Sunday, 1 December 2013

Welcome December!

It is December 1st.  There is something about the shift from November to December that makes me want to soak in all of the fun and festive times around.  It is always so busy this time of year but I can't tell you how much I enjoy connecting with friends and making merry wherever we go!

This weekend was filled with much fun!  Early Saturday morning Sydney and I hit up the annual Dunbar Craft Fair at the Dunbar Community Centre.  I always enjoy this fair and seeing the same locals selling their handmade fare.  As always, we got ourselves some great things.  I got a hand knit winter hat and scarf for myself and a pile of pottery from a local potter that she was blowing out.

We could have stayed all day but had to fly through the hundreds of tables to get to book club on time early Saturday afternoon.  We snuggled up at Christianne's Lyceum for the last book club of the year on a rainy Saturday afternoon.  Christianne read books based on the theme of friendship and the sometimes tumultuous times that friends can have.

We finished off the afternoon by making friendship pins as our craft, one for Sydney and one for Mommy.  We are, after all, best friends as Sydney always says!

We had a couple of hours to rest up before we headed off to Sydney's buddy Leo's house for their annual Hanukkah party.

What a great party it was!  The food was amazing, brisket, chicken, hot and cold appetizers galore, latkes and fresh fruit and veggies along with an amazing assortment of sweets for dessert.  Marcy definitely knows how to do good food!

We had so much fun visiting with a few of the families from preschool, Marcy's family and friends that I have met through her.

We lit the menorahs together, Marcy gave each of the children a chance to light one candle using the shammash.  Sydney was so proud of herself as she lit one all on her own!  Love the menorahs that her kids have with their names spelled out in blocks!

In fact, tonight she decided that she wanted to light all five candles herself so, with a little help from Daddy, she did and had a huge smile on her face the whole time!

She got a very cool gift tonight, a Barbie doll from the Dolls of the World collection, a Canadian Mountie in a full serge!  Love it!

Last night she got a purse and change purse set, a girl can never have too many!  It was a special night too because it was the fourth night for our four year old girl.  She brought over her number 4 birthday balloon for the pictures.

This morning we went to Christmas brunch at Christina and Ryan's house with the Dunbar families.  What a lovely time we had visiting together and enjoying some special food.

Christina did a special story time with the kids.

And the kids did some crafts:

Then we piled all their gifts on the dining room table for them to take home with them!

Sydney couldn't resist ripping into hers when we got home!  She got some very cute stuff from her friends!

We polished off this weekend by going to see Disney on Ice this afternoon.  What an amazing show it was!  I don't know who enjoyed it more, Sydney or me!

Happy to see December here! 

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