Busy Holiday Celebrations

Happy chilly Tuesday!

My apologies for the lack of updates! The holidays have been so crazy, busy for me and on top of that, I'm recovering from a cold. Yesterday I spent the whole day on the couch and in bed. Luckily, there was a Harry Potter marathon on TV and plenty of peppermint tea.

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And now tomorrow is already New Year's Eve! It's hard to believe 2014 is coming to an end. If I have time tomorrow, I'll write an entry on maybe some attempted resolutions, lol but if not, perhaps later on.

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Here are some pictures from the past week!

Our Christmases and Christmas Eves have been very quiet within the last couple of years. It's a bit sad, for when I was a kid, all the cousins got together in the evening and it was always guaranteed a good time. Now it seems everyone is doing things with the other side of their families.

Christmas Eve was always relatively low-key in my family. Maybe we saw some relatives here and there but mostly it consisted of going to an evening mass with the grandparents and calling it a cozy night-in. This year, I went over to Brian's house where we exchanged gifts and then headed over to his Auntie Carol's house for a big fish dinner.

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And a ton of dessert as well!

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Before we knew it, it was Christmas morning!

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Whenever we open presents, the cats always get a great kick out of it. They know something is going on but mostly they just have a good time scooping out the bags, boxes and tissue paper (it probably didn't help that they got cat-nip in their stocking!)

Brian came over for a bit in the afternoon.

And we laughed over Andrea playing Crash Bandicoot.

Then it was time for Christmas Day dinner!

Yum :)

The evening was mostly quiet from there on end. After some coffee and spending some time with my Nonna, I went back over to Brian's for a little bit to see his family and Aunt Teresa. She made some of her tasty homemade Christmas cookies, I enjoyed another coffee and just for fun, took a "Christmas shot" of whiskey with Brian's dad, Joe lol.

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On Boxing Day, we headed over to our Auntie Day's house for a little get-together / my aunt's birthday.

Little cousin Brittany also made an appearance :) The last time I saw her was probably the Civic Long Weekend in August. She's gotten so big since then!

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Auntie Day lives in a lovely little town house. On her upstairs platform, one area looks like a small apartment. Of course, I could only wish it was mine -- it was so cozy and inviting-looking!

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The next day was Shawn's 23rd birthday, Brian's younger brother. That meant, we all headed to the Mandarin for a birthday brunch!

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The birthday boy himself!

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And with cousin Frankie!

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Of course we had to sing Happy Birthday to him (as requested by Frankie).

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And then somehow, headed back to their house for more cake...

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Don't know how on earth we ever managed that!

Brian and I took a nice little walk downtown the next day. We were by U of T and it was eerie to see how quiet it was with everyone on Christmas vacation.

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Oh, and we also stopped at Swiss Chalet for their yummy holiday special!

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Today since I finally felt a bit better, I was starting to empty out some things from my closet and will eventually get to my desk drawers. During the holidays and particularly after the new year, I always enjoy going through my old stuff from throughout the year, clearing it out and making space to create a fresh new start for the new year. It's all about out with the old and in with the new! I can never do it in one shot though, it's something that's a working progress. But even with the little of work I've done, you can already see the difference in my room! Pictures to come soon!

I will write one last entry tomorrow for 2014, even if it's just a quick one! Wishing you all lovely, relaxing evenings :)