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December 24, 2013

Today - a spontaneous pageant followed by Christmas eve raclette.

 

All the kids got to dress up, even Matthew (they were all angels lol). Pastor Paul read the Christmas story and had the kids act it out as he went.

 

"Like a candle flame

Flickering small in our darkness

Uncreated light

Shines through infant eyes."

 

The Candle Song by Graham Kendrick

   

December 23, 2013

A couple of weeks ago Elizabeth came home from school and explained that we had to go skating with one of her friends right now because she had invited her.  We asked her where?  I don't know... At le patinoire...  We asked her when?  Right now of course!  We asked her if her friend's mom knew about this?  I'm sure she must.


This continued every day for a week or so before we were finally able to get a hold of Adrienne's mom and sort things out.  Apparently the kids are running the show and we're just along for the ride.

   

December 22, 2013

We got 30 cm of snow and although we have great snow clearing abilities here in Ottawa, we were still being advised to stay off the roads.

 

We did need a few groceries though, so Elizabeth and I loaded up the sled and did our shopping winter storm style. It was a beautiful night to be out pulling the sled and Elizabeth really enjoyed all the up and downs over the drifts left by various plows. We were glad that the ice storm that hit Toronto totally missed us!

   

December 21, 2013

Matthew spent most of the week leading up to gingerbread trying to get into the candy. He finally succeeded with a few hours to spare. All the excitement was too much for him and he actually fell asleep in his high chair at lunchtime, to Elizabeth's great mirth.

 

Matthew enjoyed eating the decorations far more than placing them on his flat cookie, but Elizabeth and Aidan were very happy to help pick up the slack.

 

Lots of little houses and cars this year. The kids are becoming more independent and the decorating skills are noticeably improving... There was a stable (complete with horse!). The moose were also popular - our rather extensive cookie cutter collection was properly appreciated :)

 

Uncle Dave made a candy bowl, carefully measured with calipers for maximal candy usage. This was appreciated since someone may have overestimated the quantity of candy necessary. After eighteen years you'd think I'd have less trouble with that part!

 

Auntie Janice made the Old Ottawa South Firehall, to take to a potluck there the following evening.

 

Brian apparently lost rock paper scissors to son Ethan and showed up prepared with an elaborate plan to build an AT AT walker out of gingerbread (Star Wars!). Despite all the preparation, they had to finish assembly at home. Then it apparently lost structural integrity but all was not lost - Brian cleverly turned it into a rebel victory.

 

We also loved David and Aidan's pirate ship. Check out all the clever details - the sail, the anchor, the flag, the sharks circling in the water...

 

   

December 20, 2013

The kids and I went to Auntie Yukiko's to make gingerbread dough with cousins and some friends that can't make it to gingerbread tomorrow.

 

While we were at it, we pre-baked a few cookies. Some of the kids are making houses. Elizabeth is making a car (by special demand). Matthew is just decorating a flat cookie!

 

Baking with six kids ranging in age from seven to ten months should be an Olympic sport...

   

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