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Grandpa Cardigan Friends

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I wrote before about our friends Kelley and Doug, and analogised our relationship with them to putting on a pair of my favourite jeans.  Well, yesterday we spent the afternoon and evening with our friends Anne and Ray and to continue the metaphor, being with them is like putting on my favourite grandpa cardigan.  Always the same and always comfortable.  It fits a little loosely but never wears thin and best of all, it is always comforting.  Anne and I were friends in high school, worked together every summer at the Butchart Gardens and went through most of university together, although she took some time off to travel with another friend.  I was in Anne's wedding party and she and Ray both stood up for me and Paul at our wedding almost 18 years ago.  They are still my community, even from such a long distance.

We had a lovely time catching up with our friends watching our kiddios establish new and lasting kinship with theirs.  Another dress up cupboard was discovered as well as a forever bond over Lego.  And Lego games on the Wii.  And light sabers.  The kiddios played, the adults talked and we shared a delicious pizza lunch together.  Our Abby, pizza-hater, has decided that she likes Canadian pizza and devours it.  Who would have thought?!?

The girls in dress-up with their friend Maia
But Ray had got up early in the morning to do something extra special.  He prepared the bases and templates for gingerbread houses, so not only did we share a fantastic lunch with them, but a much-loved tradition as well.  The children had great delight dipping into the bowls of candy to design their houses and spreading the icing carefully (or not so) with their ziploc icing bags.  The resulting creations are a delight to behold and we are all grateful for the opportunity.

Now, bring on Christmas day so we can start the destruction phase.  And begin our sugar rush.

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