Where’d the holiday go to…

Posted By on Jan 8, 2010 | 2 comments

Today is the last day of my three week holiday. I’m still wondering where the weeks went to as they seemed to have whizzed by! I may think that I didn’t do as much as I should have, but aren’t holidays supposed to be filled with doing nothing?

So what did I get up to…?

The first couple days were spent helping my sis and her hubby in getting their baby’s nursery ready. The Gary’s (one is my fiancé, the other is my brother-in-law -> forever mentioned as BIL) spent a day putting up the dado-rails and replacing the light, while my sis and I searched for curtains, curtain rails, and other curtain paraphernalia. The second day was spent painting – a light yellow below the dado-rail, light green above the dado-rail, and a bronze ‘wipe’ on the dado-rail. (My sis and her hubby have chosen to have the sex of the baby as a surprise, so no pinks or blues were used.) When I visited the other day, I saw that BIL Gary had ripped out the ugly and old carpets and replaced it with wooden laminate flooring. The fantastic part about how they have decorated the room is that it won’t need to be redecorated until the little one is not so little anymore.

Can you believe that Gary and I were blessed enough to enjoy five different Christmas feasts? The first was celebrated with my immediate family on the 12th December. We usually celebrate early because half of my family is away over Christmas. Our second feast (a fondue) was with Gary’s immediate family on the 18th December. The next was another fondue on Christmas Eve with Gary’s parents and his two brothers. The next feast was a lunch on Christmas Day with Gary’s extended family – aunt, uncle, cousins, grandfather, etc. And the last was when we joined my sis and her hubby at their house. We were joined by BIL Gary’s mom, brother-in-law, sister, and his various nephews. The best part of joining my sister was that we were just in time for dessert! And how I love to satisfy my VERY sweet tooth!

New Years Eve was quiet this year. Perhaps it’s a sign that I’m getting old, though I hope not! Makes mental note to have a raucous new years’ party this year! Anyways…back to what we did… We joined Gary’s parents, his grandfather and his two brothers for a prawn feast. We arrived at Gary’s parents’ house early as there was a lot of preparation to be done. We helped with marinating the prawns, making the lemon-butter, garlic, and peri-peri sauces, setting the table, and braaing the prawns. When it came to digging in, we didn’t hold back! We devoured what our tummies could manage and boy was it delicious! We finished eating around 22:30 and, once everything was clean and back in place, we decided to go home (taking Gary’s brother Ross with us). Once home we turned the TV on, watched a bit of this and that, and waited for the countdown. 2010 was brought in in a very quiet way, though I did get one heck of a kiss!

This past weekend, a last minute two-day trip to Sun City was planned. We arrived around 8:30 and check-in was first on the agenda, followed by a very necessary breakfast at Wimpy. The rest of the morning was spent at the Valley of the Waves – enjoying the popular sport of ‘people watching’, trying to catch a tan in the overcast weather, and taking Ross (Gary’s brother) to the clinic after bumping his head and nose on the super tubes ride. Gary’s parents stayed at the Palace so we were all invited there for a build-a-burger lunch. After lunch we made our way to the Cabanas to get our room keys so we could settle in before getting ready for drinks and a posh dinner at the Palace. Monday morning started with a yummy buffet breakfast – what better way to start the day than by feeding my stomach – followed by a morning at the Valley of the Waves. Before we knew it, it was time for lunch and time to go home.

Today I finally got to tick off one of the items on my to-do list – spring cleaning…errrr rather summer cleaning! I bought this awesome plastic six drawer tower thing from PicknPay the other day and I have put it to really good use. The first three drawers are filled with my masses of gift-wrapping paraphernalia (gift boxes, tissue paper, gift bags, ribbons, bows, etc, etc). The bottom three drawers are filled with Gary’s important things (read “junk”). I finally got him to sort out the many boxes of his “important stuff” and to keep what was necessary and to throw away what was not. We now have empty boxes and full black bin bags of what is not important piled in the centre of our entrance area. Pity I wasn’t able to spring clean yesterday as these boxes and bags would have been taken by the garbage guys this morning, and would not look like chew toys for our doglets to enjoy while we’re sleeping. BUT I’m happy that a bit of spring cleaning took place.

What did you get up to? Anything exciting?

Hugs & Kisses
Jessica Giggles


  1. Nope, nothing exciting happened here either. I must be REALLY old as I have no desire for a party at the end of this year either. 🙂

    Btw – I love that they kept the sex of the baby a surprise. That is so cool.

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