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10 Years Ago Today… #meanttobe

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It was 10 years ago to this moment that James surprised me on our walk with Mavie in our favourite trail, Preservation Park.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  The tree still stands that James marked with B&J 4EVER… a bit faded, but still there!  James showed me the tree, and when I looked back at him, he was on one knee with a temporary home-made tinfoil ring that he gave me.  He had picked a ring for me, but knowing I would be wearing this ring for the rest of my life, he wanted me to see if before he bought it.  It was perfect xoThis tree, ironically and unknown to James at the time, was dead when he carved it (thus, not hurting a living plant!), and we thought we’d only see the tree standing for a short time.  This tree is unique in that it is an “off shoot” and or a long-living “sucker” of a healthy tree.  The healthy, living tree protects it in storms and somehow keeps it standing (see pictures below)!  #meanttobeFast forward one decade to where we are now, I feel so luc…

Annika’s 9th!

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A long weekend of celebrations were had for our little beauty, and how fitting that her birthday falls on Thanksgiving almost every year!  We couldn’t be more thankful to have this genuinely kind and caring human in our lives.   We love seeing the person she is growing up to be.  Each year somehow becomes better than the last, and she has the world at her fingertips.  We are the lucky ones who get to witness the life of such a wonderful girl!Here are a few pics of the birthday girl from the past couple of weeksShe had to take part in her one and only dance convention/workshop for her competitive dance team.  This one was in Toronto.  She doesn’t enjoy these workshops much, but she gave it her best and she shone the whole weekend!The fishtail braid was made in our 30+ minute wait in Starbucks line for mommy’s afternoon tea… these conventions draw around 1000 kids, so you can imagine the crowds in the Delta-Marriott Hotel….Annika decided to run for her school’s cross country team again …

Our Little Athletes!

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It’s absolutely something to see, our little sporty girls participating in things they are passionate about and love.  This passion and drive comes from within them.  James and I are only ever their support and encouragement on the side, and here to provide them the opportunity – they do the rest!Both girls participated in two triathlons this summer, both happened to be back-to-back weekends!  They really enjoyed the triathlon they did last summer, so we signed them up again this year.  Still unsure if this is something they love, we were excited to see how the races went.  Both of them absolutely blew us away… You can’t teach a person (let alone a child) what both of these girls displayed in their races.   They not only tried there absolutely hardest and never gave up, but they were having so much fun while doing it!  I can’t quite put into words what we see in these two girls, but power, strength and drive will slightly define it.These two girls are on a road to excellence in whatev…

The Best Grandparents

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Hands down, the most generous, giving and loving two humans I know – and I’m lucky enough to call them my mom and dad.  Annika and Selena just arrived back after a three-night vacation that nana and papa took them on up in Blue Mountain, Collingwood.  They stayed in a beautiful two-bedroom suite, bought passes to participate in all the fun activities up there – including the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, the tree-top trekking, swimming, hiking, wall climbing, and so much more.  James and I had a much-needed and relaxing little break ourselves while the girls were having this amazing adventure with nana and papa.  What a special, memory-making trip this was for our girls.  We are so lucky to have such wonderful and loving parents who are excited to plan trips like this with our girls and experience unforgettable adventures and memories.What an amazing, fun and fast summer this was!  Kicking it off with the Florida trip my mom and dad planned and bought for us, followed by many excitin…

Waterfall Adventure #2

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This stop was the Hilton Falls trail near Kelso Lake in Milton.We walked the 4 k loop, drove through Halton Hills and had dinner at the best Italian restaurant in Guelph, Buon GustoWas able to capture some really neat shots, that don’t actually do the scenery justice…Hands off this one!  Attempting to teach James and the kids how to spot this…Snacks are a must on our hikes!They’re not afraid to climb!Look at the pretty photo orb that came to say hi in this shot xoThe girls choose their snack spots The closest I could get to showing the true beauty of this place.  Waterfalls are one of my favourite things.