Christmas parties and other stuff

Whew… it’s been a busy week!   So last Saturday night Jason and I hosted a Christmas party here for some of our friends from church.  It was a wonderful night and our last guests didn’t leave until almost 2:00 am!     We ate, played dutch blitz and just had a great time. 

Now,  a huge bonus of having a Christmas party is that it’s great incentive to get things done around the house and I have to give Jason an extra special ‘thank-you’ for getting our bathroom done and the fireplace tiled… it looks amazing!    And to help us get ready, my my mom and dad stopped by Saturday afternoon and they did it all from cleaning to installing a light to getting food ready, we couldn’t have done it without them.   And we could do all this  because my dear brother and sister (in-law) took our kids for the afternoon and evening and even had the oldest 3 over-night.  Family really is wonderful and I’ll say it again, we are blessed.

Then Sunday grandma and grandpa came and put together a ginger-bread house.  Now for those of you who believe that it’s just fun and games,  believe me, it’s quite intense…

And of course it wouldn’t be a gingerbread house without the candy.  As you can see, I’m still adjusting to my new camera which in this picture focused on William, not on the house…

And is that purple icing you say?  Yes, it is almost enough to give you a heart-attack when you think of the dye, but thankfully the kids tend to concentrate on eating the candies afterwards and and not the house so hopefully they won’t be ingesting much of it…  really you say?

Sophia was just content to sit on grandma’s lap and look cute.

So then this week Wednesday we had another snow day when the buses weren’t running, I technically could have driven the kids to school, but I thought that picking them up after school would probably be chaotic as there is a small parking lot at school and with the snow… yeah… too much.  I’ve decided that when the buses aren’t running, it’s a snow day and that’s that, so there! 

Then it was the last day of school before Christmas holidays and then Saturday again, hard to believe only a week until Christmas.   To return the favour to Jason and Shelly, I had their kids over for pancakes yesterday morning and in the grand tradition of my mother who is always finding ways to make food special, I made a snowman pancake for each child…

I of course would rather have gotten a picture of them eating them, but somehow when you are feeding 9 children pancakes, it’s a little too hectic to take pictures… go figure.    But I think people have the wrong idea about caring for a bunch of children.    Because even though there were 9 children here yesterday morning,  I really didn’t have to do too much, they all play together so well.  So they keep each other occupied and I love how my kids love their cousins and are so excited to see them whenever they meet.   And I always love a chance to take care of Sophia’s twin Zach…

He got a boo-boo so I got great cuddles out of him.  And the bigger boys played outside and here’s my handsome boy,

And a great shot of cousin Nate…

OK – I’m almost done.   So then last night we had Jason’s work party – I should have brought my camera but didn’t.  But we love Marcus (his boss) and his wife Dianne and we had a wonderful time at the party.  They open up their home each year and Dianne makes very yummy food (which I ate too much of) and it was relaxing and nice and we finally tore ourselves out of there close to midnight.   This is what we found when we got home,

Our amazing, wonderful friends Rebekah and Cam and a very asleep Sophy baby.  She had kept waking up and decided that they made a better bed than her crib.    Thanks Rebekah and Cam for taking such good care of our bambino’s!

So that was our busy week… and now we are looking forward to Christmas and some  time off for Jay who has been working so very hard finishing up some work projects.    Family time here we come!

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