S: Our 11th Year August 2011-August 2012
FC: August 2011 - August 2012
1: We enjoy spending a week up north each summer with Jen and Dave. It was a fun-filled week with four active boys! Carter, Aidan, Darren and Griffin had a blast fishing, riding the sea-doo and jumping off of the water trampoline.. Darren and Griffin also had their first smores! | Otter Lake Parry Sound August 13-20, 2011 | It's a hoot!
3: We had campfires almost every night...the weather was perfect! The boys enjoyed every bite of their gooey s'mores.
4: My Boys | We had a wonderful time up north swimming and exploring the great outdoors. The weather was perfect and so was the company!!
7: The boys spent the days doing crazy jumps off the dock...Darren loved swimming to the trampoline and jumping in the water again and again!
9: "If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand." | weee!
10: Another vacation over...can't wait to go back to the North | looking for worms!! | and bugs
11: The Great Outdoors | Otter Lake | Just chillin'
13: A trip to Niagara Falls Bird Sanctuary August 22 | We spent a lovely day exploring Bird Kingdom and walking to the Falls. Afterwards, we went to dinner at East Side Mario's....love summer holidays!
15: NiagAra Falls
17: Baby Jaxon | 9lbs. 8oz. August 25, 2011 | We were so excited to meet our new nephew, cousin and grandson...welcome baby Jax!!
18: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. - Cathy Allen | Lowville Park August 26
19: Carter, Aidan, Darren and Griffin had a great day catching crayfish, wading in the stream and getting dirty! Being a boy is busy!
20: August 27 & 28 | Today Darren you are two What more can I say, You're becoming more special Each and every day, So blow out your candles One by one Enjoy your birthday Have lots of fun.
21: Party Time!
22: Auntie Tracey loves her cuddles with you Darren!
23: We hope that for every candle on your cake you get a wonderful surprise. | Opa | Grandpa
24: We hope all your birthday dreams and wishes come true! | We had a pool party on the 27th and then we had the family party the next day! | Amber
25: Auntie Barb - shopping cart Oma & Opa - Playskool Funhouse Grandma - Radio Flyer Tricycle and peanut baby doll Auntie Jen - Little People Zoo Auntie Danielle - striped shirt, play cube, colouring book Auntie Tammy - car transporter Auntie Jane - bristle blocks Auntie Melisa - Red Rover Game Auntie Melanie - foam blocks and your 1st encyclopedia Auntie Andrea - Leap Frog Lap Top Grandpa - monetary gift Mommy & Daddy - monetary gift | Darren's Gifts | Trinity
26: Let the Celebration begin! | August 30th
27: On Darren's actual birthday, we went to Zoom Zoom's to play and we went to Lonestar Texas Grill for dinner. We also got our new piano delivered!
28: - August 30, 2010: celebrated Darren's 1st birthday at the Twin Valley Zoo and at Valens Conservation Area - Sept. 21: first bike ride with Daddy. You are 21 lbs and 30 inches tall! - Sept. 28: says "uh oh", shares his food and says "Aaam" for Amen. Sept. 29: first steps taken at Linda's house. You walked across the whole floor by yourself! We re-enacted this event when you got home! - Oct 2: pointed to a duck in a book and said, "duck". Called Carter's name very clearly. - Nov. 5: makes elephant noises. Called for grandma when you woke up! - Nov. 13: pictures with Santa at St. John's Church - Nov. 17: Darren looked at the fire and said, "what's sat?" You can also say, "mama, dada, hot, hi, Carcker (Carter). - Dec. 7: your first haircut at Auntie Barb's house. - Dec. 19-26: trip to Mexico! Your first ride in an airplane! - Jan. 2, 2011: you begin to feed yourself with a fork! - January: you can say, "cock (rooster), ball, apple, purple... points to your hair, nose, ears, eyes, belly. - Jan. 14: Uncle Walter and Auntie Barb are having baby #3 in August! - Jan. 15: you banged your chin on Auntie Jen's fireplace mantle and you got a huge gash in your tongue...my poor baby! Your first real injury! | Darren's 2nd Year In Review
29: - | - Feb. 2011: you can say many animal sounds: dog, cat, bee, sheep, lion, tiger, elephant, gorilla, mouse, monkey, rooster, pig, duck, horse, fish, lizard and snake. You are so smart!! - Feb. 5: your first "time out" - Feb 12: we bought a new house in Dundas! - March 20: our first open house at 12 Brandow Court - April 20: you said "I love you" before I went to work - you said it spontaneously. You are 33 inches tall and weigh 26 pounds. - June 19: we finally moved into our new house! - June 27: our first dinner in the new house and you and Carter had your first bubble bath in our new jacuzzi tub! - June: you are speaking in sentences now: " my milk, I jump, no way, here Carter! Mommy's here!, I don't want it, I don't like it". - July 13: your first night sleeping in your big boy bed! - July: your favourite sayings: "come on mom, okay mom, Where Carcker go? Where Gramma go? Your welcome mom!" - August 27: your 2nd birthday party at our house. - Aug. 30: we went to Zoom Zoom's to play and Lonestar Texas Grill for dinner. We also got our new piano! | August 2010 - August 2011
30: Runamok | Cousins
31: Tippy Tips! | Aug 31 - Sept 2 We took Tye to the cottage with us so that Walter & Barb could adjust to having baby Jax at home. The boys had a blast together!
32: Darren also started his first day at Margie's house. Carter had his first piano lesson at the Ontario Conservatory with Dionne on September 14. On September 17, Carter went on his first big boy ride called the Scrambler with Mommy at the Binbrook Fair. | September 6, 2011 | Sir William Osler School
33: Carter is 44.5 inches tall and 38 lbs. Darren is 32 inches tall and 26 lbs.
34: Helping Daddy | Darren loves to use his lawnmower so he can be just like his Daddy
35: Darren's New Wheels! | September 27
36: A Harvest of Memories October 7-9
37: We spent a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend at the cottage. We went for walks and the kids even went swimming. It was also Baby Jax's first time up north!
40: What a warm fall day! Mya, Darren, Carter and Tye enjoyed swimming and playing "tippy tips" dock wars with Joe. Of course, I loved getting pictures of my little beach bum!
41: Mya and Darren loved playing with their worms
42: The more you laugh, the longer you live.
44: Fall Days Are Fun Days
45: Baby Jax
47: A beautiful fall day for a hike on Sulfur Springs road! | October 10, 2011
48: With Aidan - the night before turning 6!
49: We had Mya, Tye and Jaxon over on Carter's actual birthday - October 16. He had his birthday party on October 22nd | We had a Halloween theme! | Boo Cups! | Worms & Dirt Cupcakes!
51: Carter's 6th Birthday Gifts Grandpa - Canada Savings Bond Grandma - Monster Tonka Truck with Interchanging wheels Andrea – Sound Blaster Gun and Crayola Glow Explosion Kit Oma and Opa – Mega Blocks City with Cars (ramps) Mom and Dad – green bat striped PJs and book, Room on the Broom, hockey skates and hockey mask. Auntie Barb – Crayola Cars book/markers and Cars sticker pack Auntie Melanie – police Lego set Auntie Jane – Trios Lego Set Auntie Melisa and Auntie Jen – gift card for toys R Us Auntie Tammy – Bumblebee Lego Set
52: My boys love the outdoors...Darren playing in the leaves October 17. Daddy took the boys to the Dutch Mill on October 23 to enjoy a beautiful fall day!
54: Westfield Heritage Village October 29 | We spent a haunted Saturday night with Jane, Dave, Julia and Lauren. The kids loved making wolf masks and hearing ghost stories from pioneer days.
56: We had a blast carving pumpkins October 31st
57: Carter loved to carve a pumpkin all by himself this year... he's all grown up.
58: October 31st
59: Trick or Treat. Be so sweet. Give me something good to eat.Trick or treat | Baby Jax's first Halloween | Ready for candy!
60: Fun! | Bubbly | November 22 | The boys love having baths in Grandma's whirlpool tub!
61: My Boys!
62: The boys love to visit the horses. Dec 3 - we went on a carriage ride in Dundas
63: Happy Trails
64: Christmas Day | 2011
65: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! | Carter was a shepherd for the Christmas church service | Carter lost his first tooth Dec 23 while we watched "Home Alone"
66: Christmas Party Dec 10 | Erin, Tim & Quinn | Vaive
67: We had the Christmas party at our new house this year! It was a fun night...Quinn and Amelia enjoyed their first Christmas party...good times with friends. | Trinity | Crystal & Amelia
68: Darren's Gifts Auntie Melanie – Little People Castle + people wheelies with 2 cars (pop up people) Dejan/Auntie Andrea – Rudolph stuffed toy and book, drum/guitar music set + Animal books Mommy/Daddy – Hardcover animal book + Skittles story book, Alpha blackberry Grandma/Grandpa – Thomas the Train Set + Snubbie brown stuffed dog, monetary gift Santa - Star Wars blue light sabre Oma – Poppin Park Elephant ball toy Auntie Tracey and Uncle John – Uno Moo Farm Animals Game
69: Carter's Gifts Jane/Dave – Trios Giant Castle + math read alouds: Let’s Fly a Kite! Game Time! Best Vacation Ever, Lemonade For Sale Grandma – cash register + Snubbie dog Grandpa - money Dejan/Auntie Andrea – 100 facts books (8) + piano keyboard | Mom/Dad – robe with slippers, Starwars Playdoh set, Lifesavers story book Santa – green light saber Auntie Tracey – Transformers Bumblebee set Oma – barrel of monkeys game, books: When I’m Scared and I Love Grandma + Winter fun activity book
70: VACATION | Darren loved the friendly huskies
71: January 3-5 Deer Hurst Resort We had a mini-winter vacation in Huntsville. The boys had a wonderful time dog-sledding, skating and going on a horse & carriage ride. Joe also took Carter downhill skiing at Hidden Valley. What a busy couple of days! | The sled dogs went so fast around a bend that Carter was thrown from the sled! He got right back on!
72: Tobogganing | We took the boys for a fun afternoon on a hill by our house - what a great day for sledding!
74: January 29
75: Our Snowy Backyard View | We enjoyed a beautiful snowfall...so much fun shoveling and having a snowball fight!
76: February 2012 | Darren loves baking. He and Daddy made some delicious Valentine's treats.
77: My Sweet Boys | At Auntie Jane's for a Valentine's Party
78: A Baby Shower February 19 | John and Tracey welcomed Kayleigh into their forever family on February 3rd...so exciting! | We met Kayleigh for the first time Jan 28th at coffee...what a surprise!
79: Baby Jax | Getting spoiled!
81: Family Day | February 20 | We spent Family Day at Dundas Driving Park with Tye, Mya and Jax. We then went to East Side's for dinner.
82: March 13 - Daddy and the boys spent the day at Westfield Heritage Village. Mommy was in Grove City with the girls for a shopping getaway!
83: Maple Syrup Time
84: Medieval Times March 15 | We were rooting for the red and yellow knight! The jousting and food were amazing! The boys just had the best time on March Break.
85: After the show, we stayed in Toronto at the Delta Chelsea Hotel. The kids enjoyed a movie night a great indoor pool and then a day at the ROM.
86: The ROM | After a fun morning of swimming at the Delta Chelsea Hotel, we spent the day at the ROM. We enjoyed walking from our hotel to the museum. We took the kids to the Spaghetti Factory for dinner. What a great mini-vacation in Toronto! | Darren loved dressing up as a Medieval knight! He was terrified of the giant T-Rex!
87: digging for bones! | dinosaurs are awesome!
88: April 2012 | Some "bunny" loves you! | learning from Carter
89: The boys had so much fun dyeing their eggs. We then did some fun experiments with the vinegar and food colouring...and making a huge mess in the process! Darren just loves doing whatever Carter does.
90: Our Good Friday Hike on the RBG Trails - April 6 Darren found his "light sabre" out of sticks...too cute!
91: A chickadee landed on Joe's hand...so neat! | My Boys
92: April 7
93: Easter Egg Hunt - \Winona Park Carter found the special egg and won a huge basket of goodies
95: April 8 Darren & Griffin enjoying some bubbly fun at our house
97: We celebrated Opa's birthday May 7th...this was Kayleigh's first family birthday celebration!
98: OTHER'S DAY | The boys made a wonderful breakfast for me and then we went to church. Joe planted flowers in the gardens and then we went out for a nice dinner at Kelsey's... a perfect Mother's Day. | May 12
99: Cottage - Long Weekend May 18-20
100: Cottage Life | The ducks we spied while on our canoe ride | Joe and Walter building the bunkhouse | Carter reads to Tye
101: Always a New Adventure | Mya | Darren & Jax playing | Water gun fight!
102: BUSKERFEST - Dundas | Fire breathing, juggling, whips and balancing lawnmowers...so cool
103: June 2nd
104: We took Daddy out for breakfast at Cora's. Then Daddy & Carter went to the air show and I took Darren to the Dundas Driving Park.
105: June 17
106: Hamilton Air Show
108: June 17
109: Playing at the Park
110: Trinity's | baby Amelia
111: Birthday | Trinity turns 4 on July 3, but her party was held on June 23 | baby Quinn | cool cake!
112: Canada | Jorgia and Carter dressed up for the fireworks! They each loved taking turns pushing Darren in the stroller
113: day | We spent the day in Caledonia going to the parade, enjoying the bouncy castles, swimming and watching the fire works at night. The pony rides are always so fun! | Griffin
114: 1 | The view from our hotel - Sheraton on the Water | At the Wizard of Oz exhibit | Children's Museum
115: July 3 - July 19 | Pittsburg PA
117: Williamsburg Virginia | July 5
118: Myrtle Beach July 8-15 | We syaed
119: Carter and Darren's new friend Autumn | We stayed at the Coral Reef Resort. We were on the top floor and enjoyed spectacular views of the ocean. The boys spent many hours looking for shells, crabs, and enjoying the warm ocean.
120: The ocean view from our room! | OCEAN
123: Barefoot Landing -a beautiful boardwalk with fun boutiques, ice cream shops and nature trails. The boys enjoyed looking for alligators and turtles. Thankfully, we only saw some turtles! | Barefoot Landing
124: Charles towne Landing | We visited this quaint settlement in South Carolina on July 12. The kids explored the animal park, hiking trails and the ship docked in the harbor. What a hot southern day!
125: The ship was a real thrill..the captain put the boys to work hauling the anchor!
127: "Alligators? I'm not scared!" | Pelicans, neat spiders, otters, bears, cougars and deer. So many animals to see! | Too hot to work, but not too hot to supervise...
128: On July 12 - we went on a carriage ride throughout Charleston..a highlight of our trip!
129: Our Favorite City | Such charming homes | SC | Charleston | 2012 | The capitol building
130: Carter's new friend Christian - they loved all the different pools at the resort | Daddy
131: We spent a lot of time enjoying the water park. I loved the hot tubs | My water baby! | Our hangout | Coral Reef Resort
132: Myrtle Beach Pier 2 July 14 | We syaed | On our last night in Myrtle Beach, we went out for dinner at Pier 2 and then walked along the boardwalk.
134: You Make My Sun Shine
135: July 22 Family Picnic | We got together with family at the Binbrook Conservation Area for swimming, a picnic and some splash pad fun!
136: 3rd Place! | Niagara Music Festival Sheraton Hotel July 22, 2012
137: Posing in front of a cool car... | Carter played his song, Love Me Tender, by Elvis. He wasn't nervous and played so well! He was content to receive a ribbon, but he ended up winning a trophy! Amazing! | Someone fell asleep on the way home
138: May 16 - first poop on the potty! | Look Who's Potty Training! | July 23 Darren is in underwear! | Big Boy!
139: Feb. 11 - First pee on the potty!
140: New Playhouse! | Joe started building the playhouse in June. Now it's finished and the kids love it!
141: During the construction of the playhouse, Darren wanted to help, so he used soap and water to "paint" the fence! | July 30
142: Otter Lake Aug 4-11
144: Love begins in a moment, grows over time, and lasts for eternity. | 11 Years! | 2001-2012