Hello 2016! Catching up now…

Hello and a very happy 2016 to you all, friends! 🙂

I’m catching up for the weeks I’ve missed with the biweekly scrapbook! Not much has gone on, really, but here’s a little recap.

Our Christmas week was magical. In the space of four days, we watched every Christmas movie we could possibly think of! Here’s my favourite, “It’s a Wonderful Life” 🙂
12373181_10153425476148337_1571027113142915659_nWe played a lot of games.12347851_10153425700898337_2992114943863293928_nLiat and Alora bought these wonderful teas at Bulk Barn, and we enjoyed them on their appropriate days (and beyond)!
535317_10153434871278337_2022443326237531350_nOn Christmas Eve, we continued our tradition of having Susie over to have homemade cheese fondue with an array of goodies to dip in it as we watched festive films. The fondue was even better this year than last, and we gorged on fresh fruit and veg, crusty bread, kielbasa and Genoa salami, and the wonderfully gooey cheese that was a blend of Swiss, Emmental, and Gruyere that I bought (it made me think of Switzerland and the fondue we had there one evening!). The girls and I also opened our stockings and had a blast discovering all the fun little things we’d all put in there for each other. It was a quiet, sweet, full evening.

Christmas Day arrived and the girls and I grabbed all our gifts and jingled over to Susie’s, where she was in the process of preparing a big brunch. Liat’s sister and her boyfriend were there as well, and we all exchanged gifts and plunged into our food while we watched Home Alone. After that, Liat’s sister and her male half went to go see his parents, and the girls and Susie and I came back to our place and began preparing Christmas dinner.

It was absolutely lovely, and again a calm, sweet day. There was still no snow on the ground, but the sun was finally out after being hidden behind thick grey clouds for many days. We made turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, green bean casserole, and for dessert we had apple pie and more tea. I Skyped with Jon for a while, which meant a lot to both of us on this day of days.

And then, as usual, the sads kicked in. They do this every year once Christmas is over. It’s my favourite holiday and December is my favourite month of the year, so the days between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day make me feel down.

But then, right before Liat’s birthday on the 30th, we finally got snow.
1934102_10153445674018337_5375929781480961642_nNeedless to say, I was very, VERY happy.
1933899_10153445675458337_8338959203679297862_nLiat’s birthday came and went. We had some guests, gifts, THREE different cakes (including a dragon-shaped one that Monica made), and she had lunch and dinner out. I’m glad she got a good deal of attention, since December birthdays are often ignored!

We had friends over for New Year’s Eve, where we watched movies, had champagne, ate delicious food, and laughed a lot. We counted down together and I silently bid farewell to wonderful 2015, beautiful 2015, and I prayed for a 2016 that would be just as good to me if not even better.

2016 started off mild and our snow melted, and we all felt fresh and new.

With my art, I picked up the girls’ mostly unused Monoprice drawing tablet and experimented with it, drawing this little image in Paint Tool Sai. I’ve played around with digital art over the years, but it’s always been difficult and frustrating for me to use a mouse and take many days to create sub-par art. But I’m very pleased with how this turned out. It’s a start, right? 🙂
10391687_10153456378558337_6872419691309095394_nOn Monday morning, I woke up at 6:30am to the smell of fire. I’m terrified of fire so I jumped up, smelling all the adapters and outlets around me to see if they were burning. Then I peeked through the curtains, and I saw this. Not a pleasant thing to see when you’re barely comprehending!3871_10153456378593337_6453295741850894909_nThe fire quickly got bigger and began making booming noises. Four firetrucks showed up minutes later and put out the growing flames. It turns out the owner was getting in his car to go to work, and he flooded the engine and something sparked in the engine. He wasn’t hurt, thankfully, but I hope he has insurance!!

How was the rest of your December and the start of the new year for you all? Any big plans this year?

 

 

 

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