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I may as well give up promising not to go AWOL for months on end, because it always ends up happening anyway. Stuff likes to happen in big chunks, it seems. And then I’m exhausted for weeks afterwards.

Anyway, where were we? After my last post the Christmas season really kicked in full force and it was busy, busy, busy right up to the end. Once again, I was very thankful for my wonderful co-workers who did not, at any point, freak out or cause me to get stressed out. We just all pitched in and got stuff done.

I had the week between Christmas and New Year’s off (well, from the 23rd to the 30th), which was perfect since Sandrine was moving into her new house over Christmas weekend. So we spent Thursday evening loading all her stuff into the truck, drove up to Calais on Friday, then on Saturday we took the Channel shuttle train and drove up to Sandrine’s house.

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Inside the shuttle

The rest of the day was spent unloading and unpacking (and many, many trips up and down some VERY steep stairs). By dinnertime the house was starting to look like a house, although there were still quite a few boxes left. We tackled those the next morning after Sandrine opened her presents (the rest of us saved ours for New Year’s Eve).

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All in all, it was a decidedly un-traditional Christmas, but those tend to be the ones we remember the most, I think.

I was fully ready to crash for a few days after we got back, but the very next day we got a call from Aunt Susie saying that Grandpa had passed away. He hadn’t been doing well for a while, so it really wasn’t unexpected, but the timing could hardly have been worse. We were all pretty much running on fumes at that point, and somehow we had to pull ourselves together to make it through the family New Year’s dinner at my uncle’s and a last-minute trip to the States. Said trip went well, overall, even if we did have a bit of a blizzard on the day of the funeral (we all agreed Grandpa would have found that hilarious). It was good to spend a little time with family, even under less than cheerful circumstances. Plus I got to spend an afternoon with BJ, which was a bit of a miracle and very much needed.

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Me and my bestest friend

Since we’ve been back, I’ve finally gotten to unwind and process a bit. Things are pretty quiet at the moment, so I should be able to get caught up on things.

Until next time, have a little Lucy cuteness:

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“Umm, how do I get down?”

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Meowy Christmas!

Twilight and Lucy hope your Christmas was purr-fect!

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New kitty bed is Twilight-approved

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“Why yes, I am actually comfortable like this.”

Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, and may you all be very, very blessed this coming year! 🙂

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I’m cutting it extremely close, I know (and my all-day sci-fi marathon didn’t help), but it’s not midnight in the States yet so it still counts, right? Right, thought so.

So, without further ado, a sampling of pics from the last few months:

October

Dressage show at home on the 6th:

Laurélia on Nénuphar, waiting their turn

Laurélia on Nénuphar, waiting their turn

Manon on Saho

Manon on Saho

Drill team

Drill team

Justine on To Moon

Justine on To Moon

Lucie on Voltaire

Lucie on Voltaire

Me on Naika "Hi Mom!"

Me on Naika
“Hi Mom!”

Fred on Beauwaldie

Fred on Beauwaldie

Warming up

Warming up

Océane on Naika

Océane on Naika

Eventing competition on the 13th:

Elise getting some last-minute tips

Elise getting some last-minute tips

Caroline on Tosca

Caroline on Tosca

Manon and Saho, ready to go!

Manon and Saho, ready to go!

These kids were utterly cute :)

These kids were utterly cute 🙂

Halloween jumping show on the 27th:

DSC_0492csTJ was going to be part of my costume, but with the massive puddles that was a muddy bear waiting to happen, so Sissi wound up hanging onto him for me all afternoon.

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Pony in the mist

Pony in the mist

November

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Jumping show on the 17th:

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December

Jumping show on the 8th:

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Christmas with the family:

I think she likes them ;)

I think she likes them 😉

He likes. Muchly.

He likes. Muchly.

This is called putting your gift to good use immediately

This is called putting your gift to good use immediately

Lena, the newest addition to the family

Lena, the newest addition to the family

"Here, this one's for you!"

“Here, this one’s for you!”

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"Of course I'm not using your computer to post pictures of myself online; whatever gave you that idea?"

“Of course I’m not using your computer to post pictures of myself online; whatever gave you that idea?”

Happy New Year, everyone, and may 2014 be a very blessed year for all of you! 🙂

 

 

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Some of my first pics with the new camera (a Nikon D3100):

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… And Pictures!

Joshua's dedication

 

*glomp*

"I is kung fu kitty - rawr!"

"Uh, help?"

"Is this for me?"

A few close-ups of the tree:

Pictures from the family Christmas dinner:

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Emma and me

Oh yes, we had champagne

"Can I open my presents now?"

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