Zachary and Chase on the gym mat.
Smiley (Richard) on the Wii Fit board
This was the favourite activity of Evette, Smiley and Lynda. Once Kegan was in bed and usually when Richard and I had turned in they would play on the Wii and drink beer or what ever was the drink of choice. The two girls made sure they had breast milk on hand for those times when they could not nurse their son due to their enjoyment the night before.
Ian doing his favourite activity
Ian was only with us for two days as he had to get back to Fernie, BC to be on duty on the 27th. The other three kids tried to get him to play on the Wii with them but he wouldn't. At least we had his favourite Christmas food, mince tarts, Lynda made them for us.
This was the best Christmas Richard and I have had since the children were young. Actually it is the first Christmas in about 15 years that all three of our children were home with us and of course the bonus was the addition of a son-in-law and three grandsons. Even though Christmas dinner was a fiasco, due to us not having a hood fan in the kitchen and it being far too cold to have the doors open and allow the smoke from the oven to escape. I had wanted us all to be sitting down at the dinning room table with the table looking festive, instead we sat around the living room with our plates of food on our laps. I did shed a few tears because I had wanted this perfect Christmas dinner and it didn't happen. But it was perfect because our whole family were home with us.
Ian, as I said left Boxing Day, Evette, Richard and Zachary left on the Saturday after Christmas and Lynda left on the Monday. I was glad that their leaving was staggered as it gave me chance to prepare for the next one to leave. I shed quiet tears as each family member left for their own homes. Ian to Fernie, BC. Evette and family to Victoria and then later they will be heading back to England. Lynda and her boys to Nanaimo, BC.
Hopefully we will see Lynda and the boys in the summer, maybe Ian too. It may be a few years before we see Evette, Richard and Zachary again.
Thank you kids for coming for Christmas and lets not leave it so many years before we do this again. I love you all.