Well we finally made it home, on 27th December. Gus and Tilly burst inside our doors to find Santa really had been and left presents here as well. We also exchanged presents for each other. Santa also had hacked into the Gingerbread house and as you see it didn't take long for Gus and Tilly to do the same. They soon filled their cheeks with chocolate and candy, as you see with Tilly.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
We met up with some more friends who own a villa on Jimbaran Bay. It was just beautiful. We had lunch together and then made our way to the beach (just down the lane). The kids took the easy option - golf cart. Jimbaran Bay is just beautiful and great for kids. It's a very popular eating spot as it has heaps and heaps of seafood restaurants. Also home of the Intercontinental and Four Seasons.
Tilly was accidently poked in the eye at the pool. It burst quite a few blood vessels in her eye and it was very sore to open. She was very frustrated by it because she had to keep it closed so it wouldn't hurt as much, but then she couldn't keep her good eye open. So I made up a patch for her eye to keep it closed so she could still use the good one. Again, it's one of those "only Tilly" moments.
We went to the Grand Hyatt for Christmas Dinner. This has become our little tradition. It never fails to please. The Grand Hyatt had it all perfect: turkey; cranberry sauce; lamb rack; mint jelly; pork and apple sauce; prawns; salads; huge array of desserts; soups; breads; etc. Oh my, totally indulgent. And the best Christmas pudding with custard. Loved it all.
So here we are by the pool on Christmas Day. The kids were playing at the kids club with their friends. We're enjoying our mocktails and talking with friends. When we turn around and see this image!!!!!! Well we couldn't stop laughing, I had tears pouring down my cheek. Only Tilly!!! What a crack up! There was a clown at the club who obviously either had a spare outfit or was changing into it. But obviously Tilly somehow got hold of it and tried it on.
This photo of Felix smiling is the best one of all. It's just magic when your baby smiles for the first time. He's little eyes lit up and are all aglow, almost like you can see right back to eternity. It really is beautiful and breaks your heart. This is definitely my favourite photo of Felix so far, I'm going to print it for a frame.
Gus and Tilly woke up at about 6:00am to find Santa Claus had been. Santa left a letter for us saying that he had delivered the presents to our home in Jakarta but couldn't resist leaving 1 present for each of us at our apartment in Bali. Gus and Tilly were absolutely thrilled to bits to receive a DS Nintendo each. Gus a black one and Tilly pink. Santa also left some huge lollipops and a special necklace for mum.
Declan went on this Tiki Tour one day around the island using his new camera. He came across this funeral. Here they placed the body inside this wooden elephant, then burnt it. When it call collapsed in a heap, they just kept pushing it together to keep burning. Ewhhh, it's just awful, Declan said you could actually see parts of the body sticking out.
Also on the way home from rafting they stopped alongside some rice paddies and were able to get in the mud with the locals and plant some rice. As you can see the water is very muddy and so you have to wash off afterwards. Unfortunately these little rivlets on the side of the road, although not muddy, are used for washing clothes, bodies, tools, and even for toileting. So you need another good wash when you get home.
On the way home from rafting they when past some beautiful scenery and met these 3 on the side of the road. It was raining and so they found themselves these umbrellas. Indonesians really don't like to get wet, even though it's hot. So many are too poor to afford any kind of protection from the wet.