Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top Five for 2014

It's been three and a half years since I started this blog and things are definitely winding down.  Though I still enjoy posting photos (mostly for family members who aren't on Facebook),  I've been using my iPhone most of the time.  I have to say I'm a little intimidated by the new Nikon D610 I bought in June and am hoping to spend some quality time with it in the new year.  As the old year winds down,  I thought I'd share the top five posts of 2014, based on the number of views received.

Number Five:

The Nova Scotia Road Trip gets the number five spot.  I had a lovely visit with my Dad and toured the Cabot trail.  I also had a very nice, though short visit with my Mom's siblings and my Aunt Norma.

Number Four:

Come Fly with Me is next up.  My first helicopter ride was extraordinary as my hubby and I flew over the island of Kauai, taking our time around the Na Pali Coast.

Number Three:

Our weekend on Salt Spring to attend the wedding of hubby's niece was a very special weekend and made number three.

Number Two:
First runner up was another happy event as Tony Bennett celebrated his 88th birthday with a concert at Mission Hill winery.

Number One!

And the winner is Ellipsis for Nicole.  I think the high number of visits is due to the students at UBC Okanagan and their families who may have checked out the photos I took of the 2014 class's graduation show.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Some of our Christmas Traditions

Photography has taken the backseat in my life as of late, in fact it might not even be in the car.  It seems to be stuck in the rickety trailer being pulled along behind me, careening around curves and rattling along my current path.  I did manage to use my iPhone to capture a few moments for family members unable to join us this year.  It was a cozy family Christmas with Adam visiting from Vancouver, and Nicole and her roommate staying over Christmas Eve.

Our mishmash Christmas Tree with every ornament we can fit.  
I am always amazed by how lovely it turns out to be without being "staged".

Christmas Eve dinner:
Tourtiere and French Onion Soup.

 Getting ready for a Christmas Eve tradition my Mom started 
about ten years ago:  The dollar store steal the present game.

 The Santa and Rudolph treat.

A new tradition?:  Mom and Dad spoiled by Santa

I think this is the third year for this tradition:  Christmas morning Rolo hot chocolate 
with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles...might be a little Bailey's in there too.

This is a tradition I started this year.  We usually have someone staying with us when Christmas is held at our house, so I thought I would make them an ornament to remember their visit.  Then I thought why not make two and they could hang one on our tree leaving us a reminder too! 

Christmas pudding or Nana's Carrot Pudding as it's 
called in our house, traditionally made my Adam and me.

The forgetting tradition:  Forgot to put these out on the table until 
well after dinner (but i did remember the buns Stephanie!)

 And of course you know about the Post Christmas dinner hair trim.