Christmas Eve

December 27, 2008

It has been a busy few days around here, so I guess getting posts caught up will happen in short batches when I get a spare moment or two.  D’Arcy & the boys are out getting groceries (milk, etc.), Olivia is napping and Sarah is watching tv.  Sandy, Dave & Nate have gone to her house to have Christmas with the cousins.

I felt pretty in-control on Christmas Eve day.  The house was tidy, the gifts were wrapped, all four kids had baths, and I spent the morning cooking & baking.  D’Arcy went out around noon to pick up the Turducken and there was a fair bit of snow falling.  Luckily, we weren’t expected at D’Arcy’s family’s until 3:00, so we were able to wait until the snow turned to rain.  When the snow was falling and the temperature was rising, the RCMP had been telling people to stay off the roads.

We had been called from the International Student Program last week and asked if we would put up one of their students from Korea who is in limbo for a couple of weeks.  He had gone to D’Arcy’s school last year, then went to a program in the States in September.  He has now returned and will be starting a new program in the city in January, but doesn’t move in with a new host family until then.  He was booked in to arrive on the 21st, but with all the snow, his flight from Boston to Chicago was cancelled that day, and on the 22nd as well!  We got word in the morning of the 23rd that he was told there was such a back-log of passengers that he wouldn’t get a flight until the 24th.  The flight from Boston gets in shortly after 8 p.m. each day, so we thought that was perfect – we could go to D’Arcy’s parents’ and we would have lots of time to get home before he arrived. 

Shortly after 11, I received a call from Immigration, confirming that he was staying with us.  I asked the agent if he had arrived and she said yes!  They had added extra flights to move people.  This presented a bit of a problem since we didn’t know when he would get through with immigration and get to town.  We waited and waited and waited.  Finally, I called my father and he came down to the house to wait and we headed off to the city.  We thought as we got closer to the airport that we could always stop in to pick him up and called the home-stay coordinator, but she had just received word that he was in a taxi and on his way.  My father let him in, got him settled, and went back home.

There were about 40 of us at D’Arcy’s parents’ for pot-luck and we finally got to meet Phinn!!  He is ADORABLE!  What a great baby!  I had a few moments of anxiety since there was so much food around, but D’Arcy & I took turns being vigilant while the other visited.  At one point, I got after the kids for horsing around in front of the Christmas tree because I was sure they would knock it over.  When they all got up, our oldest nephew, Michael, sheepishly emerged from the bottom of the pile.  We were teasing him that we’ll pay him back when Phinn is a little older!

The cousins all exchanged gifts which is always fun to watch!  Meghan gave Sarah a “Baby Alive” which was just what she wanted, but also had a Royal Doulton “Sarah” for her!!  Wow!!

Olivia perched herself next to Emily & the baby and maneuvered him onto her lap.  She started by rubbing his leg, then pulled him over onto her lap, gave him his soother, and then flipped him up onto her shoulder! It was so funny to watch her with him.  She helped change his diaper and followed him down the hall blowing kisses when he had to leave. 

We were home by eight and made a few appetizers before Olivia’s godparents Bert & Lugene, along with their daughters Erika & Rachel arrived for a visit.  My parents came over after church and then my brother and his girlfriend arrived around 10.  The kids set out a square & eggnog for Santa, some carrots for the reindeer, and Evan had a postcard of Willow Street School that he thought Santa would like to have.  They went to bed close to eleven, and when everybody left, D’Arcy & I set the table and got a few things ready for breakfast before heading to bed close to 2 a.m.

Evan with Grandpa

Evan with Grandpa

Olivia with Aunt Erin

Olivia with Aunt Erin

D'Arcy by Olivia - not bad!

D'Arcy by Olivia - not bad!

Olivia and Grandpa

Olivia and Grandpa

Kathy and Sean

Kathy and Sean

Cousin gift exchange

Cousin gift exchange

Trying to sneak Phinn from Emily

Trying to sneak Phinn from Emily

Proud cousin!

Proud cousin!

Emily catches Phinn's head as Olivia throws him up on her shoulder

Emily catches Phinn's head as Olivia throws him up on her shoulder

Ryan & Sean

Ryan & Sean

Sarah shows Baby Alive to Aunt Shannon

Sarah shows Baby Alive to Aunt Shannon

...and to Mommy & Aunt Kim

...and to Mommy & Aunt Kim

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