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Dec 18

Almost Christmas!

Category: Journal

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Isn't that how it goes?  There are some amazing things about Christmas – decorating, time with family and friends, Christmas parties etc, but Christmas can be a very difficult time as well.  One thing I've learned these past few weeks is that it's impossible to please everyone at Christmas.  There's only so much you can do without going insane and it's not a good thing to stress about it and lose sleep over tough decisions that happen because of the season.  'Tis the season to be jolly – not stressed out and depressed. 

Anyways, on a more pleasant note, we've had a really great week.  Last Thursday we spent the evening decorating with Rhian and Jodi and one of Rhian's friends who was staying with us for the weekend.  We had a lot of fun taking out the decorations, setting up our somewhat stubby tree, drinking hot chocolate with candy canes, and of course eating some Christmas baking!  The girls are really starting to love holding Tristan and hanging out with him.  They are constantly taking pictures of him with their phones.  He's so much more fun now that he's reacting to people and smiling a lot, and they're starting to enjoy having him around.  Rhian asked me today if he'd be walking before they leave in June.  Considering he'll only be 9 and a half months old, I highly doubt it.  She was disappointed, but when I told her he might be crawling, she was much happier.

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Friday night we went to our staff party.  It was a lot of fun – held at the Laurel.  The catering was great too – Okanagan's Finest – and definitely the finest turkey I've had.  There was a really great program, and we had fun dancing and watching others dance.  It was really neat to see everyone dressed formal – the office is usually jeans and shirts.  In fact, sometimes it has been known to be too casual and relaxed with dress code.  We had fun at our table – a good mix of people we knew well so could easily talk to, and people that we wanted to get to know better. Here's Troy and I at the party – looking hot if I do say so myself!

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A first for Troy and I came Friday night when Tristan spent the night at my parents house.  Only 3 days before he had moved out of our room, and we had him in a completely different house!  I am surprised at how well I did without him here.  I did walk over at about 830 to my parents place to see him though.  Tristan did well at my parents house as well – lots of cuddles for my little man at Nana and Papa's!

Sunday afternoon Troy and I picked up his Grandma and went to "Reflections of Christmas" a production put on by a few of the local churches.  Troy's mom was in the choir and his Aunt Kathy sang a solo.  It was really good – we enjoyed ourselves.  Afterwards we went to Craig and Ginny's for nachos, and ended up eating them by candlelight.  The power was off for about 2 hours.  It occurred to me as we left that it just may have been the last time I saw Ginny pregnant.  She's looking great, but definitely ready to pop that baby out.

Tonight was more celebrating at the Mack's for Tyler's birthday.  We had a good dinner, hottub and played pool.  Heather made a really good pumpkin dessert – mmmmm, pumpkin.  It was nice as Heather and I were able to bond a bit talking in the hot tub for about an hour.  I think it was the longest I've ever been able to sit in a hot tub – usually I'm the first one out!  I could tell that Grandma sure missed Tristan as she held onto him pretty tight.  Tyler held Tristan for the first time as well – now that he's a bit bigger and can hold his head up himself it's much more fun.  They looked funny together with their bald heads!  

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The next week is looking pretty busy, finishing up wrapping all those presents for Christmas and getting everything prepared.  I'm looking forward to seeing Sheldon, Daralynn and Annika again – they fly in Christmas Eve.  We get to have our whole family together this year for Christmas Eve – and it's much more fun now that Annika and Tristan are around and the family's a little bigger.  Christmas Day it will be nice to see Troy's Aunts and their families at his parents house.  

I wish you all a great week-before-Christmas and hope you all have your shopping done! 

 

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  1. Holly says...
    December 19th, 2006 @ 9:39 am

    Yey – I love Christmastime. It can be crazy but it is worth it in the end… I haven’t decorated much at our house this year, just a bit of ribbon and some pretty Christmas lights. Have a great Mack Christmas! 😀

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