Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Passed...3 & Final...

We spent a quiet, relaxing day on Christmas. Dillon and Tiffany were in Canada, celebrating with her family.

I made a turkey dinner, and Ma & Pa Likkel came over to share it with us...It was a nice little breather before our last celebration with the Honcoop's on the 26th.

Gramma Bev has also adopted the Likkel's shopping strategy, so it was fun again to see what everyone bought...And to watch Gramma, so pleased at their shopping!

But, of course, now there are LITTLE KIDS again -- and frankly, they get all the attention.

'Cause they are so much fun...
Brielle, loving her book...

Colby, hugging his new clothes!

Madelyn started out shy, having just woken up...
(It didn't last...)

Cutie pie!

Serious business...

Brielle adores her cousin!


Hanging with the grown-ups, talking hay & tractors...

"Auntie Cait! Let me help you..."

When Miss Madelyn came fully awake,
she became quite the entertainer!
Everyone had to take her picture with the toy camera...

This is the cheesy grin you would see...

Uncle Dill impressed the Little Miss with his picture of her on his phone...

She was inspired! She sat right down, and turned her pretty little head to look over her shoulder in a classic model pose!! Oh! We laughed!!
And look at her parents in the background -- You can tell they were a little surprised!
I believe they have an interesting future before them...

It was a wonderful Honcoop Family gathering...again.
We feel so blessed!
Christmas IS the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas Passed...2...

Our nuclear family celebrated on Christmas Eve Day, just like we did when the kids were young. We would always have breakfast, and then Randy would yawn big, and say, "Well, time for a nap..." "Noooo, Dad!", was the cry...but he would always make it all the way to the couch and lay down just long enough for them to think he really meant it...

This year, after our laughing Likkel party lingered long and late, the KIDS wanted to take a nap between breakfast and the gifts...

I guess we ARE all grown-ups now...

We all had a little rest, so we could go forth with energy!

Daisie was into it...
Dillon got a gun...oh boy...

Daisie was VERY into it...

Tiff got the biggest present...

Macy got to come along...

She loved her new toy...Daisie was less impressed.
Daisie is more into meat these days....



...still looking for meat...

STOCKINGS!!

I found teeny tiny Lincoln Log sets...This was as far as Caitlin ever got...

Most of the time, they slipped apart before you could finish them...
But they were pretty cute!

 And Daisie?
Can you tell she never got any meat... 

"My life is crap. Santa never read MY list..."

Christmas Passed...

...and it was great! A four day blitz of parties and celebrating.

I've been recovering all week...

With so much family to enjoy, we have to start early and stay late, so to speak, so our first party was on Thursday, the 23rd. We gathered with the Likkel Clan, sans Cameron, our niece who is currently in Africa...First time ever that one of us was absent! We've gone a long time without any absences, so we can't complain...but we did miss that girl!

The evening began with the opening of gifts from Mom & Dad, aka Grandma & Grandpa. The Likkels have adopted a unique shopping strategy for Christmas. In October, they hand out envelopes of cash to all of us. The rule is that you shop for your own gift -- but then you must wrap it and put it under their tree until our party. Shopping for multiple teens and adults was getting to be too much, but giving cash is so boring...This way they get to see what their dollars purchased, and no stress! It's fun for all of us to see what everyone chooses...and it's fun to shop for yourself during Christmastime too!

I was proud that Jess and I bought ourselves the same gift...He was somewhat intolerant of my enthusiasm...


Gosh, Erin...what is it???

(...a globe...)

Ever see someone so excited to open a box which contents are already known to her?
Love your enthusiasm, Tiffany!


Caitlin went for the red purse...Grandma would never have dared to buy that!


Then it was on to the stocking stuffers which were the subject of our formal meeting as to the stipulations and regulations of the conduct of this exercise...We seem to have a thing about rules...

We give each other such thoughtful gifts...
..comfy underwear...

...fake snot...
(Poor Jeffrey! At the tender age of 4, he earned a reputation of legendary mucus production when he had a bad cold during our camping trip...His cousins have never gotten over it...so consequently, neither can he.)

...and flutes you play with your nose.

I bet you all wish you had awesome rules like us. They produce such AWESOME gifts!

Herein, I must commend Jeffrey and his girlfriend, Kristen (looking cozy at left) for their bravery. This was the first time that Kristen had met most of the family...and it was quite the introduction! She did not shy away from our crazy antics and traditions, participating fully...Well, except for when we sang a rousing rendition of the Canadian national anthem to prove to Tiffany we knew all the words...but that was just because Kristen doesn't live close enough to the border to have learned them...yet. 
Kristen -- we'd love to have you back -- if you can stand it! ; )

At the end of the evening we handed over the big surprise for Mom & Dad...

...An album of all the pictures from their 50th wedding anniversary celebration.
It's such fun to make them so happy!

Another wonderful Likkel Family Christmas, full of laughter and good cheer...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Of course, we must gather for the traditional picture...
Uh...not ready, almost...but try again...


Macy, Daisie! Look that way...over there!
It's beeping faster!! Oh...sigh...

Lost one dog...but close enough...
The picture-taking shouldn't take longer than the actual celebration.
That's the rule...

Merry Christmas Wishes from me and mine
to you and yours!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bright Nights, Big City...

Last night we trekked up to Vancouver, B.C. to enjoy Tiffany's birthday celebration. Her fond wish was to gather the Honcoop & White families for dinner and an excursion to Stanley Park's "Bright Nights" Christmas Extravaganza.

First stop: Ye Olde Spaghetti Factory in Gastown for a carb-loading feast...

The Birthday Girl blowing out the sparkler on her spumoni!
(Yum! Spumoni...)

Then we wended our way through the Big City, enjoying the lights and high rises, and fancy shops...
and overall classiness!
(Well, maybe not on Hastings so much.)

We arrived at Stanley Park and hurried to the end of the line for the train ride...We just made it!

There are lights EVERYWHERE in the park! In fact, the Firefighters of the city do this as a fund-raiser. From Nov. 1 -25, 20 guys are busy 5 days per week getting the displays ready.
It's just beautiful!

We rode the little train through the trees to see the plethora of scenes, all the while singing along to the Christmas songs that were playing.
I loved it.

And I took a lot of really bad pictures with my little camera...
But I'm putting them up anyway, because they look pretty to me!

A bad picture of our family group...It was CHILLY!
That just made it seem more Christmas-y...






At the end, we caught a glimpse of the Jolly Old Man himself -- apparently making a practice run...
It looks like they'll be ready for the big day!
Good news, kids!


What a fun evening! We so love Tiffany's family, and love it that her birthday always makes for a fun Christmastime outing together.
It's a blessing!

Monday, December 20, 2010

The busyness continues...

...and it continues with good stuff, fun stuff, and getting ready for Christmas stuff.

A few examples:
We got our tree at Stoney Ridge...careful consideration going on here...

Randy loves to run the shaker thing...

I tried to get smooch from Moses, the camel, but we were just a little too far apart.
I think we broke a number of rules while we were at Stoney Ridge...I don't think you're supposed to bug the camel, or run the shaker thing yourself...At least Jess behaved.

I got up early to watch Cait and her co-workers do the Jingle Bell Run. Don't they look great?!

Loved their "boots"! And, no -- they didn't make their costumes...Had to answer that one approximately 307 times...

Caitlin, Lisa, Carol...ready to GO!

I got a little distracted with all the cute doggies around there...Can't remember this boxer's name, but her owners noted that she must know I have a boxer as she responded so sweetly to me...Awww...

Angus, the 9 mo. old bulldog, waited patiently...

Apparently it's true that you can't have just one pug...

See Mr. Mondo, the Great Dane, in there? Wow!

This little gal was SO happy!

What???
Yes, even pigs support the Jingle Bell Run...


And this is the finish line...the correct finish line...
Uh -- Dickson Medical Clinic's support team (me, the Doc, and Mike) were not present at this one when the girls made their triumphant finish...
Bad support team!! We were in the wrong place at the right time...nuff said, right guys?!
We'll do better next time! Thankfully, the girls still let us come to breakfast with them at Skylark's afterward.
A fun start to a December Saturday!

Colby and Brielle came to visit again...
Love the two-year-old cheesy face for pictures!

Miss Brielle was Uncle Ran's little buddy...
She was a little scared of Daisie for the first time, so she felt really safe on Uncle's lap.
By the end of the day, she and Daisie were friends again...

Colby was busy with the little tractors and implements all day.
"Pow hay!" which being intrepreted means: Plow hay -- and: "Aunt Les please fix this blasted plow that keeps coming apart! How's a guy supposed to get any work done!"

Colby was protective of his little sister, and would ask Daisie: "Pees, ni-ni dog?"
Which being interpreted means, "Please go to bed, dog."
Oh, those precious, precious kids!!


In other news: The Alien has landed!
Actually, this is the new weather station...so fancy and scientific looking!
I'm excited! It came just in time to record the 2.4 inches of rain we had 2 Sundays ago...The rain that almost flooded Dillon and Tiff's place (it came close!), and closed some roads. Now we can always tell you the temp, the wind chill, the rainfall -- daily, monthly, yearly, the humidity -- and all kinds of other details I don't understand. I love this thing!

Other activities have included shopping and baking and wrapping and now it's The Big Week!

And it seems like it's going to be over too soon, as usual.


I'm going to do my best to enjoy every minute of it!

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Needing an outlet for various thoughts rattling in my head, I've created two blogs -- One about my real life (leslieisverbose.blogspot.com) and one where I can vent. (leslievents.blogspot.com)