BC: 2013 was our hardest year as a couple and as a family, but finishing this book at the end of 2014, I know we came through it with more respect for each other, ourselves and our lives and it made us infinitely stronger. It is a beautiful life!
FC: OUR | FAMILY'S | IN REVIEW | YEAR | 2013
1: HOME | IS WHEREVER WE ARE, BUT WE CURRENTLY LIVE IN | Newmarket, | ON
2: JAN 2nd: Tammy meets Ben and then Katie & Camille babysit the kids while we go on a date!
3: JAN 5th: Visiting Grandma June in Port Hope
4: January was cold so Krysta & the kids had a lot of "inside time"... home with 2 young kids is certainly a ton of work!
6: JAN 26th: 'Sofia The First' event at Chapters Newmarket & lunch with The Trussells at Montana's
7: GRANDMA LOVE
8: Jan 31st: Visiting Jen & The Grandys in Peterborough
10: JANUARY iPHONE PICTURES
11: February 1st: Visiting Grandma Sue & Zia Natalie
12: Logan Bowes turns ONE!
13: grandparents visit... | feb 3RD | PAPA & NONNINA
14: feb 8th: not loving all the snow...
15: Feb 9th: Lady GAGA at ACC
16: Feb 10th: A fun winter playdate with our neighbours Alex & Dean...
17: FEB 12th
19: PANCAKE TUESDAY + VALENTINE'S DAY = PINK PANCAKE wednesday!
20: february 16th: Logan McIntosh turns ONE & Becky & Jeremy turn... a year older!
21: Feb 17th: Grandma & aunt Melly visit us
22: February 24th: Lily defying the cold at our local park!
24: february iPhone pictures
25: MARCH 1ST: NEW SWEATERS FOR THE KIDS FROM AUNT CAROL & KRYSTA VISITS HTS TO SEE THE SCHOOL PLAY, "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF" WITH CHRISTINE THOMSON & KATE GREENWAY
26: BROTHER & SISTER
27: March 7th: Lily survives the trauma of her 1st haircut, 2 weeks shy of her 2nd birthday!
28: Easter photoshoot by Shanna Parker!
29: March 11th: Celebrating Jay's 33rd Birthday at East Side Mario's in Aurora
30: March 12th: We got to meet Fred Penner at Young People's Theatre! We were there to see "The Cat Came Back" with Jen & Taylor Trussell
31: JAY'S 33RD BIRTHDAY DINNER AT HOME | Funny how different birthday dinners have become!
32: March 16th: Jay & Jeff go to Montreal for the TFC vs. Impact season opener March 22nd: getting ready for Lily's 2nd birthday party!
33: March 23rd: We celebrate Lily's 2nd birthday!
34: Skyping with Auntie Cam in Calgary
35: March 29th: A walk through Bruce's Mill
36: March 30th: Easter egg hunt at Aurora Senior's Centre
38: MARCH 31ST 2013 YEARS | 6 | ... WE HAVE A LOT TO SHOW FOR IT!
39: MARCH IPHONE PICTURES
40: April 5th: Celebrating D & Lily's birthdays | Lily is clutching her BRAVE dvd pretty tightly! We watch that movie at least once a day...
41: April 6th: Hanging out at Upper Canada Mall (The Disney Store especially) and Papa came to join us!
44: April 8-10th Karen & Denis visit us from England!
46: April 20th: Krysta & Katie head down to the Direct Energy Building for the Bridal Show... Only 1 year to plan everything
47: April 21st: Gutteridge Easter!
48: April 23rd: Visiting uncle Pete's Fire Hall #426 with cousin Jenn!
49: April 28th: Hanging out with Papa in the backyard & swimming lessons with Lily & Ben!
50: APRIL IPHONE PICTURES
51: May 4th: MonaLisaMom Grand Opening & The Parkers & Aunt Katie join us for a BBQ
52: May 7th: Celebrating Aunt Katie's 33rd birthday
53: May 9th: Making Mother's Day presents for all the moms & grandmas!
54: May 12th: Celebrating Mother's Day at home, at The Mandarin & in Stouffville!
56: May 17th: Meeting the pandas (Er Shun & Da Mao) at The Toronto Zoo
57: May 25th Kelly & Will Esterbrooks' Wedding... Krysta was the Matron of Honour & Lily was the flower girl
58: May iPhone Pictures
59: JUNE 2ND | BRANTFORD | audrey lynne | 1 | TURNED | THIS YEAR
60: June 2nd: Dinner with the gang in Mississauga... plus Ben meets his 1st lemon slice!
61: June 7th-9th Krysta was away at Tammy's bachelorette so Daddy had the kids to himself ALL weekend!
62: June 15th: Joon's 85th Birthday in Port Hope
63: June 16th: Celebrating Father's Day with all the dads!
64: June 21st-23rd: Harp Lake weekend with the Parkers, Trussells & Stephens!
65: June 23rd: Melissa's Bridal Shower at Karyn's house!
66: June 24th - July 15th Krysta had to live in Burlington for training with Combined Insurance so we only got to see each other for occasional dinners...
67: June 30th: Lionel's Farm in Stouffville with daddy | I like Lily's ride better!
68: June iPhone Pictures
69: July 1st: Canada Day in Port Hope with Grandma Joon & cousin Marlie!
70: July 7th: Riverwalk Commons Splash Pad | Family time...
71: July 8th: Daddy & the kids at the Toronto Zoo
72: July 10th: Visiting Grandpa & D in Stouffville
73: July 13th: Gutteridge Family reunion in Lionel "Tut" Gutteridge Park. Cobourg, ON
74: July 14th: Breakfast with uncle David, Grandma & Opa and then we went to Riverwalk Commons' splash pad!
76: July 18th: Heather O'Neil & her fella Brian Sposato arrive from California, followed by Rumi Asano from Brazil! We showed our guests the sites of Newmarket and fulfilled their request for pountine!
78: July 19th: Tammy Beacock & Michael Attard's Wedding in Innisfil & Barrie, ON. (Krysta was the MC)
80: July 20th - 21st: Blue Jays game & the splash pad with our guests
81: July 24th: An afternoon at the park!
82: July iPhone Pictures
83: August 5th: Visiting with Jess & Sam Nicholson at Aunt Lisa's house & pool in Aurora. | love you like a sister
84: August 8th: Daddy Daycare! Jay & Josh take the kids on the train to Port Credit
85: August 11th: Jay takes a little solo trip to the zoo
86: August 11th Becky's Family Bridal Shower in Milton, ON
87: August 18th: Paying tribute to our great friend Jennifer Hawkins, gone 15 years... & Brightening the day with Melissa's Bridal Shower at Fred & Franca's
88: August 17th: Splash pad and Jodie-Lynn's birthday!
89: August 20th: Jay & Josh take the kids to the CNE in Toronto
90: August 22nd: Jay shows off his talents and makes Lily some homemade playdough!
91: Aug 24th: Zoo splash pad and dinner with the Parkers & Trussells
92: August 25th: Lily gets a big girl bed, tries on her flower girl dress for Aunt Melly's wedding and we lost Ben somewhere!
93: August iPhone Pictures
94: September 1st: A day up at Grandma & Opa's beach house (and the real beginning of Jay's back pain)
96: September 8th: One more day of Jay out of commission... We hadn't figured out what was going on at this point, but Krysta was doing her best to keep the kids off of Jay, and out of the house so he could rest. On this particular Sunday, Krysta took the kids to visit Fred & Franca. Feel better Daddy!
97: having fun at the park with Papa & Noninna!
98: For almost 2 weeks, Jay was suffering with very serious back pain, unlike he's ever experienced. If was only after visits to our family doctor, chiropractor and 2 visits to the ER, that he was finally diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome. Upon learning the true reason for his pain, he was immediately transferred to Toronto Western Hospital and had emergency Lumbar Spinal Decompression surgery at 5am Friday September 13th, at the hands of the remarkable Dr. Fehlings and his team. Jay will have a long road to recovery in front of him, but he will walk again and we won't be moving to a bungalow with a ramp! | Get Well Soon, Daddy!
99: From September 19th to October 17th, Jay had to live at Lyndhurst Rehabilitation Centre in Toronto. He did such a great job with his recovery and beat all the odds with his release date. It was the toughest month of our lives, but we got through it with the help and support from our friends and family! | Lyndhurst had pretty crappy food so Krysta brought Jay food almost every day!
100: September 14th: Because we never have too much going on, the day after Jay's surgery Krysta is co-hosting a Bridal Shower for Becky, has to pick up the cake, take the kids to Karyn & Eric's, spend the afternoon in Burlington and then take some cake back to Jay at the hospital! All in a day's work!
101: Sept. 15th: Day with Daddy & the evening with friends who brought us dinner... | how we communicated for 6 weeks! | The key was laughter...
102: September 18th: It's an emotional day! The kids start daycare and we visit Jay at Lyndhurst (as a family) for the first time. | Daycare!!
103: Sept 21st: David was in town so we got to see him for breakfast and he came with us for our daily visit to Lyndhurst! | pretty lonely bed...
104: September 22nd: Jay is allowed out for a few hours (using a walker with a seat) and we head to the nearby Ontario Science Centre. It was SO nice for all of us to spend some time together!
106: September iPhone Pictures
107: Wedding Day Prep!
109: October 5th: Melissa & Brinley's Wedding Krysta was a bridesmaid & Lily was the flower girl! Toronto Trump Hotel
110: October 6th: Post-Wedding brunch hosted by the newlyweds! | Sister bling!
111: October 10th: We receive gifts for Ben's 1st birthday from Yoriko Sano in Japan (Krysta's Japanese Mama!)
112: October 12th: a visit from our friends Jodie-Lynn & Bode!
113: Oct 21st: Benjamin's 1 year old photoshoot with Shanna Parker!
114: October 24th - Nov 1st: Becky & Jeremy's wedding in Cuba! (Jay's surgeon said he couldn't come...)
115: ...so Jay stayed home with the kids and lived with John & Donna! (Thank You again Grandpa & D!) Highlights of their week included the Toronto Zoo, Fantasy Fair, a spaghetti fundraiser dinner for Chris Gutteridge and Halloween in Stouffville, complete with a pumpkin carved as Special Agent Oso!
116: #silverlingingtobacksurgery (Thanks to Karen Scott for arranging this!)
117: October iPhone Pictures
118: Nov 3rd: Baking with Grandma & Opa!
119: Nov 8th: Dinner with Jodie-Lynn, Josh & Bode Waddilove-Corbiere | @ Montana's
120: November 8-10th: Jay, Jeff, Jay B. and Mick took a football road trip to Pittsburgh to take in one college and one NFL football game. Jay, Jay B. and Mick spent a night in Niagara Falls and met Jeff there the next morning. The Saturday night game was the boys' first live U.S. college sports experience and made Jay into a Pitt Panthers fan (Hail to Pitt!). The Panthers beat Notre Dame 28-21. Sunday afternoon, the Steelers beat the Bills 23-10. It was a great trip, in spite of Pennsylvania's tight liquor laws.
122: Nov 10th: Lily gets to open The Disney Store at Upper Canada Mall!
123: Nov 16th: Newmarket's Santa Clause Parade with Jen & Taylor Trussel | HO! HO! HO!
124: Our 2013 Family photoshoot with the amazing Shanna Parker
125: November 22nd-24th: Nao & Rina come for a visit on their way home from Japan! | Lily passed down her snowsuit to Rina!
126: Nov 23rd: Over a month late on this, but with the September & October we just had, I'm sure Ben didn't mind! | 1st Birthday!
128: Nov 24th: Gutteridge Christmas
129: Nov 30th: Katie's Bridal Shower @ Fraticelli's Restaurant
130: November iPhone Pictures
131: Dec 1st: Grandma's work CBSoutdoor hosts a tree day at Drysdale Farm!
132: Dec 6th: decorating the tree with Lily & Ben! | Dec 7th: Tammy is expecting! Passing down the hippo shoes from Nicky Furniss & registry shopping at Babies R' Us!
133: December 8th: Annual Breakfast with Santa at King Valley (next year, Ben & Lily will have a cousin there too!)
134: December 13th: Our very 1st attempt at seeing a movie in the theatre! The first 35 minutes of Disney's Frozen were great... who knows what happened after that!
135: Dec 13th: Making a gingerbread house & a card for Great-Grandma Sue!!
136: Dec 14th: Trimming Grandma & Opa's tree
137: Dec 14th: Christmas dinner at The Parkers!
138: December 15th: Playing in the snow with aunt Katie! (Mommy is looking forward to when Daddy can shovel again!)
139: December 22nd: a visit with Uncle Davey & Aunt Jenny! Dec 23rd: Ben's 1st haircut!
140: Dec 24th: Celebrating Mommy's 32nd birthday & leaving a treat out for Santa and his reindeer!
142: Dec 25th: Christmas dinner at Fred & Franca's
143: The polar vortex storm knocked out power to most of the GTA. We were lucky that Christmas dinner was still happening at Fred & Franca's! Mike & Carol went without power for almost a week, so we were happy to have them at our dinner and offer them a shower! And of course, Lily & Ben were spoiled with lovely presents from their grandparents, Papa & Noninna!
144: Dec 26th: Aunt Melly comes for a visit | "Only an Aunt can give hugs like a mother, keep secrets like a sister, and share love like a friend."
145: Dec 27th: Christmas lunch in Peterborough with the Grandys
146: Last bath of 2013! What will the new year hold for The Gutteridge family?!
147: December iPhone Pictures