My husband and I have started a new tradition last year - similar to what my parents do I believe - make a whole bunch of appetizers and eat them as dinner, drink champagne, and watch movies. This year it will be Dexter Season 5 instead of movies! I'm excited! Hopefully we can stay awake until midnight! Neither of us are big into celebrating it, but perhaps next year we'll actually have a house to have a party in! Have fun everyone, but be safe!
Christmas Eve we went to my parents' house and opened some gifts. My mom got me a purple Coach purse - very pretty! She also got me some jeggings (which I am actually like more and more with my new boots), and some little things like a fancy key holder for work, a Glee calendar, and a little "just married" ornament for our tree.
Coach Madison Purple Leather Convertible Hobo
My dad got me my CAA membership - taken for granted that I get it each year, because it is expensive but very good in case of an emergency! My brother's girlfriend got me the second half of season 1 of Glee which I very much wanted, and my brother got me a Snuggie (a leopard print one). He likes getting me infomercial items - by the way - the Slap-Chop is AWESOME! I probably won't use this TOO much, but it is quite warm! My brother also got "us" an HBC gift card which we have used already on Boxing Day.
Christmas morning we did our own thing (see yummy breakfast post below), and opened gifts. I got Matt the Danier leather work bag, a Banana Republic dress shirt, a lot of books (3 Christopher Buckley and 1 Terry Fallis - a sequel to a book I got him last year), some movies - The Great Escape and Casablanca, a winery calendar (very pretty pictures), plus stocking stuffers like boxers and socks and chocolate and a Men's Health suscription for the year.
I got spoiled as always - I knew one of my presents already - the gray Banana Republic sweater (since I asked him to get it as a present about a month before), but I also got some pretty Swarovski crystal earrings, some books (a Twilight novella and the latest Shopaholic book), some movies (Twilight - Eclipse, and Despicable Me), new stemless wine glasses (only because he broke one a few weeks ago), a gorgeous silver bookend set in the shape of an apple (perfect for the new office in our new house), and lots of fun magazines in my stocking, plus some fun socks and Victoria Secret underwear as well (I was impressed he worked up the courage to go in THERE!). He also suprised me by framing some of our wedding pictures for the new house. The frames are beautiful, although I will probably change a lot of the pictures he chose, lol.
I finished and received all 5 photobooks, which we looked through that morning and showed to our families! All complete with Jason Mraz lyrics on the cover.
That afternoon we headed to Matt's parents' house, and had another Christmas celebration! They already gave us the gift of the cruise, which was incredibly generous. They also surprised us with some house gifts like gardening tools, a hose, and a leaf blower. His cousin Paul got us snow shovels as well - all great ideas - we wouldn't have thought of these things until it was too late and we really needed them - so perfect for us now! We saw lots of family and had an incredible dinner, and watched some hilarious old movies from when the kids were young. So cute. It was a busy family weekend, but really nice to see everyone.
Cooked by my personal chef - Matt - he served blueberry blintz's with fresh berries on top. A nice icewine from our Niagara wine tour to sip (our Christmas morning tradition) and it was perfection! What a great way to start Christmas morning! Last year we had souflee, and the year before we did a cheddar-bacon thing - all very good! I'm very lucky to have such a great cook as a husband!!!
Go ahead - be jealous.
Merry Christmas everyone! I've been spoiled by my husband, as usual, and I couldn't be more grateful! More later - enjoy the holiday! :)
So there has been talk of a family trip for a few years with Matt's family. Originally we were going to go on a Christmas cruise with some family friends, but that fell through. Then they were going to rend a villa in Tuscany for a month, but they decided on a cruise instead. So, in August, for ten days, we are going on a Mediterranean cruise! We are travelling on Ms Noordam through Holland America, and the cruise is called Roman Empire. Matt's parents have been on this exact ship before on a different European cruise so they know it's going to be great. I don't have the room specifics, but I know that all 3 rooms are beside each other, with mine and Matt's adjoining to Meg, Jamie, and Hope's. All of our balconies open up together which will be nice for drinks in the evening. All of us have "homework" - we have a specific day on land that we are to research and plan for the family, since the cruise excursions are usually expensive. I'm going Athens, Greece, and Matt's doing Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Day 0 - Boarding in Rome, Italy
Day 1 - At Sea (our 1 year anniversary)
Day 2 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 3 - Corfu, Greece
Day 4 - Katakolon, Greece
Day 5 - Santorini, Greece
Day 6 - Ephesus, Turkey
Day 7 - Athens, Greece
Day 8 - At Sea
Day 9 - Messina, Italy
Day 10 - Back in Rome
We're thinking of also going to Tuscany and Venice before the trip. We were going to go all out and do London, Scotland, Paris, etc., too, but with saving for the house and time limitations, we'll save that trip for the next year probably.
Someone recently asked the question "since when is travelling a NEED" in terms of living. There was a lot of debate around the subject. While I think that I could live without travelling, I really love going on trips with Matt and I'm excited to see all these places we've never been together. We save specifically for trips so that we are able to go. I wouldn't do a trip if we were going to break the bank or be in debt afterwards, but I also know when it's okay to spend the saved money and take some vacation time together. I'm so excited for August (again)!
Last night we saw Rock of Ages with Matt's parents, sister, and brother. We had dinner at Il Fornello, and sat at the exact same table my family sat at when they went with Matt in November - weird. We had a great dinner with lots of exciting news - Matt's dad got a promotion, Megan is going to BC and spending New Years in Whistler, Hope (Jamie's girlfriend) is coming to Canada for Christmas, and we got our Christmas present early - THE MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE (more details to come)! A fun evening of catching up and even better when we went to the show.
The vibe was similar to "We Will Rock You" with beer and food allowed in the room, a non-traditional set - it was great - and some audience interaction. It was hilarious, the costumes were perfect for the 80's setting, and the singers were incredible. It was a great night. I was trying to compare to "We Will Rock You" - I would say that the plot is weaker, but it is very funny, and the dancing was better. I can't say one is better than the other, however, it was a GREAT show. Highly recommended - this is definitely a show you can bring a man to - 80's rock songs and scantily clad girls! Lots of people singing along too!
When I see a play I always decide on the role I want - usually the leads, for example - in Phantom - Christine (duh), in Joseph - Narrator (I have memorized all the songs already). I was thinking about a role I could be (in my pretend dual life of juggling teaching with broadway-showing)...this one wouldn't work...I mean I could be the main girl (if I could dance), but they don't wear enough clothing and she becomes a stripper which probably means I would be fired from my teaching job...oh well, one can dream!
So this week I have not done nearly as much as I wanted to with my time off...but it's been lovely. I have made FIVE photo albums using MyPublisher.
I first made one on Sunday of all the pre-wedding parties from the engagement forward. It was going to be all the wedding too, but that proved too big a task because the max pages is 100 for the books, and I think the pre-wedding party book was in the 70's already. Monday I made another of all the pictures before the engagement - all the way 5 years ago when we first met in January 2006 - that was a shorter one, but fun to reminisce. Then I got all into it and Tuesday I made TWO. One was the honeymoon, and then I tackled the wedding.
The wedding was a daunting task...there are a LOT of pictures - two photographers worth plus non-pro pics from friends and family, and I really didn't want to put everything in there. I managed to get all the way up to the family pictures after the ceremony and then ran out of pages....so I put the second half on hold. I did that today - the formal wedding party shots all the way to the end of the night. Wow. I didn't have enough pages so had to eliminate some to fit all the events in. Geez. I'm a crazy person, but I'm excited to have them all. I have 2 already, I should have two tomorrow, and I'm HOPING (fingers crossed) to get the last by Friday.
I'm going to surprise Matt with them Christmas morning. No, I'm not worried about him finding out about it here...I don't think he's ever been on this site. Now my mom wants one which I will make for sure, but the wedding one took me about 5 hours...I don't have that kind of time unless I am on vacation, like now. Maybe that will be my march break project...I also promised Marta I'd do one of her pictures too.
OK, done with albums...for now...now to have a real life, leave the house, and go see Rock of Ages with Matt's family - SO EXCITED!!!
Matt decorated the tree and condo this year - I think it turned out lovely - with a real tree, our usual white, gold, and blue ornaments, and some personal touches from the year. Our tree has a little crown from Buckingham Palace lovingly reading "Princess Kathleen" on it, a star from 2007 when Matt and I had our first Christmas tree together at his condo, the little reindeer I love so much at the front door, and we used the wreaths that Matt's mom got us to possibly use for the wedding at Christmas instead. We also used the crystals that Cheryl added to our wedding ceremony flowers on the tree. Plus the usual giant Ikea balls that Matt loves so much, lol, and our NOEL decor from Jessica a few years ago! I am definitely slowly starting to get in the spirit of the holidays!
It's been a while since I've posted - I was reminded by one of the few people who reads this yesterday! As I was updating her, I realized I should be doing the same on here, lol.
Let's see - last weekend on Saturday we went out to dinner with some friends from university - Steph, Jess, and Carolyn, and their boyfriends/husbands. We hadn't seen each other since the wedding in the summer, which is especially bad since Steph was my maid of honour. But we have all been busy with work and stuff so at least we were able to see each other before the holidays! We went to a pizza place on Queen East called Queen Margherita Pizza - ohhhhhhh such good pizza. They have a great deal - $25 for an appetizer, a HUGE pizza, and a dessert. Great for a big group of people and they have a good wine list as well. We went to a pub after as well to catch up. We are definitely older because us girls were yawning by the end of it. Instead of Christmas presents, we agreed to get together again for dinner and drinks in January, just us girls.
Sunday I went to the annual birthday dinner for my grandpa at Kally's with my mom's side of the family. It was nice to have everyone together - I think my grandpa is lonely. We are also not doing Christmas day with my family like we usually do, so I won't see them in a few weeks, so this was our gathering instead.
This week I had an ultrasound for my abdominal pain...you have to drink a LOT of water and I thought it was bad right before the appointment, but it was actually worse on the way home, because your bladder fills up again very quickly and I was DYING by the time I got home. Maybe TMI, but funny to everyone but me I suppose. My doctor was supposed to get results by the end of this week, but nothing yet. Pain still about the same.
Wednesday I got my hair done - it has been a few months, and went to a new stylist since mine just had a baby girl - Congrats, Heather! Just did some highlights & lowlights and cut off some length to keep it healthy.
Friday we went out to dinner in Durham with some high school/pool friends - Meg, Steph, Bianca & our husbands. We are now all married! Steph and I were the last ones in the summer, and Bianca is going to have baby # 2 soon! So much has changed since those gossip sessions at the pool 5 years ago. We went to The Brock House in Whitby - pretty good food, too. Again I haven't seen these girls since the summer but with new houses and married life and babies and job promotions, it's been crazy. I'm glad we've been seeing friends - November was a bit of a shut-in month for Matt and I.
Yesterday I braved the Eaton Centre and Queen Street and did some Christmas shopping as well as a bit of shopping for myself. Ended up getting something for Matt, my parents, my brother's girlfriend, Jessica, Matt's brother Jamie, and for Marta (for her shower today). We did a bit already a few weekends ago. For myself, I wanted new dressy boots, some new dress pants, jeans, and a few nice winter tops. I got most of that. From Zara I got a nice grey top - it's sort of flowy and sheer. From Le Chateau I got a dressier top that I could wear on New Years or out to dinner - looks better with dress pants or a skirt. I also got a silver and grey bracelet. From Browns I got a pair of dressy boots - they are a greyish-beige - good with both earth tones and black. I have little black boots and grey uggs, so this was a good middle ground. They were on sale too! From Banana Republic I got grey dress pants and a black pencil skirt, and with 25% off I got a good deal. From GAP I got black dress pants. I tried to get jeans at both BR and GAP because they have petite, but they did not have my size. BR had one size smaller and they didn't fit, and GAP sizes are way different and all the pants were too big and none smaller! SERIOUSLY? I need straight leg/skinny leg pants to fit in my boots. I only have flared and boot cut, or leggings (which I can't wear without a long top). I didn't get any wintery tops, however, which I was disappointed about, but by the time I was focused on that I had a large handful of bags and was ready to go home. The stores weren't too bad - I got there at 10 and was home by 3 with most of my Christmas shopping done. A few more things to get when I am off from school. One more week before the break!
While I was shopping, Matt got a Christmas tree and set it all up, and decorated it. He did a good job. He cleaned too while I took a nap - what more could I ask for in a husband? Last night we watched "Knight and Day" which was funnier than I thought and relaxed on the couch. I'm up early today doing laundry. Heading to Oshawa for 1pm for Marta's baby shower! So excited for her!
Pictures of the tree and decor, and from the shower, later! :)