BIG Sigh. The holidays are OVER.
Let me see…. Friday, Dec. 21 I drove to London for Gregs company Christmas party. The party was held at his boss’s golf club and was more of a dinner, which was very tasty, and it gave me a chance to get to know Gregs co-workers better. It was a nice night and ended early enough so we werent tired the next day as we prepared for our first party as a couple. That was Saturday, Dec. 22. It was a small party but very fun and our last guests left around 11:30pm. We had the diningroom table full of food (see my previous blog about all that baking I had been doing) and even more food prepped and ready in the fridge. The Nintendo WII got used and was a big hit as was our chocolate fountain and cranberry punch and I think that we did a pretty good job at keeping everyone fed and happy 🙂 Sunday, Dec. 23 we headed to St. Catharines and met my dad at church for the morning service. Afterwards we picked up pizza and went for a nice afternoon visit with my parents, the kids and my grandad who was visiting for the holidays but later that evening headed back to London. Monday Dec. 24, Greg had to go to work so I headed to the farm and visited with his mom for the day. I spent some time knitting, we went through catalogues and mostly we just drank coffee and chatted and before we knew it his Dad was home and it was time for us to meet Greg for dinner. In the Robinson family, Christmas eve dinner is pizza – so we went to Boston Pizza, had a really nice meal and then went to Gregs church for the Christmas Eve service. I really like Gregs church and I got Christmas hugs by 3 people 🙂
The next day, Christmas Day, we opened our stockings – I should point out here that Greg and I made a pact to buy something together as a couple for Christmas each year, and so this year we bought these awesome matching stockings which we hung by his fireplace. Christmas morning they were packed full and we sat on the couch with coffees and opened them, and as usual, Greg spoiled me with books, a manicure set, a movie and lots of other great things. I had a lot of fun making his stocking too and I think he enjoyed his stuff just as much. After the stockings we opened gifts, and I was shocked to discover he got me a stereo, dvd player and speakers. I am now the proud owner of a sub-woofer! It’s seriously weird to watch television and not have the sound come out of the sides of my tv 😀
Around 10am we picked up the kids and headed to the farm where we had more coffee and exchanged gifts there. It was a lot of fun even though we were only there for a short time and it was fun to pass around the video camera and watch the wrapping paper fly. Everyone liked their gifts, (including me!) and at about 12:30 we left the kids with their grandparents (they were going to Gregs aunts in Cambridge for dinner) and we headed back to St. Catharines to have festivities with my family. Just like the LeBrun family Christmas party, Christmas day is equally chaotic and we arrived in time to enjoy the hustle and bustle of a house full of people, half of them with the flu 😛 The dinner was served buffet style since our family has long since out grown the capacity of a diningroom table, and we all pulled up chairs where we could find them. It was so nice to watch the kids open their gifts, especially Noah who dissapeared in a corner of the livingroom and spent the afternoon building things with his new lego sets. It was such a great day and more than once I was able to sit back and reflect on all the blessings I’ve recieved this year. The day was a whirlwind of activity and driving and by 11pm that night we were back in London and just a little exhausted.
Boxing Day, Dec. 26 we once again drove out to the farm but this time, it was to spend the day. We started with a really nice brunch and then some board games, and then early in the afternoon Gregs Dad took us all out to visit some neighboring farms. We went to a dog farm, where the dogs were the size of small bears and SO cuddly! There were 14 of these beasts and we had so much fun hugging them and petting them. Seriously, I would have taken one in a heartbeat except they were $1000 a piece…. just a little too steep for me 😛 After the dog farm we went to a chicken farm and got to learn all about the poultry world. It was amazing, rows and rows of chickens, and thousands of eggs moving along conveyor belts to be sorted and packed by a machine. The owner of the farm was nice and he was really informative – even giving me a flat of fresh eggs to take home! Afterwards we went to the festival of lights in St. Thomas and then had dinner at Pizza Hut. Did I mention this family is addicted to Pizza??
On the 27th, we did nothing 🙂 We hung out all day playing board games, knitting and doing other small things until it was time to take the kids home that night. It was nice to have a day with nothing planned. On Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th, we were in St. Catharines. On Friday we packed up my Christmas tree and Greg hooked up my new electronics and that night we went out for pizza (I know!!) and then went to the movies and saw "I am Legend". It was a good movie and then we went to Starbucks for lattes. On Saturday we went to mom and dads so I could give them the farm eggs and visit, then went hiking out at Woodend, then off to Niagara On The Lake for some shopping and lunch, and then back to St. Catharines for lattes and a quick wander around the mall. We also bought "The Simpsons Movie" and then went back to my place and watched it.
On Sunday, Dec. 30 we drove back to London and went to church, then after church we visited with some friends for the afternoon and played Settlers of Catan and met their new baby. It was really nice to see them again and Greg won at Cattan although he hasnt quit pointing out that fact ever since… 😉 That night we rented MI 3 and vegged out.
Dec. 31, New Years Eve – we picked the kids up around 9:30am and then I hung out with them all day while Greg worked and that night we had a special dinner of gordita’s and chocolate milkshakes. We made a quick stop at a NYE party but by 9pm we were at Victoria Park in London for the Joss Stone concert and fireworks. Despite the cold, we danced, walked around, climbed things, had hot chocolate and french fries, took pictures and acted completely silly as we finished out 2007. By 11:25pm the kids were burnt out but determined to stay for the whole thing so Greg found us a bench and the 4 of us sat on a blanket where they promptly passed out on us 🙂 At 11:55pm they both shot up like little rockets and the 4 of us brought in the new year together on a park bench in London as fireworks were launched off the roof of city hall. It couldnt have been nicer 🙂
Yesterday was the last day of my great holiday adventure and we spent the afternoon at the farm. Although there was lots of food to be had, and games to be played, it was a nice way to wind down the holidays and get ready to go back to work. I arrived solo back in St. Catharines around 9pm, unpacked my bags, took a hot shower and climbed into bed. My cat and bunny were a little mad at me but the bunny was quick to forgive when I brought out the banana chips. My cat on the other hand, sulked behind the couch and refused to love me until around 4am this morning when I felt her soft little body leap gently on the bed and after a moments hesitation curl up in the crook of my arm and fall asleep.