Once again, this year, I had the luxury of celebrating
Christmas with my parents, my sister Renee, and my sister Danielle at my parent's home in
Prince Albert, SK.


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My buddy Erik Olson stopped in on Christmas Eve to wish us a Merry Christmas. Christmas wouldn't
have seemed right without Erik there. Here he is opening up a very strange re-gift from Renee.
I think this is called the Eager Beaver.


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When we got back from Christmas Eve mass, we decided to take some pictures. This is a great one
of Renee and Danielle with Renee not quite looking.


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Renee and Danielle under the Christmas tree, Dec 25, 2005.


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Here is the family minus Leah and Denis (who spent Christmas in Bermuda again - tough life!). Maybe
next year we'll get to spend it with the whole family.


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I got Danielle a cool toque from REI. She seems to like it.


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My mom gets upset when I put pictures of her on my site and comment on them, so I will only say that
this is a small porcelain egg that I bought in Copenhagen for her.


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Renee found one of my mom's favourites - Chicken Bones. We used to get these from the Yarmouth
Candy Store in Nova Scotia.


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We decided to get outside on Christmas day since my generous dad had rented all of us kids
cross-country skis while we were home. My parents are quite the avid skiers, as my mom has
recently taken it up and seems to really like it. Here is my mom getting her skis on.


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Of course, Renee had to have a nice bright orange bunny hug. I suppose that was so she wouldn't
get lost... More to come on this.


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Here is Danielle in her cool outfit too.


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My dad actually surprised me with how well he can ski. I suppose he did teach me after all...
Nevertheless, it's great to see him out enjoying the great outdoors since there's so much of it
in the PA area.


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The girls putting some miles on. That's Mom still getting her skis set up.

A short video of us skiing a little VIDEO CLIP


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A beautiful sunset in Little Red River Park, Saskatchewan. It's a little funny that I wouldn't
have seen this sunset from here had Renee not gotten lost while skiing since I saw this while looping
the park looking for her. Apparently a great survival
technique is to keep on skiing when you haven't seen anyone for awhile. Thankfully, she made it
back to the lodge and all was well, with the exception of some tears. However, this is a sweet
picture, so thanks Renee for getting lost! :)


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My mom apparently enjoys silent auctions. So much so that she bid on a hockey "package" that
included this wonderful bouquet, which is now gracing my mantelpiece in Portland. The jersey I'm
sporting is a great Christmas gift from my parents and has Lemieux on the back.


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Natalia came up to Prince Albert to celebrate her 24th birthday with us. Here she is showing
off her gift from Renee - a hand-painted coffee mug (complete with the star over the 'i'!)


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My mom is quite the knitter now, and so she knit a nice scarf for Natalia as part of her present.


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As part of the most unique birthday I think Natalia might ever celebrate, Renee and I made her
a cake in the shape of a liger a la Napoleon Dynamite. Check out the sweet cream cheese icing,
chocolate carrot cake insides, and the candle arrangement: 2 plus 4 = 24!


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Natalia with her cake


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My sister Renee at her finest.


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My aunty Deb and Uncle Ken also came up from the lake to visit with us.


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My aunty Eileen, Uncle Bill, and cousin Leanne joined us for dinner as well. My camera
I think was focusing on the smoke from a blown-out candle.


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As part of the hockey package my mom "won" at the silent auction, we also got tickets to a WHL
hockey game with the PA Raiders taking on the Saskatoon Blades. Here are Danielle and my mom
before the game.


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Here are Renee and Natalia before the game, with Natalia showing off her brand new scarf.


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The last item from the auction was the chance to drop the puck at the game we were at. So, here is
my dad dropping the ceremonial puck before the game.


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The money shot. For the Saskatoon Blades was their captain Wacy Rabbit and for the Raiders was
forward Brendan Byers (since captain Chipchura was busy winning the World Junior gold medal for Canada).

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