Friday, February 27, 2015

New Living Room!

My dad, for as long as I can remember, has always bought his weekly lotto tickets.  He’s won little amounts here and there over the years, but this past December he had some extra special luck!  He had 6 of the 7 numbers!

With his winnings (while not huge, but nonetheless a very nice amount), and being the incredibly generous and awesome person that he is, my dad decided to give David and I a portion.  James and I almost immediately knew what we were going to put our money towards!!  Here is what my dad’s gift helped us to get!

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Before (some how this picture eliminates the true nastiness of the carpet….)

During…

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Karsten, Meaghan and Nissim helped with the tedious job of pulling the 100s of nails out of the floor…

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Kyle so generously did this job for us!  Thank you!!

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It’s not easy doing renos with a family of four….our kitchen/diningroom was filled with our living room contents for almost three weeks…

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but…. so worth it in the end!  Thanks Dad!!  We have the living-room that we thought we needed to wait a couple more years for xo

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nurse mommy

The amount of virus and infections that have gone through this house in the past month has made me feel like a part-time nurse…!  Here’s the list between Annika and Selena:

- Stomach virus (most likely a form of Norwalk)

- Chronic cough turned into sinus infection

- Pink eye

- Cold sore

- Ear infection

- Ingrown nail/infected finger

The viruses going around this winter have been strong and very contagious… it’s too bad they can’t invent an immunity bubble for kids to live in over winter to shield away all of these bugs Sad smile  The girls’ school has had a couple of days with over 100 kids absent because of illnesses.  When is summer going to be here??????

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

32…

It seems that the past two years have escaped me… did I not just turn 30 a few months ago???  Since I’ve decided that this year marks the first year of the “reverse birthday”, I’m technically just turning 30 now, so I guess that explains where the past two years have gone.

We had a five-birthday celebration on Saturday – Dad, me, David, mom and Jenn (with birthdays that span Feb 8 – March 15).  This is the winter clump of birthdays, and now we wait until the end of September when Grampy initiates the first of the fall birthday blitz – which includes Grampy, Annika, James, Selena and Levi – spanning Sep 24 – Nov 19).

James took us to Niagara for a very nice little celebration.  We stayed in the same room as we did on the mini honeymoon we took after our wedding.  It brought back some sweet memories of when Annika was growing in my belly and we were coming down from all the wedding blitz excitement.

The girls are growing into great little travellers!  We’re looking forward to finally being able to add more family trips into our schedules… after waiting patiently over 7 years, it’s exciting to know we’re transitioning into our “older kid” phase of life now.  Which, although is much, much easier (in my opinion) than the infant/toddler phase, it comes with it’s own challenges – each day we learn more and more from each other - adjusting, understanding and patience seem to be in high demand at the moment!!

Ok, back to the birthday talk – this would have been my mother-in-law, Elena’s, 70 birthday!  She and my dad would have had a big celebration, hitting this milestone birthday together xox  In spirit, we celebrated with her

Here are some photos taken over the past weekend fun!

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James took me to the new Bread Bar restaurant – which is located next to the Running Works’ new location and a new market grocery – a perfect fit for downtown Guelph

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A little game of “Cupcake Party” before bedtime…

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This was actually taken on my dad’s birthday.  The girls and I picked him and my mom up at the train station holding this birthday sign!  Annika and Selena worked hard to make it very pretty!

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The cake for our celebrations!

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He’s growing!@

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Cuddles while not moving more than a few feet away from baby Levi – Timmie has claimed the ‘protector’ role for Levi

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The boys talking run/tri stats…

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This tea infuser tumbler that my parents got me is amazing – keeps my tea warm for up to 8 hours!

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Wanted to get in on the picture (below) but couldn’t bear stepping foot in the slush to get there…  Solution:  Bend over and give up on life…

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James’ snow flakes!

and… since apparently it’s official, had to post this vid:

 

and this one’s pretty accurate too.. Smile with tongue out

Monday, February 16, 2015

Family Weekend Celebration!

I look forward to this weekend every year!!!  It just so happened that Valentines Day fell on it, too!  There’s nothing possibly close to how thankful I am for my family.  I love these people!

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James woke me up to one of my favourite traditions!…. McDonalds brekkie on Valentine’s morning Open-mouthed smile

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Some special yummy treats

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Heart cookie decorating with Aunt Meaghan

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Our little reader… Morning stories in bed.  She was very excited to get a set of Fancy Nancy books!!

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Family trip to Ikea led to an “adult Lego” party (as James is referring to it).  This is only one of the many things James is currently still putting together!

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James can now proudly display his treasures…

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Our beautiful family!

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Family snuggles!

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Totally legit smile!

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Uncle James xo

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Selena wanted to be swaddled and cuddled like Levi

To make this weekend even more special, I was asked by Jenn and David to be Levi’s Godmother ♥  I couldn’t be more proud and excited to accept!  I couldn’t be more in love with this little guy xo

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Wedding dress fun

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My dress on the left and my mom’s dress on the right

 

aaaand, finished the weekend off with a late family lunch, sled and hot chocolates

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Fionn MacCools – draft  beer at your fingertips!!

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This hill is steep!

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dad!

It’s a milestone birthday for my dad today, it’s hard to believe he turns 70 today!  It would be very, very difficult to guess that if you didn’t already know.  Not only is my dad young at heart, but he’s kept himself in tiptop shape.

There are too many things to list as to why my claim that he is the best dad in the whole is true, but the list could potentially go on forever, so I’ll summarize:

Nothing has ever been more important in his eyes than his two kids and my mom.  He’s been a perfect dad and now perfect granddad to my kids.  He will go out of his way to shower us all with love, in every language (for anyone who has read “The Five Love Languages,” my dad unconsciously - since he has never read the book or known about this concept - covers all of them – which is a concept used with anyone you love – husband/wife, child, family member, friend, etc.)

My dad could be lying in bed with a cold (that one of the girls most definitely passed on to him), but if he’s told Annika and Selena he’d be picking them up from school, he’ll crawl out of bed to never break a promise (even at my mom and I’s insistence that he stay in bed!)  He loves to see the girls’ excitement when he’s bought them a new toy, and will jump at the chance to lend a hand to us, or our constant request to borrow one of his many handy tools or his van to pick something up.

He is the person that we all turn to because we all know he will be there for us.  To have a person like this in my life is very special and I never take that for granted.

We love you dad xox (and age is just a number, anyway…. )

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Super Bowl and Winter fun

Yep….we’ve been busy!  And now time for my favourite month of the year!

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David was a little excited that his team took home the Bowl!  Not only that, but David also won the grand prize in the pool that we all bet on (based on the score of the game)!  And Levi somehow managed to stay asleep the whole game through the very loud chaos happening around him…

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One of the most exciting Super Bowl games I’ve seen! (James and Kids MIA – having a dance party in the basement)  Katy Perry’s halftime show was quite the hit…

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These pics are about a month old, but the snow-day yesterday resulted in some pretty awesome snow drifts – our backyard currently has snow drifts taller than me!

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Selena was invited to a birthday party and look who showed up!

Auntie Steph and Brian’s birthday bash! – Their birthdays are one week apart!

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Rob and Dale were visiting over the weekend and brought some pretty awesome things for the girls.  Annika:  “you mean, we’re allowed to write on the windows, mommy?” hehe!  Mommy:  “yes, honey, these are magic pens”

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So adorable – Teabag man…thanks Rob and Dale!

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Teacher Rob helping Annika

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Uncles are so much fun!