Better late than never… ! We had lovely holidays this year – the perfect mix of friends and family, home and away, busy time and down time. I was telling a friend in early December that as the day actually approaches, I find myself getting less and less in the Christmas spirit, but this year I was into it… maybe because I got my shopping done early?
We had no grandparents visiting this year so we decided to throw a party for our family friends – an open house, open invitation on the 23rd to all of our friends to just drop in whenever they could, for as long as they wanted. I have no pictures but we had such a good turnout and such a good time, I think this will become a tradition.
We spent some time with our good friends on Christmas Eve, then went on with our traditions – two of them are new jammies for all and sprinkling reindeer food in the front yard for Santa’s reindeer.
Christmas morning was fairly typical for us. The kids never get up too early, we take turns opening our presents (this takes a little bit of cajoling), and then we have breakfast.
Emery asked Santa for a hatchimal, though I’m not sure he really knew how they worked – by the time we got up, the egg was broken through and the chick was hatched (he says it broke when he picked it up, but the obviously forced holes in the shell tell a different story). Oh well, he loves it anyway.
We had our tree downstairs this year at the kids’ request. It was kind of a nice change!
I love this pic of the kids – they are opening each other’s gifts here. We always give them hints and ideas, but I think next year we will just give them a limit and let them choose freely. I love Emery’s face in this one.
Kitty cat head band… she could not be any more girly if she tried.
Case in point: taking care of her new doll.
New game… Jenga! It’s a winner for sure! Emery got a dinosaur bone excavation kit… he absolutely loved tapping away at this thing. It kept him occupied for at least an hour.
Even Oliver got in on the action! On boxing day, we packed a few of our favorite new toys and hit the road to NB!
One of the reasons we went home this year was to see my dear friend Ang who was visiting with her four boys and husband from St. Croix. One of the first things we did was go to their place to slide together and I am telling you, it was COLD. It didn’t seem to bother the kids though!
Here are all the kiddos from oldest to youngest, in all of their post-sliding glory. We loved getting to know each other’s kids and they played so well together.
And then my phone camera broke so I only have a few shared pictures. We spent the next days at nana and papa’s with ali and the girls. We visited, we slid, we played games, we ate lots of yummy food.
Any time these kids get a chance to play together and get to know each other is a great time as far as I’m concerned.
The kids hated to leave so I would consider that a success! We spent another fun night at Wendy and Rob’s playing cards, then headed home.
New Year’s Eve was a rather impromptu day with friends. The cold weather made for frozen lakes all around so we headed down the road for what might be the most Canadian winter activity ever.
Then we hung with friends for lunch and in their hot tub, then to our place for a few more drinks, football, and a sleepover with their girls.
What a great couple of weeks – we couldn’t have asked for anything better. When it was all said and done I was ready for the return to routine (little did I know the first week of school would have two snow days).