Christmas morning dawned pink and frosty. We may not get a white Christmas, but this was as close as we could get, and so beautiful as the sun rise sparkled off the rooftops. In the distance where you see fog is the ocean, and those mountains are Vancouver Island.
We dove into presents, snacked on chocolates, then played with our new found toys. I had bought a 1000 piece puzzle, thinking that we could do it together, but Jake finds it a bit daunting and Hubs wasn't interested, so I worked on it. Who knew puzzles were so addicting? I swear I spent hours sitting there plugged into my new iPod, hovering over the puzzle and humming to Lady Antebellum.
Santa outfitted Jake for wilderness survival, just as he wished. I see camping in our future. Did I ever tell you I'm not a camping girl? (please excuse the ugly metal bird in the background. It is one of those things Hubs owned before we married, and I'm still trying to get rid of them. Slowly.)
Then there was the annual scratching of the lottery tickets, and as usual, we won nothing. Oh come on, can't we ever get even a few thousand, Santa?
My very favorite, totally unexpected present was a microplane and gorgeous pie plate from my best friend. How did she know? I have coveted those exact items forever.
After presents and hanging out in our pjs, we went out for a hike. Everything was still frosty and in the forest it was the weirdest thing; all the bits of ice were melting and falling off the trees, like rain. Parts of the forest were ghostly with fog, and with the sun pouring through the branches, it was beautiful. I caught some with my Flip, which I'll post once I've played with it and made a better video.
Even the spider webs were frosty.
"Mom, we're having ham for dinner, right? " Jake is very much a foodie. He loves to know exactly what we are eating for dinner.
"No, you requested Greek prawns, Jake."
"Oh that's okay. We can have ham for Easter." He's planning Easter dinner already?
After our hike we went home for a hot drink since everything was closed. The sun was pouring into the kitchen, making everything warm and beautiful, so I put on the Christmas music, and got to work making pumpkin pie and decorating cookies.
Before we knew it, the sun was gone again.
Snuggled up by the fire, we settled in for a delicious dinner, lots of laughs, movies, and some family time.
Just like it should be.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas from our family to yours!