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Our year, in review

As custom around here would have, instead of sending out a newsletter marking the significant events of our year past, I have compiled a video instead.  Although I really have to step up my video taking skills next year if I want to keep up with this tradition.  I sense a resolution in the making.

I decided for this years' video to keep with my theme of "Christmas Memories" that has taken over the holiday decor in our house (pictures of Christmas' past in all the frame) so if you know my family well, you'll see a few appearances from the people of yesteryear, or my much younger parents and a baby Deena.

2016 was a good year: a year with some fun trips to see friends and family from Vernon all the way to Toronto.  It was a year that saw Lucia start her first piano lessons and joined her first basketball team.  Willis hasn't stopped growing and now has the same size feet as me; he also has enjoyed basketball and baseball. Dan remained busy with Skip and got to experience some exciting times with the sale to Just Eat.  He keeps on trucking, in true Dan fashion, and is working hard to motivate his team and grow Skip even bigger.  I most look forward to what 2017 brings and will close up the chapter on classroom teaching after this semester is over.

So here's to a fantastic start to the New Year for all of you and a little look back at where we've been and who we've loved:


and our previous years if you feel like snooping:










  1. Great video as always. Reminds us how lucky we are.

  2. Thanks Chrrr..wish there was more of you in it...and I realize now I forgot the pictures from our girls' weekend and our trip out west. Oy.

  3. I loved this video newsletter! Thank you for sharing your years memory with us, your family is so sweet! You are very, very good and making videos, definitely something you should do more of! I hope you have a truly happy New Year and much love and happiness to your family in 2017! XO -Kim

  4. Thanks, Kim. It's definitely a goal for the new year! Happy New Year to you too!

  5. Such a beautiful video. So glad to be part of your world. Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family!

  6. If YOU need to up your video skills, I don't eve know what that says about me. This is brilliant, Deena! So heartfelt and fun to watch!

  7. So glad to have you part of my world!

  8. Prior to blogging, videoing was my go-to creative outlet and prior to that it was painting. I'm gonna dabble everywhere in 2017.

  9. Man , maybe you can be a professional video compiler for bloggers! You are amazing, your Fam is so precious and your heart so grand!

  10. omg the Happy video nearly made me pee my pants!! bahahahaha
    Also, so many AMAZING moments!!! AND can't wait to see Blended Blog meet up in the 2017 recap!!!

  11. So excited to see you in 5 short months!

  12. Oh my goodness, I just love that you do the videos every year...what a great way to keep your memories for your kids and family each year!

  13. and.....bahahahahaha, the ending of your video.

  14. Lovely way to wrap-up your year and a great tradition to have :)

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and you have a happy new year :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  15. You are amazing for having all of these videos. I love, love, love, love them!

  16. They have been my versions of scrapbooking.

  17. Beautiful video (yet again!), Deena! I'm uber curious as to what you are going to be doing after teaching? Yet another adventure awaits for you!

  18. To be honest, for the rest of the school year I'm going to go to the gym in the time I would have been in the classroom. I still have my cyber so I will have that. But what surprises me is the lack of ideas I have for "the next big thing".

  19. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and polish and savvy.

  20. Polish? nope. I'm French. MUhahaha.


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