Tuesday, December 27, 2016

BJAMS does Christmas 2016!


Flash-forward a few months since my last post…. we’ve celebrated all of our fall birthdays, progressed to almost half way through grades 3 and 1, and celebrated another wonderful Christmas!  We were able to escape for a few nights before the big day to sunny Florida, thanks to my father-in-law’s Timeshare perk of some free nights at Orange Lake Resort, had lots of fun watching the kids enjoy the excitement of Christmas Eve with their cousin Levi, and Grampy was able to make the trip to Guelph this year to join in on all the fun.

It’s been a busy, eventful and interesting year here at BJAMS – some difficult times and some wonderful times – my dad’s been progressing through his chemo – with the combination of his strength, fighting ability and positive attitude, the chemo has reduced the tumor burden to 1%!  The doctor couldn’t be happier – the projected end-date of chemo is set for May 2017, just in time for the nice weather to return!

And we said an “almost” goodbye to the cottage which was listed this year, but not yet sold.

We had many fun family adventures.  Annika and Selena are growing up into beautiful, kind, caring and genuinely loving girls – Selena auditioned and joined the competitive dance team at Emotion Dance, and Annika was asked to perform a Solo this year!  The real dance fun begins in the spring, when all of their hard work pays off – So stay tuned for many updates, pics and videos of our little stars on stage!

My New Year’s resolution this year will include updating my blog more often, so stay tuned for more updates of what BJAMS is up to!

Wishing all of my loved ones Health, Happiness, Love and Fun in the New Year!

“Today, be thankful and think how rich you are.  Your Family is Priceless, your health is wealth, your time is gold.”


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Summer and Back-to-School Pics

The summer has come and gone in a flash… the kids’ first day back at school today – Grades 3 and 1!!

Lots of adventures were had this summer, fun times and some times of stress, too.  At the start of summer, my dad was diagnosed with a second blood cancer, Multiple Myeloma.  He’s currently on infusion 3 of 16 chemo with the path to stem cell transplant after the chemo, which could put him into remission.

He’s a fighter and we’ve all got his back with a ton of healthy vibes and positive thoughts!  He’s been feeling much better the past two weeks, and so here’s to hoping that continues into the far future!

The girls on their first day back!


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And, here’s a video of some pics from our recent trip to Muskoka at The Rousseau Marriott Resort and Spa.  Stunning spot, we’ll definitely be back!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Nissim and Anat Get Married!

It was a very exciting night last night, celebrating the marriage of two very close friends of ours, Nissim and Anat.  They met and fell in love just one year ago, and knew they didn’t need to waste time.  Nissim proposed on Valentine’s Day this year and the rest is history!!

It was our first Jewish wedding.  We got to witness many special Jewish traditions with a splash of new as well.  Anat’s taste in decor was beautiful, too!  We couldn’t be happier for our friends, a true match made in heaven!

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Nissim affixing the Kippah to James’ head (The Kippah is used as a sign of respect)

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Traditionally, the men are separated from the women the entire wedding, including reception.  Nissim and Anat decided to only have the separation during the ceremony.

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Anat’s dad and Nissim’s dad walk him down the isle

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Anat’s mom walks her down isle

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Waiting for his bride.  The men fit Nissim in this white jacket and hat

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The couple receive many different blessings from different rabbis.

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There is no wedding party  - and the bride and groom sat together at this beautiful table

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Our table

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Lots of dancing at Jewish weddings!  In fact, I would say there was more dancing than eating… between meal servings, the live band would turn up the volume and people would bust a move on the floor until the next serving was ready!

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I’d say, the Rabbis were amongst the best dancers!


The men and are separated from the women on the dance floor – until 9 pm

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Hardcore swinging and leg kicking!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Look who started Baseball!


We signed Selena up for the first time this year.  She and Annika are playing in the Puslinch Minor Softball League and looks like it’s going to be a great year.  Selena is learning the basics with lots of fun drills.  Annika is doing drills and a short game each week.

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Running drill

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Make the base “squeak!”  (it actually did…)

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Selena with her teammates!  Second from the left is my old friend Juila’s (went to elementary and high school, and played rep baseball and track together) daughter Elena.  Selena and Annika also dance and do track with Elena.  Really a special thing getting to reunite with old friends and seeing our kids grow up together!!

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Looks like we have another ball player on our hands!  She proudly announced how much she loved baseball after her practice!

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Annika at bat

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May Long-Weekend

Finished up my pruning, mulching and weeding this weekend, had a trip to the beach with the girls, celebrated our neighbour’s 40th, saw some fireworks at uncle David’s and aunt Jenn’s, and concluded the weekend with a bbq with friends.  I’d say a pretty perfect, much-needed, refreshing weekend!


Team work to create their “pool”


Water therapy and rest for our injured Mavie.  He had a tumble down a couple stairs… but is much better now.  Amazing what some fresh air and rest can do!

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Look at that cake!  For the deep-sea diving lover

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Papa Sid!

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Enjoying mom and dad’s new sun canopy


Here are some shots from our garden.  Blooms a little late this year due to the ups and downs of the recent weather, but looks like all uphill from here!


Slowly becoming my favourite flower… The Alum!


These flowers border our porch.  Lovely place to have my tea!


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