99.9% of the time I wake up before 6am and pop right out of bed! Most people enjoy the feeling of slowly waking up and spending time resting in bed before getting up, but most of the time lying in bed makes me feel irritated! Every so often (I’m talking like a few times a year) I’ll wake up and actually think “hmm…I could stay in bed ALL DAY” and this morning was one of those mornings (of course it was also a work day!). I took it as a sign that I had had a really great, full weekend! …actually, more like a great, full week and a half!
Last week I put on 2 school Holiday Concerts! They were a LOT of work to plan, organize and deliver….but it was TOTALLY worth it in the end! We had a packed house both nights, the parents were thrilled to see their kids performing and, most importantly, the kids had an AMAZING TIME! Below are a couple pics of a FEW of the people who helped me to survive the night(s)!
On Saturday, I started the day volunteering at the Salvation Army’s Toy Warehouse in Richmond Hill. This is one of my favourite things to do during the holidays! It’s such a privilege to be a part of bringing a little bit of joy and love to people who really need it, especially at this time of the year! I left feeling so “full” and I wouldn’t want you to miss out on that opportunity. If you have some spare time this week why not consider volunteering a couple of hours at the Toy Warehouse in Richmond Hill? J
On Saturday night David and I drove down to Tyndale to see Phylicia and the Toronto Mass Choir’s “A Gospel Christmas” show! WOW! It was incredible! The venue = on point! And the energy that the choir brings is second to none. David especially loved the drummer and keyboardist. Ha ha…he took in most of the concert with his eyes closed….telling me “shhhhhhh” so that I didn’t ruin the experience for him. HA HA.
On Sunday morning I whipped to church bright and early to make sure that everything was ready for the KidsQuest Christmas play that I was running. On Saturday we had a 3 hour dress rehearsal that was OKAY at BEST. We couldn’t get the sound working so it was difficult to practice solos and dances, and there were a few kids absent so I left feeling a little concerned about the show. But, on Sunday the sound team found a solution to the sound problem and the play went without a hitch! Thank-you God for the opportunity to present such an incredible message of LOVE with the KidsQuest kids! Check out the ADORABLE ornaments that the kids made to hand out:
On Sunday evening a group of about 20 people from RHCC braved the -10 temperatures and did some carolling at Mill Pond in Richmond Hill. Even though it took a good HOUR to thaw out after the event, we had about 15 people from the community attend and singing carols in the freezing cold was really fun! Next year I’m thinking food trucks serving hot chocolate… and LOTS of heat lamps!!
I finished off Sunday with a girls night out at Moxies! It was really fun to connect with friends from camp over lettuce wraps and nearly every dessert on the menu! HA.
A huge shout out to EVERYONE who stepped up to help me this week, to my family who sent encouraging text from ‘across the pond’ AND my amazing husband who rarely says “no”! I love you all! Xoxo
Amidst the busyness that is the Christmas season, it's SO nice to make time to just "hang out" and have fun with the people that you love! And what better place to do that than downtown at the Toronto Christmas Market?!?!
David and I visited the Christmas Market 3 years ago on a windy, -20 degree Saturday night and we left with no real desire to return. Because it was SO cold, everyone (including us) crowded into the different shops to try to stay warm. We didn't get to experience the outdoor market or the live entertainment or even the beauty of walking the old brick streets!
We decided to give it another try THIS year and we were SO pleasently surprised by our experience! The Distillery District is STUNNING (I know....duhhh!) and with Christmas music blaring, really neat shops selling unique Christmas decorations and yummy treats, and the must gorgeous, massive Christmas tree to take selfies with (**see photo below**) it was such a FUN place to explore!
David and I stopped for brunch at a restaurant I've been dying to try for a while now called Cocoa 70! It's a restaurant that incorporates chocolate into every dish that they serve (I know....MY kind of place!). The atmosphere was super casual but really cool. David and I both ordered the "Lazy Breakfast" and we both gave it 2 thumbs up! The scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries and bacon were served in a really neat skillet and the meal came with the perfect amount of fresh fruit and delicious chocolate fondue!
After brunch we walked the distillery district, window shopping at the boutiques. We ended up running into my really good friend from High School, Sofia, at a Deciem pop-up shop where she happened to be working!! It's always so much fun bumping into friends unexpectedly and it's even better when those friends can help you pick out the perfect hand cream for your super dry skin!! ;) Thanks Sof!!
David and I don't make it to the city as often as we'd like SO we thought we might as well make the most of our time downtown and check out the new Nordstrom while we were close by! While we couldn't afford to purchase anything in the store (HA- there were WAY too many shoes priced at over $500), we both appreciated how stunning the store was and the amenities were fun to try out!
A fun day downtown with David was exactly what I needed before heading into the final two weeks of school, filled with the chaos of 3 Holiday concerts, a church Christmas play, volunteering and holiday get-togethers!
REMEMBER TO MAKE TIME TO HAVE FUN WITH THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE!! xoxoxox
P.S. This is how David insists on holding my hand when I have a cold.... ha ha.... can you say germophobe?!
While I can’t say that I’m as excited for Madeline’s 20th birthday as I clearly was for her 16th birthday (see video below)...
….I am very excited that Madeline has officially left the teen years behind and joined the rest of her siblings in the 20’s!! So far for me, the 20’s- filled with finishing school, getting a job, travelling, getting married, figuring out “life” a little more etc.- have been the best and I can’t WAIT to see Madeline start to navigate through these exciting years/decisions herself!
Because Madeline is turning 20 I thought it was only fitting to list 20 things that I LOVE about her!!
Madeline, I think you’re a totally incredible person! I’m so proud that you’re my sister, and I feel so lucky that I get to do life with you! I hope this year is filled with lots of adventure, lots of good books, lots of sushi dates (with me), lots of runs, lots of laughs, and most importantly, a deeper understanding of God’s love for you and a stronger desire to pursue Him and His will for your life! Oh…and did I mention a boyfriend?! ;) ….that would be fun too!
HAPPY 20th MADI!! I LOVE YOU!! xoxoxox
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,