Some Christmas photos and videos from 2021.

Christmas at our house


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The stockings were hung... Everything ready for our little munchkins.


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The boys on Christmas morning.


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Henry with a first stocking present.


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Walter with his tanks pop-it.


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The boys in their matching pyjamas, and fanny packs. Yes, Walter placed his tank in his fanny pack.


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Something to read.


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Something they wanted - in Henry's case an electric scooter.

Henry opening his scooter



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Henry, realizing that he's getting an electric scooter.


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Walter is SO excited to get a snowy owl that he named 'Hedwig'.


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This was something that Walter wanted.


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Natalia opening the card that Henry made for us.


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Walter with a Christmas decoration that Henry made.


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Walter with his book from Grandma G.


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Henry with a mazes book, a Calvin and Hobbes, and Archie comics from Grandma G.

Walter opening a Nerf gun and bullets from Grandma G



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Henry reading his Archie comics from Grandma G.


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Walter reading his new body book.


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The boys with their 'something to wear' present.


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The boys with their 'something they need' presents - slippers!


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Walter finally allowed to eat his gingerbread train for breakfast.


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Best breakfast on Christmas ever - Christmas crepes!


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This is kind of ridiculous, matching pyjamas, slippers, and fanny packs.


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Henry wearing ridiculous Christmas glasses from Janet and Rick.


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And Walter with his glasses.


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Matchy matchy.

Henry opening a present from Janet and Rick (and Walter photo bombing him)


Henry jumping his new Stuntz Lego



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Walter looking at the Disney lego from Janet and Rick.


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Walter had to bring Hedwig up to watch him play Wii Tanks. I love that he placed him on the ottoman
so that he could see Walter play.


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Our family on Christmas Day.


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Henry opening a monster truck making kit from Janice and Bill.


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Playing Pengoloo - the game that Santa brought the boys.


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We had to get some sledding time in on Christmas day.


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Pure, unadulterated joy. I feel badly for kids living in Florida for never experiencing this.


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We built Walter's new Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo.


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Walter with both of his new Playmobil cars.


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Walter shooting his gun, with his safety glasses on.


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Walter with his Hedwig.


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The boys with their presents from Aunty Sarah.


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The boys with their books from Aunty Adrienne and Uncle Eric.

At West Edmonton Mall


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We took the boys for a couple of nights to the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton so that they could have
a vacation even with the COVID mess we're still in. Here they are riding the train at Galaxyland.


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Walter on the Dragon Wagon.


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Henry and Walter back on the ride-on animals. You'll notice that they're pretty rough-looking as the
mall figured out that they can charge more to ride on these guys IN the mall, so all of the nice ones
went up there.


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Our whole family on the ride-on animals.


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Walter playing the laser gun game.


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The boys on the carousel.


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Walter and Mommy on the mini ferris wheel.


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Henry and I watching the roller coasters go by. While Henry seems fascinated by roller coasters, he has
very little appetite to actually ride on them.


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On the swing ride.


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Mommy and Walter on Mommy's favourite ride.


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Walter bouncing in the play area.


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Back on the Dragon Wagon, this time in the front seat!


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And he convinced his brother to join in too.


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There was no one here so the boys did 6 straight rides on the Dragon Wagon. But much to my chagrin, they
wanted nothing to do with the other (better) roller coasters.


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Walter quite liked this pirate Lego guy at the Lego store in West Edmonton Mall.


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We got a truck room, which the boys were quite excited about. While it wasn't very clean, I have to
hand it to the hotel for being able to extract as much money as they do out of a very tiny room. Good for them.


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Henry next to the truck where Natalia and I slept.


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In the whirlpool tub.


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The gas tank at the back of the room.


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The whole family on the train at Galaxyland.


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Walter chilling in the truck.


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The boys on the bed.


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Natalia and her crazy boys.


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Walter thought it was pretty cool too.


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They both really liked the 'Who Are You' interactive exhibit at the Lego store where it scans your
palm and then randomly makes a Lego character like this sweet hot dog dude.


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Walter was THIS guy!


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Natalia and the boys at the World Waterpark, where it was a balmy 27 deg C! See, I took my wife somewhere
hot for her big birthday. The boys were super jacked to rent tubes and play in the wave pool, and really
didn't do a lot of slides. But, the wave pool was a massive hit!


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The boys and Mommy on her birthday.


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Chilling at our loungers.


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Taking the remote control boats for a ride is always a highlight for Henry. Walter, of course, stuck his
loonie into a broken unit so that didn't go well for him.


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Natalia having a margarita and chicken madeira pasta on her birthday.


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We took Natalia out to Moxie's for her birthday and the boys were super excited to get 'science in a cup',
dry ice with their ice cream sundaes.


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Super thoughtful gesture from her friends Stacey, Erin, and Christina.


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This is what Walter bought with his xmas money from Grandpa Carl and Grandma Wendy.


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How sweet is this car?


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Yes, Walter loved this. Yes, that sweater vest is out of control.


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Mr Bag head on the way from Edmonton to Red Deer.


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Henry also shoved a bag on his head.

Perrault Christmas in Red Deer


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Grandma G with all of the crazies at East side Mario's.


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The kids at East side Mario's having supper with Grandma G managing the crazy table.


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The adult table.


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The boys and their cousins watching TV at the Red Deer hotel.


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Henry pulling Landon and Kale around at Aunty Renee's school since it was too cold to play outside.


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Walter pushing a scooter around the gym.


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Aunty Renee and Walter playing at the gym.


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Walter and his cousin Jack at the bowling alley.


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The cousins having cousin bowling time.


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My family at Christmas in Red Deer at a bowling party. Note Natalia and I's matching bunnyhugs since apparently
we're cool like that.


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Aunty Renee and Logan at the bowling alley.


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Landon and Kale.


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Bowling alley fun with my family.


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The whole fan-damily at the bowling alley.


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Grandma G with the nuts at pizza party dinner.


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There was a stage so the kids had to play on it.


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And pose of course.

Walter trying Logan's new scooter



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Walter had dumped his Lik'm Aid on the floor so there was only one solution here.

Playing in Bragg Creek


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We are lucky to have friends with a giant 'backyard' and so we get to play out there socially distanced.
Here are Henry and Rhys climbing on a giant snow pile, building a tunnel.


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Walter and Grayson ready to ride on the tube.


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They had built a mini luge track that the boys love to ride down.

Stacey riding the luge track


Natalia riding the luge track



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Alf and I broke through and connected the tunnel, which Walter thought was sweet as he ducked in there.


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We decided to go to Nakiska the same day as all of Calgary since there was a brief reprieve in the
-30 spells. The result was long line-ups, but the kids still had fun.


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LOOOOOONG line-ups.

Cousin Time in Cochrane


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Grace and Logan came to Cochrane for three sleeps so that their parents could work with schools closed.
Here is Grace trying to get onto the sled for a ride.

Riding sleds at -30 deg C



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Henry and Grace, bundled up, and having fun.


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A bit brisk you might say.


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Henry, Walter, and Grace on the couch watching a movie after new year's.


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Being little crazies while having ice cream sundaes.


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Logan and Henry playing with the stamp kit at our house just after new years.


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Natalia standing with her first brand new vehicle.

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