Saturday, January 28, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
We’ve had a crazy winter with some nice cold days followed by some unseasonably warm days. Last Sunday was one of those warm days. I was itching to go out for a run, so Kaylin and Robin took Peter and Gaëlle to the Oval to skate and it was just perfect.
Of course Peter was all pro and it was all about the speed. It’s fun to see him attack the ice and just go. Love it. And we love the Oval. Thanks Halifax.
Monday, January 2, 2012
I’ll just finish off the holiday posts with a couple more pictures of the 2nd Christmas. When the girls and I got back from NJ, we had a couple more presents to share with the kids and a couple of finds from thrift stores. The Fancy Nancy doll and books are treasures found by Grammy. Fancy Nancy was a bit of a theme and Gaëlle loved it all.
Peter loves art and he was thrilled to receive several art books and activity books. He sat right down and started creating. It’s quite fun to see what he comes up with and he is more than happy to show them off.
But I think the excitement is finally over. School starts tomorrow and things should get back to a routine. I think we all need a bit of structure so it will be good.
This year we ended up with a quiet New Year’s Eve. We briefly talked about something bigger but we opted for quiet and low key. We had an evening of “make your own subs” and even had a couple of big kids join us before they headed out for the evening.
We couldn’t forget the “make your own ice cream sundae” and Gaëlle certainly got into the spirit of it all. Fortunately her mouth was as big as her eyes and she was able to finish her bowl.
We never have to worry about Peter finishing his bowl. He can put away the food. Subs and sundaes on New Year’s Eve is a tradition I grew up with. Through the years, we have celebrated both ways; big and small. However, we always manage to fit in the subs and ice cream even if occasionally we have it on January 1.
Now that Peter and Gaëlle have joined our family we have started a new tradition; Haitian pumpkin soup. This is our 2nd year to celebrate on New Year’s Day with Soup Joumou. It requires a bit of preparation but is basically a beef stew with a twist. This is a tribute to Haitian independence when newly freed slaves consumed the soup which had previously been forbidden by their French owners.
We spent a little bit of time in the afternoon playing some games; Bananagrams and Fancy Nancy. As you can tell, some of the adults were not very enthusiastic but ironically won the game. But don’t worry, there will be more chances to play if Gaëlle has anything to say about it.
When we arrived, my parents had a 2nd Christmas for us complete with stockings.
Kaylin spent some time going through my grandfather’s old records. There are boxes of them, but we only asked Grampy to haul out a few. He had an extensive collection, of which my dad has kept a portion.
And we broke out the new “Bananagram” game. Emily is definitely the queen altho the rest of us held our own.
I’ll just end with a picture of the girls in Times Square. Again, completely packed but totally fun.