Hello everyone! I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year.
We went to Edmonton where our children are and what a whirlwind trip it was – in the middle of winter no less! We couldn’t get any time off from our respective jobs, but I got off work at 2pm on Christmas Eve and we attempted leave as close to that as we could. It soon became obvious that we had forgotten how to travel because we had to go back a few times to get stuff – like winter boots and winter jackets! It’s much warmer in Vancouver than it is in Edmonton, so we’re not really used to packing gloves, hats, winter boots and things, but that’s no excuse! We were just plain disorganized!
Things finally got underway at about 4pm and we spent some hours commenting on the lack of snow over the Rockies.
Usually by this time, everything is completely white!
At around midnight, we stopped in Hinton, Alberta and slept for 5 hours or so, and then continued on our way. We got to Edmonton at around noon on Christmas Day. After a brief period of freshening our tired bodies up, we sat down to the business of gift-opening
My daugher had bought us all stockings as well as Christmas gifts which was fun.
It’s always wonderful to see the pleasure on people’s faces
After we opened all our gifts, the preparation and cooking of Christmas dinner got underway. It seems that the men cooked the Turkey
And the girls took care of the vegetables
I think quite a bit of wine had been consumed by then 🙂
In the end, a beautiful Christmas dinner adorned the table
After stuffing ourselves silly and drinking some more wine – we had some family love
Finally, the lack of sleep and the long drive got the better of us and we went to bed. The fun continued downstairs with my camera
All in all, it was a wonderful evening with good food, good company and lots of laughter.
On Boxing Day, and our last day in Edmonton, our kids took us to the famous West Edmonton Mall. Of course, it was chaos, being Boxing Day, and there were wall to wall people, so it wasn’t long before we left for less crowded places. We split up – the kids going to other stores and Mr. Lifeology and I going for a drive. Mr. Lifeology lived in Edmonton in another life and so he showed me all the places he frequented.
All too soon, it was over and Saturday saw us packing up and leaving Edmonton. We stopped in Hinton for coffee and supplies and settled in for the long drive home.
We spoke too soon about the lack of snow and it wasn’t long before we were driving in this
Driving through Jasper National Park was magical. We came across and frozen lake
A beautiful emerald green river of glacier water
And some Elk
We took a little detour through Jasper Village. Very Alpine-like. Unfortunately, the only photo that turned out well was the one of the Steam Engine!
We got home that evening around 8-ish after a wonderful Christmas.
Talk to you soon!