Wednesday, September 30, 2009

10 Things

Using a wonderful template from the one and only Scrapbooking Genius Ali Edwards I whipped up these 5 layouts in only a few hours this week. It is a little glimpse into our lives right now, what we are doing, what we love, what we hate...10 Things Right Now for each member of the Gill Family...enjoy! (click on each image to see a larger version)



Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Kiah is 3

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday sweet Kiah
Happy Birthday to you

Kiah on her 2nd birthday:
Kiah at 1 year old:
We all hope you have a wonderful day!
Auntie Jen, Uncle Adrian, Owen & Isabelle

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Welcome Oliver

We have added a family member today.
He is an 8-week old ShihPoo (Shit-Zu - Poodle cross) and is adorable.
Owen loves to pick him up and pet him and love him and Oliver is soaking it all in.
Isabelle is a little less hands on she likes to throw toys in his direction and pet him with help.
He is a little ball of fluff and we all fell in love with him right away.
Welcome Oliver. Welcome to your new home. Welcome to snuggles. Welcome to kisses. Welcome to smothering hugs. Welcome to the Gill Family. Welcome Oliver. We love you already.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

This Man

This man...who is the best dad to our two children.
This man...who has the best sense of humor and makes me laugh every day.
This man...who had never been north of the city before he met me and has grown to love "the north" as much as I do.
This man...who loves to spend time with our boy.
This man...whose passion is soccer.
This man...who loves to go on long walks with our family and will happily carry children on his shoulders when they get tired.
This man...who organizes date nights and takes me to dinner and a chick-flick.
This man...whose little girl has him wrapped around her little finger.
This man...turns 39 today.
Happy Birthday Adrian!
We love you.
Jennifer, Owen & Isabelle

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me

Today I turn 36. This past year has been wonderful for me personally. I joined Weight Watchers in November 2008, shortly after this photo was taken:
This is another "before" shot that was taken in Nov.07 on Isabelle's first birthday.
Here is a photo of me earning my 10% charm at Weight Watchers:
And a recent photos from this past weekend doing the 5K for Terry Fox:
I feel wonderful! I am almost 70lbs lighter than I was last year at this time and I know that next year, when I turn 37 I will be feeling fantastic.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Grade One


He had his current favourite breakfast to start the day: Corn Flakes, Mama Muffin, Applesauce & Chocolate Almond Milk
He posed on the stairs with his sister
He has a new backpack, lunchbox and shoes
He walked to school in the morning
He said hello to friends
He hugged his sister goodbye
He walked into the school
He forgot that he was supposed to come home for lunch and we waited and waited and waited. Finally we discovered that he was sitting with all the other kids who stay for lunch and was eating applesauce (his afternoon snack).
Owen: Mama, why did you only pack me applesauce for lunch
Mama: The applesauce is your afternoon snack. You wanted to come home for lunch remember?
Owen: Oh Yeah.
Owen: Mama, how come I did not have 3 recesses?
Mama: Because school is not over yet, you are going back after lunch and you will have another recess in the afternoon
Owen: OK But when do I have my afternoon snack? And what will I have?
Mama: Your teacher will let you know when snack time is and I will pack you another snack
Owen: This grade one stuff is pretty confusing!
She was upset that she forgot about her backpack and demanded to go back to school with it on
She walked and walked and walked with her backpack on
He rode his bike to school for the afternoon session (after lunch)
He left school very happy!
We visited with my Grandma Beryl
He took photos
We played by the beach in Barrie
With Madison
And with Cameron
He swam with his friends in Lake Simcoe
Cameron posed for the camera with glow bracelets on
Madi twirled with her glow necklaces and bracelets on
He posed
I attempted to get all 4 kids to look at the camera
And this is as close as I came "Make a funny face for me!"
I love our tradition of celebrating the first day of school with our friends in Barrie; having a final swim in water outdoors, playing in sand, having a last picnic before the weather gets too cold. The kids had a great time playing and the mama's had a bit of time to chat.

A more perfect first day of school could not be found!