Hello all! It’s been a while since I’ve written a post, I haven’t really been up to anything exciting or blog-worthy lol. BUT Christmas… that’s totally blog-able. My family and I are very big on Christmas… like HUGE… so my first Christmas away from home was hard but thankfully we had FaceTime for Christmas morning so we were all still kind of “together” for the holidays. I was also lucky to be able to take a couple weeks off and go home just before Christmas!! Boy did I need the vacation. It was a great two weeks, I surprised my best friend (she cried and tackled me when she saw me), went out for many meals with friends and family, did my fair share of partying and spent a lot of time cuddling my puppy :). Luckily I was home to decorate the tree at my parents house, which is definitely one of my favourite traditions! When I came back to Inuvik some friends came over to decorate my tree in my house here on Christmas eve and then on Christmas day I spent the morning on FaceTime with the fam jam all over the country! Then Panda (ambulance partner) and I made a big turkey and ham dinner for everyone like we did for thanksgiving! Everyone brought sides or deserts then we had a relatively calm evening of board games and drinks (except for Panda and I, we’re both on call 24/7 for now). So here’s some pictures from when I was home and then back in Inuvik!! Enjoy!
First stop after I land, my favourite restaurant in Ottawa. Vittoria Trattoria! And I picked up the cheque. Mom and Dad were pumped about that!
Mellie was VERY happy to see me… she licked my face for quite a few minutes, I don’t think she believed that I was really there.
Went grocery shopping with mom and couldn’t believe how cheap cheese was!! Wish I didn’t have an overnight in Edmonton and could have brought some back with me!
Off to pick our tree!
Tree shopping with puppy!! In our Christmas digs
Another tradition, making chocolate balls with Daddio! Don’t worry, I’m not upset, I just have a weird face.
See? weird face. Fortunate enough to go to a Sens game with Mom and Dad… AND my wife/my best friend.
Christmas shopping and “flunch” with Mom and sister. Flunch = free lunch.
Feeding my baby Cheetos before I leave. She loves her some cheetos.
Final picture with my tree and my baby before I head back north!!
One last meal before I leave… shawarmas!! Definitely have nothing like these up north!
So that sums up the pictures from Mom’s iPhone!!
So here’s the ones from my SLR and Dad’s!
Beany was happy to see Auntie Laura!
Yum Nuts’n’Bolts at Steph’s place
“Auntie Laura, are you really back??”
Making dairy free chocolate balls at Steph’s house. Silly Lactarded sister.
Eating the “poo” off her hands. Your hands get pretty messy making chocolate balls, which is why I never do the rolling 🙂 I’m always the sprinkle girl.
Happy tongue-out monkey
Tree decorating night, the girls get matching shirts every year!
I’m all about ease when transferring ornaments to the tree, why just use your hands? when you have a lot of piercings you can fill with icicles!!
This year’s special ornament.. I’M OFFICIALLY A PARAMEDIC!!
The usual “lights on head” angelic shot
Sisters, we strange.
Tradition!! I don’t even know how many years I’ve been doing this lol. If I can find all the pictures over various years I’ll post them!
And I ALWAYS dance with the tree skirt on, been doing this since I was little and the tree skirt would hit the floor!
So THAT sums up my time spent at home!! ( I know this is a looooong post, but hey, I did a lot of stuff!)
So here’s pictures from when I got back to Inuvik, decorating my tree, Christmas morning with the family via FaceTime, and our big Christmas dinner!
My stairs in Inuvik are decorated just like home
Kari helping decorate
Max enjoying some Psutka chip dip! It was a hit 🙂 Max ALWAYS has his eyes closed in pictures!!
Decorated tree!! And yes, that’s the adventure time Ice King on top!
My pickle ornament I brought back to Inuvik with me!
And mom got me an ambulance for my tree 🙂
Another ornament from home
The boys being idiots “hashtagging” my photo because they know I hate it!!
So I yelled at them and made them take a nice one 🙂
Panda opening one gift on Christmas eve… he’s very excited about the Windsor Salt I got him lol
Natalka got me Christmas crackers! so we each opened one and wore our crowns and told our cheesy jokes lol
See, Max’s eyes are pretty much closed.
This is why we love him.
Everyone loves Baileys!
Hey look! Max’s eyes!!
Even Neko gets a crown!
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
Stockings, “fire” (thank god I got satellite with a fireplace channel before Christmas), and the tree
My stocking with “Lulu” on it. I crocheted stockings for me, Panda, Natalka and Max
JRoc for Jordan
Dutch for Natalka
Herm for Max
And so Christmas morning pictures commence! I got a crochet hook holder thingy made by Steph!! And mom stitched “hooker” into it. I love my family
I thought it was store bought ’til I looked closer and noticed the janky spacing lol. Handmade with love by my sister!
Biggest surprise of Christmas! Mom & Dad got me apple TV!! And perfect timing because I bought myself a Macbook on Christmas eve!
Can opener and new measuring cups from Steph!!
I’m always the one who eats all the after eights at home so mom got me 3 boxes!! yay!
Mom & Dad bought me a lamp with a spotlight for crocheting! Woohoo!
A poison coaster. Courtesy of some convention my dad went to, they sent me all the free stuff they got there haha
Zebra print bath mat!! Wouldn’t be a Laura Christmas without something Zebra!
Coach polar bear key fob from momma! She knows me well!
Apple gift card and a westie notepad! Stocking stuffers from Santa
Nail polish and files from Gypo 🙂
Panda knows me too! Wine wine wine!
Panda gets a sweater from momo 🙂
and a scarf from britt … then he did a bit of a fashion show
“ouu I’m chilly!”
used my measuring cups Christmas morning to make tea buns 🙂
Neko supervising the cooking all day long
Newfie dressing awwww yeah!!!
Buttering up that bird! We named him Richard
Richard, covered in bacon
Max came over to the surprise of a stocking! … filled with chocolate and tea biscuits … “biscuit” is another one of his nicknames 🙂
Big happy family for dinner!
The boys in their aprons
Look at that bird!! yum!
These are MY boys!
Food all ready to be devoured!
Everyone enjoying their meals
After dinner we did a gift exchange thing. We had a $30 limit, gender neutral gift thingy.
I pulled a 10, which means I went last. I could pick a new gift OR steal someones!
Panda went first and opened a box full of booze!!
Grant gets Lindor chocolates!
Jill opened a big Baileys!
Natalka got coffee, swim passes and a squash ball!
Oh look, another picture without Max’s eyes =P
There we go! Max opened ferrero Rocher and a small bottle of baileys
Peter got a book!
Weronika stole Jill’s bottle of baileys lol
someone stole Grants chocolates so he picked a new gift, a little bottle of baileys, a chocolate bar and $15 to the cafe in town!
someone stole max’s chocolate and baileys so he picked a new one… very girly lotion.. Panda couldn’t contain himself.
So that’s it for my Christmas ! So many pictures lol Hope you enjoyed them!!
Hugs & Kisses from afar!