Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 is almost over!

So many changes in a year, and for sure in the past decade!

  • Worried about Y2K, survived.
  • Went from one to six kids; experienced five pregnancies this decade
  • Suffered one miscarriage
  • Breastfed for almost six years of this decade!
  • Lost a gallbladder
  • Lost my Pappa
  • Lost my Opa
  • Lost a Father-in-Law
  • Celebrated many first birthdays, and more.
  • Becoming a real Aunty, and then again!
  • Moved six times
  • Tried out many different jobs, Pampered Chef, babysitting, belly casting. Interior Decorating.
  • Found a job (or found my passion) in Photography!
  • Started running in the middle of the decade:
  • 5 km
  • 10 km
  • 21.1 km
  • 32 km
  • Put on the weight, took off the weight. Put on the weight.
  • Was on TV a couple of times.
  • Took a holiday to California. First plane ride since my early 20's.
  • Lost friendships, gained new friendships.
  • Changed MANY diapers for the past 10+ years straight!
  • Leaving this decade wishing for a Wii (for the fitness, and for the new dance one!) Looks like fun!
  • From a car, to a mini van, to a car. To another mini van, to another mini van to a 12 passenger van!

All in all, it is hard to believe just how fast 10 years goes by. If you were following my facebook status line today, you would had a bit more insight into the decade, and what is ahead for this family of eight!

All I know, is that next year will be the final year (or less) of diapers! So, by 2020. Almost a decade free of diapers, and I will have a 20 year old, 18 year old, 17 year old. 15 year old, 13 year old and a 12 year old. Cliff and I will be getting ready to celebrate our 23rd anniversary that will arrive May 9 the following year! Crazy!

Happy New Year! All the best!


Cathy xo

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 almost time!

Seriously, this is the best group shot we could get LOL.

Caroline, and her new headband.

Cameron with all of his Pokemon stuff.

What Santa left behind.


Caroline going through her stocking. She is happy about her Cinderella Pez.

Cameron helping his sis.

The tree, and all of the goodies.

Carly and her horse stuff!

Catie, and her cheerleader CPK.

Woah! How did 2009 get away on me like this? We had some sickness for Christmas this year. I felt great waking up on Christmas, had my usually yummy Christmas breakfast and then, after the gift opening started to feel really sick. Like I was going to throw up any minute. That feeling lasted pretty much all day, and night. Leaving me the following morning on boxing day. However, two of the kids threw up Christmas night, and early boxing day. Thankfully, it didn't spread or last. Everybody survived!

I have some photos, but unfortunately I dropped our newish point and shoot and broke it. Bummer!

So, off we will go to find a new camera again. I am just thankful I didn't break my 'good' camera. That would have been bad.

I also came up with a song and dance routine for the kids. It was filmed/recorded/photographed. But I don't think by us? I will ask around. It was a lot of fun, and the guests liked it!

The Christmas stuff is already boxed up, and the tree on the front lawn (I am not kidding you!) Cliff dropped it there LOL. I promise he will not leave it there. Just until tree chipping time on Saturday.

I am going to post another video. It was pretty cool. The kids were totally happy with only their stockings. They didn't even think about the tree gifts/Santa's gift. It was cool! I also forgot to mention, on the white sideboard there is a stack of presents there, and they were 'group gifts' for the six. They didn't even ask to open them, so on the 27th they each opened a present!

Thursday, December 24, 2009


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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

From our house to yours, wishing you and your families a very merry Christmas, and all the best for 2010!


Cathy, Cliff and the 6 C's

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy about Hudson [ meet our new handsome nephew ]

Baby love...smitten.

SO proud of you Apes.

Abby playing with her 'Big Sister' gift from us.

Cameron hanging with Abby.

Aunty April, Uncle Nick and Abby's place has fun stuff to play with!

Claire and Hudson.

Catie and Hudson.

My middle sis April, BIL Nick and big sister Abby have a brand new baby named Hudson. He was born a couple of weeks early, on December 11th. The very next day, we drove out to meet the newest family member. It was nice to have snuggles with such a small baby. I have to say, holding him, made my ovaries ache, and they haven't stopped. Love new babies, but I am starting to like my sleep at night. And excited that we are under one year away from now more DIAPERS!! So, being an Aunty is wonderful. I look forward to doing it again in April when my little sis has her very first baby!! Yay!

Hudson. He is awesome, and it was nice to snuggle in with a sweet baby. So proud of you Apes, and welcome to the world little man.

Congrats to you all. Cannot wait to snuggle again on Boxing Day.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Cheer!

A couple of not so great photos of the kids. I think they are pretty funny. No cooperation what-so-ever. WHATEVER. LOL. (Be sure to click on the images to see the full effect LOL)

You can read their faces and body language really well. They had a great day that day anyways. A brunch out, Santa and a magician. Awesome.

I heard this on the radio this morning, and I knew I had to post it!

Memories, right!!



Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Courtney's 2nd Birthday Party (Better late than never right?!)

Here she is, she grabbed the Mini Mouse in the pink car and started eating the icing off the bottom of the car! She loved it!

Here is most of the group I would say! I think it is time for a larger dining room and dining room table! Whew. Just all squeezed in!

The kids' cake...actually cupcakes underneath.

For the adults (when you turn two, you need two cakes of course!!)

The kids crowding around Courtney. Trying to 'help' her!

Thanks to Cameron for taking the birthday photos for us. I am happy he loves taking photos for us! We were sorry April (the belly), Nick and Abby couldn't make it. xo

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


Yesterday, my littlest darling Courtney said "I LOVE YOU" to me. It melted my heart!

Of all the words she could have said, these ones...are the best.

She doesn't do a lot of talking, she sucks her fingers and grunts. She gets her way, her way.

After a not so good morning, that was amazing.

I love you too Courtney xo