Growing up my family always took pictures on the stairs on Christmas morning. No matter what our mood was (there's a few pictures of me flat out scowling), my parents would get everyone together and snap a couple pictures. We would get a little impatient since we wanted to open our gifts, but looking back I'm so glad that we have pictures from all those Christmas mornings. 
Since we got married, we've adopted the same tradition. This year we had a new cute face which melts me. 
I have always loved Christmas morning, and not just because of the presents. I love staying in my pjs until noon, watching/listening to our new gifts, spending time as a family wishing time would just stop. I also love watching people's reactions when they open the gifts I bought them. The kinds of gifts that are simple, but always create the biggest smiles.
My wish is that as Calvin grows he will remember that simplicity is always best as we remember the simple circumstances in which the Saviour was born. After all, if it weren't for that first Christmas gift, we wouldn't have any of our blessings today. 



I used to love snow growing up, but once I started commuting to university and work, it started to become a huge nuisance. The thing is, in Ottawa the first snowfall is usually early November and the snow stays until March/April. It becomes for slushy, icky and just a pain. Luckily this year the weather has been stunning! We've had an extended fall which resulted in a green Christmas. Quite a few people have been a little disappointed, but I have absolutely loved it! At the end of the day snow doesn't make Christmas. It was still a special time with my favourite people! 



Age: 8 months (and 9 days to be exact)

Clothing: 12-18 months

Sleeping: He's getting back into a more regular sleeping pattern. Bed at 8:30-9, wakes up

Baby Development: (1) He has two little teeth that are so close to coming in! You can see the little indents! (2) He's been copying certain actions I do now and again which entertains the both of us for quite a long time. Especially when he plays peekaboo.

Likes: (1) When someone blows in his face. He loves the sudden burst of air in his face. (2) Pear. This kid downed an entire squeeze pouch of pear baby food in like 5 minutes. (3) He absolutely loves having his legs chubbed and tickled. Such a squealer when he's tickled. (4) The song Round and Round the Garden along with the actions. (5) Tummy Time. Still no sign of crawling, but he sure loves kicking his legs!

Dislikes: Surprisingly mango is the only food so far that Calvin has denied retrying. Well that and formula. Since I was sick the past week my milk supply went really low so we tried to give him formula and he kept turning his head away. Can you blame him? If I had been used to eating cream, there is no way I would eat powdered milk ;)

Other: Alex's parents are coming down for Christmas!!!!! We didn't think it was going to be possible since his dad used up all his vacation days, but it looks like they were able to figure something out! I am so beyond excited for Christmas this year and to see Calvin's reaction to wrapping paper. It's seriously going to be the best!
I know it's blurry, but I am so glad I got a picture of Calvin's "silly face"



I was so excited to spend an entire day exploring downtown Washington DC. Since it was Thanksgiving Day, it was pretty quiet. There is nothing better than being able to do touristy things and not feel like there is an ambush of people everywhere you go. We first visited the White House. I have always loved the architecture of this building, so I couldn't wait to actually see it in person.
Next we walked down to the mall to see the Washington Monument, the World War II memorial, and the Lincoln memorial. That chunk of the day was definitely my favourite. The War memorial was absolutely beautiful, and there was such a reverence there. It was one of those moments where I decided to put my camera away, and pay respect for those who gave their lives for future generations. I didn't want to be distracted by taking pictures, I just wanted to soak it all in.
We then walked to the other side of the mall to go the Air and Space Museum. We had heard there was a moon rock that was on display that you are allowed to touch. Not going to lie, the idea was cool, and I was super excited, but it was a little bit of a disappointment. It wasn't at all what I imagined to look like, and the display was just meh. At the end of the day I got to touch a piece of the moon, so it is still one of those "once in a lifetime moments". 
I still have one more post from my Washington trip to post, so stay tuned for that!



I have been blogging for almost 6 years, and I have never (ever) received a comment like this one before. First things first it came at the worst possible moment. I have been sick for the past few days so I've just moping around. I had to read and re-read it a few times because I couldn't believe what I was reading.

This comment was in response to my "Unsolicited advice + eczema" post. When I wrote this post I wanted to write it in a way that talked about how I felt. I mentioned quite a few times that I understood that people had good intentions, they just needed to think how it would affect a new mom. There is nothing worse than feeling like you don't know what's best for your child. No matter what the situation we need to think before we speak. I feel that ever since Elder Bednar gave his talk on how we need control our reactions, and choose to not be offended, people think that means that they can say whatever they want and it's not their problem if someone gets hurt.

I really don't understand why people feel the need to go out of their way to write comments that cut people. Whether I struggle with pride, or not, it's no one's right to point it out. When did pointing out someone weaknesses make you more righteous?



Last week I had to opportunity to travel to Washington DC with my family. Alex had a bunch of school work to do so he had to stay home. It was hard being away from each other for so long, but I am so glad I got to see places I have wanted to see since I was a child. Like most LDS members in North America, for quite a period of time the Washington DC temple was "their" temple. My parents, among many were married and sealed in this beautiful building for time and all eternity 34 years ago.
It was an experience I will never forget as I walked the halls of this sacred place, wearing the very same shoes my mom wore on her wedding day. Andrew, Kelsi and I went to last session the first night we got there, and the temple workers allowed us to explore the sealing rooms. All the lights were off on the floor and it was completely empty. We were able to wander around the sealing rooms and see where both my parents and Kelsi's parents were sealed. 
I am so grateful for these sacred buildings that allow us to participate in ordinances that are necessary for our progression. The family truly is forever.

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