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Happy New Year 2013

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A nice quiet peaceful morning to start the New Year.

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I took the dogs out at 6:30am and then we all crawled back into bed for an extra little sleep. The dogs went back to sleep but as much as I usually have no trouble falling back to sleep, I was  still awake when my husband got out of bed around 8:00am….so much for the extra little sleep.  We got up and fed the dogs and then got busy. The carpets needed vacuumed….which they always do…… I had a raspberry cheesecake to make as well as the much requested gingerbread cookies that my husband wanted me to make for him.

Chubby little Gingerbread men.....created in their makers image. :)

Chubby little Gingerbread men…..created in their makers image. 🙂

Baking is not my favorite thing to do but I sometimes don’t mind it.

My husband and I decided to bake a ham and have potato scallop (scalloped potatoes for those of you who are reading this and going….what the heck is potato scallop?) for New Year’s dinner and invited his brother and sister-in-law to join us for dinner, along with my son Ryan and his girlfriend Whitney. This meal is one of our favorites and my husband is hard pressed to decide which he likes best, turkey dinner or this one…..I think I am more partial to the turkey but this is a great runner-up.

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Our dinner ham.

Once the baking was done and the ham was in the oven my mom decided it was only -5 degrees Celsius out so she wanted to go for a walk. I think she feels a bit like a shut-in since she has been here. We have had a little bit of snow lately which has made some of the sidewalks just a bit tricky to walk on in places, especially the spots where people haven’t bothered to shovel so I asked her to wait 5 minutes until I finished the dishes and I would go with her. I really didn’t want her to take a spill out there all by herself, and I could definitely use the exercise, plus I could take my camera with me and take a few pictures… first pictures of 2013.

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My mom walking along ahead of me while I’m snapping pictures

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Tonight’s dinner was great, and we had a really nice visit with family. A super way to start off the New Year.

A Great Start to 2012…..

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Today is the first day of 2012!!

Where did 2011 go and how did it disappear so quickly? I will probably be saying the same thing on January 1, 2013. People always say the older you get the faster time goes……they are correct.

If today is any kind of indication I think 2012 will be a good year. 🙂

I saw the New Year in while watching TV with my husband. I don’t normally stay up past midnight regardless of it marking the beginning of a new year but my youngest daughter was at her friends New Years Eve party and she didn’t take her key with her. We didn’t want to go to bed and leave the door unlocked and we didn’t want to lock it and go to bed only to have her ring the doorbell and wake us when she got home so we opted for staying up and waiting for her until shortly after 1:00am.

Thanks to my husband getting up to let the dogs out this morning I slept in until 9:30am and then spent the rest of the day lounging around in my pyjamas. Ok, that’s not quite true, I did get dressed to take the dogs for their walk and then changed into my pyjamas when I got back home, and then sat around watching TV and playing on my laptop for the rest of the day.

We would normally cook a ham for New Years Day dinner but my husband and I searched every grocery store in this city and there wasn’t a ham to be found anywhere, so we “settled” for turkey again. I am certainly not complaining, I love turkey.

Tiny Tom ready to become dinner.

We popped “Tiny Tom” into the oven shortly after 1:00pm and while he was cooking my husband made dessert. That’s right, my husband made banana cream pie for us to have with our dinner today. Yesterday we couldn’t decide what we might want for dessert with our dinner but my husband thought he might like to have banana cream pie like his mom used to make. I have never made banana cream pie so we bought the necessary ingredients and he put his cooking skills to work and made us a scrumptious pie.

Adding the banana slices to the top of the pie.

The finished product.

Hehehe now that we know he can make banana cream pie he’ll be on the hook for it more often. 🙂

Cooked to perfection.

Tom was good and ready to eat by 4:30 so we had an early dinner and then the girls and I did the dishes, of which there were many. After clean up I took a little nap and then spent the rest of the evening just relaxing with my husband and watching “The Mentalist – Red John Marathon”.

This has been my idea of a great start to the New Year!

Christmas Family Traditions…..

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When I was a kid Christmas morning was organized……we were allowed to get our stockings and take them back to bed with us while we waited for Mom and Dad to wake up so we could get to the presents. I remember that we only stayed in our beds for so long before we ended up in their bed waking them up so we could tell them all about the wonderful things we just got in our stockings. They always acted very interested…….as if they didn’t already know what was in them.

Once everyone was up we all had to get dressed and eat breakfast before present opening, talk about drawing out the process. After breakfast we could get to the presents……in an organized fashion. Presents were handed out one at a time and you couldn’t open a present until the last present was opened by whoever was opening it and the gift tag was attached so you could remember who it came from to be able to thank the gift giver later.

For a few years my mom decided to record Christmas morning festivities, audio, not video. After everything was opened we would play the tape and listen to the organized chaos. I remember the one recording where my younger brother was clearly concerned about the Christmas tree lights. No one noticed at the time but the playback was very entertaining…… “Do you want the tree lights on? Do you want the tree lights on or off? Do you want the tree lights left on? Do you want me to turn the tree lights off? Do you want to leave the tree lights on or off? Do you want the tree lights on or off?” Finally, “I’m just going to leave the tree lights on.” That was probably 35 years or so ago and I still remember how funny I thought it was that not one of us was paying any attention to what my brother was saying.

Once all the presents were opened they had to go back under the tree for display. We were allowed to play with any toys and wear any clothes we got as long as we put them back under the tree afterwards. The presents had to stay there until it was time for the tree to be taken down which was generally New Years Day.

I tried to keep some of these traditions with my own family but it didn’t really work out so well, we do a few things differently from the way my parents did.

My kids are allowed to get up and get their stockings but no present touching (haha…..I’m sure there is present touching), just like when we were kids, but everything in their stockings is individually wrapped to make opening the stockings take longer.

Once my husband and I get up the present opening can begin. We don’t need to get dressed or eat breakfast because I need to make sure we are opening presents while it is still dark out to get the full effect of the “tree lights being on”. One at a time each person grabs a present from under the tree, gives it to the person it is for and we all are supposed to politely watch while they open it…..that works for a bit until presents just start getting handed out too quickly. Once all the presents are opened everyone just takes their stuff to their rooms and the tree stands there as if there was never a gift underneath it. I did try to have everyone keep their stuff under the tree but with 2 dogs it wasn’t a good idea.

When our kids were younger they never saw a single present in our house until Christmas morning. All gifts were taken to my husbands work as soon as they were purchased and he and I would go there one evening before Christmas Eve and just blast the Christmas tunes and wrap all the presents. It is a fun tradition for us and a chance to spend some time alone together…..with 4 kids you take your alone time when and where you can get it. After the kids went to bed on Christmas Eve we would drive out to my husbands work and pack the car with all the presents and put them under the tree to get the full shock and awe effect from the kids when they got up in the morning. Now we still keep the gifts at my husband work but we don’t have to wait until they are asleep anymore before we bring the presents home.

I have to say, one of the reasons we don’t keep any presents in our house is due to the “snoop factor”. It’s a possibility that my kids might be just like me…….when I was a kid I found presents hidden in the house and opened them and re-wrapped them again thinking no one would ever notice. My sister once suggested that I was ruining my Christmas by being such a snoop, but she was wrong……I loved everything I opened and couldn’t wait until Christmas morning to open them again. :). Ok so it’s not really because of snoopy kids that we keep the gifts at my husbands work…’s more because of me. I would totally still snoop if given the opportunity.

As our kids grow up and leave the nest…..some have already left…..they will develop their own family Christmas traditions. What are some of your family Christmas traditions?