Saturday, December 31, 2011

Here Comes New Years!!

 Sorry for the lack of posts folks.  As you can imagine things have been fairly busy here.  We enjoyed our Christmas at home and Boxing day at the Hopes.

The kids even slept in on Christmas day which was really nice. :)  We did stockings (we give stockings to each other so even the Big Kids get a stocking) and then had breakfast and headed out to church.  After church we sat down and enjoyed opening our presents.  The kids were so much fun to watch and they just seemed so delighted with every package they opened.  As for me, my favourite gift that I received had to be the DSLR camera that Marko got for me. :)  I was so shocked and excited all at the same time.  He bought the one I had borrowed so very many times from work.  It was like opening a surprise gift and receiving an old friend! :)

We spent a lovely afternoon with Marko's mom and sister and we ate the MOST DELICIOUS cheesecake!  

The next day we all piled into the car and drove the long way around to my folk's place.  The kids did a great job, its a 4 hour drive with one pee break so kudos to the kiddos!  So happy to spend time with my family.  We built a snowman that the kids quickly smashed apart.  We opened more presents and ate a lot more food!  It was grand!  After the kiddos went to bed, we played some Trivial Pursuit--only we skipped using the board and just asked the questions.  I highly recommend this method of playing, lots more talking and laughing about possible answers.

We made our way home after lunch the next day, we were fortunate to have great driving days and not much snow to worry about.  We have enjoyed a slower pace now and look forward to the festivities tonight.  We're all heading to the church for a potluck supper afterwards, we're dropping the kids off at home with Grammie and heading into town to celebrate the new year with friends.

So from all of us, We wish you a most Happy New Year!

And a quick shout out to my Uncle John and Auntie Gwen Hope who sent not only 1 photo of the aunts and uncles but 3!!  I hope to put those up on here in the new year! :)

 Playing with Trooper

 Apparently Grampie takes snowball fights very seriously!

 The end of the snowman!

Ain't he cute?!

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