Sunday, January 04, 2009

The 3 Things Holiday Extravaganza

I suppose normal bloggers contribute several Christmas posts over the holidays, so that they are then not stuck with the monumental task of compiling two-and-a-half weeks of laughter/fun/general holiday joy all in one post. While taking a break from one's blog is a necessary part of blogging (I've learned through reading and also living it myself), it does leave one a little overwhelmed when it comes time to open the blog floodgates and let it all spew out.

In a nutshell: We had a fantastic holiday!

We spent a week with Paul's cousin and family just outside of Toronto. We ended up leaving earlier than planned, as we were inundated with snow storms the week leading up to Chrismtas Eve. A&D were all too accomodating and were happy to welcome us into their home a little prematurely! The drive from Ottawa went pretty smoothly, the roads weren't great but we arrived safe and sound.

The 3 Things had a blast with their cousin A, and played round the clock until they couldn't possibly play for another single second. Their days were jammed packed with fun, excitement, new toys, cameras being snapped at them, playing, sledding, and generally no heavy thoughts to weigh them down. The grown ups had fun too, sipping wine or, for the incredibly brave, sipping Grand Marnier in the great outdoors in front of D's outdoor stove!

Thing 3 did her best to charm her way around a room, as usual.

Waving to everyone who came and went.

One of the only ways to bring all the boys down from their Christmas "highs" each evening was to capture their attention by engaging them in some good ole' holiday stories.


Things 1 and 2 poured their hearts into writing a note for Santa, and leaving him a carefully-thought snack. It was truly adorable and a melt your heart kind of mommy moment for me.

Happy faces and laughter could be found in every corner . . .

And when the right moment strikes, sometimes even mommies get all silly and start dancing.

And, to wrap it all up, here are a couple cute shots of what I like to call my 3Things + 1 shots.
3 Things + 1 in a tub . . .

3 Things + 1 on a couch.

Santa was good to everyone, and we all had a fabulous Christmas dinner and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with family and friends. We couldn't have asked for anything more perfect.

All the best to all my completely and utterly fantastic blog readers for a fun, relaxing, prosperous, and healthy 2009!!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! Great pics, obviously you guys had a wonderful Christmas. Cocktails outside - how Canadian!

Your father

Donna M said...

Looks like everyone had a great holiday! Glad you are up and blogging again!

Kristen said...

Yeah for a fabulous family filled holiday!! So glad to hear and see that you had such a wonderful time!

I love the pics, especially your three things in the tub! So cute!

Landerson said...

Great pictures Shan. Looks like you guys had a great holiday!

Jenny said...

sounds like you all had a wonderful time! i cannot wait tell Will gets a little older so he can really experience Santa. do you have anything special planned for thing 3's upcoming bday?

Stephanie said...

Fantastic photos ...makes me so sad that we weren't there to enjoy it all with you!
xo steph

Elaine A. said...

What a great wrap up of your holidays! I love the picture of thing 3 by the tree and presents and the one of kissing cousins! (right?)

Glad to see you had such a wonderful time with your family!

Happy 2009! : )

Char said...

Your Christmas looks like the ideal holiday - lots of fun with kids and family. The 3 Things are just adorable. Have a wonderful new year!!

anti-supermom said...

Happy to have you back in bloggyville. You have been missed.

The pictures are great, the one in front of the fire is gorgeous (wish I was there) and the kiddos in the bath - adorable.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

Great photos and Happy New Year!

Megan said...

that outdoor stove would be incredible!! so cool!

Megan

expatswede said...

Holy shit, can't believe all that snow! WOW! Great pics and it looks like you had a fantastic christmas! The kids are adorable.

Yes, I followed Redneck Mommy's blog through the heart-wrenching near-adoption story and it was so sad. Did you see the clip with her singing? God, I laughed like a hyena - isn't it great to listen to someone who sings even worse than you do? :D Fun,fun!

Thanks for the lovely comments on both of my blogs, truly appreciated! I'd love to see your creations too, you know!
All the best in 2009 to you and yours!
Minna

amanda said...

looks magical - all of it!! especially all the giggles :)

such fun friend!!

Jenners said...

The photos are just too cute! Love the bathtub one! Happy New Year!

 
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