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We stopped for New Year's brunch in Waterloo on the way home from Wellesley to catch a little more time with Karen, Jan and baby Fiona before they went home...to Switzerland.


It was really great time with family, and Elizabeth got in one more piano practice with Great Aunt Joanne! Elizabeth and Matthew had a blast playing peek-a-boo on the stairs with Uncle Marc, who they agree should visit us more often in Ottawa ;)


We even made it home to Ottawa in time to ring in the New Year with the kids before their bedtime. I was amused the following morning by the number of my friends who posted on Facebook that they were going to bed just past 11 o'clock - clearly many of us have small children and the priority has shifted to maximizing sleep! We were in bed not long after the kids, but I'm sure it was midnight somewhere!



   



Games, good food and family are a great combination, even if your cousin forces you to take family portraits for the next family calendar ;) (Consider this a sneak peek and if you aren't fond of your photo... You know what to do...) A particular highlight was getting to catch up with Karen and Jan and new addition Fiona who made it all the way from Switzerland. My favourite Fiona picture is particularly funny in context. Check out Karen sticking out her tongue at baby, and Fiona imitating her in the very next photo! Cracks me up every time.


   



Big party at Muriel's was very nice as it marked the first time we saw cousins Anne and Craig since Jonathan was a wee baby...


Elizabeth and Matthew weren't too sure about Checkers the dog at first but they eventually warmed up. Clearly the whole family needs to come and visit Ottawa soon (hint, hint ;)


We also loved meeting Lauren and Donna's latest addition - baby David, born this summer!



   



Elizabeth has taken to writing out stories and song lyrics on her many, many, many drawings. And then illustrating them "for people who can't read yet".


These are the lyrics to "Let it go"


...Snow blows white on the mountain... (etc) The picture is, of course, Elsa.



   



I finally finished making most of my Christmas cookies. Thin mints, Coconut caramel chocolate covered shortbreads, chocolate mint meringues, Nanaimo bars, fudge and chocolate truffles. There might be a theme. I threw in some Christmas jello just for fun. Clearly we had a shortage of dessert...


Matthew received a doll for Christmas which has many different pieces of clothing. Matthew is very into removing and replacing said clothes - I find this amusing because Elizabeth only recently started to play with doll clothes (after I put most of the ones we had away, of course...). Unfortunately it only took a single day before Matthew managed to scalp his new baby boy. He brought the hair and bald baby to me for repairs with great crocodile tears. Enough force was used that Daddy had to do the mending with his greater muscles and a screwdriver, but eventually we got the head back together and the hair is now firmly attached once again. I gather Matthew was traumatized enough by the bald head that he isn't tempted to try to remove the hair again... Yet!



   

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