the wave at Berarra
Father and son
"This is bullshit!"
Mother and son
Running - before a fall


Christmas in Canberra

So, since last time, 2014 ended and 2015 began. We celebrated a Derry Christmas this year with a whirlwind trip back to Australia. We spent a few days in Canberra, then a week on the NSW coast south of Sydney, then a few days in Sydney.

First – Canberra…
We spent most of the time at home where Arlo and Grandma made a Christmas outfit for Arlo’s doll, we visited Santa and we checked out the Christmassy-ness of the city (lots of lights, dinner at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, and free camel rides – though our kids were too small for the camels).
Carousel - Canberra
Arlo didn’t want to go on the carousel in Canberra, so Galen maintained the Christmas tradition.
Christmas lights in Canberra
We also saw the lights in the city which, to be honest, were just a heap of lights. There wasn’t very much magical or creative about it all. A bit of a disappointment.
Chef Arlo
The chef’s outfit from Grandma and Papa was a winner!
Dinner at the Green Herring
Cuddles and giggles
Dinner at The Green Herring was also a winner. A celebration of Grandma and Papa’s 47th wedding anniversary, as well as our arrival in Australia.
Biking at Grandma and Papa's place
The kids always enjoy coming back to familiar things, like riding bikes on the back deck at Grandma and Papa’s house.