Our first big snowfall arrived a few days ago, now the Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland and odours of pine are in full swing. It certainly makes one anticipate Christmas much more when the ground is white - last year there wasn't a bit of snow until January so it made Christmas a bit anticlimactic.
The kiddies are very excited for Santa, especially Magnus. It seems that 3 must be the magic age where the concept of birthdays, Christmas and presents start to make sense because he sure gets it now. Our little boy is an incessant hummer and singer and Christmas has given him the opportunity to greatly expand his catalogue of tunes. His favourite now is Jingle Bells and he hums it almost constantly. He is also fond of removing all his clothes, dropping to all fours, and galloping around the house at rapid speeds which provides little Stella hours of rollicking fun playing "Chase the Brown Eye". As you can see, we have built in entertainment at home so we don't go out much.
My mom was in town for a few days while Ana breezed off to New York to meet up with her friend Alana for some well deserved away time. It was quite a learning experience as mom brought her cookbooks, pans and everything else required for a weekend of baking. We made heaps of goodies, even Christmas cookies which the kids got to decorate. We don't do much baking around here so it was a great treat and will provide plenty of snacks for the visitors we'll be having over Christmas. The "Eastern Canada Olson Christmas" will be happening at our place on January 29th, all Olson-ites welcome.
We did a short trip to Florida to meet up with my dad, brother Marty and families a couple weekends ago. I love Florida, mainly because you can get Bahamian Kalik beer there but also because it's always warm, everything works, prices are reasonable, and people are friendly. We were in the St. Petersburg area this time and since we enjoyed it so much we're going back for a full week in January.
I just remembered that it's time to crank out my annual Christmas letter....stay tuned.