FC: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. CathyAllen
1: Audrey really does follow Tanner around like a little puppy dog! | You two are so adorable in your puppy blankets... | January 14th, 2011
2: Your smile brightens my day | Audrey and her Family
3: Gramma and Grampa got Audrey her little dollhouse for Christmas and it came with this family. She plays with them every single day!She is always looking for her Mama and Dada and he Baby. She loves them all!She puts the baby to bed and Gramma takes big sister for walks in the stroller....the funniest is when Dada sits on the toilet and she says "pee pee!"
4: I love my big brother | Tanner posing for the LEGO magazine!
5: Like Star Wars much? Tanner is obsessed! Star Wars books, puzzles, movies, games, even food! Most of all, LEGO! Tanner really enjoys building his own creations and is always so proud!
6: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow | We didn't have much chance to play on snow mountain because it was so cold!
7: This year has started off cold and snowy! Temps in the -30's plus windchill for days at a time and more snow than we have ever seen! | January 17th, 2011 | January 9th, 2011
8: Since Daddy wouldn't be home for Audrey's birthday we opened presents early and went to BP's for supper. | January 9th, 2011
9: Audrey loved her new keyboard from Auntie Shannon and her Dora family from Tanner just to name a few!
10: Make a Wish! Audrey is 2! This year has flown by. So fast that when I was decorating the cupcakes I meant to put one extra Smartie for good luck---just like the candles---and I added an extra two Smarties! I guess that means this will be a very lucky year for you! We are all enjoying watching you grow and starting to talk and be more independent. You are such a special little lady!
12: We were finally able to get outside and enjoy the record breaking snowfall around the 20th of January. We made a fort in front yard and tried to play at the park!
15: "You should be showered with flowers"
16: Tanner's first lost tooth!
17: This tooth has been dangling for quite some time. Tanner could barely eat or talk but wouldn't pull it out. Finally, on Feb. 9th, I couldn't stand it any longer! | I yanked it out after school. You didn't want to give it to the tooth fairy though so we wrote her a little note instead. She brought you special tooth keeper for your next one and a toonie! It wasn't much longer until the next one fell out on March 4th.
18: Remington Alberta Museum - Wetaskiwin | February 12th-13th 2011
19: We got to sleep beneath a tractor this year! | This year I got to go on your Beaver's sleepover and I loved it! We had so much fun and enjoyed sleeping in the museum!
20: so many | Each memory we keep with care means future happiness to share.
21: LIVE WELL LAUGH OFTEN LOVE MUCH
23: Audrey idolizes Tanner! She wants to do everything he does. Bet there aren't many two year old girls who can make gun sounds and wield a light saber! | "The friends we meet on the path of life make the trip worth while."
25: Our Sweet Little girl
27: Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero. ~ Marc Brown
28: Before... | after!
29: Our Star Wars Cookies!
30: Daughters are little girls that grow up to be your best friend...
31: "A Mother's love never ages."
32: Sigh...March in Alberta... | so much snow this year...and so cold! | Any day that it was warmer than -20 we went outside. Great conditions for a snow fort! Sadly, we kept losing Audrey in the deep snow! | This was a year of record breaking low temps and high snowfall!
34: We have missed having pets these last few months and when friends needed a puppy sitter for a week we thought it was the perfect opportunity to see if we were ready for a new puppy....
35: Zena... our "loaner" puppy | Tanner and Audrey loved little Zena. She followed Audrey around non-stop. She would even cry at her door at night and sneak in to sleep with her! Audrey was so sad when we had to take her home. She kept looking for her "puppa". Zena did her job though....we are not ready for a puppy just yet!!
36: Winter Memories | Green Eggs!
37: Our GIANT icicle weighed about 30lbs! Good thing it didn't fall on a kid!
38: April 1st...a visit from Gramma, Poppa, and Gramma Sue! And we even had some warm temps!
39: World’s Greatest Dad
40: We are sooo happy to be outside and play and feel the sunshine! | Yay! Finally it's Spring! | so snuggly!
41: Record snowfall = lots of puddles! | ...and record low temps= increasingly creative Mommy!
42: April 6th,2011 | April 23rd,2011
44: Audrey and Tanner hannging out! | What gorgeous kids I have! | Austin loves Uncle Mike!
45: The playoffs have begun! The Canucks have made it to the first round against the Chicago Blackhawks. Sadly, my Flames are on the golf course!
46: Mommy's two oldest friends, Athena and Danielle
47: We went to Calgary for Mommy's birthday. It was the first warm weather day we've had in a long while so we made sure to get outside and took a bike ride along the ridge. It's that mountain view that makes me miss living in Calgary. It was so nice to see all the cousins play so well together.
48: was here and left behind his bunny poop! | April 24th, 2011
49: The Easter Bunny poops jelly beans!
50: After spending the morning hunting for eggs and eating a ton of chocolate we went to Grumpy's along with Auntie, Uncle Warren, Austin, and the girls. It was the perfect day for sledding! Everyone had a blast. Tyrel came out with his mini trike and gave all the kids a ride.
54: Ashley was radiant on her and Tyrel's special day! The wedding was held in Julie's backyard and it turned out beautifully.
55: Ashley & Tyrel May 7th, 2011
56: The day of the wedding was a little hectic! I was taking pictures for the bride and groom so I was not paying attention to much else and Mike was helping BBQ supper. After the dinner I looked down to see Audrey with a cup full of chips in her pocket! Tanner chatted with Ross and Therese Smiley for a long time! Maybe he was planning to have Ross officiate his wedding one day! | Wow! We make beautiful kids!
59: San Diego! May 8th-15th, 2011 The Zoo, Seaworld, Wild Animal Park & Legoland!!
60: We spell hero D.A.D.
61: Daddy's new bike! The kids love going for rides! Audrey is calls is Daddy's "B" bike. Tanner even gets rides to school! How cool is that?!
62: June 5th, 2011 ~ Dave, B, and Miranda all came to Lacombe for the fly-in breakfast and for a long overdue visit! It was such a nice time!
63: Friends for a lifetime....
64: Swimming lessons! Both Audrey and Tanner took lessons this June. Audrey just loves the pool and cannot get enough of the water!
65: After many years of being frightened of the water Tanner passed level one on his first try! He has worked so hard to conquer his fear and we are so proud of him! We knew he could do it!!
66: Cheese!!! Audrey is such a poser! She poses every time she sees a camera. And loves to dress up and dance around!
68: June 12th, 2011
69: This year we broke the bank for the DOUBLE slippy slide! The kids love being able to race down. Audrey is a water baby and loves the pools, the slide, and the sprinkler underneath the tramp. All the kids are into it this year and hopefully we will have more warm days this year than last year!
70: field trip! tanner's class piled on the cheesewagon and went to the calgary zoo for their year end field trip. Daddy was off so he and audrey came too along with mommy as a parent helper. we paired up with one of tanner's best buddies, zack sletten. the boys walked around the dino park and we saw the elephants, hippos, giraffes, kangaroos, and the playground! one of the elephants made the boys day when she peed in front of us...seriously....boys are so gross! The bus left early but we stuck around to do some more exploring.
72: Last day of School! June 28th, 2011
73: This year has been so full of new adventures for Tanner and the rest of our family too. We were worried Tanner would have a tough time adjusting to being at school for the whole day but he did just fine! He was so excited to finally have a real recess...three of them every single day! Many new friends were made and old friendships were strengthened with kids like Korbin Adams and Zack Sletten. A mutual love of Star Wars Lego was all it took! There have been some tough learning lessons too and I have had a hard time letting Tanner sort these out for himself. He is getting more resilient by the day though as he navigates through the social network that is school! He is still enjoying French but does struggle from time to time as it is so much more work than the English program is. I truly believe that this will open up even more doors for him as he progresses through the years! We are so proud!
74: Daddy's girls... | Audrey has changed so much throughout the school year too...even though she doesn't go to school! Much to my dismay she stopped napping in the fall so we have been busy trying to figure out a new routine. She loves Miss Mary at the library. She was apprehensive to join in with the singing at first but soon enough she was in the center dancing for all the other kids! Her favorite thing to do is play with Mary's homemade play-dough and then over to the puzzles she goes. She also really enjoys playing with our next door neighbor Logan Skinner who calls her Doo doo! She is an artist and can colour and paint for hours at a time. She has certainly developed a strong personality...meaning she is very stubborn...but at the same time she is happy and friendly. We are all really enjoying watching her grow into a little person!
75: Taylor and Audrey | Taylor is growing into such a beautiful young woman. Turning 12 this summer she is quickly approaching her teen years and we're scared! Just kidding! She is such an incredibly pleasant person to be around and is so easygoing. She is mature beyond her years and we look forward to seeing her each and every time that we do. We stole an extra visit with her this year for our San Diego trip. She is involved in her local 4-H group horse and pony club. Her greatest love is her horses and her other animals too. I can see her following in her Auntie Shannon's shoes to become a vet tech. She is discovering her own beauty and is more into clothes and her girlfriends too. We cherish every moment we have with her.
76: May 12th, 2011 Paradise Pier, San Diego