Making Memories

26 December 2013
I hope you all enjoyed a blessed holiday with your family and friends.  We've been making the best of our holidays together here, with more to come.

On Saturday we had the opportunity to take part in a Polar Express event.  It was so much fun!  We took a train ride to the North Pole (our local ski hill).  On the train there were actors and actresses playing the role of the characters in The Polar Express.  We were also treated to a reading of the story and carolling.

When we got to the North Pole we were led to Santa's workshop where the kids started making crafts (bell bracelets and reindeer food).  It was a great way to keep the kids busy while my husband got our ski equipment prepped and ready for us.

After lunch we hit the ski hill.  My husband snowboards and I ski, but our kids had never been skiing before so they took a quick lesson on the bunny hill.  My oldest caught on quickly, so I was able to take her on one of the bigger hills before the end of the day.

After skiing, right before we headed back home, we went back to Santa's workshop to mingle with the big guy himself.  He had a bell from Santa's sleigh for all the kids.  Such a fabulous day ... and definitely a memory maker.

Over the holidays we also had a little photo session with the girls so I could give some pictures as gifts.  My sister is a talented hobby photographer, so we got all the kiddos together so we could give our parents a beautiful framed picture of all the grandkids.  I also got a large canvas of my three little beauties ... Merry Christmas to ME!

And then it was Christmas ... x3.  On Christmas Eve my whole family gets together at my parents' house.  Christmas morning is a love-filled, chaotic event with just the 5 of us.  And Christmas evening is spent at my mother-in-law's house.  That's a lot of Christmas ... and I wouldn't change a minute of it.  

Tomorrow morning we're leaving on a little mini vacation to take the girls to see their first NHL game (a true Canadian holiday).  Looking forward to a little relaxing, a little shopping, and NO CLEANING!

Happy Holidays!  Enjoy the rest of your time ... time to relax and recharge.  I'll "see" you all in the New Year!


  1. We live in TX so I've never been skiing, but I have always wanted to. I adore the pic in red PJ's - so cute!

    Deniece, This Little Piggy Reads

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy the rest of your break.

  3. Love the canvas picture of your girls. Your Polar Express adventure sounds like a great memory for your entire family. Have fun at the NHL game - hope your team wins - unless it is the Leafs : )

  4. Sweet Jen:
    I smiled to see the coffee cup in your hand!
    I love how the canvas turned out--and how you work so hard to fill the girls' lives (and hearts) with wonderful memories.
    Sending you warmest wishes for a wonderful new year--and thanks for all of the JOY you have sent my way...

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  5. The picture of the girls is so beautiful!!!!!!!! Glad you had a wonderful Christmas!


  6. It looks like you guys are having a great vacation! Your daughters are so beautiful!

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

  7. You are so JOY-filled. I'm glad that things are so happy and peaceful in your corner of the world.

    Sending smiles from the south and warm wishes for a magical new year!


  8. What a fun Polar Express activity! Great memories for you and your kids. :)) (I love their matching PJ's...reminds me of when I was a kid and my mom dressed my sister and I in matching EVERYTHING!)

    Happy New Year and thanks for all the inspiration you have provided me this year!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings