Tuesday, December 18, 2018

5th Annual MacDonald Family Drop In

On Saturday we welcomed our neighbours, friends, and family to our house for our annual drop-in Christmas party.  It has become a great tradition and we love that people make it a part of their holiday plans.  This year I think we had about 85-90 people, and lots of babies and kids this year.  

The island is spread with the savoury food - meatballs, meat and cheese, vegetables, dips, and crackers/chips/pitas. 

The table is laden with sweets, nuts, and fruit.

Our drink list. 

Our gingerbread house took centre stage on the sweets table.  E was a little upset at first that people were breaking pieces off to eat, but I told him it was okay because it meant it was being enjoyed. 

Q was napping when the party got underway so he missed the traditional family photo. And E forgot to smile.

Our helpers (Dave's parents)

Once he was up, Q enjoyed a few peanut butter balls.

When everyone left we tidied up and hit the sack!

The next day at lunch we did our traditional Swiss Chalet order.

Thanks again to everyone that came!  See you next year. 

Monday, December 17, 2018


Last Wednesday we made our annual trip to Sherway Gardens to visit Santa Claus.  For those of you not familiar with it, Sherway allows you to pre-book your Santa Experience and you show up at your scheduled date and time without having to wait.  About 20-25 kids are scheduled in for each session; you are all let into Santa's place together where he reads a story to the kids.  Then each kid gets photos with Santa one at a time, and you can also play with some of the games and take your own photos.

We always eat at McDonalds in the food court so we kept up that tradition.  Q loved the book he got in his Happy Meal and kept it with him the whole night, even in some of the photos.

Waiting for our timeslot to visit with the big guy.

E is always front and centre.

Then he was chosen to lead Jingle Bells with Santa!

The elves take photos that you can access and download when you're home, and you also get to take your own photos.  Dave's parents were with us so they were our extra photographer.

Then Q did not want to be left alone without Dave there with him.

Then we sat in Santa's story chair for our family photo.  I did not know E was sucking on his candy cane during these photos!!

Another successful Santa visit.  

You can see our past Santa visits here:

Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday Favourites

What a busy week, we are prepping for our Christmas party we are hosting tomorrow so that means every free moment has been spent baking and cooking and cleaning.  We don't make it too complicated but it still requires some time.  I decorated the cookies on Tuesday night.

Dave finished off our TV room with this live edge shelf under the TV and the four shelves beside the fireplace.  He found the wood at a place in Caledon, they cut it and then he finished it off and installed it.  They look so great!

I had lunch at the Credit Valley Golf and Country Club this weekend (in Mississauga) and they had this fabulous gingerbread house.  It was real!  I'm not sure if you can tell the scale from this photo, but it was as tall as me.

We went to Dave's office party this week too. 

Given that my spare time has been dedicated to party prep, it means I did not get to any of my workouts this week.  Fortunately they are going to do a mini three week session during the holidays, so I will have some motivation to keep active!  If you're local, ask me how you can sign up!

We caught the This Hour Has 22 Minutes holiday special this week and I got a real kick out of it.  It's funnier than Saturday Night Live, and Canadian! If you can check it out, you should.

I've been listening to a new podcast - The Daily.  It's only 30 minutes, done by the NY Times, and covers some current topic in a really comprehensive way.  This week I learned about what's going on with Brexit, China, and the Republican's bipartisan crime bill.  

Linking up with AndreaErika, and Narci for Friday Favourites
and The Blended Blog for Friday Loves.