The night before Christmas eve we did something I've never done before- went to see some Christmas light displays on people's houses! I'm not sure what got the people on this street into the idea of decking out their houses with so many lights but there were about 5 houses on the street that were really into it and a few others who put in a little effort too. Two of them were out of control. We went with our friends and their son Archie who is 6 months older than Violet. She calls him Ar-tu, he calls her Biolet and I think they're in love.
Our New Years Eve was fantastic, we stayed at our friends (the ones from the pictures above) house and had a BBQ with the kids before taking them down to the family festival near the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Rob was working on NYE and ended up working overtime so we arrived kind of later than we had planned and didn't have much time to see the festivities before the fireworks. That was completely fine though as it was so BUSY with people that I'm not sure we would have been able to move much anyway. We staked out a spot near the play equipment for our picnic blanket and got the dads to take the kids for a play. Violet loved the 9:30pm fireworks, Archie was a little scared but still wanted to see the "lights" then the two of them went mad and ran around like they were on pure sugar or something (they had had no sugar!) until the pedestrian traffic calmed down enough for us to catch a tram home.
Off the kids went to bed and 3 out of 4 adults proceeded to get very drunk. And googled pictures of Bonsai plants to show which type are the most relaxing. The weather was nice enough for us to sit outside in their courtyard and we just had the best, most relaxing time. The next day even the kids seemed hungover as they had gone to bed ridiculously late at 11pm and yet woken up at 6:30am. Why does it seem that any time you put a toddler to bed later than bedtime they wake up extra early the next day??