Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas Break 2014

Today is the last day of our Christmas break and I can't help but feel a little sad about it. I've loved every minute for it. Maybe not the part where MR had a minor car accident, but everything else was great. Plus that accident reminded me to always be thankful and to make the most of life. Anyways, what I loved most about this break was being able to spend so much time with my daughter, SO. Free from school, from work, and from responsibilities - it was great! Because MR had to work, SO and I bonded and did a lot of girl stuff together. There were even times when we did our own thing separately, but we were never too far from each other.

Appetizers and Hors d'Oeuvres in the office

Dinner with work colleagues at La Cantine des Grands in Nancy, France

The Christmas holidays started with the yearly work Christmas dinner. This is the only opportunity I get to meet everyone I work with together.

December is especially special to me because it's also my birth month. This year, MR organized, with the help of my good friends, a surprise dinner party. The 'surprise' part didn't exactly work out, but the party definitely did.

A week after my birthday happens to be my dad's birthday too. He may be physically absent, but always in my thoughts. Which is why I insisted to prepare one of his favorites, Oysters, for dinner. I miss him so much, but I was decided to not make this day a sad one.

We also had the traditional Buche de Noel.

On the same day, SO had her special Christmas Pony Show. She was amazing!

The busy streets of Metz - City Center

La Grande Roue 

Santa Claus' toys factory 

No Christmas break is complete without a visit to a Christmas market and Christmas shopping, of course.

Roasted Chestnuts

Chocolate Beignet

Crepe with Nutella 

And no visit to a Christmas market is complete without the yummy Christmas snacks.

A visit to Santa Claus was a-must before Christmas, too. SO even prepared a letter saying how she was a good girl all year long. Aahhh the magic of Christmas and Santa Claus. Sadly, this might be the last year SO will still believe in the legend, I think.

We spent Christmas Eve at a relative's house with family. We were 20+ and it was noisy, crazy fun, and full of laughter and joy.

The evening was exactly how Santa Claus liked it, which is why he decided to come pay us a lil visit in the middle of the evening. He brought with him a bag full of gifts which the children loved!

But after Santa Claus' visit, SO's only wish was to go home, sleep, and wake up to open the gifts under the Christmas tree.

Foie Gras and Fig Confit 

On Christmas day, we were invited for lunch at my sister's house.

Then, two days after Christmas, we woke up and saw white. Although a little late, SO's wish for a white Christmas was granted. She was happy, while I was semi-worried because MR had to take the car to go to work. Snow is beautiful, but it's beautiful when you're watching from inside, not driving on it!

MR and I even had some one-on-one time one night when SO was staying at her cousin's. <3

And finally the last food fest of the year - New Year's Eve!!!

Looking back at all these photos, I realize how fast time passes by, how much fun we had, and oh gosh, all the delicious food we had! Tomorrow we'll be back to our regular program - work, school, schedules, normal meals, and maybe some sport and exercise (?).


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