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Angel smiles

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There is no better feeling in the world than to see the first smiles from your baby.  Play this video to see Selena smiling at her grandma Sharratt – They’ve already got a very special bond! Tonight we’re looking forward to bringing in the new year with our amazing friends Steph, Ryan and baby Jamie!!  Surf & turf for dinner, and mojitos for dessert!Also looking forward to what 2011 has in store for BJAMS!  2010 brought us lots of adventure and fun, and of course our new beautiful baby girl!!  We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ending to a great year!Annika’s model look              Selena’s smileJames and Bre

Merry Christmas!!

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BJAMS had such a wonderful, family-filled Christmas.  Grampy Loaring and auntie Char arrived Christmas eve, and nana and papa and my bro David and Jenn arrived for diner.  We celebrated an early Christmas with my side on Christmas eve.  Christmas day started out with Annika seeing all of the “prises” (presents) that Santa brought her.  Nana and Papa Sharratt came with great-grandpa Sid and aunt Carole, and then uncle Roy and Pat came.  Uncle Roy played chef for Christmas, slaving away in the kitchen the entire afternoon, making an amazing Christmas meal for everyone.  Nana and Papa brought the 20 lb turkey that cooked all day, giving the house the perfect Christmas smell.  We couldn’t have asked for a happier, more perfect Christmas.  Click on the link below to see lots of great pictures.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our family and friends!Photo link – BJAMS’ Christmas 2010

3 more sleeps

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We’re almost there!  I can’t wait to see Annika’s excitement Christmas morning!!  What an awesome time of year this is, and to spend it with a 2-year-old makes it so magical, I love it!  Here’s a video I took today, and some recent pics.  Selena is growing, growing, growing….already out of newborn clothes…. sleeping on mommy’s lapmaking a special Christmas cardcuddling with daddydon’t you think James looks a little like a Grey’s Anatomy character in this pic??haha!  never saw the resemblance before…..I’m married to McDreamy!!!!! :D

A bit of a tough week…with a great ending

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I thought I’d been poisoned…I was eating lunch with Annika on Tuesday after she came home from nursery school, and had a sudden feeling that I had to lie down…immediately.  I quickly finished up lunch and put Annika down for a nap and headed straight to bed, with Selena in tow, of course.  My body went into what seemed like a full crampy-ache with chills.  I definitely knew something wasn’t right.  I thought back to early that morning when I was trying to figure out how to start the humidifier, which was lent to us, and is quite a few years old.  When I opened up the humidifier to change the filters, something had bit me on the wrist.  The only thing that came to mind at the time was “gross, what the heck just bit me”, but then I forgot about it…until now.  The worse thoughts came to mind, like what if some mutated bug had gotten into my blood stream, or what if I had been infected with some kind of unknown rabies/H1N1/West Nile serum. But, since the bite on my wrist had pretty much g…

Moon Machine

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My brother is making parts for a new moon machine being made at his work, ODG!!  I didn’t know this until I saw it on the news today.  That’s so awesome!Here’s a picture of a part my bro has made.  Pretty sweet!

Girls/kids Christmas Party

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Steph, Jenny and I - we missed Evie this year :( …. -had our annual Christmas gift exchange which has warped into kids Christmas gift exchange.  It’s amazing that in less than two and a half years the three of us now have a total of five kids!  Amazing!!  Annika got some great new toys that she’s been playing with nonstop!Guarding the presents before everyone arrived!Lucas and Annika playing with her new fish bath toy Lucas and MadisonBelle!Annika keeping guard of her toysAnnika and Selena playing with their new toys!

Christmas Message from a Soldier

T'WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE,
MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.
I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY,
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO,
IN THIS HOME, DID LIVE.
I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.
NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES,
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.
WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT,
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.
FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.
THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR,
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.
THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN  DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED,
A TRUE BRITISH SOLDIER.
WAS THIS THE HERO, OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
I REALISED THE FAMILIES,
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS,
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD …

Ari and Tessa’s 1st Birthday Party

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The Jackson twins are already a year old!  So much has happened this year, I can’t believe it’s gone by so quick.Ari and Tessa at birth             Ari and Tessa one year oldGetting prettied-up for the partyGrandma (aka “Nana”) with the girlsAnnika with the twins’ big brother Brennan

Christmas lights!

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YAAAY!!!  James put up the lights today!  It look him all afternoon, and he ended up getting a little help from Ryan when they came over for a visit.  The lights look great, and BJAMS’ house has officially completed Christmas decorating.

Selena’s Big Weekend!

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Selena had her first big weekend, full of first-time visits, lots of cuddles, diner out and lots and lots of photos!On Friday she got to meet her cousins from Pennsylvania(my cousin Cathy and her husband Rick, and son and daughter Richard and Christine) and her great-aunt Gwen and great-uncle Bob.Christine and AnnikaGreat-aunt Gwen and great-uncle BobFeeling safe and comfy in Rick’s armsRichard and SelenaCathy with Selena and Christine with Selena…Selena then got to meet her Grampy Loaring and auntie Cha-Cha for the first time!!Proud Grampy LoaringAnnika got a special “pizza” pie gift from auntieand Selena got a special hand-knit blanket, hat and bootie setreading the paper with grampySaturday morning was the cross country champs here in Guelph, and James, Jeff Cowan, Nissim and Hilary and Rob all competed in the citizens 5km race….blizzard and all!