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On January 6, 2017, Abby went to the salon with Mom to get her hair cut, but it was not an ordinary hair cut; Abby was there to cut off most of her hair and donate it to Angel Hair for Kids which provides wigs for children who are fighting against cancer.
Abby had been growing her hair for about 2 years to get it to its current length and had been talking about donating her hair the entire time. When the day came, she did not hesitate and was really excited about giving her hair to children who needed it. Melissa and I are extremely proud of our little girl for giving back to those in need.
Below are some pics and video from that day.
Abby worked hard with the stylist to create a new hair style for herself with her new short hair.
So, I am at work in Jan or Feb 2017 have a very busy day when at 1:15, I am paged overhead to call the office. When I call the office, they tell me that my wife is on the phone. Now, Melissa only calls me through the main office when she really needs to get me because she knows that the office will track me down. Needless to say, when they said it was her, I was a little worried. So, I answer the phone and Melissa says she is Okay right away, however she says on the phone that she has locked herself out of the house wearing only her pyjamas!!
Now, my first thought is how did she do that considering our front door does not lock automatically. She then proceeds to tell me that she went out onto the deck and the patio door locking handle dropped about a min after she was outside, and the front door had been locked form the inside because Melissa was home by herself sleeping after a night shift. Hang on though we are not done. I ask her, why she was outside considering the weather? “Were the dogs digging up the wet and muddy yard?” She then says that she went out to take a sad snowman picture. It was at this point that I began to laugh for about 1 minute on the phone.
After I stopped laughing, I told her that I would be home as soon as I go see my boss and explain to them why I have to leave work early (FYI: That was another conversation that involved a lot of laughing).
Needless, I got home in about 20min & let Melissa back into the house. Below are the pictures that she went outside to take on this crummy day 🙂
Marten River Winter Fest (Attended March Break 2016)
Guatemala (Jackie brought back from Guatemala)
Yoda (When we went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Boxing Day 2015)
Darth Vader x 2: (When we went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Boxing Day 2015)
Joy: (In honour of us finding Joy in less stuff and more experiences)
Marten River Moose (WinterFest in March 2016)
Recycled Material (I bought this for Melissa to symbolize finding happiness by giving back, the money that I used to pay for the decoration went towards the local food bank)
Door Signs from Blizzard (Dropped off by Blizzard at the start of December)
Additional Decorations added for the year.
Christmas this year began with the arrival of Blizzard. Blizzard kept us on our toes for the month with lots of pranks.
On the first weekend of the month we went to Peterborough to have Christmas Dinner with Uncle Keith & Auntie Linda. While there we went with Shawn, Megan & Violet and took our family Santa Picture at the Peterborough Mall. This was Violet’s first Santa Picture.
The following weekend we decorated our Christmas tree. We hung up all of our Family Christmas Decorations (new ones added: Yoda, Darth Vader, Marten River Winterfest Pics, Marten River Moose).
Our Christmas started off on an extremely sad note with the passing of Uncle Jack. Melissa and her Mom flew to Quebec after Christmas to attend his celebration of life.
This year the Christmas holidays started on December 24th. On the 24th we travelled to Mom & Dad’s house. After dropping off our stuff at their house, we went to Lakefield to celebrate mass at church with Mom & Dad Miller. We were also joined by Shawn, Megan & Violet. Violet was quite busy at mass checking every book in the pew to see if they had pictures. She was not happy when they did not have pictures 🙂 During mass, Abby participated as an Angel in the Children’s play depicting the Christmas Story (Aiden chose not to participate this year).
After mass, Melissa & the kids went back to Mom & Dad’s and I went to Sandra & Ted’s to help out at the restaurant for the night. It was a busy night at the restaurant, but lots of fun. After the restaurant closed we had a Christmas dinner at the restaurant. Melissa then picked me up and we went back to Mom & Dad’s. By that time the kids had already hung up the stockings and put out the cookies for Santa. This year they sent out a Dab to Santa and his reindeer.
For Christmas morning at Mom & Dad’s, we were joined by Rob and his girlfriend Holly. On Christmas morning the kids let everyone sleep in until 8:00am (yeah!!!). When we got up, they began by opening all of Santa’s gifts. We then had breakfast and then opened up the rest of the presents.
We got 2 experience gifts this year, an AGO membership that Mama & Papa got the kids & The Stingray Experience from Ripleys Aquarium that we got for the family. Below are some videos and pics from Christmas morning.
AGO Visit Post
Stingray Experience Post
Attending Christmas Dinner this year was Rob & Holly, Peter & Julie (Eva & Macklan), Craig & Jane, Mark & Susan, Betty, Uncle Joe, and Bruce & Jackie.
We had our traditional Turkey Dinner this year with some after dinner entertainment.
Abby’s Christmas Play
During the day Abby had worked on writing a Christmas Play that told the story of Jesus. After dessert, Abby and I got everyone ready and gave them copies of the script and performed it in the living room in front of our audience (Dad, Uncle Joe, Betty & Bruce). Everyone had lots of fun performing the play and we were so proud of Abby for putting it all together. When we travelled back home after the holidays, Abby & I edited the video together one afternoon. Below is the final copy of the play.
Dec 26-27: Miller Family Christmas
On Dec 26-27, we spent the day at the Shawn & Megan’s. We left from my Mom & Dad’s in Douro and picked up Bruce & Jackie and went into Peterborough. Picking them up though was exciting because I made a mistake and almost got us stuck at my Uncle Joe’s.
So, on Dec 26, there was ice rain and rain throughout most of the day. Before we left to go to Lakefield, we went over to Uncle Joe’s to drop off some gifts that he had forgotten at Mom & Dad’s the night before. When I got there I decided that the driveway was not too icy, even though my Dad had warned me that it was and had told me to park at the top of the driveway. So I backed into the driveway and we dropped off the gifts. When we went to leave, the vans front wheels just spun. It was at this point that Melissa reminded me that I should have taken my Dad’s advice (which I should have) and then we started to put some sand and salt under each of the four tires with a little extra placed under the front tires. After about 15 min of putting sand and salt under all the tires, I was able to floor it enough to get up and out of the driveway. After that we made our way slowly to Lakefield and then Peterborough.
In Peterborough, we had a lovely supper and opened some gifts with Shawn, Megan & Violet. At the end of the evening, Jackie and Bruce took a cab back to Lakefield. It was the first time that Jackie had ever rode in a cab. It was a very positive experience for her. The cab company took Bruce back and waited for Jackie to drop Bruce off and then drove Jackie off at her house.
On the 27th, we got up and had a relaxing morning with Shawn, Megan & Violet and headed back to Mississauga as Melissa had to work over New Year’s.
This year we went to get our Santa Picture when we were in Peterborough visiting Shawn & Megan. It was a special picture because Shawn & Megan brought Violet for her first ever picture with Santa. The kids took a picture with her and then they had their own Santa picture. Violet did not want to take the picture unless her Dad was in the picture with her.
Below is Abby & Aiden’s picture & below that is a video I put together will all of the Santa pictures the kids have been in for the past 10 years.
This year for Christmas, Melissa & I got the kids tickets for the Stingray Experience at Ripleys Aquarium.
This is where we got a behind the scenes tour of the aquarium followed by a 20 min swim in the tank with the Stingrays. I really do not know how best to describe how amazing this experience was for our family. When in the water, the Stingrays swam all around us for the entire 20 minutes!!! Aiden probably got splashed 7 or 8 times right in the face by passing Stingrays including in the video below. We even go to feed the Stingrays!!!
After participating in the Stingray Experience we stuck around at the aquarium until almost closing time.
By the time we got home, the kids had passed out from a very long and exciting day!!
For New Year’s this year, I arranged a sleepover for the kids to have with their good friends William & Ava. Abby went to Ava’s house & William came to our house for the evening.
The boys played video games and ate chips & candy all the way till midnight. We even took an intermission due to stomach pains that Aiden had got from eating a little too much junk food!! At the end of the evening we counted down to midnight and did a little a celebratory dance before heading of to bed.
In the morning the boys & I got a little confused about Abby’s rule that we were not allowed in her room 🙂