Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Festivities

Amongst our very full schedules…we have, of course, made time to fill our house with all of our festive Christmas "props!"  The tree went up, like clockwork, on December 1st.  This year, the decorating was almost entirely done by the girls!  I see the Christmas spark (inherited from mommy and papa) in their eyes!  The countdown is in full swing, and the girls have shown Luna (our special elf friend) how good they are.  They've both completed their "good behaviour" stamp card from Luna, and got an extra special surprise this morning (a Luna pez dispenser and Luna craft bag!)
Our mini tree!
A couple of my favourite ornaments!

Aaaaand… the girls performed in their Christmas Dance Concert this past weekend!
Santa came for a visit!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Life Partner

I saw and read this cute post below from the Elite Daily website… 25 signs you’ve found your life partner

While it’s nearly impossible to possess of all them 365 days a year, it’s these little things that make or break it.

James and I most definitely did not posses all of these over the years, but we’ve come pretty close now 10 years later.  The key to happiness is not letting the negative overcome the positive.  Some days, laughing about the hard stuff is all that’s needed!  And besides, is the “hard stuff” ever really that hard?? – at the end of the day, if you have your health, your safety and your love sitting beside you, nothing else matters xo

The quest to find our one true “person” is always on the forefront of our minds.

It’s almost impossible to escape the desire to find our soulmates when rom-coms are flooding our television screens, adorable couples are taking over our Instagram pages and most of our friends are getting engaged or married.

No wonder we’re feeling more alone than ever with our Ben & Jerry’s pints and Netflix accounts.

When we step back and see couples around us experiencing the “head over heels” type of love, we realize how much being alone really sucks.

And, because of this, we start to settle for way less than what we deserve.

It’s become such a problem that we often forget what it means to have found our one true love — the person we should be spending the rest of our lives with.

Your one true love will affect your life in more ways than just putting a smile on your face or giving you butterflies. Here are the reasons why:

1. He’ll support you.

No matter how big your dreams may be or how crazy your cravings are at 2 am, he understands and supports it, even if he may not get it.

When you’re up all hours of the night cramming for an exam or trying to meet a work deadline, he’ll be right by your side, cheering you on, making your third pot of coffee and rubbing your back when you need a 5-minute break.


2. He really listens to you.

When you’re venting about how much your mother is annoying you or how your best friend has betrayed you, he hears you.

Even though you may not think so, he’s all ears at the moment, and he’ll prove that he’s been paying attention all along later down the line.

Your person will never forget what you say, when you say it and how you say it.


3. He builds with you, not for you.

He will never say, “You wouldn’t have this if it weren’t for me” because he works with you, as a team.

Together, you build for your futures, not separately. He only wants what is best for you because it’s what is best for him, too.


4. You trust him, and vice versa.

You know you’ve found your person when a guys’ or girls’ night out is no big deal.

When he tells you he’s having a night on the town, you don’t freak out and stalk his friends’ Snapchats and Instagrams for clues.

Instead, it’s just a perk for you to veg out and finish bingeing the new series you just started.


5. You don’t always have to be doing something.

Not every day has to be jam-packed with plans. When you’re with your person, even the chill days are magical.

From the minute you wake up, you know it’ll be an adventure because nothing can ever be boring with him by your side.


6. He never puts you down.

We, women, don’t always feel our best. Some days we feel bloated, and other days we feel like failures. We all have our days.

Your person will never let you feel like that for more than a minute because he will be there to lift your confidence and spirit right back up.

He’ll make sure you know you’re the most special in a room full of people because he will always have his eyes on you.


7. He knows how you take your coffee.

Personally, coffee is the key to happiness. Whether it’s your coffee, your eggs or your alcohol, your person knows just how to make it and how to make it right.

My person always knows I need my large black iced coffee.


8. No matter how long you go without seeing each other, things never change.

Life gets busy, and jobs, school, families and responsibilities always seem to drown us.

There will be weeks you just can’t see your person, but when you do, it’s never awkward or uncomfortable.

You two find any way to text or call while you can, and when you do see each other in person, it feels even better than the last.


9. But, you miss him immensely when he’s gone.

When you’re swamped and just can’t find any free time in your schedule, your person will never make you feel guilty about neglect.

Instead, he’ll find ways to see you because he just misses you that much.

My boyfriend always Skypes me when I’m swamped with work just so he can “see my face.” Your person will always make it happen.


10. Any news that happens — good or bad — you reach to call him first.

When you nail your interview, lose a family member or find a really good sale, your person is the first one you call.

He’s the one who helped you with the hard decisions, the difficult emotions and the things you just can’t figure out on your own.

He always gives the best advice, and he always knows what to say.


11. You want to share everything you experience with him.

When you try a new restaurant or see a preview for a really great movie, you know your person is the one you want by your side to enjoy it with.

It doesn’t take even a millisecond for you to make the decision; your gut just knows. The first one you think of is your person.


12. Your happiness means his happiness.

If he’s unhappy, you’re unhappy. If you’re unhappy, he’s unhappy. Your person will do anything to make your day because it makeshis day, and vice versa.

You two are attached by the soul, so whatever you feel, he feels.


13. You’re always honest with each other.

If that dress isn’t super flattering on you or those pants are just a little too tight, your person won’t tell you so to offend you.

He’ll tell you because he wants you to be the best version of yourself.

He’ll tell you who your sh*tty friends are on the spot, why you should quit your job and admit he finished the Doritos you were looking forward to eating since 11 am.


14. There are no boundaries in your love.

If you can’t fart in front of him, he’s not your person.


15. Your fights never last more than a few minutes.

When you fight, you can’t help but crack a smile in the middle because your person just makes you that happy.


16. They’re not really fights; they’re more so just heated arguments.

You and your person don’t fight and there are never any blowouts because you two are so concerned with your lives together. You would never want to compromise that for a second.


17. He doesn’t put up with your family because he actually loves them.

Your person takes the time out to really get to know your family because he wants to become a part of it.

He doesn’t put up with your nagging mother, your crazy sister or your overbearing father because he gets to know each of them on a deeper level.

He knows being a part of your life means being a part of your family.


18. No problem is too big for you to solve together.

Two heads are better than one, and when you and your person get together, there is nothing you can’t do. Even if it means putting together an entire Ikea furniture set in one day (thanks Mel), you know how to get the job done together.


19. The little things are what matter most to both of you.

You know it’s your person when he notices the little things others justdon’t.

He makes the most of every moment you spend together, he finds the sunshine in all of the storms, and he remembers all the small details along the way.


20. You weren’t looking for him; it just kind of happened.

When you go out looking for something, chances are it’ll never happen.

Your person just came to you, like you two were from the same star and were destined to find each other.

No matter how old you are, you’ll always find your person.


21. You don’t only think of him as your lover and your best friend.

Your person may know exactly how to turn you on, but he knows exactly how to make you laugh, too. He’s a part-time lover and a full-time friend.


22. All of your most cherished memories are with him.

When you think back on your life, your favorite moments are always with him by your side.

The best part is you’ll have thousands of pictures to remember them, too.


23. He lifts you higher.

There’s a saying that goes, “Let go of anything that weighs you down.”

When you look at your life, your person will be the one constant that will always lift you higher, make you the best version of yourself and hold your hand down the road to success.


24. You get each others’ quirks.

The snorts, the nail biting, the lip picking and the eye squinting: He just gets it.

Your bad habits and weird quirks are not weird or bad in his eyes. They’re just what makes you you.


25. You wouldn’t be the same without him.

When you meet your person, your life changes. You don’t change because your person would never want to change you. Instead, your outlook on life shifts.

You start to see brighter colors and feel stronger emotions. You look back on the past years without him and think, “Holy sh*t, how did I ever live without him?”

 

Reference:  http://elitedaily.com/dating/youve-found-your-person/1062790/

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Birthdays for the Beauty and Handsome Man!

Levi and Selena celebrated together their 1st and 5th birthdays on Thursday!

BJAMS hung out at Chuck-E Cheese before heading over to Levi’s place to give him a birthday hug and kiss!

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Mommy and the birthday girl!

It’s hard to believe that a year ago today, David and Jenn were comforting little Levi in his incubator in the amazing hands of the doctors and nurses at McMaster.  Now, Levi has completely caught up to where a one-year-old should be – is crawling, standing and eating like no tomorrow.  We’re all so proud of him and what he’s overcome in the past year – truly a miracle to see him so healthy and happy!!!

The celebrating wasn’t over on Thursday, though!  Jenn and David threw Levi his 1st Birthday party on Sunday where family and friends helped him ring in his first year in style!

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The Cousins!

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Super proud of his brand new rocking chair from his grandma Bruder (Jenn’s mom)!

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Jenn made fantastic teddy bear cupcakes!!

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And the grandma Janet’s dressed the same!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Birthday Beauties and their Parties!

Just doing a little catching up from the past couple of weeks!  Rewind to Halloween… my birthday babe rang in his 38th in style as always with his trick-or-treating beauties.  This year, James was lucky enough to have his birthday fall on a Saturday, so the West Monster Run and bash took place the same day!  A little tamer this year than compared to the past few…. (it must be our age…..) but nonetheless still a lot of fun and love!

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Look at these fantastic costumes…!

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Crazy aunt Bre scaring poor Levi xo

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The princess and her dragon xo

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Honestly…. no words for how cute this one is!

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And there’s our princesses!  Elsa x2 and sister Anna!

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This is what greeted the trick-or-treaters (and we broke records this year due to awesome weather and lots of troopers!…. over 200 kids to our doorstep!)

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The tooth fairy and her kitty??…

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This group made a quick pit-stop so I could grab a photo!!  Fantastic costumes!

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James and his boys

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My birthday boy

 

And fast-forward to this weekend!!  Selena had a blast with 12 of her friends from school who all came to celebrate her 5th birthday with us xo!

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Craft time!

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When Selena is colouring, she sometimes moves her mouth side to side at the same speed and direction as her marker!  So cute!

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Pure joy xo (a parent’s best feeling in the word!)

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There’s the group!

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These two might just be best-friends for life

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Annika the Chemist – concocting some lipstick for Selena

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Testing the new lipstick in her new fort with the piles of toys from all of her very generous friends

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Solving the world’s problems together xox

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So much love these two have for each other!  (both of them sporting their new birthday housecoats!)