Christmas Day began with stockings (of course) and a delicious breakfast. Some of the favourite Santa gifts are shown below. Props go out to the Auntie Elf who lovingly crafted a giant cloud for Elspeth who continues to carry it around the house with her. Then we had a nice break while Glenn went to pick up his mom and brother. I took the girls outside to blow off some steam and enjoy the unseasonably nice weather.
The rest of the day was a mix of presents, food, Lego and Sushi Go which is a really fun card game featuring cute pictures of sushi on the cards. Oh and there was also a lot of music shared by our wee Elspeth.
The next day was our family portrait day. I can’t wait to see the photos because I am sure that they will look wonderful. Afterwards it was time for Christmas Dinner round two with Tim and Karen. Gain a lot of fun was had and two tired girls climbed into their beds that night.
I hope that everyone else had a great Christmas as well.
Christmas Eve was a restful evening. The girls and I spent the afternoon baking and icing Baby Jesus’ birthday cake (from scratch gluten-free gumdrop cake) and sugar cookies for Santa with Grandma. Glenn picked up his mom before dinner. Afterwards the two grandmas, and us went off to church while Grandpa stayed at home to pre-cook the sweet potatoes and mashed for Christmas day.
Once we got back from church there was just enough time for a snack and to leave out goodies for Santa before bed.
Okay so tonight after a rather skaty day I let the girls lose on a gingerbread house. The end product was lots of laughs and a building that I am pretty sure is not up to code. Oh, and a gingerbread gummy Santa who appears to have had a mishap on the roof.
Yesterday was Katrine’s Holiday Skating Show but I don’t have photos without the other skaters in them so you will simply have to take my word for it that the show was a lot of fun and the skaters amazing. Afterwards they had their skate with Santa time. As you can tell, Katrine was zipping around with her friends. I barely got her to stop for the two photos below and the one with Santa took a candy cane bribe. Elspeth on the other hand, had a great time skating with a friend and was eager to stand in line and talk with Santa.
The main street in our “downtown” has a lovely festive garland hanging right across it. I am not sure that it was done on purpose but there is a secret message in the garland that highlights the importance of family….well moms to be precise. And, it is even lit up at night!
Yes, I am excited. We are not going to be able to go and see the movie for a few days yet but I can’t help but be super pumped. Star Wars was my very first movie and my dad took Scott and I to it. What kid wouldn’t love a walking talking teddy bear as well as space ships and explosions? Throw in an enthusiastic brother and cousin and I was totally hooked. It is going to be awesome.
I use to be a whiz at pastry. My mom taught me how to make regular pastry by hand years ago and it was awesome. It was flaky and tasty. Delicious. Then came the diagnosis and poof – away went my ability to make yummy pies. Over the years I have tried so many different recipes and nothing worked. Then I saw a post on a Celiac Group that has allowed me to recapture my pastry making days. I made sugar pie and it was delicious and flaky.
It has been a while but here is what we have been up to.
Since the last post Glenn took the girls to see the local Santa Claus parade.
We closed out November by doing a reading at church and lighting the first candle of the advent wreath and then a craft dinner at our church. This annual event is one of the girls favourite Christmas events. We do Christmas crafts, eat dinner together and then enjoy a small service where we prep the manager for the arrival of Baby Jesus.
Then we went to the orthodontist because we thought that it might be time for Katrine’s brace experience to begin. As you can tell from the photo she was totally heartbroken. 🙂
We also helped to decorate Grammy’s new place much to the delight of the girls.
Then we finished up a youth group outing, ceramic painting and with a gluten free baking day; but that is another post.