Lots and lots of kids
Christmas Eve: Victoria
That last week before Christmas is
precious. Where I work there is a never ending stream of out
of office e-mails and in the last week the office becomes almost
empty. No meetings, no customers - finally a chance to get
work done! Taking a day off when work is so blissful seems
like a crime but you can't really show up at Grandma's house at
11pm on Christmas eve. We broke down and took the best day
of the year (did I mention the rum and egg nog cart?) off to meet
up with Family. Claira tried her best to stay awake but
eventually fell asleep so the rest of us went out for a walk.
My Dad was born on Christmas day. We have some traditions around
that. Because the Christmas holiday already has so many big
meals and we don't want to make my mother cook a huge meal on
Christmas day we have "top your own pizza" for Christmas
day. My dad usually celebrates in the evening - nothing
worse than opening your Christmas gift and finding out it is also
your birthday gift. This year the Williams were leaving mid
day on Christmas day so we moved the celebration a day earlier -
There were no shortage of helpers to put
the candles in the cake and then help Grandpa blow them out.
My mom found an ice cream cake where each third of the cake had a
different flavor. There were no shortage of helpers to eat
Christmas Day: Victoria
It's surprising to me what kids do and
don't know about Christmas. Nara got hung up on the "Santa
is watching" part of Christmas this year - how does he
watch? Is he watching now? Lots of questions.
There wasn't a ton of anticipation - the kids had to be reminded
to go downstairs to check for gifts. I figure in a few years
they will go downstairs before we even wake up.
Usually the kids saturate after a gift or two - they want to play
with what is immediately in front of them.
After breakfast we went outside to enjoy new toys. The boys
got scooters for Christmas and everyone wanted to try them out.
During Claira's nap, Nara wanted to go out
so we went up to mount Doug. Turns out all of Victoria had
the same idea so the parking was crazy busy. It was a nice
day for a walk though.
Boxing Day: Courtenay
Most of my extended family lives in the
Comox valley so we make a few trips a year to visit. My Aunt
often has a large party on boxing day so we get a single stop to
We are currently a four generation party. Different people see
each other with different frequencies so the kids seem to go from
new people back to people they know and then back to the new
After Christmas: Comox Valley
We usually do two nights in Comox - one
night with a party and the next day visiting. This year we
decided to do three days - we had the time off and the ferry trips
are already a sunk cost so the incremental cost of an additional
night actually yielded a lot more time to see and do. Our
hotel was right outside the airpark - a loop walking route where
Nara learned to ride her bike.
On our gap day we decided to go up to Mt. Washington with the kids
and my grandfather. Helen packed enough cold gear so
the kids could stay outside for an hour. Claira got cold
first so Nara and I went out for a walk in the snow by
ourselves. My grandfather had tea in the lodge and saw
mountains he didn't think he would see again. He really
enjoyed himself up there.
Tags: Mount Washington(3), McMinn Park(3), biking(2), Courtenay Riverway Heritage Walk(2), birthday cake(2), playground(2)
People: Nara(17), Claira(10), James(9), Marcus(8), Lexi May(5), Janet(4)
From: John Harvey Photo > Pictures of People > Christmas 2014
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