Our Christmas Day was filled to the brim with family, the best food and good times.   I’m continually amazed by how fortunate are.  I’d like to think that we do not take it for granted.  The littlest was not feeling well this week, but I was comforted by the fact that we had pain relief … Continue reading


Gingerbread house decorated – CHECK. Christmas is only five days away!  Eek!!


With only nine days remaining before Christmas, we decorated the tree.   New this year are a couple of giraffes, a couple of elephants and some cake slices adorning the tree.   We’ve doubled the lights which has been an issue the last few years as Josh and the girls’ choice of tree has increasingly got larger – … Continue reading


I decided to partake in my first cookie exchange.  I chose a cookie that has never failed me.  The snowball.   Simple and sweet.   Just butter, icing sugar, cornstarch, flour, salt and vanilla extract.  I’m just sad that we are giving them away.  Snowballs, we will miss you.  Knowing that this would happen, I stocked up on butter.


I am blessed with good fortune and friends.  I won the chalkboard placemats from Leslie Friend, and my sweet friend Debbie thoughtfully and lovingly hand-dyed this wool with me in mind – Isaac appropriately called it Orange Diamond Fire Ball.   We had fun writing on the placemats, and the Bee even presented us with an art … Continue reading

breakfast with st. nick

Our annual breakfast with St. Nicholas can also be checked off the “celebrating december” list!  This year, some friends came along, and not surprisingly, it was even more fun.  Pancakes and sausages were inhaled, gingerbread men (and ninjas) were decorated, the horse-pulled wagon was ridden around the village, ornaments were coloured, letters were written, and … Continue reading

victorian tea

Today we went to Eldon House to enjoy our first Victorian Christmas Tea with tiny sandwiches and sweets and fancy cups and saucers.  We also toured the house and admired the festive decorating.  I could totally see us living here.  I’m down with deer antlers on the walls and bells in the pantry.  Afterwards we hit … Continue reading

trimming the tree

Trimming the grandparents’ tree and scarfing down their food can be checked off our ‘celebrating December’ list. After dinner, we brainstormed causes to support with our Christmas donation of time, treasure and talent.   We came up with five – the food bank, the animal shelter, the women’s shelter, tree planting and park conservation.   Eventually we … Continue reading

celebrating december

On the last day of November, we kicked off December.  For weeks, Debbie and I have been planning our day in the woods at Sloans Christmas Tree Village – you may remember last year’s trip in the woods documented here.  Debbie had the dijon mustard covered, the Christmas tunes, and a big pot of chili while I had … Continue reading