Sunday being the first of the month we headed out to the Everleigh Artisans Market in Darlington, a favourite spot of mine for some early Christmas shopping.
And afterwards we were able to catch up with the Sydney ZACS for lunch at Rubyos in nearby Newtown.
We had a great excuse to celebrate Alexander's recent first birthday. He was in a beautiful mood over lunch - allowing us a very long lunch together: time to catch up with everything the kids are doing (and saying), plans for 2013, some family news and time for me to garner a few more technical tips on using my Canon camera from Spiros.
Zoe is very protective of her younger brother and was a great help in unwrapping that present. Zoe was in a very chatty mood and I heard quite a few of her "incriminating stories". Rob helped her make paper planes, courtesy of our visit to the AGNSW and this proved to be a good time filler - luckily the restaurant was not very full by now.
Spiros and Clare are as busy as ever and both back in fulltime work - but they seem very happy and are doing such a good job of raising family in inner city Sydney - with all the difficulties and opportunities that poses.