Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas 2014

December was a long, and busy month, getting ready for Christmas, getting over flus and colds (that still just won't go away!), and keeping up with our Advent activity calendar. 

Sophie and I were busy decorating the house, baking up a storm, making cards, wrapping presents and singing Christmas carols every chance we got.  She has inherited my love for the holidays, which makes her mom so proud. 

The girls were sick since almost the beginning of the month so there were some high and low days, some pajama and hold down the couch days, but what better time for it than the winter. 

I tucked a piece of paper with a Christmas activity behind each decoration on our advent calendar.  So from the beginning of December, we were busy doing all sorts of fun holiday crafts, like building a gingerbread house, and making and sending Christmas cards to all her friends, as well as taking trips, including going to the Twelve Days of Christmas at Heritage Park, Christmas concerts, sledding, and skating.  Sophie also participated in her very own Christmas concert at preschool.  She was feeling a bit under-the-weather that day and we thought we weren't going to make it, but after a little breakfast, she pulled it together.  It was so cute!

 Also new to us this year was our Elf on a Shelf.  She arrived December 1st and Sophie named her Sophie.  Not only was she terrible at finding creative spots and activities to do each night as some might see other elves do on Pinterest, but some nights, she completely forgot to find a new place to hide.  Sophie found her to be a bit lazy.  Perhaps next year she will do better.

Mamie, Pepere and Uncle Julien came for a few days before Christmas.  Ryan and I got to go on our anniversary date.  We went to see a Christmas Carol and then went for dinner.  It was great.  Not having family in town makes it difficult for us to have some time for just the two of us.  The girls enjoyed an early Christmas with Mamie and Pepere the next day and we had our turkey dinner later that evening.  A few days later, we had a quiet Christmas at home with just us, the girls and Hunter.  And then boxing day, we went to Olds for turkey dinner with the Van Ormans. 

The girls were spoiled as usual but I think the toys that were the biggest hit were Sophie's camera, the kitchen appliances, the princess dresses and accessories, the cowgirl dress-up outfit, and Elise's set of small horses (a popular pick for both girls).  They also got a water-colour pad and alphabet set, a stamp set, some puzzles, art kits, Anna and Elsa dolls and much more.  Ryan got an electric trailer jack and a Nakiska ski pass (2 whole days of just Dad time!), and I got a gift card for the spa (Mom time).  Another great Christmas!  Already starting to think of the fun activities we will do next year.

To see more pics of December, click here.

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