We travelled to Vancouver in a blizzard but fortunately were only slightly delayed on our 12, yes, 12-minute flight to Victoria. It's been great to be back. We've done all that we hoped: spent time together all 8 of us, hiked Mount Doug, drank coffee and candy cane hot chocolate at Tim Horton's, J has played with the cats for hours, we've watched back-to-back episodes of "Breaking Bad" (again), wandered the city streets, and watched the sun set over Victoria's harbour.
|Hiking our much-loved Mount Doug|
Then the Christmas tree fell down, we shorted the power in the house, and Marge got the flu, but Christmas was still celebrated with much love. Our traditional reveillon was passed with the family and friends on Christmas Eve whilst following Santa on the Norad Santa Tracker. Christmas morning dawned early with J and Marge filling the house with candles and Christmas music before rousing the rest of us....at 7:00am.
The rest of the day was spent quietly, some of us hiked, some of us cooked, glasses were clinked, and more memories made, especially for J.
|The formal 2013 family portrait|
|Our preferred 2013 family portrait|
|Big J and Little J|
|J and his cousin Renee|
|Inside Victoria's Empress Hotel|
|Victoria's floating fisherman's village|