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Uncle Dave, Auntie Karen, Xander, Auntie Janice, and Grandma and Grandpa J joined us New Year's Eve for our annual eating of much cheese.

 

We had meat balls and green beans oriental in addition to the "usual" sides of cold cuts and pickled things. I'm not sure if we normally get the Swiss raclette cheese, but it seemed much runnier than usual! The flavour was very good though.

 

After we could eat no more, we got Auntie Janice to put on a sparkler show for us. Elizabeth made various requests: snowman, hedgehog, horse, butterfly, heart, snowflake etc.  It's always very amusing to try to guess what she's drawing. It's fun to look at the resulting pictures as well!



   



Auntie Janice and I usually make homemade Christmas crackers. I'm not sure how it started, but this year I got the girls to decorate the crackers at the cottage in August so we felt very organized.

 

Brendan suggested that I make finger puppets as the main favour. One thing led to another and I soon found myself having way too much fun with felt, glue, googly eyes and a bit of thread (I opted to sew in the vain hope that the puppets will last a bit better). Every time I finished a new puppet, Elizabeth and Janice declared that they wanted to keep it. Brendan thinks I should make some extras and perhaps I might get inspired to do so at some point....

 

I posted a few pictures of Elizabeth playing with many of the puppets on Christmas Day, but here are pictures of the complete set!



   



The following is an important Public Service Announcement:

 

A while back a friend sent Mary a link to a frightening tale on the dangers of seatbelts and the importance of having a seatbelt cutter in the car.  Brendan read it too and coupled with the echoes of a mythbusters episode extolling the virtues of having a glass breaker in your car he decided that he had the perfect stocking stuffer for me.  All that to say that I hope none of us ever have to use this nifty little device for either of its intended purposes, but it does seem like a good idea to have one!

 

We will now return to our regularly scheduled discussions on the dangers of Pinterest and cute kidlets.



   



My friend Iain lets us take care of his "zoo" when he and Renée are away.

 

Elizabeth doesn't enjoy this as much as Mommy does - something about crickets really wigs her out. She apparently saw one on the floor and totally freaked out. I've discovered that she is now able to climb up my legs to my back without any help, given sufficient motivation! I was holding a full container of crickets at the time and nearly tipped right into the closest tank. The chameleon would have been very surprised...

 

 



   



Brendan had been grumbling that we didn't have enough snow. Apparently the Farmer's Almanac had forecast a "snowy winter" and he didn't think the winter was living up to expectations.

 

Some places in Ottawa received nearly 30cm, though that was nothing compared to Montreal's record 54cm. Elizabeth's baby snow man nearly got buried (don't worry - she rescued him!). Brendan got to use his snowblower (again) and is finally happy.



   

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