The past few weeks have been more than a little hectic in the run-up to coming home for the holidays. That's right... I'm typing this post from Nova Scotia, cozy in my mom's house while the snow falls softly outside.
I kept myself busy in the weeks leading up to the day of our departure by helping out with Jayden and my niece Daisy (I had really wanted to share photos of the few days spent with these two amazing little people, however time ran away from me); getting all the Christmas shopping sorted for both of our families and of course there were a couple of Christmas parties to attend. Then on Sunday, the day before we due to travel down to London, Andy was punched in the gut with a nasty bout of D&V. It hit him hard and sucked every ounce of energy he had. It not only left him feeling raw and depleted, it left me with a continuous knot in my stomach - I was almost sick with anxiety that Andy wouldn't recover in time or that I would come down with it myself. However in his usual fashion, my man pulled it together and we managed to get to London as scheduled. He's tough like that my guy.
And here we are!
We had a quiet first day and a half with my Mom, Dad, sister and brother. Tomorrow my other sister and niece arrive. Something we are all looking forward to.
Today Andy and I set off with Mom and Dad to get a tree (the first real tree for them!). However we didn't have much luck and gave up. So later in the afternoon Mom and I donned our winter coats and hats and wearing our glowing Christmas badges we set out on our own to find the perfect tree. Which we did. It's now drying out in the basement. Tomorrow we will put it up and string the lights ready to be decorated on Friday when Tawny and Clara are here.
Andy snapped a picture of Mom and I as we went on our 2nd hunt for a tree:
I'm looking forward to doing a post following Friday's festivities.
Because I didn't have a chance to post prior to leaving England I'm also go to share a montage of photos from the various celebrations that were held before my departure:
On Friday 6th my team at work went out for Thai and many, many drinks:
We all got dressed for the occasion and had a lot of laughs.
Myself, Naheed and Emily.
We share office space with the Core Therapy Team and they invited our team to join their 80's style Christmas party; I was the only taker and don't regret accepting the invitation.
What a crazy, entertaining night.
You would never know that I'm not a lover of 80's fashion eh?
Video killed the radio star...
(I love this quirky photo)
I was desperately seeking
Seriously, as much as I abhor 80's fashion, I thoroughly enjoyed that party.
Of course we had to get together with Robert and Dawn the Saturday before we left. We not only celebrated Robert's new job with champagne, but the fact we have such amazing friends in these two. I know Molly is in very good hands while we are away.
I know that my English family and friends will be raising a glass to us in the pub on Christmas Eve, and although we will miss them we are going to thoroughly enjoy our Canadian Christmas. After all it is the first Christmas Andy has spent with my family and the first one in 8 years for me.
Although there are a few differences in the way we celebrate, one thing is definitely abundant in each of our worlds... the love that we all share.