The Twins First Christmas and Winter Diving!

Ewan and Eileen enjoyed their first Christmas. Actual Christmas day was spent on Vancouver Island with my family, but we got some photos of Eileen and Ewan opening gifts at our house back in Calgary. Kyle carried on his family’s tradition of preparing a venison tourtière for Christmas Eve dinner, and Grandma Shivas made an Acadian Chicken Fricot. Christmas Day was full of family, fun and good food. There were 14 of us at Christmas family dinner. We had a great time!

Ewan & Eileen with their stockings
Ewan & Eileen with their stockings

Grandma Shivas reading to Eileen & Ewan
Grandma Shivas reading to Eileen & Ewan

Over the Christmas break we indulged in lots of seafood and chocolate. Kyle and I also spent a day on the ocean diving while Grandma and Grandpa Shivas took care of the babies. I also spent a morning at a local salon getting my hair cut.

Eileen with Grandpa Shivas
Eileen with Grandpa Shivas
Tourtière & Acadian Chicken Fricot
Tourtière & Acadian Chicken Fricot
Seafood Feast
Seafood Feast after a day of Diving

We spent a night out with Heather, Brad, Allison and Sandy participating in an escape room, we made it out with 40 seconds to spare! Afterwards we had drinks and snacks at Alli and Sandy’s house. It’s really special being able to spend time with my cousins and their husbands.

Eileen & Ewan opening gifts
Eileen & Ewan opening gifts
Sea Lions at Norris Rocks
Sea lions at Norris Rocks

Here are a couple of small, lower resolution clips from the video we captured while diving. The sea lions were incredibly playful and inquisitive. They would bite you all over the way that a puppy does, not with malicious intent, but enough that you felt it. We also did a wreck dive in 107ft of water at Deep Bay where we saw a nudibranch and an octopus.

It was a great trip!

4 thoughts on “The Twins First Christmas and Winter Diving!”

    1. Thanks, 107 feet is nearly double what we are certified for and nearly double the depth we have been to so far (~60 ft) but it was with a certified instructor so he said it was ok and it certainly felt safe enough. Safer than some of our dives in Raja Ampat to be sure.. It sure is dark down there.

  1. We loved having everyone here for Christmas. Thanks for making it special 🙂

  2. Wow, those videos are amazing!
    Lovely photos from Christmas, the babies are so cute!

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