Our Christmas Excursion

This is what it’s all about.

Christmas time spent with family and friends.

I must say, even though hubby didn’t get the holidays he had hoped for, it was still a nice time.

We ended up leaving on Christmas Eve to head for hubby’s parents house.  They had family coming for Christmas day supper (dinner for everyone else, 🙂 ) and where she threw her back out a week prior, we knew she wasn’t going to be able to do it with just the 2 of them there.  So we packed up half the presents, 3 suitcases, the dog and ourselves and headed off.

Yes, I had the iPad with us.  But it was more for Denise to use when she wanted to play with it.  I tweeted a couple of times, but not that often.  At least it took up less space then the laptop I usually take on excursions like this, 🙂

Well, Christmas morning came and we ate breakfast first.  I think Brett was a little confused with it all as he’s not used to opening up gifts anywhere but at home.  But he sat on the floor and I started passing them their gifts.

I brought out gifts from my parents, the in-laws, a couple of aunts, and a friend from the mainland.  They were all a hit.  Especially the dinosaur movies that we and a friend gave Brett.  He won’t watch them though, until Christmas is actually over and all the gifts are put away.

Denise got a camera this year.  She was always using ours, or the video camera (that takes both pictures and videos).  So we thought it was time to give her her own.  Only thing I misread was the fact that it takes 3 AAA batteries. not the double A’s.  So we figure we’ll have to get the rechargeable AAA package for her.  Though, I figure we’ll need lots of the small batteries as the camera sucks the life out of them fast, LOL.

I have to still set up her camera on the computer, so I figure I’ll get that done when things gets put away.  Which won’t be that long from now.  I tend to start putting things away even before the New Years ring in.  Definitely before Brett’s birthday.  The last thing to get put away is the tree.  Then I figure I’ll be re-arranging the living room again.

I’ll skip some time now and go straight to the preparing for the Christmas Day supper.  Dinner to some people, :).  Either way, it was 5:30pm when we all sat to eat.

And what a meal it was too.  Turkey, stuffing, veggies, gravy.  Yummmm.

It was a nice time.  Catching up with people we don’t see every day.

We even had hubby’s brother on skype to join in on the conversation. 🙂

I think it was about 7pm when we all started to clear out.  Hubby packed up the truck with the clothes and gifts.  Brett was constantly asking for “Nanny Williams house”.  So at least he knew that was where we were going next to stay the night.

We said our good-byes and headed for my parents house.

Well, we got there and the car was gone.  Although, I was calling dad’s cell and the house phone to let them know we were on the way.  Cell phones are great to have, though, it would be loads better if we can actually get service with them.

Oh well, I got out of the truck and surprisingly the door was unlocked for us.  I guess they figured we wouldn’t be too much longer.  So I went to the door to let hubby know to come on in.  Then I went in search for a phone book.

I figured there was 1 of 3 places they would be, Uncle Dean’s, Aunt Irene’s or my cousins place.  So I called my uncle’s place first.  They weren’t there.  So I called my aunt’s place and got a chuckle when I heard her answer the phone.  “You’ve got company.”  I couldn’t use my cell as the service is weird out there, so I had to use mom’s house phone.  She passed the phone to mom and then a few minutes after that, they were home too.

The kids seen they had stockings there too, so they were excited to see what they got in them.  Though, now I figure this will be a yearly tradition.  Taking turns between the in-laws house or my parents for Christmas.

While the kids settled into their beds, we sat around the kitchen table and had a yarn with some munchies.

Not long after that, we all went to bed.  We had a long day ahead of us.

Morning came and I didn’t want to get out of bed.  It was too comfy to leave.  But if I wanted to eat, I had to get up.

Aunt Irene popped up to see what mom and dad got.  Brett was either in the room or watching Discovery Channel.  That and Animal Planet are his 2 favorite channels to watch.  Denise was wherever we all were :).

They say time flies.  Well it sure did.  Especially after we had some lunch, which was leftover chicken from the day before.  Sadly I didn’t get many pictures.  However, between mom and Denise, there were quite a few taken that day. 🙂

Soon it was 2pm and time for us to head home again.  The kids still had gifts in here to open yet.  But besides that, where I was checking facebook and twitter on the iPad from time to time, I was given a message from a friend that there was some things left by the door for us.  That puzzled us.  Who could it be from and what was it?

I come to find out that it was some little oranges from our neighbour across the street who I usually try and do gardening for.  She’s such a sweet lady.

The only thing I should have done was to have heaters on in the house so we’d come back to a warm home.  *facepalm*.  I turned on the heater in the living room so it wouldn’t take so long to heat up.

Well we kept our jackets on and our slippers, while we waited for the house to warm up from the wood stove.  Of course, Denise was excited to see what the big gift was from my sister to her. 🙂

Well after a little while, the house was warmed enough that the kids could open the rest of the presents.  It was funny though.  After the kids got their last gift, Denise spoke up, “is that all?”  LOL.  Had to remind her that she opened half of them out to Nanny Ford’s house on Christmas Day.  🙂

Well the gift my sister gave Denise was a huge success.  It’s a Disney Princess arts & crafts set.  It’s all on Cinderella.  One of Denise’s favorite princesses.  But you can’t go wrong with the Monster High dolls. 🙂

Sorry I don’t have a picture right now to post with this blog, I’ll most likely have one to post via the iPad on twitter and facebook sometime today.

As for me and hubby, we got some clothes, gun cleaning set, and a few other things.  I think our favorite (I know it’s mine) is the Keurig single cup coffee maker we got from my parents.  It came with sample K-cups.  I guess to see which ones we like the best.  I couldn’t wait to get it registered.  Though, had to call my parents to find out the date of purchase.  The rest I was able to fill out.

By doing so, I was sent a thank you email for registering the new machine, and given a code to buy two 24 pack K-cups and get two others for free.  However, I think we’ll have these samples gone before we get our order, 😀 .

Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read about our holidays.  I hope you will keep coming back to see what’s in store for 2013.

Until next time,


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