pre-christmas fun

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being curious with nana

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nana is the most fun to play with
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christmas festivities at the YMCA
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coffee with papa
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captivated by papa

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they have a special bond
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loves cuddles with nana
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oh auntie bev…
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congrats to the newly engaged couple! welcome puppy enda xo
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playing with auntie leanna and unkie phil
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santa is coming to town
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perfect family photo
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twins
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our town is the best.
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meeting mama lou
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she’s just the BEST

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2013 Going Out with a BANG!

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a lot happened over the month of december. since giving life a chance again and letting go of my heartache, i have just become the happy me again that i have been missing so much. this christmas was fun!! a lot of love from family and friends made it very special – as always.

my mom and sister in law outdid themselves with a great clothing selections for me. i am very luck to have family members that are daring enough to shop for clothes. i always worry about that (buying clothes for others) but they always hit the mark for style and colour (and SIZE) and i now have a wonderful assortment of GAP items to wear this winter and beyond ๐Ÿ™‚

my husband’s parents were VERY generous as always. we borrowed money for stock options at my husbands work from them last spring, (which paid off BIG TIME this year with his salary increase and bonus). so each month i write a cheque and we’re slowly paying it off over two years. we got a card with a very special treat. our pay back plan is considered “paid in full”. wow, the generosity in our family is just overwhelming sometimes. so this generous gift means that we can pay off our line of credit debt that we’ve been carrying from the previous IVF cycle and we’ll be ready for our next IVF cycle which may take place in March (or whenever i’m healed and emotionally ready to go for it again).

we were also lucky enough to get some extra spending money from other gifts and by selling a large item on kijiji (gotta love that!) and we spoiled ourselves with a new standing mirror for the bedroom and a smart t.v for the new “crafting/office” space that just opened up after the big sell ๐Ÿ™‚

i am starting to get butterflies thinking about how my surgery to remove the cysts from ovary is now less than a month away… i am being brought back to that world of infertility that was quite enjoying taking a break from. just calling the clinic and listening to the receptionist’s pre-recorded instructions made my tummy flip… i had hoped that 2014 wouldn’t be like the past couple of years but it would seem i’m in a bit of a “groundhog day” situation here.

on january 8th i am officially starting my volunteering at a local child care facility. i’ll be helping out 3 days a week (so about 12 hours). i am really getting exciting about this! thinking of a whole new career path is very overwhelming but i really feel like this could open up some amazing doors for me and i am excited to see where it may take me!

i’m going to enjoy the rest of the month and be brave once again on January 27th. knowing the recovery time and what to expect from this surgery will make it easier and then i can really focus my heart and my mind on the IVF stuff again. this time i’ll take my time. i’m not rushing into this again unless i am completely at peace with doing it. i’m not in a race this time and that my friends feels pretty damn good!

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we couldn’t believe it when we looked out the kitchen window and found THIS! BAHAHAHA

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naughty nana!

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men at work

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look where em can go now!

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sometimes the packaging is more fun than the toy

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our little koala bear

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the bro and his fam

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nana’s new slippers

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thanks for the frying pan babe…

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snow forts are the BEST!

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norah’s sparkly slippers – obviously couldn’t wait to get them on

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mom and day having a little “Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” fun

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je je jenga! dad you get that essential tremor away from that tower!

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lobster boys

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norah’s tired

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the chair competition. let bear be the judge.

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norah picked the winner

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forming a fast friendship

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amy and mara

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uncle chris making crowns

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cheese

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dancing up a storm!

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whoopie cushions are the best!

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sticker fun

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always have to have the hockey game on…

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nevie’s tower. maybe she’ll take after her uncle chris.

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all 5 nieces. finally all together โค

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my sweet norah and em