It is Christmas Eve, my favourite day of the year! I arrived safely and happily in Vancouver early on December 17th after 21 hours of flying and waiting in airports: Kingston-Toronto-Edmonton-Vancouver. Yes, Edmonton, where I spent 5 1/2 hours in the airport from 1 am to 6:30 am. That's the route you get when you book on points. It was wonderful to arrive at YVR and have Lizzie, 3 1/2, running across the arrivals area screaming "Nana, Nana, Nana!" - there were definitely some tears on my part.
Have been very busy with family and friends, flitting between staying at Jenn and Warren's in Coquitlam and my Mum's in Abbotsford. Have been eating all my favourite foods, baking butter tarts and mince tarts, shopping for gifts and groceries, and watching Christmas movies. Using Mum's car and reminding myself to drive on the right side of the road! Weather is cold and crisp at night, but now looks like we are going to have a rainy Christmas with no snow.
Family dinner tonight, watch A Christmas Carol (the original B&W with Alistair Sim, of course), then to Meredith & Dustin's for Christmas Day. I will be making the traditional family breakfast of eggs benedict, broiled tomatoes and kippers. My daughters now take charge of the dinner, leaving me more time to play with grandkids.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas with family and friends.
Some pre-Christmas pictures . . . . will post again post-Christmas . . .
Back in Canada for Christmas!
Bedecked in boots, coat, scarf, toque and mitts. Ah, to be cold again :-)
Auntie Jenn with Maisie enjoying the beautiful decorations at the garden centre in Coquitlam.
Auntie Jenn with Maisie and Owyn, waiting to ride Thomas the Train at the garden centre. A lovely afternoon outing.
Maisie and Lizzie having fun in the bath. Owyn and Maisie spent the night, with Maisie sleeping with me. Fun to see the cousins all together.
Daddy's little girl.
Another family tradition: riding the Christmas Train in Stanley Park and seeing all the lights
On the 23rd we took all the kids to the Vancouver Aquarium. We were the first people in the door and there was hardly anyone there. I think we might have started another tradition. We had several galleries all to ourselves.
Auntie Jenn and Maisie looking up at the turtles in the large tropical tank.
Lizzie snacking as she watches the belugas
Lizzie dressed as a dolphin in the children's play area
Lizzie ad Owyn playing dolphins and going "meep, meep" - too funny
Lizzie, Auntie Jenn and Maisie watching my favourite, the otters.