There are many paths to reach a single destination.......
and you can still get there even if you take the long way around.
"We can make our plans,
but the Lord determines our steps." Proverbs 16:9 NLT
Years ago, when Kiandra celebrated her 10th birthday, I took her on a special date, for dessert, to the revolving restaurant in our city. Kezia was so jealous of our date and began counting the days until she would be old enough to go to the revolving restaurant too. Unfortunately, I found out too late that the restaurant closed on December 31 just over a month before Kezia turned 10. She was so disappointed and although there were many rumours that it would open again, nothing seemed to be happening. Kezia would often mention it as we passed the downtown landmark and sigh with deep despair that she would never have a chance to go there.
A few weeks ago, I found out that the restaurant was indeed going to open again and my plan was to keep that news a secret from Kezia and surprise her with a lunch date in honour of her, now really late, 10th birthday. Yesterday was the day it finally worked out to take her.
The views of the frigid city were remarkable:
The food was fantastic! I had a honey mustard chicken burger with a berry compote and Kezia had a fire roasted chicken pasta dish.
Riding the glass elevator down:
After our delicious lunch I drove Kezia to her friend's house for a sleepover, I stopped at the school to do some prep, and then I went home to pick Kaden up for his last game of the Christmas Challenge tournament. He has played 5 games in the last 3 days! This last game was for the bronze medal. It was a very even game and a real nail biter! They scored in the first and then we tied it up late in the third. Kaden's team got another goal to make it 2-1 with just 3 minutes left in the game....we thought that was the end...until the other team scored with just 1 minute left to make it a 2-2 final score. In the case of a tie, the teams play a 3 on 3 two minute period and that ended without a score...even when our player was tripped on a breakaway and had a penalty shot. Then it went to a 2-2 two minute period and Kaden's team broke out right after the puck dropped to score a goal!! What a win!
It would have gotten even more intense if that player wouldn't have scored because it would have scored it would have gone to a 1 on 1 two minute period and then 1 on 1 without a goalie and Kaden's coach said that Kaden would have been up for that play. Yikes! I was already stressed for the players and they weren't even my kids!
So it was a Bronze medal win for Kaden's team and the end of the Christmas challenge.
We celebrated with Conrad's side of the family for supper this evening:
It almost looks like we co-ordinated our outfits with a red scheme around the grown up table:
The kids table was also sporting a matching colour scheme of grey:
After dinner entertainment:
Conrad helped his parents shop for these gifts and the kids were thrilled:
Kiandra laughed when she saw this because Kezia had received a purple one in her stocking and Kiandra had thought "wow I really want that too" and then it didn't show up in any of her gifts and she was a little disappointed. She was surprised to find it in her gift from Conrad's parents.
How many more Christmas photos will Conrad and I be able to be in the back row of the family picture?? :)
Conrad worked on Monday but is now on holidays and I love that he has been able to be home so much this week. With my family Christmas last Saturday and Conrad's family this coming Sunday, I love that we have just been able to savour some amazing home time (aka pj days!) over the last few days.
Again, we were extremely blessed this Christmas with some amazing gifts. We always get the kids just 4 gifts (something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read) and then a stocking of little things but somehow they are always appreciative of what they get and the kids never complain even when all of their friends seem to be getting iphones and laptops.
want: ukelele ( a pink one!)
need: high heeled tap shoes (ordered through her musical theatre teacher and will come in January)
wear: lululemon gift card
read: wreck this journal
Conrad got some clothes, hockey shoulder pads, and I scored a sweet deal of Apple tv and so he got that as well.
I was probably the most spoiled this Christmas by the kids and by Conrad when I received almost everything from my wish list. I know my purse and wallet were practically falling apart but it still was a surprise to find this under the tree: