Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas with a touch o' the plague

Christmas has come and gone and though only two days in the past, it's but a hazy memory for me. Mostly because of the aforementioned plague in the title. But enough about the yuck... I've decided to do a post about our Christmas from start to finish. But lucky you, it's mostly with pictures! So, enjoy!

We started off December with the our yearly trek out to the tree farm to find the perfect tree. Well, when it was just Fred and I; it was a search for the perfect tree. When Elise came along, it became the search for a pretty good tree. Then came diabetes, and we were happy with an adequate tree. Now with Mattias is the mix, we're happy to get out of there with a tree.

By the way, managing a three hour drive (round trip), a hay ride, finding and chopping down a tree, and a playground stop on a newborn's and a diabetic's (on NPH no less) schedule and having NO major catastrophes is HUGE! Holla!

loving the tire swing

I love this picture. No shots, no finger pokes, no carb-counting; just a little girl enjoying the day

hay ride!

This tree was Elise's pick

We found it! (why yes, that IS a burp cloth hanging out of my pocket. I am sooo stylin')

posing with the tree

father and daughter

self-taken pic... not sure what is up with my lips. Maybe it's my picture-taking face?

Not gonna let D kill one of my favourite traditions... making gingerbread cookies! These little guys have only 5g of carbs each (including icing and M&M)


Another fun tradition is taking our pic in front of the tree. The post below this one has our finished product.

Self-timer fail... although Elise looks cute!

Christmas Eve we head out to church and then to a nice steak dinner with friends afterwards. During the service, our pastor calls all the children to the front and reads a story to them every year. This year, Elise ran down all by herself. I was kicking myself for not checking her CGM first!

Elise's Christmas dress


You can't tell, but I'm dying in this picture.

Christmas morning, like pretty much every D-family, breakfast comes first. Then it's present time!

This was all the action Mattias saw. He went down for his nap right after this picture.

Note: Seven stalking Elise. Our dog loves to unwrap presents and she was just waiting for her turn!

I think 95% of her gifts were princess-related

Elise LOVED her gifts from our Secret Santa; Thank you Wallace Family from Oshawa, Ontario! If I had known our Secret Santa was Canadian, I would have sent her my list of foods that I miss!

Groovy Girl princess!

Stickers too!

Mattias loved the wrapping paper!

And his car (from Secret Santa)... he happily chewed on that bad boy all day!

If you made it this far, congrats! I know it was a long post, but I though it would be fun to chronicle our Christmas from start to finish!
I got THE coolest present, but that's for another post. This one is too long already!


  1. that silly pic in front of the tree is awesome!!

  2. love the pics! and i am totally willing to mail some of your fav foods Joanne...:o) send a list my way!

  3. Loved the pictures!!! Very cute and your kiddos are adorable!

  4. If you ask needed more pictures. Just sayin...we can't get enough of your cutie pa tooties! Sorry about the plague. :( Glad you are still alive though!

  5. Glad you made it through the plague! Your children are so adorable, looks like you had a wonderful Christmas in-spite of the darn plague.

  6. Personally I am a big fan of your self portrait with the funky lip thing going on...YOU.ARE.A.KOOK! And I love that about you.

    Bummer on the plague. Awesome tree! Great Christmas!


  7. I love all the Christmas posts.

  8. You had me laughing out loud, just being happy to get outta there with a tree! So true!

    I loved seeing the pictures, your tree is beautiful, LOVED Elise's dress and I have memories of Maddison loving the wrapping paper at that age too!

  9. I loved this entire post, but my favorite part is the degradation of picking out a tree and how it has changed over the years. =)

  10. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas, despite the plague. I love your picture in front of the tree. :)

  11. Merry christmas! and a happy new year! The plague is visiting us, as well.. but not for long, I hope! :) and I and Sara (my little 3 year old D girl) is not sick! (I hope..)

  12. OMGsh...the kiddos are SO STINKIN' CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Beautiful family, Jo. BEAUTIFUL!

    I love your little tree. Makes me so happy!

    I had the plague 2 Christmases ago. No fun. Glad that's behind you!

  13. GREAT pictures!! Love the one in front of the tree! : )

  14. Love the pictures!!!! The kids are adorable.


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