So let's be real here - I can talk forever about COVID but who wants to hear all the negativity?
Let's talk about how great December was. In no particular order here are the great things we did. And I must say that the weather the whole month was AMAZING!!
When we were still able to do so we had an outside fire pit coffee with Paul and Mary - thank goodness they have a fabulous fire pit.
We went to the Stecyk cabin for sliding, quadding and tobogganing behind the skidoo.
We re-discovered Chickakoo Lake in Parkland County, and our love for hiking. It may not be southern territory - but it has been fabulous. It is so much nicer to hike some hills and paths than walk the sidewalks in town.
We went to Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park for the most perfect canyon hike from the Fifth Bridge to the Tea House, which was actually opened to get a beverage at. And we went to town for a quick pick up at Bear Paw Bakery!
We spent days and days baking and cooking, which we so enjoyed, and lots of evenings driving to see Christmas lights.
We created a special way to share our days with the grandkids. We made Christmas Boxes! There were 2 editions.
Box 1 was filled with Decorate your own Cookie kits for each kid, an advent calendar for each, Elf on the Shelf cereal, photo booth props and their individual ornaments. Oh and the Stecyks' had Zoominescence passes.
When it became apparent Christmas wouldn't be in person this year, of course we needed Box 2! This one had their traditional Christmas PJ's, Ginger Bread House kits that Don MADE!, a couple of family games for each house, nuts and bolts and a small ski gift card for the Camerons.
The houses will see improvement next year. Em's had rough edges and couldn't stay together and Blake's broke, but he went with a more unique structure, and Connor's, Mason's and Reeses's were good! Regardless of the construction part of them, everyone agreed the gingerbread was delicious!
On Christmas Eve we did porch drop offs with the presents, picked up ours, and dropped off cinnamon buns and buns.
We made a smaller turkey for ourselves on Christmas Day, but big enough for leftovers and soup.
And we had a great time opening our gifts on our virtual chat! Thank goodness the girls remembered to take screenshots!
We had a virtual chat with Mom, Kathy, Karen and Darlene on Christmas Day as well. That is something we had not done prior to COVID and hopefully we will keep doing.
We spent New Years Eve watching hockey, having a drink or two, and slipped out to see Stony Plain's fireworks display!
So there you have it - December in a nutshell