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December II!

We had lots of family over the holidays – Nana and Papa Logue came for a few days over Christmas morning, then Uncle Todd and his family came between Christmas and New Year, which brought a lot of other Martell family members to the area.  Add to that the fact that we had two boys in a hockey tournament and it made for a crazy but fun few days!

On Christmas eve, among all the Santa prep, we went for a little walk behind the subdivision to get the stink blown off of us.  Being outside is always good!

20181224_140547After the snacks, the snack out for Santa, the reindeer food sprinkled on the lawn, the stockings laid out … it was time for Santa to come!  20181224_231008


Everyone was very happy at the end of the day.  This might have been one of Emery’s favorite gifts – a mini google home for his bedroom!  He likes chilling in his room with the music on.  20181225_082532

Emery liked this gem-digging kit (Papa too!).20181225_170918


On boxing day we needed to get out of the house for some fresh air.  One of my favorite trails goes around a lake out on the bowater land.  It’s a beautiful walk and just what we needed!  20181226_140842





All calories burned were given back to McDonald’s 🙂20181226_152930

20181227_093419We got on a friend’s outdoor rink one afternoon – that was a fun day, as it started to snow while we were there.  It is so fun for the kids!  20181228_112733Oliver’s hockey team ended up winning all of their games and getting to the gold medal game – he had quite the cheering section!  They ended up getting second and he took it a little hard, but it’s all part of the game and it was close!  20181230_181543Emery had a lot of fun in his first tournament too!  20181231_145617

With the Martells we also went to a Mooseheads game, celebrated Grampy’s birthday at Montana’s, a New Year’s Eve party, and a few of us even did the polar dip on New Year’s day!  Now THAT was a great way to kick off the new year 🙂


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December I!

Given that January is nearly over, I figured it was now or never to get some of our December pictures posted.  It was such a busy month with lots of Christmas-y things and company visiting, I just didn’t keep up with blog posts.

Here are some highlights from December!

We went to get our tree a little early this year because we heard there might be a shortage.  There wasn’t, but we got to enjoy our tree at least a week longer than normal so the bonus was for us.


It was a beautiful day and this place even had hot chocolate and fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies when we were done!  20181208_141857

Oh, Christmas concerts – we won the lottery this year!  Two different elementary schools and three kids meant the potential to be out three nights for three different concerts… and we were!  I think these concerts are adorable and would go every night in December if I had my choice.

This year Oliver played his cello in the strings performance too (no pic of that) and here he is with his class!

20181211_193205Emery was super pleased with his fancy duds… it turns out he likes to be dressed up!  20181212_074054


This little girl could not have felt more like a princess on her concert day.  20181219_171546

During the daytime concert she had a difficult time on stage and left the stage for the second song.  But when she came home we talked about being brave and went early so I could have a seat near the front and make eye contact, and she had no issues at all!  20181219_184204

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Christmas Concerts

Its christmas concert season! Now that the boys are in two schools we had two to go to (and potentially three next year!) But I’m not complaining… it’s better than not having any like last year.

Emery’s group did two songs. The second one was a french version of the twelve days of Christmas where they held up objects when it was their turn. Early on Emery dropped his paper. He reached for it as it fluttered to the floor and I tensed up as I watched him looking at it – what would he do? Would he get upset? Would he jump off the risers to get it? As I waited I could almost see the gears turning in his head.

But it finally came to their turn (he was 12) and he just very quickly and nonchalantly raised his hand up right alongside the boy beside him, as if nothing was going on and that paper was still there. I told him later I was proud for how he handled that and he said that was his plan all along “because that’s what I did when we were practicing without the papers, mommy”. No big deal, mommy!

Oliver’s group also did a mix of French and English songs. He surprised me by wanting to dress up in his shirt and tie (albeit a crooked one). It’s usually a struggle to get him out of gym pants!

I love the concerts – there is nothing quite like singing children at Christmas time (or any time!).

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New Year firsts!

Nana and papa visited after Christmas and over New Year’s … it was a visit full of firsts!

Papa wanted to go geocaching.  He has heard us talk about it and was curious to see how it worked, so we went for a walk to find one.  It was a big box but there wasn’t much inside of it.   20161229_162549

We were the barker’s beauties cheering him on.  20161229_162542

Oliver had his first hockey tournament last week – four games over two days.  He got these new “dressy” clothes to use for his hockey games.  I can’t get this kid to put on jeans for school but he proudly dresses up for his hockey games!  20161230_111753

On New Year’s Eve we curled in a family bonspiel – nana, papa, emery, and I.  It was a lot of fun.  Emery has never curled the full sheet of ice and had to use the heavy rocks, but he did great.  I think he used some of the skills he has learned in the Ice Cubes program and learned more about the game.  20161231_101141

We had a great visit with nana and papa but today we are all back to normal business!

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Christmas 2016

The kids had been staring at the gifts under the tree for over a week because I, in a lapse of judgement, set them all out as soon as we had our tree up.  The gifts were shaken, sorted, used as ramps, and smelled over that week.  At times it seemed like a bit of torture for the kids.

But they made it through and Christmas day arrived!  We had such a great day – the kids were patient while everyone opened their gifts in turn and spent the rest of the day playing together so nicely.

Hubby took this time lapse of us opening our gifts… a photo a second.

A few separate pics…

The kids opened their stockings and checked out their gifts from santa first.  20161225_070435Everyone was so excited to see the kids’ reactions.  They slept in until almost 7 am.  (That’s the short version of the story.  The long version involves one or more of them up and out of bed three times through the night).  img_7144
The kids all got beautiful, special quilts made by nana.  img_7156



img_7158Eleanor was so much fun to watch this year… every single gift opening was accompanied by a huge gasp and “I love it!” in a high-pitched squealing voice.
img_7160She loved her huge doll house from Santa.  This is a doll she got from Lisa, her day care provider.  It is nearly as tall as her!  img_7171

Eleanor modeling her new robe and toque…img_7179… and playing with her new play doh set.  img_7187This isn’t even a Christmas day picture but too funny to not put somewhere – Emery honing his selfie skills.  20161226_090746

Every year I post Christmas pictures and wish I had taken more.  But then I think the lack of pictures really shows that I was present and enjoying the actual moments that much more.  I like that.

It has been a really wonderful holiday season – lots of games and fun and food between Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.  Now we are settling in to a visit with nana and papa, which I’m sure will generate more pics!