GRANDPA'S BIRTHDAY We got together with Tara's family to celebrate her dad's 67th birthday. We had a great meal at Chin-Wah (I love saying the name of that restaurant) and then had cake and ice cream afterwards.
SNOW SHOEING Tara and I went shoe showing with her siblings while her parents watched the kids. It was a beautifully foggy day.
CHRISTMAS EVE As was tradition, we re-enacted the Christmas story, with Tara's family and her aunt Marjorie's family.
CHRISTMAS MORNING We all gathered at Tara's parents' house with all her siblings.
Aria was excited to receive Barbies, a Dora doll, and most especially, little Tinkerbell fairies. She also was really into the outfits she received, and tried on multiple ones before the morning was over.
As expected, Zade was most excited about the wrapping paper. This was my favorite present that Zade received from my folks. :) Go Beavs!
GINGERBREAD HOUSES Aria had fun decorating a gingerbread house with her Aunt Shara.
About a month ago we purchased something second hand, which apparently came with the free bonus of bed bugs. Yeah :( After dealing with the situation, we put little bowls of mineral oil underneath all our beds to ensure that any bed bugs that we missed would die if they attempted to come upon us in the night. Interestingly, even though mineral oil is lethal to bed bugs, our cat Mira thought it was delicious. We kept catching her licking the stuff up. Little did she know that mineral oil serves as a laxative. :) When cats have discomfort, they often lick themselves profusely, which soon commenced. Apparently Mira was hooked, because even the adverse affects didn't stop her from consuming her drug of choice, so we eventually had to stage an intervention and removed the temptation from each room. :) Her fur is now starting look normal again.
BABY PICTURES We also took Zade in to have some baby pictures taken, but as luck would have it, he decided to be cranky for once in his life, and refused to smile. Considering how freely he gives out smiles all the time, it's ironic. We may have to settle for taking pictures of him at home, like this one.