A Look Back At 2015

Happy New Year Everyone!

We just finished enjoying some much needed time at home over the holidays. We enjoyed lots of family dinners, Cards Again Humanity and WAY TO MUCH cheer! I’m officially on week one of my lifestyle change and goal of losing this baby weight – wish me luck!

I just spent the evening scrolling through our Dropbox reflecting on 2015 and all it had to offer. I can honestly say that is was the best year of my life thus far. Have a look at all these awesome photos from the past year and you will see why!

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Preparing the Nursery: It has become a tradition in our family to have Chase’s dad, Ken paint and help prepare each of the baby’s rooms before their arrival. He waits patiently as Chase and I come to some sort of agreement or should I say, while we negotiate on the theme and colour. Custom tissue paper florals by Mosaic Party & Event Design and the cross stitch (look closely at what it says) was made by my sister in law Lauren as a baby shower gift.

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My Orchard Park Ambassadorship ended in this past Summer with a larger than life marquee as well as a life size cut out of me inside the mall – all 5 ft 3 of me. It was very surreal. They just took the marquee down about a month ago but Madison loved driving by and telling her sister “Look Kennedy, you were inside Mom’s tummy in that photo” Ya, I guess she’s right – I was pregnant on a billboard lol. You can read more about my Orchard Park experiences here.

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^^We took a lot of pics of the bump.

^^This was my last day being pregnant. I went almost two weeks overdue and I had no idea that my water had broke two days prior to the day I was set to be induced – ooops.

She’s HERE! We welcomed Kennedy Lauren Spence (named after Chase’s dad Kenneth and his sister Lauren) to the world on June 13th, 2015 in what took all of 5 minutes – insane I know! I will for sure get around to sharing her birth story and how it all went down one day really soon.

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^^Lovely newborn photos with the ever so talented Rebecca Siewert Photography. See the full post here.

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^^Camping at Sugar Lake the weekend all the smoke from Washington rolled in.

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^^My best friend Halina and I attended Diner en Blanc. It was my first time away from Kennedy but it was SO worth it! Countdown is on until next year! Make sure you Sign Up to attend.

We had to say goodbye to our cat Oliver in May right before Madison’s birthday. I can’t thank Dr. O’Reilly (and his staff) for holding my hand through this terrible loss. The hardest part was explaining to a four year old why her best friend was no longer going to be around (*tear). Towards the latter part of the year, an opportunity arose where a stray kitten needed a forever home. It felt like enough time had passed that it was time to welcome a new addition into our home. (He is scaling the blinds as we speak – ugh lol)

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I was lucky enough to attend Blogpodium 2015 in Vancouver. The whole family hit the open road… It was a heck of a trip! I forgot a couple of my main bags at home and overpacked for the kids. It was my first time being away from Kennedy for such a long period of time. The Pan Pacific Vancouver was great on ensuring that I had somewhere to plug in my breast pump and pump since I am nursing and I was away from the baby for so long. While I was driving back from downtown Van, my phone died and I had to navigate my way back to Surrey with no assistance and a dead phone. I am NOT a good BIG CITY drive. A panic attack later, I managed to get lost only two blocks from where we were staying which was a HUGE accomplishment! Read more about Blogpodium here.

^^ I enjoyed 15% off and a couple special wine deliveries straight to my door thanks to the Cedar Creek Estate Winery Platinum Club – Just in time for the holidays!

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 ^^My sister Christine and I had a really good time with the kids at the Kelowna Corn Maze. Being able to spend more time with her lately was one of the highlights of my year.

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^^Our annual visit to the Armstrong Fair. Spent a fortune but had an amazing time! The baby slept most of the day!

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^^Sister Love in Gap stripes #twinning (LouLou and Company Headband)

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^^My girlfriend Courtney and I hosted a bridal brunch for my best friend Halina at The Hotel Eldorado. See the full post here.

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^^ The best video of the year – Madison reading ‘What Sisters Do Best’ book to her baby sister. See the full video here

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^^I was seriously WAY to excited to see Santa at Hoof Prints Barnyard – you have to book in next year! I may still be talking about how awesome he was – no joke! #istillbelieve

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^^Ginger Creative and I teamed up to create these stunning custom holiday cards.

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^^ Holiday cuddles (heart tights for the win!) Matching bows from LouLou and Company

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^^A couple outtakes that never made the cut but are worth a good laugh! (Monogrammed pajamas from Darling Little Bow Shop)

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^^This was my most liked photo on Instagram (dress from B 4 Bubs)

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^^This is my favorite photo of 2015 (tights from Children’s Place)

I hope you all enjoyed these candid photos from our past year. I appreciate each and every one of you and your loyalty over the past year. I am striving to be more transparent and to open up my life to you more and more through my post and social media accounts.

I am spending this month setting out my goals and getting my life in order. I will be sharing a look at the lessons I learned over the past year and what I will be changing in 2016. Cheers to a fresh start!

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