Saturday Scenes: Family is Everything

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Spending this last week and a half with my family has easily been the best Christmas present I’ve received this year. Heck, maybe even the best ever. Even better than the year Santa brought me a Dear Diary. Even better than my tamagotchi. Common, you had one too, right? The elves worked some magic that year, let me tell you!

Although I’ve missed everyone like crazy, there’s something to be said about living away from home. My sister, dad, mom and I haven’t spent this much time together in over 10 years, since I lived at home. The best part to my visit has been getting the opportunity to have one on one time with everyone. My Mom and I went out for lunch at Blue Star Diner and then treated ourselves to pedicures and a bit of shopping, Dad and I went for lunch, bought a bag of jujubes and watched the latest Bond movie, and my sister and I got to spend a morning together preparing breakfast and catching up on life. I’ve even gotten to spend individual time with my Grandma and my Aunt Lesley.

My heart is singing.

We celebrated “Christmas” last weekend with the turkey and all, decorated the tree and even went out to Banff for a whole day.

Here are some of the pictures I’ve taken along the way…

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I’ve kept up with my veggie consumption, beginning each day with my favorite way to enjoy kale (minus the dill because I couldn’t find it in Mom’s spice collection. I think I need to make her one like mine.) I find starting the day with a big bowl of veggies just kicks things off to a great start.

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Regardless of the spices we had on hand, the Christmas feast last weekend was a total hit.

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Mom dressed up the table all fancily and served an entirely gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, awesome Christmas meal with all the classic goods.

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Of course Christina took it upon herself to pretend the garland was jewelry when we started decorating the tree.

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Then proceeded to dress me up in it.


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Christina and I used to take turns placing the angel on top of the tree and since I haven’t been home in 10 years for the event my turn was way, way overdue.

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a picture we aren’t laughing in.

Hey, I can accept that as a good problem to have.

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We went to Bow Falls in Banff for a nice wintery walk and Christina (taking the picture) told us to make funny faces.

Mom wins.

Looks like she’s about to fall into the water or something?

That, or eat a gremlin, I’m not sure.

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Leave it to Christina and Dad to find funny hats and then ask me to take a billion pictures of them goofing around.

Pretty sure the shop owner thought we were drunk.

Hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

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I’d just like to say that Christina’s DOTS were gone before mine.

I savored those babies to no end. I wish I could have a never-ending supply of them. Well, I don’t actually wish that, but sometimes I do. Heat of the moment I suppose.

What’s the best time you ever had with your family?

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  1. Oh looks like such fun!!! Your parents must be so happy to have their girls w/ them. Enjoy the rest of the season!

  2. These are such happy photos! I love it. My family and I are also very close. I have 2 sisters and when we all get together, it is just like that: laughs, hugs, lots of “remember the time”, good food, good drinks and just wonderful moments of BEING together. It is always such a sweet thing to get together for moments like this, too, i.e., Christmas or other celebratory things because it usually is ultra festive and the time apart creates a larger need for coming up with especially memorable moments that will imprint for longer lasting memories. Sadly, I won’t see my mom or older sister this year. But, my younger sister, who lives in town with her husband and 4 kids, will be with us for Christmas and that is always lovely, too! Then we will travel to see my Dad after Christmas. Thanks for sharing! Makes my heart smile! :-)

    • Wow Michele, sounds like you have quite the family, too! It’s so great that you’ll get to spend the holidays with at least some of them. 4 kids, wow, your sister is a trooper! Enjoy the holidays :)

  3. Aww what an amazing trip!! I’m so glad you got to reconnect with your family and that you had so much fun with them! PS. Dear Diary and Tamagotchi – some of the best Christmas presents ever, ranking right up there with the Easy Bake Oven and Creepy Crawlers!

    • Oh my gosh, totally forgot about the East Bake oven. Funny enough, my sister was really into the easy bake, not me. I guess I just went for the real thing.

  4. Looks like you had an awesome time, Leanne!

    Family time is just the best. Pair that with the joy and lighthess of heart that the Christmas spirit brings and you get, well… what you just got. The bestest, mostest awesomest time ever! Thank you so much for sharing with us. Love the smiles on all your faces. :)

    • Thanks Sonia! Yes, it has been an awesome, awesome time!