Sunday, January 4, 2015

Family, Friends, Food and Fun

It has been a 4 F kind of holiday.  Family, friends, food and fun.  Sixteen days of mirth and merriment.  So much mirth and merriment.


“I sustain myself with the love of family.” - Maya Angelou

Our first Christmas gift of the season was having Molly arrive home for eight whole days.  

We got together with Joe's parents, grandmother, aunt and my mom for an early holiday luncheon.

Our kids with their incredibly adorable 99 year old great-grandmother.

Paige's boyfriend Jordan celebrated Christmas with us.  We ventured up the Sea-to-Sky gondola for a snowy walkabout on Christmas afternoon.

Christmas Day coma.

Molly's boyfriend Jordan (yes, both girls are dating boys named Jordan) flew in from Boston to spend a couple of days with us in Squamish.

We got together with some cousins we don't get to see very often.


We are blessed with so many good ones.

 Joe worked in the Medical Genetics department at the University of British Columbia in the '80s.  We got together for dinner in Vancouver with some of the old gang.  It was wonderful to spend time with these smart, generous and funny friends.

After re-connecting with this family a couple of months ago, we had a super-fun reunion on December 28th.

 Happy New Year everyone!

Ringing in the New Year with these gals.

We were lucky enough to spend an evening with the English couple we exchanged homes with two summers ago.  They were in Squamish visiting their children.


All celebrations call for for food.  Lots of food.  And this holiday was no exception.

 A memorable meal with friends: Chinese hot-pot.

 Christmas Eve oysters.

 HonestlyI could live solely on appetizers.

 Christmas Eve potluck.

 Joe wowed this crowd with his cocktails, Margharita pizzas and espresso drinks.

Another memorable meal with friends: Swiss raclette.


We had F-U-N in spades this holiday season.

We have recently adopted the Newfoundland tradition of Tibb's Eve.  We donned these wacky hats from some vintage Christmas crackers and enjoyed a few drinks on December 23rd.

Singing Christmas carols is a holiday must.

Surprising Joe with this painting by artist Luchia Feman was a highlight of my holiday.  Joe fell in love with 'The Lollipop King' when we went on the East Side Culture Crawl back in November.

We played 'Heads Up' several different times, a fun game by Ellen Degeneres that is downloaded onto a cell phone. 

Fun is wearing high-heeled boots while walking on snowy trails in the forest.  Fashion first!

If this photo doesn't say 'fun', what does?

Fun is trying to drink a cup of coffee on Christmas morning with a cranky black cat wrapped around your neck.

As much as we could, we ventured out into the great outdoors.  Joe and I always have fun when we are in nature.

And now the house is quiet.  The tree is down and the fridge is empty.

Christmas has come and gone and the new year is upon us.  We both go back to work tomorrow.  

It has been a marvellous time full of family, friends, food and fun.  A 4F holiday indeed.

May your 2015 be filled with happiness and good health for you all.

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