Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas 2015

In so many ways this was a wonderful Christmas...unfortunately in other ways it was a crushing disappointment.

Here are the wonderful memories I don't want to forget...

Like grade 1 Christmas art:



Decorating gingerbread houses with the goal of making the biggest mess possible...






 Mission accomplished...


Saying hello to the big man and getting wish lists locked in...


 Then waking up on Christmas morning to find out if he delivered...
 {Spoil alert: he did.}


I'm always in love with how Christmas morning looks...



Opening Christmas jammies...


 

And the fun part:



As hubby had a broken wrist that could simply not get raw turkey guts on it for many, many reasons...it was up to me to prep my first ever Christmas turkey...a 26 pound beast...with his loving guidance and support. I got my daugther to take this picture of how well it went...


It was AMAZING even if I do say so myself.

 Living room becomes dining room:


Kids eat first...little buggers...


 And then....well let's skip that part and go straight to end of Christmas night snuggles. Because that seems like the right way to do it.

And another Christmas is in the books...

Monday, December 14, 2015

A Night at Cirque

Every year Cirque du Soleil brings a travelling road show to Vancouver. The big tents go up on the East side of downtown - the signature blue and yellow chapiteau signalling the return of something wonderful to the city.

For the first time this year - both of my girls talked about Cirque and asked if we could go. Knowing that we didn't have the extra funding to buy tickets I told them no...and said maybe when they were older.

And then a miracle happened - one of the sales reps I deal with on a regular basis sent me an invite to attend. But there was a catch...just 2 tickets.

time to pick my favourite child...so tough.

And then miracle number 2 - my colleague offered to give me her two tickets so I didn't have to actually make that tough choice of who to leave behind. Phew...close call.

I didn't tell the girls where we were going that day. Their dad had a course so I got to bring my mum with me.

We drove downtown with the girls asking a million questions about where we were going. Hockey game? Concert? Soccer game? The mall? Sushi?

It was KILLING my oldest expeically not to know. And then we took the turn off the bridge and that signature tent loomed before them.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL! they cried out. And with great excitement and enthusiasm we headed into the show.

After spending $30 at the food counter on 2 warm-ish pretzels and some popcorn (ouch!) we took our seats and thoroughly enjoyed the next few hours of entertainment.




All of the souvenirs were way too expensive...kind of like the food...but we tried on some masks just to check the size...



And then it was into the main stage area...




What a great show. We all loved it. So grateful to generous sales reps and amazing colleagues.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Road Trip 2015

Last year we took a trip down to Portland to visit family for American Thanksgiving.  We had a great time and decided this year to do it all again.

Road trips are just awesome - unless you are travelling on the day before a major holiday and then they are slow and looooonnnngggg.  We got caught up in a bunch of traffic accident delays including one just as we got on the highway...


 But once we arrived in Portland it was all worth it...




Thanksgiving Feast. Oh my...so good...


First stop the next day - the Portland Children's Museum. The girls love it!



Then it was downtown to my favourite store in the city. If only I had unlimited time and no children with me to experience the amazing Powell's Books on my own:



We checked out the Portland Farmer's Market..





Then checked out the Forestry Centre...



And the Portland Zoo...

such wonderful actors...





ZooLights was running again and we loved checking out all the amazing light displays.  






M didn't want to say good by to her new best friend Hungry but it was time to head back north for a night and day in Seattle.


And these brake lights signaled our return to the Emerald City and the ridiculous traffic.


The next day our first stop was Seattle Center and the very very tall Space Needle.


I have a serious fear of heights but my goal is always to show my girls that you can't be ruled by your fears.


So I put on a brave face and rode up to the top in a glass elevator (gulp) and then had to endure having my youngest on her daddy's shoulders. That proved a little too much and I had to ask her to come down but otherwise I actually enjoyed the experience.






Loved this sign...so true...


don't worry...it's root beer.



riding the monorail...Starbucks in hand.

carefully considering her next move.

Victory is hers!

We had to wait out the Seattle rush hour traffic before heading home so the girls got cozy...



See you again next year...family traditions are a beautiful thing. :)



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