Christmas came and went like a whirlwind in or household. We had a few days of school holidays to get organized before the big day and then traditions, food, family and merriment began !
I have to admit, I have been very poor at taking pictures this last few months. Even though my camera has been on standby I have hardly grabbed it at all to capture family moments. So, this past week, I was determined to get several shots of Christmas 2015!
Kevin makes homemade pizza every year on Christmas Eve. Not very traditional, but absolutely delicious!!
I was in charge of making the table look "Christmassy" so I pulled out some cute napkins, red and green paper straws and mixed up some apple/orange/cranberry drinks for everyone.
After supper we went for a long walk with the doggie, hoping to get a good view of the full moon that was floating over the Christmas sky for the first time in 38 years. We were not disappointed!
Once we returned home, I had a few last minute presents to wrap while the kids played around on the Google Santa Tracker. Bryn, our oldest, still found it fascinating watching Santa travel across the world at such a rapid speed. He had his travel Atlas out and was looking up capital cities and natural wonders in each country as Santa flew by!
Before bed we read our traditional Christmas Eve bedtime stories then took our yearly "new PJs in front of the tree" photo.
Wow. My babies are getting so big!!
The kids slept in until 8am on Christmas morning (another sign they are getting older!). It took about 45 minutes to open our gifts and I think the kids were more than pleased with what Santa had brought them. Hubby did quite well for me too. I have several new baking tools and a new package of Tilda fabric. I am quite excited to use all of these ASAP!
After breakfast, I set to work on a new recipe for Christmas Day dessert. We were heading to Kevin's brother's for a family celebration and I was in charge of the sweets. I found this recipe in the December edition of Country Living UK and I have to say, they tasted as good as they looked!
The kids had a wonderful time re-connecting with their 1 year old cousin and everyone enjoyed a huge turkey dinner with all of the fixin's.
On the 26th we loaded up the car and headed west to spend some time with my mother, sister and extended family.
Casey, our beagle-shepherd mix, had so much fun playing with my sister's shepherd-lab mix, Bugsy.
My mom enjoyed doing the "little things" with my kids including board games, snack-sharing and hair-drying.
Gift-wise, we all were granted new hats off of my Mom's needles as well as gift cards, books, games and bottles of yummy tasting alcohol.
Of course, we ate too much, had very little exercise and generally lied around on the couch for a few days.
It was bliss.
Now back to reality. Home with laundry and jobs to do around the house. However, I am doing my best to enjoy this week before I return back to school. I'm reading, sewing, knitting and dog-walking as much as I can. And really, I am feeling all the better for it.
No plans for New Year's Eve tonight, except dinner out with the family and a movie on Netflix with my dear, sweet hubby.
Wishing you all the best in 2016.
I look forward to a healthy and happy 12 months ahead and I can't wait to share it all with you!