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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Three Birthdays and Thanksgiving

Besides the fact that Canadian Thanksgiving is in October, we also have three birthdays to celebrate this month. My son-in-law Jason and I share the same birthdate in the first week of October, albeit different years, and my older daughter Jamie's birthday is at the end of the month. Jason's brother's birthday is 2 days before his, so their Mom always likes to combine their birthdays with Thanksgiving whenever possible. This year it was her turn to have their clan for the big celebration, so I delayed mine by a week. So last night was our family celebration. Just thought you might like to see how quickly the children are growing. Noah will be 5 in just over 2 months and Eden is growing like a weed, now 7 1/2 months old. Notice Noah still has curly hair and Eden's is a soft auburn.

Jason is a wonderful father and is very open in showing his love to them both. Naturally, Eden is his little princess and he has categorically stated that she will not be allowed to date until she is 30. She loves it when he plays "patty-cake" with her!

And of course, I'm so proud of my daughter Jamie and what a great mother she is to her two children. Noah just loves to hop up onto her lap and have his photo taken.

My younger daughter Jaclyn is the bestest "Auntie" and absolutely adores her nephew and niece. We were looking at old photos of my two daughters when they were babies last night, and it was uncanny how much Eden looks like a combination of my two daughters. However, I must admit there is a lot of her Daddy in her, too.

Noah loves spending time with his Daddy, especially when they go bike riding, fishing, ice skating, and to Starbucks for coffee/apple juice and a little treat.

We had a wonderful time last night, but I must admit I was bushed by the time they left. My back was aching badly, too. However, nothing will ever get in the way of my spending time with my beloved family and no matter how tired I am or how much pain I'm in, I would never change a moment because of the joy I feel in seeing them.


Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Wow lots and lots of celebrations going on. Hope everyone had a fantastic birthday!

Photos are brilliant, can't believe that Eden is 7 1/2 months old, I remember the post when she was born :-)

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Lovely piccies of your family and celebrations. Thanks for sharing Leslie

CrazyCath said...

Hi Leslie - what a beautiful family you have. It must give you so much joy. I love the children's names - beautiful.

Hope your aches and pains ease soon.

Bear Naked said...

Your grandchildren are adorable.
I am abiding by my children's wishes to not post our grandchildrens pictures but I so wish I could.
Because of course they are the three most handsome boys in the world of course.

Bear((( )))

SandyCarlson said...

Blessings to the birthday clan!

peppylady said...

A big Happy Birthday to all those October babies.

Coffee is on.

Amazing Gracie said...

Following from Photo Hunt:
Thanks for visiting...
I enjoyed reading some about your family and the tough times you've gone through. My first husband died in an auto accident when we were both 30, and that was 30 years ago. Time does heal things but our memories last forever.

Reader Wil said...

Wonderful all those celebrations and lovely photos,Leslie! I belong to the Dutch Reformed Church. Well if you come to Holland I could be your guide!

Trubes said...

Glad you had a lovely celebration with your family Leslie...i can't believe how grown up Noah looks and gorgeous Eden too!
Happy Birthday (belated) greetings to you too...gosh you must be almost as young me!


Jo said...

Awwwwwww..... Leslie, they are sooooooo cute! I was sorry I couldn't make it for dinner on Sunday night. I was looking forward to meeting all of them. I am hoping I will have another opportunity.

CherryPie said...

What a lovely set of family photos :-)

nancygrayce said...

I hope you all had very happy birthdays! You have a beautiful family.

antigoni said...

You're very lucky woman. Family is everything. You must be very proud of them. The kids are lovely. You know, my husband always tell that our girls won't date until their
30s. It's good to have dreams!

antigoni said...

And happy birthday to you all.

Nydia said...

What a wonderful post and photos, Leslie, these precious times are so important... You have a gorgeous family!

Kisses from Nydia.

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Your family is so amazing, so precious and beautiful. Many happy birthday blessings to them all!
An important bunch and I can feel the love through your words and the faces... amazing.

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