January 4, 2017

Happy New Year

Wow, where did the last of 2016 go?

we set up our tree at the end of November and tried to take in as many Christmas activities as possible in December since Caius was the right age to enjoy it. decorating the tree, visiting santa, baking & decorating sugar cookies, going through the enchanted forest & checking out the christmas light display and fun area at the berry barn are a few of the fun things we did!

we had 4 christmases this year {which sounds like a lot} but because 3 of them we're around home, it felt super easy and not stressful. christmas eve morning we had a yummy breakfast and opened gifts with my family. that evening we celebrated christmas eve with my moms side of the family as we always do {christmas eve is big for me vs. christmas day}. it was so fun to see Caius & Olivia play together and open gifts. they're both at the right age that it was exciting for them and of course, we got to celebrate the new little addition to our family, Alex, his first christmas. love snuggling a newborn baby at christmas!

christmas morning was just the 3 of us. we kind of went all out for Caius and so he had a lot to open that morning. he wasn't really into it and just wanted to play with all of his new goodies. that afternoon we went to my in laws to celebrate with Neils side. our poor niece Stella broke her arm the week prior so we spent majority of the day trying to play carefully with her. the 3 kiddos had a lot of fun playing together and opening gifts. each of neils brothers & their families were gifted a tremendous, generous gift. we are extremely grateful for what we received

and finally on boxing day, we hosted my dads side for supper. we kept it simple as we assumed everyone would be full of turkey & other treats so a roast supper was perfect. Caius got MORE presents from family members. what a lucky kid to have so many people who love him and want to spoil him!

Neil and I had the week off between christmas & new years. we enjoyed starting our days slowly by laying in bed and letting bubba {Caius' nickname} watch the iPad. having good, filling breakfasts and either getting out to do a fun activity or sticking around home and playing with all the new toys. not going to lie, it's pretty tiring trying to keep up with Caius all day! Neil and I both work full time so we only get 2 full days with him per week. going from that to 24/7 tuckered us out! he is so fun though right now and is really starting to have conversations with us and voice his opinion or his thoughts. it's the best time of our lives right now!

new years eve, my parents came over for the afternoon to watch some hockey games. we went to a downtown NYE party that had skating, hot chocolate & coffee, horse pulled wagon rides, live music, ice sculptures, fire dancers & light up thunder sticks! the weather was perfect with not being deathly cold so it was enjoyable! Caius didn't want to wear skates so Neil ended up carrying him the whole time {super muscles daddy}. my parents haven't been in skates for 20+ years so that was SO awesome to make this memory with them and Caius! we were back home at a decent time and did the Netflix King Julian countdown together, party hats & noises makers included! the rest of the evening with us four playing kaiser, eating wings & watching the ABC NYE special.

it was a great christmas holidays and new years eve! looking forward to what 2017 will bring!

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