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BC: Onto the next chapter... | There are those moments that create a line dividing your life. This is 2012... There was life before and there will be life after, but it is forever changed. Grayson will always be a part of our hearts. There was no distance in our relationship before, but we're never felt closer than we do now. We are stronger than we knew we could be. We're in this life together, and thanks to Grayson we will continue to live our lives together. We vow to travel more, to not sweat the small stuff, and to enjoy life - as tomorrow is not promised. There are days we cry, there are days we talk about "what if" in a playful way, but in the end this is what is. For better or worse, in sickness and in health... we're committed to make the best of our time together. Having a good day is not a bad thing. We can have good days and still miss our son. We have found a balance that works for us - most days.

FC: No relationship is all sunshine, but two people can share one umbrella and weather the storm together. | 2012

1: When it hurts to look back, and you're afraid to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friends will be there.

3: New Years in the County

6: Relaxing PI Style

8: Steph's | TH | BIRTH | DAY | party

9: time | TO | PARTY!

10: Howie Long | Super Bowl XLVI giants VS patriots feb 5th

11: Happy Birthday Jake

12: Sophie's | birthday

14: Ava's 4th Birthday Party


18: Sarah's 28th Birthday | Liz's Surprise Birthday Party

19: March 31st, Mandarin in Westboro

20: Easter - April 7th

22: Hunting for Easter Eggs!

24: The 2 seater just isn't going to work for us anymore! | Good Bye Vanessa! 4-25-12

25: Glass Blowing April 29th | Happy Birthday Uncle Brian

26: Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. Pamela Vaull Starr

27: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." ~Henry David Thoreau

28: Ground Zero NYC

30: “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” | New York University Graduation

31: May 17th Avery Hall at Lincoln Center

32: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” | Ryan's Graduation SCSU May 18th

34: Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 | Week 14 | Week 15

35: Week 16 | Week 17 | Week 18 | Week 19 | Week 21 | Week 22 | Week 23 | Week 20 | Week 24 | Week 25 | <-boy

36: Grayson Anthony Arruda Born May 20, 2012 2 lbs 2 oz, 2:10am In this world not long enough, in our hearts forever. You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. | 11w 6d | 6w 1d | 7w 1d | 11w 6d | 19w1d | 19w1d | 19w1d | 19w1d

37: "A Thousand Words Can't Bring You Back, I Know Because I Tried And Neither Can a Million Tears I Know Because I Cried." ~Author Unknown | You were taken from us, and nearly us from each other... You will always be our hero and our first born son | 12-17-11 3w2d - First positive pregnancy test! 12-19-11 3w5d - Bloodwork @ Doctor's confirmed pregnancy 1-6-12 6w1d - First ultrasound - saw your little heart beat 1-13-12 7w1d - Another ultrasound - you're growing fast! 1-20-12 8w1d - Doctor's appt - lots of talking & lots of bloodwork! 2-5-12 10w3d - Told friends @ our Superbowl party...put an ultrasound photo in the pages of our 2011 scrapbook 2-7-12 10w5d - Morning sickness has started to slow down... 2-15-12 11w6d - Another ultrasound - lots of great pictures 2-21-12 12w5d - Told work today! 2-28-12 13w5d - Started prenatal yoga 3-4-12 14w3d - Went baby furniture shopping today... Found a boy set and a girl set... And found a stroller & car seat too! Super hungry all day, felt fine until I threw up mid afternoon...Then threw up again before bed... Guess my "morning sickness" hasn't stopped yet... 3-11-12 15w3d - In the ER for dehydration 3-16-12 16w1d - It's a BOY! 3-29-12 18w0d - Possible movements felt... 4-1-12 18wd3 - Bought the preggo pillow finally! And starting cleaning out the nursery... 4-21-12 21w2d - Mommy felt your first kick from the outside... but you won't kick daddy! 4-28-12 22w2d - Daddy felt you kick for the first time! We came home from Jay & Aimee's house, and about to go to bed... laying there he started to kick so I grabbed daddy's hand and he kicked once for daddy to feel... 5-11-12 24w1d - Started demo in the nursery 5-20-12 25w3d - Born at 25w3d

38: My Birthday at Rhode Island Rehab Hospital

40: Our Benefit put on by our friends & family, June 30th | My first day out since being out of the hospital. It was so overwhelming to walk into a room of 200+ people there to help us. We truly have the best friends & family. Your support helped us through what we expect to be the most difficult time in our lives. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

42: Welcome baby Jason Andrew Bettencourt Jr. July 5th

43: Welcome baby Dylan Frank Holland July 15th

45: Deep Sea Fishing | July 29th

46: "I hope you always have a shell in your pocket...and sand in your shoes."

47: July 31st summer fun creates lasting memories @ the beach with Melissa, Sophie, Ava & Auntie Elyse

48: BIRTHDAY | celebration | Aidan's 2nd Birthday Party

49: You're not over the hill. You're on top of it.

51: You're not over the hill. You're on top of it.

52: Congrats Lauren & Ryan

53: 8-12 @ Gram's House | 2012

54: "Two souls with but a single thought. Two hearts that beat as one" - FRIEDRICH HALM ~ | Chris & Michelle's Wedding Shower 8-19 in the Cape

55: Carnival Glory August 20-26, 2012 New York, NY - St. John's, NB - Halifax, NS - New York, NY

59: Saint John is the largest city in New Brunswick, Canada. Located at the mouth of the Saint John River,on the Bay of Fundy. Saint John Harbour was first entered probably in 1524 by Gomez (A Spaniard) and named Rio De La Buelta. Earlier still Basque, Breton and Norman Fisherman are to believed to have made voyages to the Bay of Fundy in the early 1500s. History records that the French explorers Sieur de Monts and Samuel De Champlain, arrived at the mouth of what is now the St. John River on June 24, 1604, feast day of St. John the Baptist and named the River in the Saint's honour. Portland Point, near where H.M.C.S. Brunswicker is located, is an important historic landmark on the east side of Saint John Harbour. It was here that the first permanent french settlement in that part of Acadia now known as New Brunswick was made. Fortified by Charles La Tour, who was made Lieutenant Governor in 1631 to 1635 and engaged in trade with the natives. It was occupied in 1758 by the British and renamed Fort Frederick. The latter was destroyed by American revolutionaries in 1775 but was replaced by Fort Howe (1777-1778), whose block house has since been reconstructed. The settlement began to develope in 1783, when the United Empire Loyalists established Parr Town and Carleton around the harbour. In 1785 the two communities amalgamated as Saint John (after the river) to become Canada's first incorporated city. Benedict Arnold, the American revolutionary traitor, lived here in 1787 to 1791. During the War of 1812, Martello Tower was built on Lancaster Heights for harbour defense; it is now a national historic site. A year round ice-free harbour fostered shipping, shipbuilding ( the famous Ship Marco Polo to name one ), and fishing; but economic growth was checked by a disastrous fire of 1877 and a declining lumber trade. Saint John recovered, absorbed the city of Portland in 1889 the city and parish of Lancaster and part of Simonds parish in 1966, and became the province's commercial, manufacturing, and transportation center, with shipping facilities and one of the world's longest (1,050 feet) dry docks. The Irish Story, thousands of Irish immigrants were quarantined on Partridge Island during the time of the Great Famine in Ireland. Many died fleeing across the ocean packed in unsanitary cargo vessels. Hundreds more who survived the journey died on the overcrowded island with inadequate shelter, medical care, sanitation, and drinking water. Those hardy enough to make it ashore alive faced continued poverty, prejudice, and great challenges in finding gainful employment in the "Loyalist" city. An Irish community was established in Saint John during the late 19th century owing to the arrival of these Irish immigrants, but it diminished somewhat over the years as immigrants who had the means to travel further abroad sought better opportunities in the west and south in the United States. The great fire of 1877 reduced much of the city to ashes, and although foreign nations and cities raised relief funds to help rebuild, the Irish labourers who had arrived en masse only 30 years before and who continued to arrive in droves played no small role in rebuilding the destroyed Loyalist city of Saint John back up again, this time in brick and stone. A local phenomenon is the "Reversing Falls" at the river's mouth, where strong tidal fluctuations of 30 feet reverse the rivers flow for several miles upstream twice daily( this is truly a site to witness). The New Brunswick Museum located in downtown Saint John has an extensive collection of colonial relics, ship model of the shipbuilding era, a variety of galleries and features a 45-foot right whale and mastodon! Saint John has taken great pride in it's history and has restored many of the original building and homes of the early settlers, a walk down Prince William St. is like taking a walk in the past.

60: The Reversing Falls are a series of rapids on the Saint John River located in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, where the river runs through a narrow gorge before emptying into the Bay of Fundy. The diurnal tides of the bay force the flow of water to reverse against the prevailing current at this location when the tide is high, although in the spring freshet, this is frequently surpassed by the downstream volume of water. The rapids, or "falls", are created by a series of underwater ledges which roil the water in either direction, causing a significant navigation hazard, despite the depth of water. As a result, vessels wishing to enter or exit from the river must wait for slack tide. The Reversing Falls has also been an important industrial site for over a century. The Canadian Pacific Railway constructed the Reversing Falls Railway Bridge in 1885 and this structure was replaced in 1922; it is currently used by the New Brunswick Southern Railway. The railway bridge crosses the gorge immediately downstream from the falls, parallel to the Reversing Falls Road Bridge. The location of the falls was the site of a foundry and other light industrial operations on the east side of the gorge, while a large pulp mill on the west side. J.D. Irving, the company which has operated the pulp mill since purchasing it in the late 1940s, has encountered some criticism in recent decades for maintaining the facility at what is viewed as one of Saint John's prime tourism locations. This criticism became most pronounced during the 1980s and 1990s when the city government created Fallsview Park on the former industrial foundry lands on the east side of the gorge. The Falls were even given the dubious distinction by one publication as being among the worst tourist attractions in the world. - Wikipedia | St. John's, NB - August 22nd

63: HALIFAX | nova scotia | 23 aug 2012

64: Public Gardens

71: Happy 30th Aimee

72: A day at the Zoo 8-26-2012 Bringing all the animals to see the animals! Jay, Aimee, Jon, Brian, Elyse, Sam, Erica, & Mac Anna, Sophie, Isabelle, Jason, Aidan, Ava, Megan, & Brandon

73: These Are The Moments I Live For

77: fun day out

78: Michael & Veronica's Wedding August 30th Independence Harbor Assonet, MA

80: 9-1-12 with Chris & Kerry

81: A day @ the Bettencourts 9-2-12

82: King Richard's Faire 9-8-12 for Andrew's Birthday

86: Heather's Bachelorette Sept 14th, Plymouth

87: Cape Cod with the Bettencourts

88: Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club Brewster, MA

89: "A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you."

91: True LOVE

92: True LOVE


95: THEIR Journey BEGINS...

96: Sept 22nd Home Field

97: "Uncle Brian, look how much faster I can run without my pads on!" -Jacob "Some day I want to be a football player and an astronaut."

98: Apple Picking at Tougas Farm 9-22-12



104: you may kiss the bride


108: Happily Ever After

109: Fryeburg Fair Oct 5-8 House in Brownfield

113: S'mores by the fire

115: Presque Isle 10-9 to 10-14

117: PRACTICE | KICK OFF! | 10-21 & 10-26 & 11-03 Superbowl

118: Loyola Volleyball Nov 4 @ Fairfield University Mrs VonAchen, Aunt Kathy, Gram, Dad, Brian & Elyse

119: HAPPY | 11-22

120: A way to keep Grayson with us forever... | Memories

121: Black Friday | Happy Birthday Richie

122: December 2nd... Gumbo, PJ's all day & decorating

123: working on the geek room

125: Turkey Fry 2012 Dec 9th Elyse, Brian, Aimee, Jay, Anna, Sophie, Isabelle, Jason, Ann-Marie, Lauren, Ryan, Andrew, Sam, Jake, Sarah, Jacob, Ava, Chris, Kerry, Erica, Mac, Megan, Brandon, Steph, Jon, Aidan, Dylan, Marissa, Abbie, Shane, Sam, Steve Turkey, too much food, too many desserts, and some quality time with some quality people!

127: Friends ~ Family ~ Good Times ~ Love ~ Memories

129: Arts & Crafts and Gingerbread Houses

130: Look at my gingerbread pineapple under the sea. | 12-16 *Music from Elf *Patiently waiting for the icing to dry *Eating the candy instead of decorating with it

132: Christmas @ Gram's 12-22

133: Good Bye Gropius!!! | and other random Architecture projects

134: "Although it's been said, many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you!" | Christmas Eve @ the Brasil's

135: Christmas Eve @ Home

138: Christmas @ Home

139: Pajamas, left-overs, video games, & relaxing!

140: Steve's Going Away Party 12-30

141: A few "Pintrest" thoughts on 2012

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