Happy Monday everyone! It feels like I have been away from this little blog forever! I think it feels extra long because so much has happened since the last time that I posted. I meant to come at you all with a post on Saturday, but I ended up being pretty busy with family, and my high school reunion, and … let’s be honest, sleeping.
I hope that you all had a good Christmas. Mine was amazing. I had so much fun spending the past few days with family and friends, and most especially this little one. Christmas is so much fun with kids (or babies!).
We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas morning at our house for the first time ever. I loved it even though I found myself pretty busy the days leading up to it, with getting the house ready, and packing for our trip to Cochrane.
On Christmas Eve, my parents arrived at our place at around 4:00. We visited and played with Lochlyn until dinner time. We have this great tradition with my parents on Christmas Eve. We order in sushi! No dishes, no cooking, and sushi is my favorite so it works out awesome.
The only picture I took turned out blurry – sorry guys!
Dinner was fantastic. We ordered from a local sushi place called Tokio Sushi and I am always pretty impressed when we get food from them. Their prices are great, and their servings are generous. Most importantly, everything is fresh and delicious. We ordered a couple assorted trays that included some maki rolls, nigiri, and sashimi. I also ordered some extra salmon and tuna sashimi for everyone to share.
After dinner, Lochlyn went to bed and we ate Christmas baking with my parents, and opened stockings. We decided to open our gifts on Christmas Eve since Christmas morning was going to be pretty rushed, and Lochlyn had a ton of gifts to open. Also, we knew we would all be pretty focused on Lochlyn in the morning.
On Christmas morning I was awake bright and early at 5am. I get so excited for Christmas that I can’t sleep – I am such a kid at heart. Everyone else woke up around 7:30 – we are all early risers I guess. After I fed Lochlyn, she opened a huge pile of presents from my parents, and Josh and I. She is such a blessed little girl, and got so many great things. She loved the present opening, especially tearing the wrapping paper off of boxes.
After Lochlyn went down for her nap, it was breakfast time for the rest of us. I made this bread pudding, and it was so good! It is technically baked french toast, topped with a cinnamon and brown sugar crumble. I highly recommend it. I served some christmas-y looking fruit salad. In true family tradition, we also had mimosas (except not me, since I am still breastfeeding).
After breakfast we got all ready to go, hopped in the car and headed to my Aunt and Uncle’s house in Calgary for Christmas dinner. On the menu was a full turkey dinner, with lots of Christmas baking for dessert.
Lochlyn loved playing with all of her great aunts and second cousins. She also got to spend some time with her great-grandma. She is such a social butterfly and never makes strange with anybody. She loves having everyone’s attention and she got a lot of it, especially since she is the first grandchild on both sides of our family.
After dinner Josh and I called it an early night and headed to my parent’s house to get Lochlyn to bed. I was nervous that she wouldn’t sleep well in her playpen, but she fell asleep right away, and slept awesome!
We spent the next few days in Calgary visiting with family and friends. On boxing day we went to my Uncle’s (my dad’s brother’s) house for leftover turkey dinner. Am I right in saying that turkey leftovers taste just as good the next day?! Dinner was so good I couldn’t believe that it didn’t come right out of the oven. My uncle has only met Lochlyn once before so I was glad he got the chance to spend some time with her. He has a daughter who is 3, so we had fun playing with her too!
On the 27th, my Grandpa (my Dad’s dad) came to my parent’s house for brunch. My mom served two amazing crustless quiches. I wish I took photos, but I was too busy eating them. It was great to visit with my grandpa. He lives pretty far away from us, so we don’t get to see him often.
In the afternoon I went for a quick run by my parents’ house. It was actually the first time I have run outside since the summer, and it was hard! My parents live in a really hilly area, and I am used to running on the flat treadmill. My total elevation gain during my 5k run was 519 ft. I think I need to spend some more time running hills, because I am sore today.
After my run, I started getting ready for my high school reunion. I know I briefly mentioned it on the blog, but I had my 10 year high school reunion this year. Crazy hey? I ended up going to the reunion with my best friend, Steph, from high school, while our husbands stayed home since they didn’t know anyone.
My graduating class was somewhere between 400-500 people. Steph and I didn’t even recognize most of the people at the reunion. The venue also wasn’t the greatest. It took place at a large pub, which was fun, but extremely loud. It was hard to have a conversation with anyone. Not very many of my old friends made it out, but it was good to see some familiar faces. It was also interesting to see how much some people have changed, and how much some people haven’t changed at all. I am glad that I made it to the reunion, but I wouldn’t exactly say that it was a great time.
Can you find me? Hint – I am the whitest one in the photo! My friend Steph is to my right.
I didn’t make it home on Saturday night until 1am. I am usually in bed by 10, so it was a late night for me. The next morning, Lochlyn woke me up nice and early and Josh, Lochlyn and I drove to Steph’s house to meet for brunch before the drive home. Lochlyn loved playing with Steph’s little pomeranian. I wish I took pictures because they had so much fun together!
After brunch my little family finally made the trip home. We had such a good holiday, but it is so nice to be home again. One of the best things about travelling, is it makes you love home so much more. We have another busy week ahead of us this week with Josh’s parent’s coming. They get here tomorrow evening, and are leaving on Friday. We are planning on celebrating Christmas with them all over again. I know Lochlyn is excited!
How many days do you usually end up celebrating Christmas?
Did you, or would you go to your High School reunion?