Friday, December 27, 2013

Laughs and Games

We had some giggles, laughs and smiles while we opened gifts with Grandma and Grandpa.
 
And then everyone took to their space to play and rest for a few hours.
 
We received a new game for Christmas, The Settlement of Catan. It took me forever to get it set up ... first time of course .... and we're picking up the strategy and rules as we go ..... but .....
SO much fun.
 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Morn

You see we like the snow. The kids dragged JandM out into the fields to go turkey tracking.
  
Some of us were getting tired waiting for Christmas morning to come. Waiting .... waiting ....
 
It helped that we let the boys open a present each evening leading up to the big day.
 
And that there were lots of people willing to play board games. Better check that tree again boys ... something might have changed.
And then at long last ...... Christmas morning.

And even though we showed restraint shopping this year there seemed to be a plethora of presents.
 
Yup. Lots of fun. Lots of gifts.
  

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Just a Taste

It's a Barfoot cousin Christmas.
 
When we fled from the cold and the dark in TO we came to this warm and cozy house with a great big fabulous Christmas tree.
More pictures to follow.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Zoo

One of the great things about having a membership to the zoo is being able to spend a couple hours there whenever you're in the mood. We decided that there were some indoor buildings we hadn't fully explored and what better time than when you don't want to be outside!?
 
The place was deserted! So we had all the activities to ourselves.

 
The pandas were uncharacteristically active. This is the first time I've seen them moving!
 
This green snake was lying asleep when we first arrived. Then a keeper walked behind his enclosure and he reared up.
See the beaver? This is also the first time we've seen them out of their sleeping quarters.
 
The octopus was playing with some toys when we arrived. 
I wonder if the animals are more active when there's less noise from visitors? Because it really seemed as if all the animals were up and around. 
 
 This isn't such a great pic of the beaver but I like how E is reflected in the picture.
 On a side note ... A has started taking piano lessons.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Winter Camp

Oh the weather outside is frightful ........

  
But the fire is so delightful ........

  
And since we've no place to go ..... Let it snow Let it snow Let it snow!
 



Thursday, December 12, 2013

Swoosh

Today was family skate with M's school.
I chose to stay on the side and play photographer but the boys got out on the ice.
 
While A still likes to hold on to the side while he scoots along .... E feels more confidant to get out there mid-ice and do his thing.
 
Look at those cheery red smiling faces.
I don't normally post this many pics but they were all cute and happy after the skate I couldn't stop snapping.
 
See? They just wouldn't stop being adorable!
 

Christmas Flurry....of Pictures