Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Birthday week…

The birthday celebrations continue (how lucky am I?!)….James took me to see Die Hard at the new Cineplex around the corner.  For the first time ever we saw a movie in their new Ultra AVX theater – reserved seating, giant wall-to-wall screen, ridiculous sound system and projection and big leather rocker seats.  AWESOME!



….and I received a special parcel in the mail today from my sis-in-law :)



Beautiful turquoise earrings and matching necklace pendant that were Elena’s


She also sent me a beautiful card and this pretty lavender sachet from a local lavender farm near the cottage.

Such a special, perfect gift, she knows me well :)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Friends and Family

Since it’s Family Day, I thought I’d take the opportunity to properly give thanks to the amazing people I get to call friends and family.  (**after reading back through this post, I see the cheese factor big time, but I don’t care, it’s all the truth! :)

To all my friends, you are incredible.  Although I don’t get to see some of you much, you all make me feel so loved and cared for and bring so much fun into my life, and I wouldn’t be the person I am without you; and specifically, to my bestest who knows me sometimes better than I know myself, you are truly the best!  I love knowing you’re always just a phone call away.  You keep me sane when life gets insane ;) xo

My family is all I could ever ask for, and more; who I know would do anything for me at the drop of a hat, and be there with me for all the good times, and the bad times, and somehow make every moment a memorable one.

My husband – who is my comfort, my support and my best-friend, I’m so happy we found each other.  For those wise people who’ve spoken about the “actualities” of marriage…. first of all, thank you for speaking the truth.  You are right.  Life is never always peaches and cream, and I would be lying if I said my life and marriage was.  The most special thing for me is that when life throws its curveballs, (even if that curve ball is my husband), I never feel alone.  I always have my person.  And that person is always my James.

I grew up with parents and a brother who showed me that life should be filled with nothing more than happiness and love.  I was always taught to be thankful for everything in life.  They taught me love and respect, and to this day they are helping to instill these important life lessons to my girls.   My parents not only helped me to become who I am today, but my mom and dad helped me build and run my own successful business…..and my brother was the reason I met my husband.

Looking back on my 30 years, it’s hard to believe that I am where I am know, right where I envisioned I would be when I turned 30.  I love that every day I get to look at my two beautiful, perfect little girls, my sidekick puppy, and my dream house and know that James and I together created this life.

I’m turning 30!  I am sad to leave my 20s, I think mostly because they brought me so many amazing things and I’m wondering how it’s possible to compete with that…. but I’m looking forward to seeing my family grow (by that I mean watching my girls grow…BJAMS will be staying as BJAMS, there’s no room for more letters ;)  I’m looking forward to what this new decade has in store!

Thank you to everyone for celebrating with me and helping to bring in this new phase of my life.  I love you all ♥


“Smile every chance you get.  Not because life has been easy, perfect, or exactly as you had anticipated, but because you choose to be happy and grateful for all the good things you do have and all the problems you know you don’t have.”

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fun times…but I’m still not 30, yet!

A dinner at Milestones and a little celebration with close friends and family was the perfect night I needed to bring in my 30s…thanks to my husband and best-friend for organizing everything, to my parents for babysitting, and to everyone who came out.  It was a perfect night all around.  Love you all xo

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Ying and Yang

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Me and my Bro….we’ll both officially soon be 30 together for 24 hours


My sister (from a different mother)!

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Lots of awesome and yummy goodies from my friends!


This Angel is a gift from my Godson, and the rocks are friendship rocks from Steph ♥  So perfect

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A day in the life of…

Here is the timeline of a typical day in the life of me:

7:30am - get up, dress kids, feed kids, make Annika’s lunch, get kids in car.

8:20am - Drop selena off at daycare.

8:35am -  Drop Annika of at school

8:45am - Pick mom and Timmie up.

9:00am – Drop mavie and timmie off at dog groomers.

9:00-9:30am – run errands to bank, post office and bulk bar.

9:30am – start work.  Blitz typing, no interruptions, filling in for co-worker who is deathly ill with stomach bug

10:45am – slip on ice on driveway, crack my head ‘ouch’, get up, get in car, on way to pickup dogs.

11:00am – Timmie is being a bad boy at groomers, have to wait in car for him to finish.

11:24am – Driving away from groomers

11:45am – Blitz typing for 50 min.

12:35pm – At school for Annika kindergarten class observation.

1:45pm – rush home to blitz type, no interruptions.

3:10pm – At school again, pick up annika.

3:55pm – Pick up Selena from daycare.

4:10pm – At grocery store, need pancake mix, fruit and syrup for pancake Tuesday dinner.

4:35pm – Home.

4:37pm – Make Selena and Annika snack while simultaneously unpacking groceries and turning on stove.

5:00pm – Pancakes are made, happy girls and hubby.

5:15-6:30pm – Playtime with girls.

6:30pm – Bathtime, teeth, and jammies.

7:00pm – Selena bedtime.

7:15pm – Annika passes out on couch.

7:20pm – Blitz typing to catch up and finish work for the day.

9:00pm – Eyes are fuzzy, have to stop, no more computer.  Need a shower.

9:30pm – Turn on taped Bachelor show.  Fast-forward to good parts.

10:00pm – Check e-mail

10:20pm – Night Night

Serious…..just a typical day.  And they say to give yourself “me time”…when???

Batter-up, James ;)  V-day and B-day are just around the corner!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Party Party Party!

Finally catching up on the past two weeks, which were filled with birthdays, concerts and Super Bowl fun!


Madison’s 3rd Birthday Party!

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School-friend Sophia turned 5!


Annika’s best-friends at school –Sophia and Megan


Brian from “Music with Brian”

Selena and Annika Bustin’ a move!


Poker and Super Bowl


Super Bowl at BJAMS

Friday, February 8, 2013

Papa’s Birthday!

We celebrated my dad’s birthday on the first big winter storm of 2013!  About two feet of snow dumped down on us today, but it didn’t stop the celebrations here at BJAMS :)  Unfortunately, my brother and Jenn were snowed in, in Cambridge, but we’ll have a belated celebration soon!

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Happy Birthday to the best dad in the world!


Annika took a picture of me holding the Hello Kitty she wanted to give to papa….and yes, I’m sporting my new brown hair!


Enjoying papa’s Black Forest birthday cake


I helped Annika make this trophy for papa


Timmie managed to dress himself in Annika’s tutu….


Light-up pink and purple birthday pigtails!