Saturday, November 26, 2011

Our TO Trip

James and I could not have had a better 24 hours in TO!  We accomplished everything we wanted to.  We’re officially done all of our Christmas shopping.  I found the perfect place to do our “kid” shopping at every year (my excuse for a yearly TO getaway…)  The Fairmont Royal York has been on my “life-to-do” list, and I finally got to stay there!!  They treated us like royalty, it was great!  We ate at a cute little Italian-inspired restaurant called Paese, which is right down the street from our next destination “The Royal Alexandra Theatre” where we saw “Rain” perform their Beatles Tribute.  It was a great show!

Our Epic Restaurant breakfast this morning put our bellies to the max, so we had to walk it off and tour the area.  We found out there’s a CN Tower CityPASS that includes the 5 most famous attractions in the area that we’ll definitely bring the girls to next spring.

The girls had a great time with nana and papa, and even slept the whole night for them!  I guess I’m one of those crazy moms, but even being gone just one day feels weird to me…and I guess it’s the “mommy-guilt” that makes me always feel like whatever I’m doing, the kids should be a part of because they love seeing and doing new things….will the mommy-guilt ever go away???

All-in-all, a great day with my James!

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James’ Caesar Salad (Yum!) and baked Octopus (Yuck!)

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I have a thing for Christmas trees!  and it just so happened that Friday was the official Royal York Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.


The somewhat creepy halls of the Royal York..


Thursday, November 24, 2011

24 Hours

I’m looking so forward to our one-night getaway in Toronto!  We leave tomorrow morning and are gone for 24 hours!  Doesn’t seem like much, but, for parents of two little ones, this is something that is very special and not easy to do.  Thankfully, Annika and Selena have the world’s best grandparents who are willing to undergo the rather exhausting, nonstop task of looking after both of our girls for us.

It will be neat to feel like “dating” again.  That seems like a world away, and should never be gone from a relationship….just hard to schedule in sometimes at this phase in our lives.  So, we’re taking full advantage of our 24 hours and jam-packing them with as much as possible.  I’m not listing the line-up, as I’m attempting to surprise James with at least something (which he has probably already figured out…..this whole trip was supposed to be one big birthday surprise for him, but as I said before, my detective-of-a-husband doesn’t usually let surprises slide by).

After this trip, James will have officially complied to my “Men in Black Alien Attack” win at Universal Studios in 2006 (this is a ride where each person shoots as many aliens as possible, with the winner at the end having the most points.)  I DESTROYED James in this game, and my side of the bet was for him to give me 24 hours of his undivided attention and time.  Believe it or not, I have not used this in 6 years!!  No computer, no phone, no life-line to the outside world – he’s all mine! :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Girls Meet Santa…again!

Selena’s second time meeting Santa, and Annika’s 4th!  And some how we have two kids that don’t get completely freaked out when sitting with him :)

Annika got an extra special, singled-out wave, point and “Merry Christmas, Sweet-Heart” from Santa at the Santa Claus parade this weekend.  Needless to say, she is in love with Santa, and is excitedly awaiting Christmas morning.  I can’t say it enough….I absolutely love this time of year!

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santa and the girls 2010.2011

        Christmas 2011                    Christmas 2010

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        Christmas 2009                       Christmas 2008

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Selena’s 1st Birthday Party

We had a really nice afternoon celebrating Selena’s 1st Birthday.  Selena thoroughly enjoyed the day, excited about her new toys and ate every inch of her birthday cupcake.  Annika helped her open her gifts and showed her how her new toys work.

Both girls were in great spirits and are so thankful for all the love they get every day.  They are loved much more than they could ever imagine, and I feel so proud to be their mommy.  There’s nothing in this world that is more fulfilling than a smile, a hug and “thank-you mommy” at the end of the day.  I feel like so much has happened in the past year…we have had our ups and definitely some downs, but we have conquered them all and have become stronger because of it.

Have a look at some of the pics from Selena’s special day.


Beautiful dress from Auntie Char

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The typical :) – Annika not wanting her picture taken…


That’s better! – Annika decided she wanted nothing other than to wear Auntie Char’s old dress from when she was a toddler.  She couldn’t wait to show it off to papa.




Annika helped me make these tasty coconut trees and snowmen!

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Proudly sitting on her new rocking chair from nana and papa!




A not-so-great picture of the kids and moms…if you look closely….there are a couple of very unhappy kiddies…

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….before my sneak attack…


….during….(sneak attack failed, big time)


…..but I got him back….


I guess the kid in us has to come out at some point….(I think I got James better ;)….)


Selena’s God-mommy and my mom (Connie is my cousin – my mom’s niece)




and the presents begin…


so cute…”pretty like mommy” shirt


trying to keep up with the “master present-opener”

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I think she got a little bit spoiled….thank you everyone for all the wonderful gifts!


my cousin Ethan (Connie’s youngest son)


so excited about her new presents!


good friends Tom and Erna, and their 3-month-old son Ethan

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3-D gaming….


showing papa Selena’s new dolly



wake-up cuddles with her god-mommy

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Lady’s-man, Ethan!


Birthday hugs from her buddy