Sunday, January 30, 2011

My Bestest’s Birthday Dinner

Had a great time at Steph’s birthday dinner at Moxie’s.  I can’t believe we’re creeping up to the big 3-0 so quickly….

It’s been amazing growing through my 20’s with such a great best-friend :)  Life would be so weird and so different without my bestest!  I really don’t know what I would do without her.  She’s my sounding board, my advice-giver and my awesome company, my “sister from a different mother” throughout the past 10 years, and I’m so grateful!  We’ve definitely been through a lot together and have 1000s of amazing memories.  We’ve decided to attempt to shed the last bit of our preggo weight  and are entered in our first ever run race together at the Guelph Lake 5k in the spring!  Can’t wait!


Birthday Girl!


Steph, John & Corinne, and Ted & Blair


Other table…. me, Jenny & David, Victoria & Chris and Steph  (somehow Ryan was MIA for both pics…)



Thursday, January 27, 2011


It’s been complete chaos in BJAMS’ house this week…two more days and I may be able to breath again.

Annika is beginning to show the true colours of the beloved “2’s”.  Mommy and daddy are no longer getter an afternoon breather, as I think she’s outgrown her afternoon nap…..already…I’m thinking we need spring to roll around the corner pretty quickly so that Annika can burn off some of her energy running around outside!  Toys, movies and drawing can only occupy a 2-year-old’s mind for so long….

Here are some pics of Beautiful Annika in her pretty dress

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Loaring Run Under the Sun

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The 1st annual Loaring Run Under the Sun - race directed by my hubby - is set for Sunday, MAY 1st, 2011, at Loaring Physiotherapy in Tecumseh.  There will be a 5k Run/Walk & 10k Run & Kids Dash.  On-line registration is up and running – Click HERE to register.

I’m looking very forward to running with Annika and Selena in Selena’s very first race!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Madison turns 1!



Birthday-Girl Madison


Lucas, Madison and Annika


Jamie and Madison


Homemade cupcakes!

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Lip whistle


Party time!


Princess balloon for Maddie from auntie Steph


Annika and auntie steph


Lucas, Uncle Ryan and Jamie


Birthday girl with her daddy


Birthday girl and her mommy


Cutie-pie Jamie

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Jenny and Madison, Grandma Neil, Ryan and Jamie


Grocery cart


Present time!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Greek Garden

Our favourite restaurant on this special day

Ready to go in their matching sweaters






James looking like his mom


Flaming cheese (saganaki)  – My favourite food in the whole world

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This date roles around once a year…it brings sad, but special and happy memories to the Loaring family.  Seven years ago today, James’ mom passed away from breast cancer.

It brings some tears to our eyes knowing that our girls will never get to meet their Grandma Loaring -Although her physical presence isn’t here anymore, her spirit is very much alive and she will be their guardian angel, and will guide them and give them love their whole lives.  Daddy will tell our girls his 1000’s of stories of Grandma Loaring, and they’ll know what a special person she was and is.

Here is a link to my blog post from last year…

Thursday, January 20, 2011

So big!

Our beautiful little baby girl is growing so big, so fast….11 lb 5oz – She’s gained 4 whole pounds since she was born!  Much different than little Annika, who at 2 months weighed a mere 8 lb 11oz.  Selena got a clean bill of health today, she’s “perfect”, a direct quote from our doctor!  Poor little girl had to get her first round of vaccinations today :(  She’s already showing her “tough” side by barely crying after both needles!  Selena’s godmommy, Connie, must have given us some good luck when we ran into her on our way into the office!

And, Selena decided to give mommy and daddy a 2-month present – She slept 7 hours straight last night!  I had to strain my eyes looking at the clock this morning, as I didn’t believe what I was seeing when I saw 6:00am.  Like clockwork, she’s always woken up around 3am to have a little midnight snack, but could it be possible she’s already outgrowing that??!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Nana and Papa

Nana and papa (what Annika is calling grandma and grandpa right now) just got back from a week-long vacation in Florida – a little pre-vacation before their six-week “snowbird” getaway in February/March.  Of course, Annika and Selena got completely spoiled with a whole bunch of awesome “prises”.


All purchased, of course, at mom and I’s favourite store “Kohls”.  It’s a blessing we don’t have Kohls’ stores in Canada….James and I would go bankrupt…


Excited to sleep in her new jammies!



Cuddling with her new Kai Lan doll


When Mavie was just a puppy, my mom bought him a Garfield toy.  He fell in love with this toy, but eventually he ended up tearing it apart to the point where I had to throw it out.  I felt so bad throwing it away because I knew how much Mavie loved his Garfield.  He’s never liked a dog toy as much, and mom and I had been searching everywhere for over two years for a replacement Garfield for poor sad Mavie.  Guess what!  Mom found one in Florida!!!!!!  Mavie was so excited.  I can’t believe he remembered his Garfield toy after all this time!


Happy Mavie with his best-friend Garfield


Keeping Garfield safe and warm :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Weird coincidences in 2011….

This year we will experience 4 unusual dates.... 1/1/11  -  1/11/11  -  11/1/11  - 11/11/11 ....

This year JULY 2011 has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called money bags!

Take the last 2 digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be this year and it WILL EQUAL TO 111."..........

Monday, January 17, 2011

Blue Monday

Apparently today is considered the most depressing day of the year.  It was calculated by these factors:  weather conditions, debt level, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action.  It falls on the Monday of the last full week of January.

Unknowing, Steph, Jenny and I had a playdate today – No Blue Monday for us!!  Here are some cute pics of the kids to cheer anyone up who’s feeling the blues of Blue Monday!


Annika and Lucas in their super cute winter hats

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Lucas and Madison


Madison and Jamie

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Lucas and Annika colouring, and Jamie chillin out


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Madison, Lucas and Selena


The Kids!  Jamie, Madison, Lucas, Annika and Selena (I have no idea how we were able to capture such a great photo of all the kids in one place together!)