Christmastime Catch Up

Guys, I have missed you!

First off, thanks for the really nice comments on my last post. We lost my cousin a few days before Christmas and I don’t really have words for it and doubt that I ever will. All I can say is that amidst the grief and confusion, I have never been so proud of my family or spent time in a room with an air of love and unity quite so strong.

Needless to say, this holiday was one of many emotions. But between the sad ones there have been some beautiful ones.

Downtown Ottawa is looking oh so fine and I can’t stop going out of my way to drive by.

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Watching my grandma open her presents is just about the cutest thing ever. Oftentimes she is more into the gift bag than the actual gift (though in her defense, kitty cat gift bags are pretty awesome).

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Our Christmas morning routine is virtually the same as I remember it as a five-year-old and I love it as much now as I did then.

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I had some good old carrot oatmeal this morning and felt my body asking “what is this food that is not a cookie?!”

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As for the next few days, they will entail as much reading-for-pleasure, working out with my dad and coffee shop hopping with my mom as I can fit in. I just started A Fine Balance – has anyone read it?

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There is the most peaceful snow fall happening outside my window right now (at long last) and Josh will be coming back home soon and I am JUST A BIT excited.

I feel like we have a tendency to seek an explanation for everything that happens in life. And while I believe that type of reflection is sometimes for the best, other times I think there is no answer waiting for us and all we can really do is honour the past and try to make as much good come out of the bad as we can.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and made so many memories.

I’ll be back soon!

21 thoughts on “Christmastime Catch Up

  1. My heart aches for you. Death is always difficult, but around the holidays it seems to be even more unsettling. I am glad your family was able to be together for the support and love.
    Funny about your grandma and the gift bag. My grandma would always very neatly unwrap her gifts so she could keep and reuse the paper!
    Enjoy your break- isn’t it great not thinking about school?! I look forward to reading more from you!

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    • Thanks so much, Kate <3
      My grandma is the same with the wrapping paper. "Waste not, want not" she says :)
      Ahh the break really is amazing. I don't feel the slightest bit guilty doing absolutely NOTHING :) Enjoy yours too and I'm anxiously awaiting your updates also! xo

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  2. My condolences on the loss of your cousin, my thoughts & prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss.

    Since your last post and the sad news you shared I have been thinking about you each and every day and have been checking for a trace of you. I knew you would be back when you were ready and here you are now.

    You have a different family here and I can sense the love that many feel for you by what they write to you….myself certainly included.

    Take good care Jacklyn and take each minute at the pace that feels best to you and know we care so much.

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  3. Hi Jacklyn, I am so, so sorry to hear about your cousin… my heart goes out to you and your family during this time and my prayers will be with you ongoing. You remind us so beautifully in this post and last (my last comment did not post for some reason) that the love of family brings us/holds us together and although we cannot make sense of so much of what happens on this earth, we can continue to make something good come out of everything, bad included. Thanks for that. You are wise beyond your years. Wishing you every blessing in 2016!! Xo

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  4. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your cousin. Losing loved ones around Christmas is no doubt extra difficult, but also a time where family can be closer together for even more support. I’m glad you’ve had such wonderful family to help each other through. The rest of your plans for the holiday sounds perfect – relax relax relax. That oatmeal comment – HA!

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  5. I’m so sorry for your loss, Jacklyn. It’s so difficult when things happen that we have no answer for, especially around the holidays. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am happy that you had your family around among the grief. Enjoy your time off and just relax!

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  6. Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your cousin, my condolences to you and your family. I had been checking your blog regularly for any news, but was not expecting this. It seems that your family pulled through, and you are all so strong for that. I hope, even amidst the sadness, you are still enjoying your break.

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  7. So sorry to hear about your cousin. Death is hard enough, but around the holidays it’s even more devastating. I hope you we able to enjoy and cherish your family over the holiday and reminisce with them over the great times you all had with your cousin.
    On a lighter note, my body and your body apparently both have the same confusion on cookies versus good food!

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  8. I am so sorry for your loss, Jacklyn :( I don’t even know what to say, but I send my best wishes and prayers to your and your family during the tough time. You and your grandmother are both so beautiful and photogenic. I’m so jealous! Your oatmeal looks scrumptious. I had carrot cake oatmeal this morning and a couple days ago. It is just as delicious as a good old cookie, especially drenched in sunflower butter, no? :D Reading, visiting cafes, and working out with Dad sound awesome. I hope you are really enjoying your holiday and I am really looking forward to more of your blog in 2016.

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