Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Think about 'What Makes a Real Life Hero?' #SickKidsHero

Sick Kid's fall campaign, What Makes a Real Life Hero. launched this week! They're using the same commercial and print ads that they did last year, but they give a '1 year later' update on all of the kids in the ads. You really need to take the time and read about each of the stories on the website. Each and every child who is treated at Sick Kids endures much more than what a child should and they really are all heroes. 

It's crazy to see how much Bronson has grown since the commercial was shot a year ago September. He watched it with me earlier today and got excited when he saw "Baby Bronson" with Daddy! 

I know I posted a link to the Sick Kids Foundation last week but they re-launched the website this week and it's all brand new and looks amazing! Go check it out here and think about supporting the hospital. Sick Kids will always be close to our hearts because without it, we wouldn't have Bronson with us today. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Summer, Fall, and Now It's almost Christmas!

I don't know about you, but I can't believe that it's the beginning of November.
I have no idea how the year went by so quickly and it feels like a whirlwind of a year. 
Only a month and a half until Christmas is here. 
That means that I really need to start my Christmas shopping!


A lot has happened since I last posted way back in May. Holy moly I can't believe it's been that long! 
Our summer was busy with a vacation up to a trailer, many visits to the beach, a broken arm for Bronson, the kids changing daycares, lots of memories made, and my sister and brother both getting engaged! (...not to each other though)


Despite the rain last week on Halloween, we were still able to go out trick or treating. By the time we got to house #6 the rain was starting to really come down but Kallie and Bronson were both ready to come home. It worked out perfectly. They had tons of fun dressed up as a Snow Princess and a Dinosaur and I think they looked pretty cute too! 


 In September I found super cute little boy fabric that I ordered to make Bronson a quilt for his room but I've never made a quilt before. So, I bought some cheap fabric from Walmart (pictured above) and did a practice quilt top. For my first quilt top, I think it turned out pretty good! I still have to trim up the edges, and attempt 'stitching in ditch' to complete it, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I also learned some things not to do for my next one. Now, I just have to find the time to start Bronson's quilt! 


Blue Mountain Resort
   As many of you know, I am involved with the Sick Kids Foundation (if you click on the link you'll see a photo of Bronson and my sister in the banner) and volunteer as a Parent Ambassador. Mid September I was asked to speak at the closing ceremonies for the Sears Great Run to End Kids Cancer and share our family's story with Bronson. The event was held at Blue Mountain Resort and after attending the event we were able to enjoy a day exploring the resort. It was my first time going there and I would definitely go back any season of the year. We loved it! If you have kids, or no kids at all, it's worth it to make a trip there. 


Little miss Kallie has figured out how to open the camera app on my iPhone and I'm constantly finding tons and tons of selfies of her! Look at those kissy lips :) 
She has grown into the most loving and affectionate little girl. She always wants to cuddle and be apart of what I'm doing and I love every minute of it.


Mr. Bronson just keeps getting bigger and bigger. We've continued to have good feedback from his transplant and oncology check ups. We only go to OT, PT, and Speech therapy every 6 months for monitoring now. And, since he finished weekly visits for speech therapy in May his vocabulary has really taken off. I think he talks more than Kallie does!


I mentioned that both my brother and sister got engaged over the summer! 
We're so excited for both of them! 

My brother, Bryant, and his fiance, Rebecca, are getting married July 2014.
And, my sister, Sarah Beth (SB), and Nathan are getting married May 2014. 
Jon, Kallie, Bronson and I are all in both weddings so it will be a very busy spring/early summer! 

Well, in a nut shell, that brings you up to speed on our lives! 
I hope everyone had a great Halloween with their kiddies :) 


P.S - My camera broke in the spring and I haven't replaced it yet, so all my photos are from my iphone and may be blurry, sorry! I'm hoping Santa (hint, hint Jon) will bring me a new camera!!


Thursday, June 6, 2013

May 2013

May was a busy month for us and it was over before we knew it! 


We started the month out by celebrating Bronson's SECOND BIRTHDAY on May 9th. I still can't believe he's two already. The morning of his birthday I had been asked to share our Sick Kids story at a Walmart employee meeting as part of the kick off for their 'Walk for Miracles' event. So, Bronson and I were up bright and early and at an Oshawa Walmart by 7:15am. The employees and management were great and seemed to be touched by our story.


 The manager had heard it was Bronson's birthday so they surprised us with an Iron Man bike with training wheels! How amazing is that? Bronson was super excited and couldn't stop saying 'bike'. 


There was cake for their event and since it was Bronson's birthday I let him enjoy his 8am treat! 


We celebrated as a family later that evening and we gave Bronson a basketball net. He is completely obsessed with basket balls, soccer balls, base balls etc so he loved the net! (That was the best photo I captured... Sorry for the blur!) 


As the month moved along we celebrated Mother's Day and I enjoyed breakfast in bed :) Jon is an awesome cook so it tasted as good as it looked! 


I tried and tried to get a good Mother's Day photo with Kallie and Bronson and above was the best I could do. It's one of my favorite photos now. I crack up every time I see Bronson's drool dripping onto my forehead.  LOL oh, memories!


After Mother's Day we spent a lot of time having picnics and playing soccer down at the beach. I love this little family of ours. 


My birthday rolled around near the end of the month and I turned 28 on the 28th. I'm starting to dislike birthdays as I get closer and closer to 30. At least I still have 1 more before the big 3-0! As I already mentioned, Jon is an awesome cook and he made pan fried salmon steaks with lightly breaded grilled onions, lemon, and capers on top of mashed garlic sweet potatoes. YUM! 

As the month of May concluded we received news that Jon's Nan had suddenly passed away. She was such a sweet and kind lady. While talking with some of the family I found out that Jon's Nan and Pop had been married almost 69 years. I can't imagine what it would be like losing your spouse after that many years of marriage. 


We spent a few days with family and attended her funeral. The circumstances were unfortunate but it was nice to see everyone. 


On our way home we stopped by the cemetery and Jon and Kallie placed a white rose on her grave. Although our month ended on a not so happy note  it's comforting to know that Jon's Nan is now with Jesus and no longer in pain. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spring, Rain boots, and Snow


Tomorrow is the first day of Spring and I'm looking out my window and watching it snow. They're the big white fluffy snow flakes that you look forward to when you're a kid (because they make the best packing snow for snowmen) but definitely not the kind of snowflakes that you want the day before spring is supposed to arrive! About a week ago we did have some mild days and the kids and I were able to get outside in our rain boots and splash in the puddles and mud. I can't wait for this snow to melt  and to enjoy the outdoors more often. 


 But, until this snow decides to go away my kids are stuck wearing their rain boots inside. Bronson wears his rain boots at least once a day and calls them his "boo-a". Almost every word he says he adds an "a" to the end of it. We finished up his last speech therapy session two weeks ago and since then his speech has really taken off. He never ceases to amaze me.

We celebrated Kallie's 3rd Birthday on February 23rd. I'll have to post some photos of that later on this week. She was completely spoiled by family and loved every minute of it. She has grown into such a loving and compassionate little girl. I can't believe that three years have gone by so quickly.

I hope you have a great week....and I promise I'll do another post this week! :)
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