Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Our Weekend in a Nutshell


Can I just say that I can't believe we are already well into December? Where has the time gone? I may possibly be feeling a little bit stressed about having everything ready and done on time for Christmas!

At least, the decorating has been done. This past weekend we went to get our tree. We were gung ho in the morning for a day out in the country - I even made a fresh batch of cookies and had a thermos filled with hot chocolate, and hubby packed a picnic. Then as we neared our destination, about 1 1/2 hours away, we found ourselves in freezing rain. If you've ever been to Nova Scotia, then you would know it's very important to check the weather forecast the morning of your outing - not count on the mild, dry weather called for the night before. All that early morning food preparation distracted us from this important step. Traipsing about a tree farm to find the perfect tree and cut it is great fun in the cold, in the snow, in grey weather - but not so much in freezing rain. (You can see how nice it was last year here). To the girls benefit though, I must say they weren't to be deterred. I was frankly taken aback. I certainly didn't want to get soaked. So we planned on getting one near the parking area, and lo and behold the perfect tree was right there waiting for us! By the way, lots of other families were headed out in the rain through the farm - which had me feeling a bit wimpy, but likely also much drier :) 

My sister, brother in law and five year old nephew met us there, and after their tree was cut, also near the parking area, we headed to a working 19th century farm for their Christmas in the Country event. It was a lot of fun - Elle made some crafts, we tasted plum pudding for the first time (if you don't like raisins - and we don't - you won't like this no matter how much you want to), and generally enjoyed the old fashioned, country Christmas feeling. It's been great having so many community Christmas events to enjoy. 

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  1. December is racing ahead for me as well. I love the picture.
    Blessings, Dawn

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    1. Thank you Dawn, I just have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy. Slow down and enjoy :)

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  2. Then I'd be with you and not like plum pudding because I'm not a fan of raisins. Raisins were the bane of my Christmas season because my Mom always put them in Santa cookies.

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    1. And picking out the raisins is just not worth the work - drives me nuts when they're in cakes (and muffins, and cookies...)

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  3. I love that top picture - they all look so happy!

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    1. The girls were mostly trying to hold on to my nephew - who really wanted to flail around!

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