With all of my children home for the holidays, I decided it was time to make the effort. There were several people we hadn't seen in a while, and it was definitely time for a 'catch up'.
Sunday was the day - and we had a marvellous time! We started around 2pm, and chatted well into the evening. Given that it is winter, a bonfire was on the 'activity list', so during the afternoon, we all headed outside to gather wood. The wood pile steadily grew:
The men, of course, were put to work on the BBQ, while the women headed back inside to slave away at making salads (pre-bought), and preparing the table (OK, so in truth, the children set the table, while we er.. discussed very important, life-changing issues over a bottle of wine).
After dinner, it was time to light that bonfire:
The fire kind-of 'took off' at one point, and headed directly towards the pile of marshmallows, which unfortunately, were heated a little earlier than planned! That's them on the seat in the photo below - right in the path of the fire. Oops. Most of the packets were still OK, though.
But as the night wore on, more and more people started to head back inside.
Band Hero, Air Hockey, and Pool were a hit with the teens, and the younger ones had a ball with our home-made pinata.
All in an, an excellent night, and one I feel needs to be repeat on a regular basis!