Living in BC has a few perks. One big one is that we are only 4 hours from my parents. So, for the first time in 9 years, we got to spend the holidays together! We headed down on Christmas day, & had a nice meal around the dining room table on china plates, & crystal, complete with wine for the adults, & sparkling cider (for me, the kids don't like sparkly drinks)!
On Boxing day we opened our gifts, & the kids were delighted about the cereal tradition that lives on!
Who wouldn't be excited about Christmas Crunch?
Chancery was excited about getting the entire boxed set of Roald Dahl books. "I love these books!"
PChad got some London Tea. It's always a bit of an experiment if the tea will be any good. Last year I got him some really cute tins of tea & the tea in them was gross, but the tins were super cute! Hopefully this box is good tea!
Asher opened Inside out, which we have seen a few times & is a very fitting film for our family in the midst of our transition.
This was the highlight of the day. Grandma opened a gift card to a restaurant & the card said, "Will you go on a date with me?"
Grandma replied, "Yes I will!"
To which Asher replied, "It's not from me! It's from Grandpa!"
On Sunday we went to my parents church, & the new pastor there is a friend of ours from seminary. Pastor Jacob's wife, Kami, is one of my best friends. She & I were pregnant with our first kids at the same time, & got to spend the first year of being new moms together. After church they came to my parents house for lunch & we spent the afternoon catching up & enjoying each others' company. We do not get a chance to see each other very often, so it was nice to get to be together most of the day.
Monday we all headed up to an extended family Christmas celebration with cousins from near & far. My cousin from Hawaii was visiting with her son, as well as a lot of local cousins, & we had a nice evening despite not playing a single round of Dutch Blitz. We must be getting older!
Then Grandma & Grandpa left with Asher & Chancery to go back home, & PChad & I went back to BC. Grandma & Grandpa had always said they wanted to spend more time with the grandkids, so we let them have them for a whole week!