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Finally! The Holidays!

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Whew! So my lack of updating is due to our move to Sunny FL! Well….actually we arrived in FL in the midst of a cold snap, and it’s actually been colder here than Seattle (not even joking like 29 degrees).So I’ve been seriously busy trying to organize furniture for a house so we can stop looking like we’re just squatting here with our mattress on the floor. More on Florida later, all I’ll say is that we’re here, we love the house we’re renting and there’s lots to share but that’s for another post on a different night, including some news on going back to school.

How bout those holidays? 5 countries in 3 weeks!

We started our trip from South Africa to England to visit Eliot’s family and friends. It was so nice to go from hot SA to wintry England during the holiday season. Suddenly it felt like Christmas. We didn’t spend Christmas in England, but Eliot’s mum had a holiday party, inviting all Eliot’s friends. And the evening before we left made a proper English Christmas dinner complete with Christmas pudding. Eliot has always spoken about these dinners and I was very grateful to be able to share it with him and his folks.


~A walk in England~


~This fountain was so cool~


~Catching up with our friend Mike from Argo~


~Christmas Pudding (after it’s been lit on fire)~

Also while in England, Jenny (Eliot’s mum) took me on a side trip to Paris! It sounds extravagant, but really it was only a 2 hour train ride on the EuroStar from London. Although freezing temperatures, we saw a lot of Paris in a day.


~The Louvre~


~Notre Dame~


~Inside Notre Dame~


~I can’t quite remember what this is called…~


~Jenny and I~

From England we headed south again and went to Florida for 2 days to try and sort out a place to live when we came back in 2 weeks, and also to grab our snowboarding gear to head back north to Bellingham!


~Sunset from the deck- gorgeous shot of the San Juan Islands~


~Going for a walk at Whatcom Falls~

We spent Christmas there with my parents. My dad cooked a lekker prime rib roast on Christmas Eve. It was really nice to spend Christmas at home and catch up with friends and family. Also, my niece is at a great age now (almost 3), and it was so much fun to see her eyes light up on Christmas morning.


~Sunny Christmas Eve at the park~


~Playing with my old toys in the basement Christmas Eve- Obviously not very exciting~


~My sister Char on Christmas morning~


~An old Disney movie that is apparently more exciting than her gifts~


~Dad enjoying sunny Christmas day on the deck~


~My brother Alan~

The day after Christmas we said goodbye to my parents as they headed off to Maui, and Eliot and I headed up north to BC to go snowboarding. Eliot’s best friend and his family were visiting Kelowna for the holidays, so it was the perfect opportunity to hook up with them and get some turns in at Big White.


~Eliot~


~Eliot and Nick mid day pub run~


~Nick~


~End of day pub run~

So those were our holidays in a fairly small nutshell. But we really had such a great trip. It always makes me wish all our loved ones were closer by, but at the same time, we’re so lucky to have great family and friends all over the world.

Happy 2010!

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