Canyonlands National Park

Thursday, January 1, 2015

  Winter 2014/2015




Christmas and New Year's 2014

Our last day of work for 2014 was Tues. Dec. 23rd, a fairly quiet day, with only a couple of deliveries. Co-workers in other departments had taken vacation days so the number of people in the building was less than usual. Between stat holidays and vacation days we are off until Jan.5th,2015. 


Christmas with my parents and our kids

Since we had had our Christmas with the kids earlier in the month, Christmas morning was quiet for us. Pat, Clemson and I were up by 6 a.m., with coffees in hand and the yuletide log with Christmas music playing on the TV, we sat and opened our gifts to each other. Clemson to, gets in on the action, it is so hilarious to watch him try to open his gifts as we coach him on. With gifts open we settle into a relaxing morning, more coffee, breakfast at some point and checking out the blogs we follow and face book. 
Pat's new camera bag
 


Clemson digging in his stocking

Getting it out finally



a new toy



A new denim shirt

Clemson opening his gift

A new blanket, Pat made from all the scarfs he gets when he gets his hair cut.


Pat's new tripod.

The three of us.
 


Our Christmas day tradition for a few years has been to head to Stratford to  my sister Liz and her husband Bruce's place. Here we are joined by our sister Carol and her husband Brian and our parents for dinner.   We all contribute something to the meal and enjoy a great time together.
 
Table all set
 
Boxing day morning we spend at home, not ones to rush out into the crowds for the "big deals". In the afternoon we went back to Stratford to my Aunt Ruth's for a get together with whoever and as many that can make it of my cousins and their families. Another tradition that has been going on for a number of years. This is my mom's side of the family and Aunt Ruth is the only one left out of eight. There is a spread of food to take part in, conversation of new goings on and memories of the past to laugh and reflect on and a good time.
 


The youngest with his grandma

Some of the clan

The youngest with the oldest of the clan

 


A ffew more



Food spread for the taking


The time between boxing day and new year's eve is spent relaxing and doing whatever we feel like. With having a green Christmas this year, it has been great for travelling. We usually have a quiet new year's eve, go out for dinner, take in a movie and home before midnight to ring in the new year with Dick Clarke, then off to bed. This year, we are going up to Arkona to Rock Glen Family Resort (our home park) for a  dinner and dance evening and staying the night in one of the cabins.


Our Table


Pat line dancing

We got to hold this little guy while his mom danced with his 3 brothers



Nathaniel, 5 months old


Good time and music

 

 

New friends, Cindy and Larry

Midnight balloon drop
 


Happy New Year



Rock Glen , no snow



Our Cabin on the left

This has been a longer post then intended, but it wraps up 2014 and brings the start of a new year, 2015. May this year bring you many new and wonderful things, memories of things in the past and the return of old friends. Cherish those memories and friends and never give up on your dreams. Happy New Year to all, thanks for stopping by, till the next time, take care.

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