Thursday, July 23, 2015


The confidence in this girl grows by the day… Annika was called in for her audition today for the competition team.  When I asked her how she felt just before she went in, she calmly yet excitedly said “so excited.”  Considering that she didn’t take tap or jazz this past year, I thought she might be a little tentative or nervous (this audition is one-on-one with the studio’s owner/choreographer).

She mastered the required steps and aced her audition.  We’re so proud of her!  I’ve said it so many times, but I just can’t get over her natural ability to dance at such a young age.  She picks things up so naturally.

On top of the audition, Annika’s ballet class was scouted by a dance examiner in June (I had no idea…)  Annika was one of a few girls in her class selected to be in the primary syllabus ballet class starting in September.  To be selected for the syllabus class, the examiner looks for posture, rhythm and the dancer’s ability and focus.  This means that Annika will be dancing with the older girls who have been one level ahead of her.  The teacher will be focusing on bringing the dancers’ abilities to the highest level, focusing on certain movements and steps, and the dancers will be examined by professional examiners at the end of the year in Milton.

We’ll soon be seeing what’s in store for our first official year of competition dance schedule…. This year will surely determine Annika’s commitment and we’ll see if her love for dance carries on through this heavier schedule!


Annika’s audition with Michelle

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Summer Update


Selena with her buddies at the cottage


Bonfire at Lake Erie


James attempting to nonchalantly flex for the pic


The girls about to start their second week of dance camp!

Jamie’s Big Day!  He’s 5!




We stayed the night at Dale and Rob’s and biked over to the men’s triathlon race on the opening day of Pan Am’s in Toronto!  A 14 k bike ride for our trooper! 


Our RTC friend Andrew Yorke was running in 2nd place for a while!  Finished 7 – within a minute of the winning time.


Snapped a pic of Annika with daddy’s old tri friend/olympian Simon


The boys… testing their brain power (literally)  Dale beat everyone, James was pretty high too, and Rob… well they had to try twice.. I’ll leave it at that ;P xo


Best we could get… Annika’s ice cream dropped and my arms were not quite long enough to hold Selena..


Bike ride back to Dale and Rob’s through the triathlon finish chute!


I think that about sums up the last week… minus the cottage, all of this happened the two days before we left for our camping adventure (yes, we’ve had quite the busy and eventful summer so far!)  Things will continue to stay upbeat right through to September!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Poo-Poo Parents Say..

This will not be funny to anyone who hasn’t parented a a child 6 and under….

To those who have…. it will be hilariously accurate!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Adventures in Camping 2015

We officially survived our very first camping trip!  The kids were troopers and so was my “non-camper” Jamsie!

We camped at Cyprus Lake in Tobermory.  I’ve never been up that way and wanted to see Flower Pot Island and Indian Head Cove and Grotto.  We took a glass-bottom crusader boat out to the Flower Pots where we hiked around half the island.

After we set up camp at Cyprus Lake, we took the kids down to the beach where they could stand up 50 meters out, and watched the pretty sunset.  We had a bonfire, sparklers and smores and to sleep we went.  Despite a few noisy neighbours, we managed to catch a few zzz’s and woke up ready for our big hike to the Cove!

It was a fantastically beautiful trail – but the black flies were out with a vengeance at the water.. so much so that we couldn’t stop for more than a few seconds to snap a couple pics.. in fact, most of the pics I got were when we were literally running… attempting to save ourselves from the torture of the hoards of black flies.  Both Annika and Selena handled it like pros.  At one point, I looked down at Annika and she had at least 60 flies on her back… poor thing.  Despite an almost-turned ankle on my part, a few scrapes and bruises and panic-like fury with James using almost a whole bottle of bug spray, we got ourselves out of the breading ground and back into the trails – where apparently the black flies don’t venture to…  Somehow, we made it out with next to no bites!

Thank goodness for cell phone cameras… I forgot our good camera but our cell phones did their job!

Some of my favourite pics