Merry Christmas all! So far today: breakfast, presents opened, second breakfast, now play and visit and enjoy. And now some photos from December for your viewing pleasure (must take advantage of free wi-fi at mom & dad's place!!):
It doesn't feel too long ago that we put up our Christmas tree (now significantly drier, and with fewer needles!) and had a Christmas party (fun people, good food!) and now suddenly it's the December 19, with only 6 more days (5.5, really) until Christmas!
I don't have too much to say today...just that we have been busy with December happenings, and are excited to celebrate Christmas with our families later this week! Can't wait to see you guys! (Wall family, I will see you on Tuesday at the company party, and then again on Thursday for Christmas, but I am still excited for both of those things!)
Tis the season for Christmas decorating! Dan & I ventured out to Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm on Saturday to pick out this year's tree. Since Saturday was the opening day of Christmas tree hunting season, we were pleasantly shocked to see only a few other vehicles parked at the gates. When the man handed us the bucksaw to cut our own, we confidently told him "We won't be needing that!" and wandered about 10 feet over to the pre-cut trees. We figure, why do the work that is already done for you? After about 5 minutes of looking around, we picked out our 7' Douglas Fir, paid for it and loaded it onto the hay truck that we borrowed for this adventure! (Admittedly, we didn't need a whole hay truck...we did get some strange looks from passersby while we placed a 7' Christmas tree on a 15' long flatbed truck!)
Here it is nicely decorated! It smells great too!
Also, a while ago we bought some new couches, as you can see from the above photo. We are quite happy with our olive green sofa and chair and a half!
Back to the Christmas tree:
Every year I struggle with watering the dead-but-still-green tree. My usual way was to just use a pitcher from the kitchen and clean up the inevitable spills and falling needles as I wormed my way under the tree to get to the tree stand. This year I had a moment of brilliance that would alleviate the mess, and the crawling.
Behold, our newest Christmas tree ornament:
This simplest of all kitchen tools, the funnel, is shoved into a piece of plastic hose that we found at the farm, which runs down the tree trunk, right into the tree stand!
Brilliant! I am quite proud of my idea! Feel free to steal it. All you need is a funnel, some plastic hose and a twist tie (to secure the top of the contraption to a nearby branch). Dan tested it all out and it works great. Can't wait until it's my turn to water the tree!
Just thought I should stop in the old blog and say something!
November has been whipping by. Us Wall girls had our annual shopping trip to Palm Springs, which was delightful, warm, lazy, spendy, and overall a great time! I came home with all kinds of new work clothes, two pairs of boots, a pair of flats and even some Christmas surprises for Dan (shh, don't tell him)! We also enjoyed some great food and of course were kept entertained by Helen every moment of the day.
Our weather has been news worthy as of late, as in, it's been snowing! I took a snow day from work today, and it's been snowing all day. We probably have about 10 cm's out there! I even shovelled my sidewalk Dad! Without a snow shovel! Rain is supposed to overtake, and it's supposed to warm up, but if it's bad to drive tomorrow I may very well be taking another snow day. I am so thankful that I have a job that is flexible for me, and that Dan can always go to his work (although he may not want to, I suppose, on days like this!)
I haven't done any Christmas decorating yet, but I have been preparing to do so - hopefully this weekend! The tree farm down the road opens on Saturday, so we plan on joining in the hoardes of people that will be there and getting our tree with the rest of them. I've also found some Christmas decoration treasures at 10,000 Villages - a tree skirt and some red garlands. Dan & I are having a Christmas party the following weekend, so we're trying to prepare for that in bite sized pieces and not all at once!
The last few weeks around here have been both delightfully full of family and friends, and somewhat crazy with activity! It all started when my lovely friend Becky come to Vancouver. I met her and her cousin Laura downtown and we had a great day playing tourist!
We rented some awesome pink bikes and rode around Stanley Park, went to the Olympic Cauldron where we were interviewed for Global News, got some lunch, walked around Gastown and then up Granville. It was a beautiful day and I was so happy I got to see my friend!
I also touched the ocean, because the following week I would be looking at Atlantic salt water...more to come on that!
Dan also had a weekend off in there somewhere, so on another beautiful day, we decided to go to White Rock for lunch. Our original plan was to go to the states, but after hearing border line ups were about 2 hours, we opted for somewhere a little closer to home! So off it was to Uli's for lunch - we had crab cakes and baked brie....mmm, SO yummy!!
Later that afternoon, our friends Evan & Jen invited us to go on a corn maze adventure with them. Here's Dan telling us all where we should be going! (Actually, he's explaining something about dairy farming I think).
Can't have a blog post without a photo of Helen....
Now off to Halifax! I flew to Toronto first and spent a day with Hillary & Mike before us girls and Nikki took off to Josh & Leah's place. Despite having only one full day with H&M, we did manage to get in a shopping trip to Eaton's centre, some baking (a delicious pumpkin cheesecake!) and going out to eat twice!
After a Thursday that I am sure we would all like to forget spent in airports and planes, Hill, Nic & I were finally in the maritimes and ready to play and have fun with Josh & Leah. We had a great time together enjoying some sightseeing, eating delicious food, and freezing on the rocky coastline of Nova Scotia. I tried to touch the Atlantic ocean as well, but there just wasn't a good place to try to attempt it!
Waiting for our "truck boat" tour to start!
Lobster supper at Hubbards!
Now cooking Thankgiving at Leah's
Josh made a pie!
I came home from Halifax (12 hours of travelling from Leah's door to mine) to an equally busy week. I started a new job on Wednesday at Nova Kitchens. (It's going good so far!) Then among Wall family get togethers and Thanksgiving celebrations, our house was used to host a rehearsal dinner for friends Jenn & Eddie (Jenn was one of my Briercrest roommates!) on Friday night. Saturday night was the wedding! Congrats guys!
I wonder if the next three weeks will be as fun filled as the last three??? I kind of hope so!
If you are looking for something to do this weekend (and live in the Fraser Valley), here are two options:
1. Come to the Mt. Lehman Fall Fair. And more importantly, come and say hello to me at my craft sale table! Rachel & I will be there selling our wares. We'd love to see you! (And we would like you even more if you bought something....preferably from one of us!!) The fair is free and has entertainment, kids activities and more.
2. Before I knew that I would be at a craft sale on Saturday, Dan & I had planned to try to attend EAT! Fraser Valley. It's at the Tradex and is on all weekend!
Just wanted to share what I made for Helen's 2nd Birthday. Felt play food groceries: mik, eggs, cheese, bread & fish, complete with reusable grocery bag and a reversable apron. (I found the pattern for the groceries in this Etsy shop). I'm pleased to report that Helen loved it!
Two weekends ago we found ourselves camping with good friends Dave & Rachel at Manning Park. I guess I shouldn't say we "found ourselves camping" we actually planned it way ahead of time and Dan booked the sight and we bought food and brought beds and warm clothes! So it was preconceived! Anyway, we had a great time (for camping) and enjoyed our weekend at Lightning Lakes Campground even though it rained on Saturday night and Sunday morning. (That's when we left for McDonalds breakfast in Hope...a good call I think!) Here are the only photos I took, but they sum up what we did, which was: sit around and read, eat & drink & enjoy ourselves! Oh! We also went canoeing on Lightning Lake, but I don't have any hard evidence of that!
Well it's been sort of busy around here - but I don't know with what! Just life I guess! Dan & I went to Lethbridge on August long weekend, which was fun and relaxing and we were both very glad Dan was able to get away from work at this time of year. We didn't do too much in Lethbridge - mostly just ate and were around, but we did go to Waterton and ate food there too, and saw 3 bears!
Supper on the porch!
Cameron Lake at Waterton
Also, you may recall the Garden Party me and two other girls had a while back. It was moderately successful and we had a fun afternoon together. We are trying to find out more information about the Mt. Lehman Fall Fair and might share a table there too....that idea is pretty undeveloped though, but I'll post it here if we are going to be there!
If anyone is interested in any of my products - handmade fabric banners, coasters, tote/diaper bags, 4" blocks, bibs or ISpy bags, please let me know! (I have some surplus!) I'd love to show you what I have, or make something just for you!
Helen & I have a playdate about once a week. Today I took her to a playground (with a slide – as per the little one’s request). She loved every minute of it! Helen took off running and played hard for probably 30 minutes or so. Climbing up the slides, sliding down, run across the bridge, play with the steering wheel, down a bigger slide, over to the swings, back to the tunnel slide to climb up and through. What a kid. At one point she patted another little girl on the head (who was probably the same age) and said “Nice baby.” She loved watching the big kids play and fearlessly did (or tried to do) what they did on the playground. It’s been so neat and wonderful to see her grow and learn so much. It’s hard to believe she has only been in our lives for 22 months.