Sunday, December 24, 2017

Night in Sarnia/Extended Family Gathering on Dec 23, 2017

Our travel from Kansas to Ontario was wonderful!  No issues, no bad weather, the kids were great, and we listened to some fantastic audio books!!

We crossed the border in the evening on the 22nd, had a delicious dinner at Swiss Chalet and bedded down at our hotel in Sarnia.  Philip wasn't feeling well, and since we had two rooms, he went straight to bed in one of the rooms and the kids and I hung out in the other one until bedtime. 

 They made a fort out of pillows
(Caleb is balancing a veggie straw on his nose)

 We took a picture by the huge tree in the lobby...

 ...and Keenan flew a plane off the second floor balcony =)

After breakfast the next morning we headed out....

 ...but not before getting a picture with the famous nutcrackers by the entrance!

While we waited for the van to warm up, the woman at the front desk offered to take a family picture by the tree.

We got to St. Thomas in plenty of time, so we drove around a bit, used the restrooms at Giant Tiger and changed clothes.

We met up with a bunch of family at Mark and Rebekah's church (where there was enough space for all of us!) and spent the afternoon and evening together.

First up, the family picture!

 Rebekah chose the colors and I think they look fantastic against the snow!

 ...and the goofy one

 Rebekah snapped a couple for Philip and I


Most of the rest of these are Rebekah's pictures (as well as most of the ones from the next couple days!)  Thank you for sharing, Rebekah!

Some of the kids with all the stockings

Aunt Heather and Mom

Youngest and oldest grandkids
(Olivia and Mika)

Cousin wrestling

Keenan and Mika



The kids all got to open stockings filled by grandparents, aunts and uncles.  Aunt Nora had just had surgery, so she and Uncle Jim didn't make it that day, but she sent a ton of stocking stuffers for the kids, and also supplied the scalloped potatoes for dinner!




My dad read a story out loud that I had written, called "Caleb's Hippo".  It was based on the song "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" and included all of the cousins and aunts and uncles that we spent Christmas with.



The adults did a gift swap and steal

...and then it was dinner time!




As per tradition, we had the Christmas cracker things and all wore our crowns! =)

Tim and Steph

Ada and Rob

Andrew and Bethany

Philip and I


Aunt Heather and Uncle John

After dinner, Philip and I played Ticket to Ride with my dad, Tim, Mark and a friend named Daniel.  Besides Mark, (who had played once), none of the rest of them had played before, so it was fun to introduce the game to them

We also got a bunch of homeschooling supplies that my aunt Heather was passing on... And an old fashioned view master that my dad and his siblings used to play with at their grandparent's house!  How fun!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Since our time together was so busy and passed in a blur, it’s fun to look back and remember the great time we had �� The picture of the cousins wrestling was right about the time I decided I was really glad the party was at the hall and not at my house �� It worked well for them to have more room to spread out and play!

Thanks so much for making the long trip up here. It was so special to have you!
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Love,
Rebekah

Anonymous said...

Since our time together was so busy and passed in a blur, it’s fun to look back and remember the great time we had. The picture of the cousins wrestling was right about the time I decided I was really glad the party was at the hall and not at my house. It worked well for them to have more room to spread out and play!

Thanks so much for making the long trip up here. It was so special to have you!
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Love,
Rebekah

Mom W. said...

Great time it was, but it did go by in a blur, I agree, too short but so good, and the story was superb Joia!!!