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Scenes from Christmas 2016

I wanted to do a "top 10 photos" of our Christmas-type post, but it turns out that I have more than 10 favourites photos that showcase how we have been celebrating over the holidays.  So here are my 20 best stories from the past week in our lives:

  1. Jen and Rob, Josh and Chris all come home.  We celebrated "unofficially" Dan's birthday, because Dan doesn't like birthday parties (for him) but I love starting the holidays off with a laid back party chez nous...this year it was an appetizer party.  This is one of my favourite events of the year because we combine the two families and get to play, plus it really feels like a great way to start off the holidays.  High fives to Kyla for designing a very Dan birthday cake this year.

2.  We spent a couple nights at my parents' place with the entire family: now that's a lot of busy.  But the good busy, the busy that fills your heart with joy seeing the kids so excited for Christmas.  The adults did a special gift exchange and gave "homemade" presents....or something like that.  It's always so nice to get that quality time in with family, and it was extra special because my Grandpa was able to drive out to spend some time with us on Christmas Day.  Also, I gotta say, my mom hit it out of the park this year on the meals.  They were SOOO good.

3) We spent some time out on Dan's parents' acreage on Christmas Day and I think it was the first time in a good 3 years that all siblings have been together at once, so photos were taken. Also it was awesome because we woke up to Christmas morning snow and could actually get outside and enjoy the beauty of their acreage.

4) Funny moments.  Willis and Lucia were hilarious when we did the gift exchange with Dan's family...Rod and Denyse had picked out presents that they thought they would want and turns out they didn't go for them, so Dan took home some Mechanics and a pretty SnowGlobe, whereas Willis and Lucia picked a 12 pack of Coke and chocolates.  Go figure.  Jamison also stole the show over holidays and my favourite moment was when he decided to compare bellies with Uncle Rob to see who had the biggest foodbaby.  Did I mention Mom's meal was insanely good this year?

5) I also loved spending time Christmas with the newlyweds; they bring us all so much happiness.  Speaking of newlyweds, Dan and I celebrated our 12 year wedding anniversary yesterday and were freed of all responsibility and sent out for dinner and movie (Thanks Mom, Dad, Kyla and Rob!).  We enjoyed steak at Carver's and then Star Wars, which being a non-Star Wars fan, I quite enjoyed!

I love keeping record of the going-ons of our Christmas on this blog and I'm sure that in years to come, I'll look back at these moments and remember the wonder and joy that we had over the holidays.  Now to get on to finishing my annual 2016 video newsletter...coming on Friday. I hope.


  1. FIRST !!! hahahaa. I was there the whole time too. I know things

  2. Love. It. All. P.S. Has my adoption been approved by your family yet?

  3. Oh!! This is awesome! Glad you had a great Christmas!

  4. Oh my goodness, so much family fun!!! Happy anniversary! Nice to have family around to watch the kids for a date night.

  5. Looks like Christmas was two thumbs up. And there was snow! And good food. And family Life is good.

  6. It was a two thumbs up type of Christmas. Hope all is well in your world.

  7. It was definitely nice to take a break!

  8. Hope yours was great as well!

  9. You'll have to fly in for interviews....

  10. What a fun recap! You look gorgeous, friend! I love that the kiddos didn't want the kid-friendly gifts!

  11. Aw, thank you! Happy New year to you!

  12. Aaaahhhh see now your view felt like Christmas. I am loving all of the photos in here. Everyone just seems so pleasant and happy :).


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