BC: Created with love by mommy
1: Ava Grace arrived on a snowy January 5th making us a happy family of four! What a beautiful beginning to the year!
2: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts." | Benjamin's 3rd Birthday! The party was at Go Bananas where Grandma works. Victoria, Owen & Isla Dobson and Glen, Shaylynn and Richelle Gordon came and it was a lot of fun! | January 23
4: Benjamin really enjoyed creating this Valentine's garland for our living room window. He mostly liked to cut paper into tiny little bits. Ava slept peacefully the whole time. | Happy Valentine's Day!
5: Ski Weekend At Big White | We went to Kelowna this year for our annual Hustler ski weekend and stayed with the Haasdyks. Ben is just getting started and is loving it! | February 20-22
6: We all got into the spirit and wore green. | Deb Dobson dropped by with a gorgeous cookie bouquet that she made! | Our Green Supper | Surprise! wish from Michael | Yummy!!! | What a pretty cake! | For my birthday we celebrated with a green supper and a beautiful cake that Michael got. | Benjamin was verrry interested in the pretty cookies.
7: Benjamin, Ava and I went to Kamloops to spend Easter with Nana and the Haasdyks while Papa went to our house to help daddy renovate our kitchen. Yay!! | April 10-13
9: While we were away at Nana's and Auntie Noreen's, daddy and Papa worked non-stop for a week to build us a new kitchen! They did a fantastic job! It was so amazing to come home to this! | April 10-19 | A Dream Makeover!
10: Boys!!! | After Easter at Nana's we went to to Auntie Noreen & Uncle James in Kelowna for a few days. Benjamin and Ava really enjoyed their cousins!! | April 14-19
11: How old are you, Ben? | "I'm FWEE" | (and those were good cookies!) | April 28
12: One day when we were at Guildford Mall, there was a Thomas show! Benjamin was enthralled. He loved it! | May 4
13: Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge | Daddy and Ben went for a hike on a nice day and had lunch by the river. | Ben loved scrambling around on the rocks. | May 23
14: Cousins at Papa's Lake (Ava's first time there) | May 31
15: June 2
16: A Day at the Aquarium with Nana | This is the aquarium's newest beluga, born three days ago. We watched her nursing.
17: Nana and Benjamin looked so cute in their matching shorts! | We just happened to get in on Tiqa the Beluga's birthday party! | So serious... | That's better. | June 10
18: So Clean, They Sparkle! Benjamin had met Dr. Rea before but this was the first time he's had his teeth polished. He was mesmerized with the TV on the ceiling. | June 11
19: All played out... | It got really quiet so I went to investigate. How cute is this!!!? Benjamin's beloved lion, Elmo, made a good pillow for a little nap. | June 18
20: After brunch at church we went out to White Rock beach to walk the pier and have fish and chips. This is one of my favourite places for a walk. On my first Mother's Day with both Benjamin & Ava I feel truly blessed! | May 10
21: Father's Day | June 21
22: Shawn & Ruth Ayton | Summerland | June 27
23: Michael's 37th Birthday! | June 30
24: Great-grandma's 87th Birthday! We had afternoon tea on our deck to celebrate, with Grandma and Auntie Lisa. | July 1
25: Rocky Point, Port Moody | Ava's 1st Boat Ride | July 3 | Deep Cove
26: Sandbox Construction | July 12
27: Play is a child's work.
28: We had a great week at the cabin, ending it with our annual birthday celebration.
29: Papa made this beautiful wooden rowboat for the kids! | July 18-26
30: The Celebration of Light 2009 | Surprise! | August 2 | August 1
31: Happy 40th Anniversary Nana & Papa!
32: LEGO!!! | March 14
33: Benjamin really enjoys his Lego time with daddy. The quad on the opposite page was his first 'set'. | August 10
34: It''s a Girl! We went to see Auntie Starla at the hospital and meet Emily Renaigh Beselt! | Born August 12, 2009 - 8lbs.
35: Victoria's 12th birthday party was a lot of fun! Kyle was there too. | It is always so fun to visit with Auntie Michelle! | August 20 | August 22
36: Kamloops Wildlife Park When we were out at the cabin, we met up with our friends,the Neufelds, for a fun visit.
37: August 24-29
38: Exploring Indian Arm by boat. | Soaking up the last bit of summer! | September 12
39: Como Lake Park | September 21
40: Gettin' Creative! | Benjamin even ended up with a green tongue from his lollipop! | September 29
42: Can't catch me! Kamloops Go-Karts
43: Thanksgiving Oct 11 Peterson Creek Hike
44: Grandpa's 65th Birthday | November 5
45: Time for a Tree!! | Benjamin and Ava were so eager to help decorate!
46: Hillside Church Christmas Party | Hillside babies of 2009
47: This Christmas we had our own little present time at home, dinner with Grandma & Grandpa and a few days in Kelowna with the Haasdyks and Nana & Papa.
48: Happy New Year! | We had a tower building contest, ate popcorn and toasted in the new year together at 8:00.