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Super exciting news!

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I am officially allowed to reveal that my bestest Steph and her husband Ryan are expecting their first baby at the beginning of July!  CONGRATULATIONS!  Love you guys!12 week ultrasound picture of my god-niece or nephew --I’m thinking nephew ;)

Our Christmas adventures

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December 24:We kicked off our Christmas festivities with Christmas Eve dinner here at BJAM’s house…lots of fun seeing Annika with her new pink rocking horse from her great Aunt Carole, new PJ’s for all the kids (Annika, James, David and myself), watching the all-time best Christmas movie EVER – Christmas Vacation (my dad is Clark Griswald in real life LOL) and the annual poker game between my dad, James and Carole (Carole took the win Christmas Eve, and James took the big win Christmas day, dad came runner up both times!)Playing on her new rocking horse in one of her new PJ’sPlaying with GrandpaCuddling with Mavie who’s protecting all the presentsTired….All of Santa’s presents for Annika….and Maverick protecting them for herDecember 25thChristmas morning…….So excited to play with all of her new toys!We then packed up and headed to my parent’s house in the morning to open more gifts and eat some yummy foodMy mom and her brothers, Uncle Roy and Bob, lit a candle in honour of my grandma …

One of my favourite Christmas songs…

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“When a Child is Born”, by Il Divo

Merry Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and great health and happiness in the New Year!LOVE TO EVERYONE, BJAM    XOXO

Christmastime fun for BJAM

Super excited for Friday to finally get here!  More for Annika’s sake than anything else.  I know she’s going to love waking up and crawling down the stairs to a present-filled Christmas tree!!  She’s going to be in her glory with all her presents and wrapping paper and boxes (knowing Annika, the wrapping paper and boxes may be more enjoyable than the gifts….)Christmas eve is also going to be lots of fun.  Mom, dad, David and Aunt Carole are coming to BJAM’s house to, of course, follow our family’s tradition of opening one gift…that gift is always new pajamas to make the last sleep before Christmas even more exciting.  David and I always open our gifts to each other, as well, on Christmas Eve.After a full Day of Christmas fun and turkey dinner at my parent’s house on Christmas Day, BJAM and my brother be traveling to Windsor Christmas night and spending Boxing Day and Sunday with Grampy and Auntie Char.  I’m hoping the winter-wonderland will stick around until then, as I know Char and…

Christmastime Thoughts

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Officially ready for the Big Day (Christmas…of course!).  All the gift buying is done, I spoke with Santa and know that he’s got Annika’s gifts all ready to go, now the countdown is on.  I can start counting minutes soon!As happy and exciting as this time of year is, I do know that some families are having to deal with sadness, and at this time of year, especially, it’s just not fair.  Any time of the year it’s just not fair….  This will be our first Christmas without my grandma….  I personally know, unfortunately, a few families this year that are dealing with heartache after very recently losing a loved one.  My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to those families, and I just hope that something, somehow, special can come your way this Christmas season, even if it’s just a wonderful memory that pops into your head that you’d forgot about, or looking outside and seeing a shimmering snowflake that brings goose-bumps (know that those goose-bumps are your loved one hugging you and remin…

Family Favourites Picture Album

Click HERE to see some of my favourite pictures taken over the last six months.

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

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I think Annika and I are almost over the colds we’ve been fighting this week.  This is Annika’s second cold of her life, and she has done really well….I think Maverick has helped make her little immune system super strong from all his kisses and cuddles he gives her.Yesterday was the Sharratt Family Gingerbread House Decorating Competition.  Dad and I versus David and mom – James was the judge - he wasn’t allowed to see which team was decorating which gingerbread house – so no sides were taken ;)  It was close, but, like the wonderful husband he is, he ended up choosing dad and I’s house!  YAY!!!  Good choice babe!  Here are some pics….David and Mom’s HouseDad and I’s houseOur house looks prettier….but I must admit that Mom and David’s house looks more appetizing!!Maverick exhausted after an afternoon of decorating

Toronto weekend

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Already Sunday….can’t believe it.  What a fun weekend we had!  Toronto was wonderful, lunch at Richtree was great, then Hockey Hall of Fame with a special Olympic Medal Collection Exhibit, then Ontario Fall of Fame Banquet.We attempted a swim with Annika this morning, but that didn’t go so well…she’s become a little bit afraid of the water, so we’re trying to slowly re-introduce her back.  She’ll get the hang of it back soon again, I’m sure.  Then off to the Greek Garden for a yummy lunch and walk around our future neighbourhood.My bestfriend Steph and I took Annika to Guelph’s annual tree lighting.  Lots of Christmas spirit, and we’ll try to make it a tradition.Here are some pics from the weekend’s festivities….John and his brother DavidP.S.  Regarding the previous post...my brother broke into my account when he was here earlier today and wanted to say hi to me….

Hi Breanne

This is your brother David.

Advent Calendar

Second day of chocolate for breakfast!  It’s been a tradition in my family, for as long as I can remember, to get an advent calendar every December.  My dad, even after I moved out, still brings me my calendar every year :)How many reasons do I have to love Christmas so much???….too many to count, but this being one of them!

The Great Johnny Loaring & Cross Country Nationals

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First day of December!!!  and we woke up to snow!  Although I'm really not a fan of winter and having to deal with the cold, since I love Christmas so much, I love seeing snow  in December....it just wouldn't be Christmas without it.  I can handle winter until December 31...after that, I'm happy to see it go. We're really looking forward to this weekend.  James' grandfather, Johnny Loaring, who was an amazing track athlete, competing in the 1936 Olympics and winning a silver metal in the 400m hurdles, and winning multiple races at many other high profile meets, is being inducted into the Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame.  He is one of 15 athletes and coaches being inducted (one of whom many know, the famous Donovan Bailey - who was my idol growing up, as I was a 100 meter track sprinter in my early teen years).  John (not to be confused with Johnny - John is Johnny's son, AKA Grampy to Annika :P) is coming up to Guelph for the weekend, and we'll be meeting Ch…
First day of December!!! and we woke up to snow! Although I'm really not a fan of winter and having to deal with the cold, since I love Christmas so much, I love seeing snow in December....it just wouldn't be Christmas without it. I can handle winter until December 31...after that, I'm happy to see it go.

We're really looking forward to this weekend. James' grandfather, Johnny Loaring, who was an amazing track athlete, competing in the 1936 Olympics and winning a silver metal in the 400m hurdles, and winning multiple races at many other high profile meets, is being inducted into the Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame. He is one of 15 athletes (one of whom many know, the famous Donovan Bailey - who was my idol growing up, as I was a 100 meter track sprinter in my early teen years) and coaches being inducted. John (not to be confused with Johnny - John is Johnny's son :P) is coming up to Guelph for the weekend, and we'll be meeting Char in Toronto for a ful…