Christmas Day 2016

Merry Christmas!

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This was by far the best Christmas to date – mainly because Miss S is so much more AWARE of everything that was happening.  We explained to her that Eddie would be leaving us on Christmas Eve and that the cookies we were putting out by the fireplace were for Santa.  She was a little sad to find that Eddie had left but was in shock when she noticed that the cookies were gone, and she even checked the mug to see if there was any milk left!

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We got her a dollhouse (including furniture and a few house guests), a duplo lego set, a book and a purse.  She was pretty content and plays with her dollhouse in the morning and night.  She’s already gone out with her purse and insists on holding it even when she’s eating in her high chair.

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Later in the day we went to my parents house for more gifting, lots of finger food (mini quiche, 3 cheese baked dip, meatballs, veggies and cookies) followed by Christmas dinner (including all the fixings).  We played a few games of spoons and also watched The Accountant. #FamilyTime

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Of course Miss S got completely spoiled by her grandparents, Masi and Massar (aunt and uncle) – but could you expect anything less.

Merry Christmas 2016!

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Yesterday we spent the day baking, singing christmas carols, cooking and preparing for the big day.

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The day before Christmas is OUR day :)  The three of us celebrate at home with our version of Christmas Evening Dinner.  This year, we had garlic butter herb tilapia, creamy mash and balsamic green beans with toasted almonds.

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We are off to my parents house for more gifting, eating and fun.  Hope everyone enjoys their day!

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Merry Christmas Eve #GivingBack

The cookies are baked and decorated. All the presents are wrapped and either out of reach from little hands or under the tree. All the lights are up. Hubby is cooking our Christmas Eve dinner (which for the last few christmas has consisted of a protein other than the typical chicken or turkey).  And I’ve prepped some food items to take to my parents house for Christmas.  Anndd Miss S and I are starting a new tradition: watching Home Alone #yaaassss

But before any of this happened I was thinking about a way to #GiveBack.  I have been on the look out for this type of charity for a few years but thankfully I found it this year and Miss S was just the right age to understand what we were doing and why.

tly_christmassamaritanbox2We collected several essential toiletries, clothes and toys to send in our Samaritan Box.

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The items we packed were:

  • Long sleeve tshirt
  • Hat
  • 2 drinking cups
  • Bar Soap
  • Notepad
  • Crayons
  • Blocks
  • Hair ties
  • …and some other things which I can’t remember

We then dropped it off at a local drop off centre.

If you want to participate in something like this please check out Samaritan Purse Canada

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Paper Snowflakes #WinterActivity

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We have been thoroughly enjoying some festive activities for the last week.  Every morning Miss S is on a hunt for Eddie (our elf on the shelf).  She she understands what he’s he for / what his job is and has actually shown more sass since he started visiting #ParentingFail.  None the less it’s super fun to watch her play Where’s Eddie.  Even more hilarious when we forget to hide him in a new spot the night before and are running downstairs mere seconds before she bolts down!  I think next year we willl get more pinterest-creative with how we display him :)

On a side note I’ve been making lots of paper snowflakes.   It’s an awesome activity that I am surprised I didn’t start earlier. That said – it is so much fun and completely addictive.  Best part is Miss S wants in on the fun (see her triangle shaped paper snowflake using zig-zag scissors!)

Next up: build a few gingerbread houses and bake / decorate some sugar cookies :)

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Holiday #GiftGuide for HIM

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Shoes | Dollar Shave Club | Belt | Mug | Hair Product | Bag

The last of my #GiftGuides and I am happy to report that I am just finishing up my shopping (and most of my gifts are wrapped!).  It feels good to be finished well in advance.  Heading out to meet my high school friends for annual Christmas gathering.

PS: if you need any other #giftguides, be sure to check this out!

Christmas around here…

We officially have THREE trees up in our house.  One in the family room, one on the landing going upstairs (not pictured) and one in Miss S’s room.  But now I am thinking we need a little something in our master bedroom.  Maybe some greenery and stringged lights (hope the Hubz reads this).

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Hoping for another toddler crafted decoration to add to our tree this year :)

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We made our visit to Santa already.  Everyone always asks if she cried – she didn’t. I think she was just in awe by this person who looks so different than anyone she’s ever seen.  She was as friendly as he could be with a stranger.  We asked her to smile for the picture and she did the funniest pursed lip smile – so grown up my little girl is.

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A little sneak peak of Miss S’s toddler room…(yes I tidied up a bit :P)

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…doing my best to enjoy this time of year because before we know it …it will have past by in a blur of get-togethers, yummy food and lots of fun.  Things I am looking forward to: the Christmas Market, working on my paper snowflake game, ginger bread house making and see the lights around the neighbourhood.