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Barely in our Past For Once… December!

Woo! New year, new start, keeping up… not bad not bad. I don’t do resolutions, just gradually change my patterns. So here’s hoping.

Anyway… December, last month… well… Christmas, of course. Winter, some snow (sort of), busy busy. But now for the actual details of the month…IMG_20161204_22134320161220_101515

We had our traditional paper chain countdown, perler bead Advent chart AND of course, went to Activity Village for their Advent fun. Just a warning – they have gone to membership now, it is a reasonable cost and I have already signed up.


Early on in the month Shandai and I gave it a go at a Vendor sale and set up a table of my crochet and her knitting pieces. It wasn’t a huge success but it was fun! And hopefully something we can do again!IMG_20161203_115623

A pretty view out the back of the building

A pretty view out the back of the building

We did all sorts of fun crafts at home and at Daycare.IMG_20161206_141613


You really can make any picture Christmas-y

You really can make any picture Christmas-y

IMG_20161212_145503Practiced our recorders.IMG_20161207_223406

Christmas with the Schwartz family is a yearly much looked forward to tradition. Of course we decorated our small gingerbread houses.20161221_185445



This is mine, you can see the rest on the overflow post HERE.

This is mine, you can see the rest on the overflow post HERE.

Opened presents and had so much fun.20161221_202237


Look what the boys got!

Look what the boys got!

Ken and I took the girls to Jeffrey’s Christmas concert. We had Christmas with the Novaks on Christmas Eve. It was so much fun and we were there way past bedtime.FB_IMG_148264998684120161224_211435


We found Anthony a stuffed appendix and made him up the certificate! He loved it!

We found Anthony a stuffed appendix and made him up the certificate! He loved it!



Of course we had our Sunday School Christmas pageant. The Schwartz family came to watch.20161211_112307

We had a whole family of angels.IMG_20161211_160721



We also had dinner out at McDonald’s to celebrate.20161211_120829

We saw Santa a SECOND time (the first was at Macy’s with Nana and Baba HERE) at the YMCA. There was all sorts of fun to be had there. IMG_20161212_014136IMG_20161203_22355220161202_18242020161202_185648

We had our monthly Bookit reading program pizza.20161215_205823

And made cookies. This year we tried out a new gingerbread recipe from the Activity Village site HERE.20161216_193111


Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

We had some lovely mail come. 20161220_105902




IMG_20161224_161050_772And spent plenty of time at the YMCA.



Little Lotus Yoga pose

Little Lotus Yoga pose

IMG_20161215_202555IMG_20161226_224057_803IMG_20161228_134945_654It was a jolly Christmas. Full of fun and friends and gifts and giving.

From Ken to me

From Ken to me

I got these lovely puzzle pieces for Ken.

I got these lovely puzzle pieces for Ken.

We took full advantage of our new fryer and made FRESH poutine!20161231_182920

We even made it to one of Anthony’s indoor soccer games.IMG_20161210_174921

Skyping family!IMG_20161224_120754_102

For New Years we spent the night at home with a lovely drop by last minute by the Schwartz family for an hour or two.20161231_222352


Yup quite the month!!! I hope you enjoyed the wander through images!

What a Weekend

December 15-16

A weekend with cousins in residence made for some rather happy children! And, best of all… freed Ken and myself up for Saturday afternoon shopping. A week and a bit before Christmas out on our own at the mall was much much better than taking any or all of the kids! We had some choice items for the kids, and of course EACH OTHER to shop for. Did I mever miss my shopping buddy (Karyn of course)… though we texted our way through the whole experience. I actually found that there was one wing of the mall we went to that was PERFECT for Ken and flew through my shopping. For once, I was the first one done and to our meet up point! I got to try a sample Godiva chocolate (DIVINE) and even saw some traditional carolers!

Very seasonal

I, of course, took full advantage of my Victoria’s Secret coupons and not only got MORE free undies but a lovely shimmer hair and body spray. Since I have to have pictures taken for immigration purposes and eventually an interview I figured it MAY be best to wait on the crazy hair changes until AFTER that is all done. If nothing else I would have a card with a good picture for the years to come. So a free shimmer spray (that was also on sale) was a great find.

We were out around 3 hours, mall, the Source (a gaming store) and Target… Uncle Wayne had sent money for the kids and I HAVE TO share our amazing find for Echo with that money. On sale at Target…

Check out the name – BREE!!! Like her US god mommy!

So in the end we were completely worn out but our shopping is all but done, I think we are going to have some VERY happy babies. Now I am just on pins and needles waiting on my package from ThinkGeek to come with the last of my presents for Ken. I am rather excited about the sales I found this year. Pretty much everything I got for him was on sale or free shipping! That left A LOT of wrapping to be done for the kids and hopefully, later in the week a chance to wrap Ken’s (with him making a job CHOICE there IS the time he has to go to tour, sign contract and such YAY).

There was gingerbread cookies to be made… from a mix but fun all the same!

Gingerbread cookies!

And of course a movie to watch, cousins to spend time with… etc etc…

With cousin

Sunday was another go slow sort of day. Kids outside…

Quite the structure

With shovels now!

Of course there were now cooled cookies to ice. Nana just went with icing sugar and water which turned into more of a paste but adding water and cutting the ziplocs a little bigger at the corners. It all worked out and a lot of fun was had.


Lots of cousin fun, lots of snow and time together… I am so glad that the kids are getting this chance to know  their American family.

Miss Echo and her adorable curls