Sunday, December 30, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
It's also been great to see some of my friends' offspring at various stages because the young ones change so quickly . . . Yesterday was a special highlight as we had a brief visit with our friends Santosh and Felicia and their lovely children who were in town from Vancouver. My mom got to break out her old elementary school skills by doing some puzzles with Adam.
Last night it was definitely beginning to feel alot like Christmas when we were treated to a special Christmas gig by my very talented sister-in-law Ruth and some of her musician friends. The arrangements of some old favourites were really very lovely and there was a great chilled atmosphere in the venue. My personal favs were Joni Mitchell's River (of course) and Song for a Winter's Night - I have loved Sarah McLachlan's cover of this song for years, and Ruth's rendition was bliss. After the soiree we hung out with Ninny, her beau known affectionately as the MJ, the MJ's fun family known as the Johnson's and our cousin Ole known as, well, Ole :) Christmas good times all around with lots of games. Pass the egg nog!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Here's a few of the good things we have been up to since arriving home last Thursday after (ugh!) twenty hours of travelling . . .
- Getting Stu-dawg (check out his blog - he's updated!) some new warm clothes - even though the weather is thankfully fairly mild (about minus 10) we had to go out the first day and buy the requisite long johns and hiking boots for the Irish guy! I really hope we don't get any of that minus 30 malarky because that's just wrong.
- Going out to my Aunt and Uncle's farm for a scrummy turkey dinner and early Christmas celebration. Great to see family!
- Walking the dogs, Cleo and Oscar, by the river - In our absence, my family has become a bit dog crazy as of late (in a good way!) A highlight of dog walking, I even got to wear the Ninnygoat's fluorescent orange oversized down filled jacket, but my vanity restrains me from posting a pic of that little number! Think pumpkin, think Michelin man.
- Having a little get together to celebrate the arrival of six week old baby Ainsley, beautiful new daughter to our friends Amber and Mike.
Other highlights included a bake-a-thon with Ninny, sitting around by the Christmas tree, seeing old friends, going to the Farmers' Market with my dad and going on dark morning winter walks to Starbucks with Stu (thanks to the jet lag we seem to like getting up very early!) . . . All in all much chilling and so lovely to be with family! This morning there is a bit of Christmas shopping to be done and also Stu and I are going out for breakfast - five years ago today we got engaged here in the Bessborough park. Time flies and you know the rest!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
We had a fantastic weekend trip to Poole in lovely Dorset to visit Stu's sister Ali and family. We had so much fun with our three crazy-fun nieces playing their Nintendo Wii and just hanging out. (Unfortunately due to stock issues I haven't managed to fulfill Stu's newly proclaimed wish of a Wii for Christmas - yes, apparently he's twelve!) Ever-seeking the 'cool auntie and uncle title' we took the girls to the cinema to see Ratatouille which was very clever and fun. All in all the trip was great - wish we could spend more time together more often!
What else have I been meaning to tell you?? Oh - how could I forget . . . Earlier this week we went to see Josh Ritter (yes, again!) and I am officially an uber-fan (as if there was ever any doubt!) It was a great gig as usual. Josh (yes, we're on a first name basis in my head) and his band are so lovely and cool (during concerts he's always smiling - absolutely delighted to be preforming!) During the concert he mentioned that they had flown into Belfast that morning on Ryanair and I found myself genuinely wishing that I'd been on the flight - I think that makes me something of a fanatic but I'm okay with that.
In between the busy-ness, ever-devoted DVD watchers that we are, we've found time to become Lost addicts . . . sexy Dr Jack, cunning Locke, bumbling Hurley, criminal Kate and what about that thing in the forest???? So exciting and spooky. (Yes, I do realise we're about three years late on this but we get there eventually!) Anyway, it's thrilling stuff and we'll be delving into season two in January (I'm hoping this will help ease my post-Christmas blues!)
We had a very happy day today as our godson Joe was baptised at church this morning and there was a lovely lunch and party afterward. Tonight I've enjoyed some mellow-ness, cooking Nigel Slater's mushroom stroganoff recipe from today's Observer magazine and listening to Michael Buble (specifically the song Home - I'm not sure if I should be embarrassed about that!)