We were lucky to have a full house for our first Christmas in the new digs. Dave and Janette travelled west from Fredericton, and Lyse and René travelled east from St-Pierre. It was a great time, spent mostly hanging out at home, playing games, eating food and chatting. Oh and there were gifts too...
Estelle proudly (and happily?) displays the gift she made for Lucy and Guy
Guy reading the autobiography Alice wrote on her own at school. Very touching.
Merci Sol. Dommage que tu ne puisses pas être avec nous.
Cotton candy hat made by Lyse. Purse made by Sol.
Guy showing his Potter-esques excitement at his gift - a welding kit!
This year we constructed an advent calender from scratch for a needy family (all they need is hockey chauffeurs). Dad did all the drilling and Mon did all the decorating. For more details please follow the link below:
Alice joined the guiding movement back in September, but only just received her uniform and was officially enrolled. There's our little Spark-plug looking happy with her extreme ponytail and giant smile. As activities go, it's pretty low-key - no tournaments, no equipment to haul around, no rowdy boys!! (kidding about that last one) Actually, it's a little like attending a birthday party once a week.
You may be wondering: Guy looks so damn sophisticated... is it the map in the background, or the vintage mini organ, or the modern fruit bowl, or that the picture is on its side. Well you're right. Nice job. Did you notice the moustache? Ah, yes it is Movember again. Time to let the inner Selleck out. If you wish to donate some money to support Men's Health please follow the link below.
I noticed lately that when I bend down to kiss Alice during school drop-off, she lowers her head into the collar of her coat. Suspicious. So I asked her about it at bedtime and she confirmed my worst fears - "Mummy, it's embarrassing when you kiss me on the mouth" Argh! We came to a healthy compromise, that I could kiss her cheek and give her a hug. But there was more - she wants to make sure I don't wave and say goodbye for too long as she walks away into the playground.
Shall I simply hide in the shadows or behind a tree to spy on her? Can I read her diary? Break into her Facobook account? Don't parents have rights?!?!?!?
Estelle mentioned the other day that at her daycare, they dance to two songs: Shufflin' and Ah-Nou-Ette. While we all knew the first song, we were confused by the second one... You mean "Alouette, gentille aloutette..."? No she said and sounded it out for us ignorant parents: Ah-Nou-Ette!!! After guessing many wildly different songs, Alice finally clued in and told us Estelle was referring to the LMFAO song "I'm sexy and I know it". Of course! We should have known.
Back to the classic family party for Estelle. So nice for us to have a chance to chat with friends instead of being overrun with kids, kids and more kids.
What's more important however, was that Estelle thoroughly enjoyed herself. She was happy to play with the kids, share her toys (and cake) and even hug and thank everyone for her lovely gifts.
Olivia likes icing!
Tailgate birthday party!
Girls in costumes.
Ta-dah again (the amount of work that went into this merits 2 photos...)