Thursday, December 31, 2009

And Christmas continues...

Boxing Day morning, J got up and seemed very surprised (and happy) to see that the toys she got on Christmas Day were still here for her to play with!

boxing day morning

Because of Alex's work schedule, we spent Boxing Day with his family. We left home just after lunch when Alex was finished work and spent the day at his parents and opened more gifts! Ack!

christmas dressJ in her Christmas dress from Grandma Lyons

dancing cousinsJ and Isabella loved spending time together...and dancing!

dancing cousins
i'm not allowed to touch but...J really wanted to touch the tree

brothers and daughterslooks like it might be time to call it a night for two little girls!

Christmas Day - Aquarium time!

J got a membership to the Aquarium for Christmas from her great-grandma. Thanks Mama!


j and pJ and Paula playing veterinarian

j in the kids areaJ in the kids area

jocelyn watchingJ checking out the whales


Christmas Day - at home

Christmas Day was a different day for us this year...not only did we have company, J and we were in Vancouver, but Alex worked until 2 am on Christmas morning and had to work again at 5 am on Boxing we did some different stuff. We didn't do anything Christmas until the afternoon. While Alex slept, we went to the Aquarium - then we came home for dinner with cousin Nate.

good christmas morning to yougood Christmas morning to you

treethe gifts appeared under the tree while we were out

stockingsand Santa came - look at the stockings!

j and stockingsJ was pretty excited to see the stockings

what's in herewhat's in this stocking???

train from santaa train! Santa brought a train!

alex opening his stockingAlex opening his stocking

paula got an orange
Paula was very interested in our tradition of getting an orange in the toe of our stockings. We decided Santa must not leave oranges in South African stockings because they have lots of oranges, all year...and when Santa first started bringing oranges to Northern Hemisphere stockings, they were a big treat!

gift openingit didn't take J long to figure out gift opening!

packagingplaying with the packaging

playing in a boxplaying with a box

jugglingNate juggling to entertain J - she loved him!

Recap of 2009

Okay, so I did this last year and in 2007 too and tried to do 2008 without looking at 2007 and I've tried to do the same this year.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
spent Christmas Day in a public place (the Aquarium!)

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make New Year's resolutions

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I know a few people who had babies, some I know better than others!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Poppa Billy and Gayle and Andrew (by close I'm assuming family)

5. What countries did you visit?
England and Scotland

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
I don't think we lacked much - more time with Alex and J maybe...possibly more sleep

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March 3, June 25, July 3

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Receiving a Gold Merit Award

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not telling people how important they are to me often enough

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?
a tie between blinds and a Phil and Teds stroller

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Baby J

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
no one close to me

14. Where did most of your money go?

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
J learning to walk and starting to talk

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Twinkle Twinkle little star

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
 a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
happier, thinner, richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
sleep, spent time with Alex and J

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

20. How did you spend Christmas?
celebrating for three days (December 24-26) with family and friends and a trip to the Aquarium

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
nope...I was already in love!

22. What was your favorite TV program?
I would like it if the TV went away

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

24. What was the best book you read?
Hurry Hurry

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Yeah, I didn't make any...there just wasn't time

26. What did you want and get?
a new stroller

27. What did you want and not get?
we're not wanting for anything that I can think of

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I think I only saw four - so it's a tie between Harry Potter and Up. The other two were the Hangover and Zombieland

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Cried. A lot. 32

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
nothing - 2009 was pretty good except that we had to say goodbye to three family members

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

32. What kept you sane?

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
can't think of one

35. Who did you miss?

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Sharla and Inara and Chris

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
Love your family. Tell them you love them. Think about what you're going to do before you do it. Take risks, but make them smart ones.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

You say goodbye and I say hello

We miss Paula.

She left town yesterday.

But at least it wasn't too sad...we picked Kelsey up just an hour and a half later.

Sad to see Paula go but oh so happy that Kelsey is home!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

How to scare everyone involved

or how text messages can induce cardiac arrest...

The Mulvijohns are away enjoying a vacation somewhere warmer than Vancouver and they asked us to check in on the cat and do a few little things at their place once or twice before their housesitter arrived back in town from his Christmas vacation somewhere snowier than Vancouver.

I wasn't sure if he would be arriving today or tomorrow, so I sent him a text message (via his sister) to find out. Paula and I took J out for a few hours and met Alex for dinner. Dinner over and the Mulvijohn residence was on the way home, we decided to see how Daisy was doing.

We let ourselves in and I thought it was strange that the hall light was on, but whatever, they left really early in the morning.

I turned the bedroom light on and then I heard a voice...a voice saying hello?!?!?!


Turns out I didn't get a text from Duncan saying he would be coming in today and that he already had keys.

So we freaked each other out...but it was okay...

And I survived and Duncan survived and he even got a hug *AND* a kiss from J when we left.

All is good!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Those Christmas Resolutions...

I made this list in 2007 and checked in last year. Let's see how well I did...

  1. I will not leave all my shopping until the week before Christmas. We were pretty much done by the 20th although I had to run out on the 24th for a couple of small things
  2. I will do some Christmas baking. Some yes...two batches of shortbread...
  3. I will not forget an entire box of ornaments in the basement (or storage or closet or whatever other storage arrangement next year brings). Well, I didn't forget any, but we hardly brought any out as there are small hands that would love to touch, toss and taste all of the Christmas decorations.
  4. I will not leave my Christmas cards until the weekend before Christmas. Um, yeah. Still not done.
  5. I will use an assortment of different colours in my wrapping/bagging in future years. All red gets kind of boring. No problem. Lots of colours.
  6. I will not look for a new place to live in the six weeks preceding Christmas. We're not moving anytime soon...
  7. I will not move in the four weeks following Christmas (okay, so maybe those two are somewhat out of my control sometimes, but should I ever get amnesia and forget what it was like this year, this will serve as a memory jog I hope). See previous answer
  8. I will enjoy every moment I get to spend with friends and family. Done. Over and over!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Stanley Park Lights

We went to Stanley Park tonight to go on the train and see the lights...the train was fully booked, so we just wandered. J had a great time! Last year I took a ton of pictures...this year, some of them are here (EDIT: January 11 - and if you're looking for some of the strange pictures, click here.)

chestnuts roastingmmm...roasting chestnuts

chestnutsroasted chestnuts

paula and chestnutsPaula tries the chestnuts...and decides they're not her all!

j checking out the lightsJ loved the lights!

lightsThe Easter bunny is a bit confused...what holiday is it?


Monday, December 21, 2009

A Tree!

When J got up this morning there was a tree in the living room...she was pretty taken with it!

there's a tree in our house!whoa!

getting a closer look

oooh an angeloooooooh! an angel!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Grouse Mountain Winter Wonderland

Yesterday we took Paula to Grouse Mountain to check out the snow and the Christmas festivities.

j and snowJ saw snow last Christmas, but this was the first snow she would remember...

reindeerWe started with the reindeer

j inspecting the snowJ wasn't sure what the snow was all about...she spent a lot of time looking at it and wasn't entirely sure if she should walk on it.

paula inspecting the snowPaula inspected the snow - to make sure it was real...

with santaWe had a quick visit with Santa

paula and vancouverPaula with Vancouver in the background

the lyons familyThe Lyons family

paula skatingPaula skating

snow for paulaJust as we were leaving it started to Paula got to see lots of real snow, falling from the sky!