It was a dream we thought wouldn't be granted for years, but fate had other plans and we got our Christmas in Ontario with the Lokers! It was epic and wonderful, everything we could have hoped for and more. The best thing about being with Jen and Stew, is just that, being with them. It's all laughter and fun, exchanging of ideas and opinions and great experiences and conversations. As with our other times together, it all takes place in the context of an exciting schedule.
What was exciting for us was to see a family we love in their home setting. We got to participate in the annual Loker family Christmas Eve skate. We all skate like Australia's but we had lots of fun! Followed by a hilarious ugly sweater party with a highly competitive secret Santa gift grab. We were whole heartedly embraced and had a wonderful time.
Christmas Day was literally filled with gifts. Jen is the ultimate gift giver, she's Santa really and every item (and there were many) was thoughtfully considered. We had a beautiful day with Jen and Stew's immediate families and then an incredible dinner with the extended Loker family again.
The rest of our time in Ontario was a blast. We spent time at Jen's parents cottage, saw how farming is done in the snow, tracked down delicious german pretzels and had a wonderful NYE at a beautiful house that felt like it sits on the edge of the world (the lakes really are that big!).
It was a Christmas like no other and we loved it.