Our first day of Christmas was on December 22nd at the Buchan's. There are 12 of us now 7 adults and 5 kids. The kids were amped and ready to play (as they should be). We enjoyed supper, wine, and presents. Before supper we all open Christmas crackers and then we wear our paper crowns, show off our cheesy gift and tell our jokes, its becoming a fun tradition and is something I've never done before. Marilyn cooked the whole spread for dinner and it was delicious and oh so Christmasy. After supper was presents, mostly about the kids, the adults draw names so everyone gets one gift. It was all wonderful.
We played a bit and got dressed. Since Wavy got woken up too early she cried through most of the present opening and then fell asleep in Curt's arms as we sat around. He was so happy holding her and didn't want to wake her up to go. We then went to my Mom and Dad's for breakfast and opened presents there. We were able to spent the whole rest of the day there it was great. We ate, we drank, we visited and even got a board game in, yay! Jesse didn't make it out this year but he called to wish a Merry Christmas and I also got to talk to Grandma and Papa Hutch which was nice. They had Mom and Dad eyeing up each of us to see who was keeping secrets and had everyone running to look for "The Apron."
Boxing Day was at Grandma and Grandpa Graves. Grandma puts on a mean feast and we all sit down in the basement at one big long table and eat together. You could hear and see the 4 little kids giggling and playing at their table before we sent them off to play. We ate, we visited, we ate and then we snuck out just before the girls broke down.
The next couple days Curt had to work and the girls and I just hung out around the house cleaning up a little but mostly just hanging out and playing. On the 29th we were planning on going for a cross country ski as a family but since the weather got cold we headed in to the city. We went to Costco for a meat run and then took the girls to Toys-r-us and let them each spend their $20 from Grandma and Grandpa Graves. We set up the rules for ourselves before we went: we would let them buy whatever they wanted, we would not try to influence their decision and we would not top up their money. We had fun and in the end Luca chose a stuffy (just what she said she was going to get) and Nollie chose a new Barbie. On the way home we went to the Tri-leasure Center for a family swim. My swimsuit got forgotten in the craziness of getting out of the house that morning so I got a new (expensive) swimsuit so that I could come too.
The 30th was another take it easy day. I took the girls into town for eye appointments and then we just hung out.
New Years Eve we headed out to our friends cabin for a sleepover. We exchanged home made gifts, the kids played and played, the men put on a fire works show on the lake, we had a dance party followed by an early countdown for the kids complete with sparkling juice and a cheers. Magically 5 kids went right to sleep all in the same room. The adults then got to stay up and play games.
On Sunday we finished the holidays off with a sledding and skating party at our house. We had the family over and enjoyed the beautiful weather outside complete with a campfire, hot dogs and hot chocolate. It was so much fun and we couldn't believe the kids lasted outside for three hours. The best part, I got to sled and sled and sled.
So there it is, our holidays in a nutshell. I'm not quite ready to take down the Christmas decorations yet, I think I'll leave them up for another week.