The first thing on the agenda was an extended family gathering at my Aunt Nora's in London. It was fun to be there in time for All the festivities this year...
Daddy and his girl
Look at all those stockings!
Philip and I with ours
I Love this picture that Rebekah took!
Opening stockings =)
Moriah taking a picture with my camera
Me and a sweet boy
Mark and Rebekah
(It was sooo much fun to finally see their new house!)
Grandma coloring with Moriah =)
Rebekah and I succumbed to Settlers of Catan (even though neither of us like it!) because Keenan had just gotten it for Christmas and desperately wanted to play!
Stockings ready for the next morning
Delicious "Christmas morning" breakfast!
In their new jammies from Grandma E
Sweet kiss =)
Modeling the head lamps they got in their stockings
He cracks me up =)
...and I love him
Moriah with her light up necklace
...and with Auntie Bekah
...with their baby girl =)
My dad made these Amazing clocks for us all for Christmas with slices of an Aromatic Cedar tree that he cut down back in the summer! Way cool!
My mom made these adorable (reversible) aprons for the kids - now (with the black side), they can all have matching aprons for their next restaurant venture! =)
Uncle Mark and Auntie Bekah have the Best back yard!
Moriah being brave and getting a geocache from Way up high for Daddy! =)
Alicia, Rebekah, Ada and I after a rousing game of Dutch Blitz =)
Caleb and Grandpa in their matching coats! =)
For "Christmas dinner", we went to Swiss Chalet! (It's now in it's second year of being a family tradition!) I LOVE that place!
Dad and Mom
Josh and Keenan
Rebekah and Alicia (Mark was at home sick) =0/
Rob, Ada, Brayden and Galina
Here's Ada and I for all those who have been asking how she's doing
She's doing really well - doesn't she look great?? Three more weeks of the neck brace.
Our time with my family was quite short, but did not feel rushed and we had a great time playing games, eating (way too much) yummy food, laughing, talking, watching movies and just enjoying being together. The kids loved being with their cousins and Caleb and Josh especially hit it off really well.
On Tuesday, the 23rd, we said goodbye to my family (hopefully just until the summer this time) and headed over to visit Laura before crossing the border.
It was wonderful to see her and Ciara (and meet their new, sweet puppy, Huxtable!)
The kids had a Great time playing with him!
Laura and I =)
At this point, we had been gone from home for five nights and had slept in four different beds, so we were looking forward to being in the same place for a few days in Michigan...