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Published: January 14th 2007
For all of those who have been waiting for the blog about my White Christmas in Sapporo snow boarding and roasting chestnuts on an open fire................................... ...................................
Sorry, no can do. Actually I probably could make up a pretty good one, but there would be no pictures to go with it because it just did not happen. Nope instead of snowflakes and egg nog I boarded a plane (hikoki) with a big white kangaroo on the tail and headed for Christmas in Australia, and the best part was, noone knew i was coming!!!
The whole devious plan started in September when I realised that because I am flying to Europe in March instead of flying home the ticket provided by my boss that had to be used to fly to Australia in March would be wasted. So I changed the date of the ticket so that it flew me home on Christmas Eve instead. Voila!
Marissa and I managed to keep a secret the whole time my parents and grandma visited here and had a great time stringing them along with (little, white and totally innocent) lies. I enlisted a couple of accomplices to make sure that
"The kids all gather round, we'll take a family snap"
if anything went wrong (eg Mum and Dad planning a trip to Japan to surprise me) i would know in advance.
Anyway, all plans were in order and I was soooooooo excited that I couldnt sleep (not great when in the middle of christmas concert chaos at kindy!) Finally Saturday 23rd December arrived and I could get moving, I shinked it to Narita and got on my plane, seated next to Mr 'I dont wake up at all on 10 hour flights so hope your bladder is prepared to expand'. Note to self- maybe an aisle seat isnt so bad.
Anyway time flew (ha ha so did I coz I was on an aeroplane) and approx 12 hours from the time I boarded the plane in Japan I was walking up the ramp in the newly renovated and quite lovely Adelaide airport where I was greeted by one of my bestest friends in the whole wide world- Cherida.
We had a lovely drive home in which i marvelled at the colour of the sky (soooo blue compared to Japan) and got nervous anticipating my big surprise. Pulling up in the driveway was the most surreal feeling, I
Mum took this before I arrived, much nicer than the ones of their bottoms.
couldnt believe that I was home and after thinking about it for so long, i was finally going to walk inside MY house and see MY family.
I rang the door bell and my tall, crazy haired cousin answered. And just looked at me! Talk about an anti-climax! It wasnt until my uncle spotted me from his chair in the kitchen and said "Its Amy" that the reaction I was hoping for began. Although they did leave me hanging for a hug for a long time, choosing to sit and stare and laugh and call me "a little bugger", the initial shock eventually wore off and they all seemed to regain the use of their limbs to welcome me home.
It was strange being back, but then Id listen to the usual chatter around the table and it was not so strange, but then Id walk into my room (which is now my brothers room) and think 'hang on, you were in Japan 24 hours ago', which was really strange. The longer I stayed at home though the more it felt like id never gone away.
The rest of my time at home was filled with more
surprises, on Christmas Day we went to Gawler to my cousins NEW house and it was fun seeing everyone there, eating lots of good food and playing 'BUZZ' on playstation.
We had a lovely Lilly visitor on Boxing Day, it was so nice to see all her tricks and soak up her beautifulness!
Ive also included some pics of the farm, not a bad place to call home!
New Years Eve was spent in Robe- another blog to follow!!!
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