9 Years Old.

For Jonah’s birthday I took him skiing – for his first time. It’s something that he’s wanted to do for years – but I could never justify back home. Either skiing on such a small local hill, or making the trek to the mountains just to learn.  Here we drove a little further up the mountain that we live on – and spent a few hours in the sunshine with the temperature hovering around zero.  It was great – and he learned very quickly.  He pretty much hasn’t stopped asking to go back since.

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The following is from Jonah:

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It was so fun. “Hey dad when can I go skiing again”?.

9 Years Old.



For Jonah’s birthday I took him skiing – for his first time. It’s something that he’s wanted to do for years – but I could never justify back home. Either skiing on such a small local hill, or making the trek to the mountains just to learn.  Here we drove a little further up the mountain that we live on – and spent a few hours in the sunshine with the temperature hovering around zero.  It was great – and he learned very quickly.  He pretty much hasn’t stopped asking to go back since.

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The following is from Jonah:

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It was so fun. “Hey dad when can I go skiing again”?.

Noël

Christmas was quite different for us this year. Instead of gathering like we normally do with dozens of family and friends on the 24th, 25th, and often the 26th (which usually spills over into the 27, then Jonah’s birthday on the 28, which is followed by 2 days off, then New years eve…) – we were at home with just the five of us.  On Christmas Eve we went to a fairly laid-back service at at french church, then came home and had Raclette for supper (melted cheese on potatoes..mmmm)  By the time we finished supper it was well after 8:00, so the kids each had a gift from friends which they opened, and were in bed well before 10.  

The kids each had one present to open on Christmas morning – plus a game to share.  The difference between this and other years where they often seem to get so much more is that this year they seemed to have actually appreciated what they got, and played with their new toys; lots.

We spent the day at home, went sledding in our yard, played with new toys, went sledding down a bike trail that turned out to be quite long/steep/rock-filled/fun. Then we had supper at home, just the five of us.  Although it was especially different, and quite an adjustment for the kids, in some ways it was nice to have a quiet time at home just sharing Christmas as a family.

Christmas ended up being very relaxing, and a great time for us to be together as a family.  Just what we were hoping for.

Noël



Christmas was quite different for us this year. Instead of gathering like we normally do with dozens of family and friends on the 24th, 25th, and often the 26th (which usually spills over into the 27, then Jonah’s birthday on the 28, which is followed by 2 days off, then New years eve…) – we were at home with just the five of us.  On Christmas Eve we went to a fairly laid-back service at at french church, then came home and had Raclette for supper (melted cheese on potatoes..mmmm)  By the time we finished supper it was well after 8:00, so the kids each had a gift from friends which they opened, and were in bed well before 10.

The kids each had one present to open on Christmas morning – plus a game to share.  The difference between this and other years where they often seem to get so much more is that this year they seemed to have actually appreciated what they got, and played with their new toys; lots.

We spent the day at home, went sledding in our yard, played with new toys, went sledding down a bike trail that turned out to be quite long/steep/rock-filled/fun. Then we had supper at home, just the five of us.  Although it was especially different, and quite an adjustment for the kids, in some ways it was nice to have a quiet time at home just sharing Christmas as a family.

Christmas ended up being very relaxing, and a great time for us to be together as a family.  Just what we were hoping for.

It’s a Christmas Miracle!

I’m not sure what’s a bigger Christmas miracle: the fact that we woke up the morning of Dec 24th to a beautiful snowfall (started in the night – forecasting up to 30cm at higher elevations) or the fact that the snow tires that I started trying to get over a month ago  – arrived the day before yesterday – and were installed yesterday.  Bring it on.

We were already out sledding this morning (we’ve learned now that helmets and goggles are in order as there are a lot of bushes/trees/stumps/rocks/fence posts to try and dodge)  – and by this afternoon our tracks are almost covered over again. It’s been sunny all week – with quite a bit of rain – so it looked like it was going to be a green and muddy Christmas – but now everything is covered in a thick, thick blanket of snow.  So far we’ve spent today playing games, sledding, watching Christmas shows and watching the snow fall outside.