Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Wow, what a week it's been: Jet has been super sick, I was sick as well, throw in a couple of doctor visits, and some last minute Christmas preparations, and you've got yourself a bit of a crazy and hectic time but it all culminated into a wonderful Christmas day today as we celebrated it with Matt's family. We are so thankful for all the joy and blessings this holiday brings and we praise the Lord for the gift of His life that grants us ours.

Christmas brunch

Peameal bacon was something I never heard of before coming to Canada but it's very good and much leaner than its regular bacon counterpart. That egg frittata was also very tasty and low on calories, let me know if you want the recipe.

You can never go wrong with fresh fruit

Homemade cinnamon rolls - so good!

The fam (Mark and Tara came over later)


Monkey's 1st Christmas - and he's pretty happy about it too

And yes, that is Matt playing Speed Scrabble with us which is a gift in itself:) (p.s. Matt typically hates playing games so this was big)

The tree. Every year my mother-in-law buys Christmas ornaments for each person signifying a special event in that person's life that year. These are all the ornaments from all the years past. I love this tradition!

Jet's 1st Christmas present! From his Mommy and Daddy.

Since he loves banging on mine and Matt's laptop all the time, we decided to rescue our technical devices and get Jet his very own. He liked it - for about 30 seconds, then he just wanted to play with the wrapping paper and boxes.

Mark and Tara drowning in all the presents. Our parents spoil us to the max at Christmas, it's quite ridiculous how much they give us, we really feel so overwhelmed with all their thoughtfulness and generosity.

Daniel is stoked

There was hardly any room to walk there were so many presents everywhere

You can definitely see some British influence here in Canada and one of the ways is in the tradition of Christmas Crackers. These are typically filled with some small trinkets, candies, and a paper crown. I wanted to try making some homemade ones this year filled with fun little items suited to each person, I had a blast putting them all together and am liking this idea as a possible yearly Christmas tradition.

Everyone wearing their crowns, ready to feast like kings and queens!

King Jet

Capping off Christmas dinner with some creme brulee and star sugar cookies - not too shabby

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Mama Sylvester!

And rounding out all the birthdays for the year in the family is Mama Sylvester's! Today is the birthday of one very special lady, my mother-in-law. Alison is intelligent, over-the-top generous, artistic, talented in so many ways, and always has a listening ear. I am so thankful to have her as my second Mom and I admire and love her so much. Have a happy, happy birthday Mom!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Daniel!

Today is Daniel's, my brother-in-law's, birthday! Daniel is the baby of the family and is currently a student at Master's College. Funny, sweet, and easy to get along with, Daniel is the kind of guy that everyone wants to be friends with and we have been so encouraged to see him grow in his love and knowledge of the Lord over these past few years and it's been such a joy watching him become a faithful man of God. We miss you D and can't wait for you to come home to spread all your Christmas cheer! We love you, have a very, very happy birthday!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Daddy Sylvester!

It has been quite the season for birthdays in the Sylvester family and today is no exception. Happy Birthday Dad!!! Today is my father-in-law's birthday and what a father-in-law he is! I am so thankful that I have such a great one, Papa S. loves the Lord, is quite the jokester, and has a generous heart. He is also a doting grandfather who takes the time to play with Jet, hold and tickle him, and even give him piano lessons! We love you Dad and are so thankful for everything you are always doing for us - have a happy, happy birthday!