We met our newest niece, Mila, on Christmas day:
Bill's sister Lisa rented a skating rink on New Year's Eve for a game of ringette, which is similar to hockey.
|Lisa, Shortly Before Bill "Shoved Her into the Boards"|
|Lisa's Daughter Katie, in her Ringette Gear|
|Daddy Took Allyson for a Spin or Two|
|Nana Enjoyed Snuggling Little Mila|
|Ethan Scored a Couple Goals - I Had No Idea He Could Skate So Well!|
Katie got a cake pop maker for Christmas, and we decided to try it out on New Year's Eve.
"This isn't so bad at all!" I commented, though Lisa was doing all the work. (We shooed the girls out of the kitchen and told them they could help dip the balls once they were made.) It was so simple compared to how my sister Emily makes her amazing cake balls--bake a cake, swirl it with icing, scoop out the balls, freeze them, dip in chocolate.
We didn't bother to read the directions when we melted the chocolates on a double boiler, and they ended up really globby. But there was no way we were throwing out all that chocolate. Lisa stirred in some milk or cream to thin it out, and we laboriously dipped the cake balls in the lumpy coating.
I had a new respect for Emily when I saw the contrast between her work and ours:
But our second batch, which we melted in the microwave, came out much better.
"Emily who?" said Lisa.
When the girls asked to help dip the third batch, we shooed them out again. "You can help decorate," Lisa promised.
They put on loads of sparkles and crushed peppermints.
They were even more delicious than they looked. Yum! But Bill laughed at how we spent two or three hours on them. Lisa said the infomercial never mentioned anything about three hours. Time well spent, if you ask me. I personally enjoyed about 10 of them (over the course of days).
Walk on the Beach
On our last full day in Vancouver, we went to White Rock Beach around sunset. Gorgeous!
|Bill's Brother Trevor, Nephew James, Niece Katie, Bill, Allyson|
|Allyson Was So Beautiful in this Purple Coat - Took My Breath Away|
I finally baked a perfect gluten-free loaf! Remember all those problems I had trying to bake a loaf by hand? Well my beloved new bread machine makes it ridiculously easy. I just ground my brown rice and dumped it all in. Yum!
|Too Bad I Still Haven't Mastered Slicing Bread|
Allyson had Western Day in Kindergarten today. She was so excited as she gathered up her costume over the last few days.
It was a mighty fine day!