Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas 2010

Another beautiful Christmas has come to an end.

Friday night we went to the children's service at our church and they told the Story of the Three Trees. I've heard the story before but it really touched me this time around. We all have goals and dreams for our lives but when they don't turn out like we expected we become so disappointed. But God will use our lives for His glory if only we let Him, and in ways bigger than we could ever imagine for ourselves.

Afterwards we went to my mother's for a fabulous ham dinner. I absolutely love being with my family. After dinner my mom gave the children a gift to open - new pjs! Ian started a fire in the fireplace and Sam and Julie took turns reading the Night Before Christmas.

When we came home, we made a big fuss about putting out milk and cookies for Santa. Sam and Jules know the truth about Santa and are loving being a whole part of it for her. Jordan carefully chose which cookies she was going to leave out, then she sat on my lap while we tracked Santa on the Norad site. When it was time for her to go to bed she blew kisses to Santa and told him to be safe.

Ian and I didn't exchange any gifts before bed this year. I was exhausted so I went up to bed early (as usual!) The children wanted to get up at 6am the next morning but I was able to talk them into 6:45am.

Ian had other plans. He blocked one of the clocks in our bedroom so I couldn't see the time and started bugging me to get up just before 6:30. I wouldn't, so he tortured me by singing Feliz Navidad over and over and over. I had to get up just to make it stop!

The children were spoiled again this year and it took them almost an hour and half to open all of their gifts. Our living room was a MESS! I was given such thoughtful gifts from Ian and the children. A couple of them made me cry!

We went to my mom's for 9am and opened gifts there then had my favourite breakfast ever, visited for a bit and then came home just after lunchtime for Jordan's nap. Ahem...and my nap.

We returned to my mom's for 4pm for hors d'oeuvres (is that how you spell that?) and dinner at 6pm - turkey, my favourite! I heard my mom call from the dining room, "we don't have enough room on the table for all of this food!" What a beautiful blessing to be able to say that. We stayed until almost 8:30 and came home to get Jordan to bed.

Today is Boxing Day. I don't know what the significance of Boxing Day is but there's some crazy shopping sales on that day. We went to Ian's parent's house for lunch and the children played outside in the subzero weather for almost an hour, tobogganing and snowboarding and playing with the dog next door. We left in the early afternoon and did some Boxing Day shopping on our way home.

And here I sit.... longing for bedtime. My own, that is, not the children's. ;-) It's been such a busy weekend, but I've loved every minute of it.

Today marks the beginning of my second trimester. One third of the way to Baby Day!

I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas with the ones you love.

Be blessed!



  1. Awww....thanks for the sweet note, Kate! I was just happy I made it the whole day without changing into sweatpants! :-) Welcome to the second trimester...hope you're feeling better by now! I'll be 17 weeks hard to believe I'm almost 1/2 way done! Next year will be a fun Christmas for sure! Glad to hear your family also had an amazing Christmas weekend!!! Happy New Year!!

  2. Oh how I remember the days of pregnancy... I was always in bed by 8:00 and sometimes as soon as 7:00.

    Sounds like a wonderful Christmas! Any chance pictures are going to find their way to your blog? :)

  3. Sounds like an amazing weekend!! So glad your days were full of joy and happiness. I dont know about you but I am relieved to be able to just relax and be home but I am sad that all the hype and excitement is over :( Talk to you soon sweet girl!

  4. Wow...the 2nd trimester?!! How is this going so fast?! ;) I am so glad to hear your Christmas went so well...I love Christmas, such a beautiful time of the year!

    Hope to talk to you soon!

  5. Hey, just a random fact. I read in my daily bible reader the reason behind boxing day. Apparently in the old days a box of clay was made. During the holidays people would put their change in there. On boxing day they would take the clay box and give it to the poor. It ends by asking why we are so consumed these days with receiving then giving.

  6. Wow...the 2nd trimester?!! How is this going so fast?! ;) I am so glad to hear your Christmas went so well...I love Christmas, such a beautiful time of the year!

    Hope to talk to you soon!