Friday, December 31, 2010

The Shepards

On Christmas Eve our family had the privilege of being the Shepard's in the manger scene. The kids did a great job and stood so well. The only mishap was by Mr. Zach when the spotlight shone us for the big Shepard's spot he decided it was time to start licking his staff. He got quite the laugh! What a goofball...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas at Gallitown

On December 19th we went to Great Grandad's place for a big Christmas party for the Gallimores. We ate Chinese food and the kids got a few presents. We all had a blast playing with all their uncles and aunts.

Ally, Zachy and Abs eating like good kids with Uncle Burke

Time to play-fight. First Zach give Burke a bodyslam...

but then gets tickled. I think Burke won this battle.

Sydney's turn to bodyslam Burke and I KNOW she won this battle!

Ally distracted Burke while Abby got him with a sneak attack. What a team!

My beautiful niece Alyssa Marie

The kids got hockey nets and golf clubs from Uncle George and Auntie Cynthia. The question is, how many Gallimore boys does it take to put a kids hockey net together?

We now understand why Burke scores the goals and doesn't try to save them!

Abby shooting on Burke and Zach playing defense

From left to right: Lynn, Zach, Adam, Jen, Cynthia, George, Great Grandad, Ma (Fran), Pa (Bob) and Susan

From left to right: Pa (Bob), Susan, Lynn, John, Abby, Burke, Me (Brian), Steve, and Ma's head (Fran)

Auntie Courtney and Uncle Darrell were missing because they were in New York on vacation (LUCKY!)

Later in the week before Christmas this was me reading to the kids in their new matching jammies they got from Granny and Grandpa as an early Christmas present.

I think Abby is more concerned with her orange than the story

Later that week...

The kids dressed up in red and green for a Christmas party at Brenda's house (Their day-home)

Then came Christmas Eve. We went to the candle light service at church (more to come on that...) and then came back to Gallitown for some family time.

The kids in their new jammies with Uncle Steve and Uncle Mike. They are all yelling here. Surprise, surprise when it comes to Steve and Mike!

Here are the 3 Musketeers doing some yelling of their own

Then it was time for Christmas morning. The kids were spoiled. Here is a video of the kids coming out to see what they got from Santa...

Abby and Zach opening up presents on Christmas morning

Zach posing with his new garage he got from Santa

Abby posing with her new baby set up she got from Santa

We then went over to my Mom and Dad's for our traditional Christmas breakfast. This is one of my very favorite Christmas traditions! Pa makes a huge feast for us all and then we spend some great quality family time together opening gifts and laughing together.

Uncle Burke and the kids in their new T-Birds gear

Big Poppa, Burke, Abs and Uncle Steve in their new T-Birds gear

Is that Zach or Calvin Pickard?

I was pretty lucky. I got a scarf, signed hat, sweet touque and an awesome jersey from Burke and gang for Christmas. I was so surprised and happy. It was awesome!

Uncle Burke with his #1 fan

After breakfast we went home and all had naps. After the kids got up we went back to Ma and Pa's for a nice Turkey dinner. Great Grandma, Uncle Doug (From Winnipeg), Crystal and Jeff with their little boy Easton (from Calgary), Steve, Sue and Ally and Syd were all there!

Granny an Grandpa (Brian and Anne) flew in from Vancouver on Christmas day evening and we went and met them at the airport. We then went back to Mike and Megan's for breakfast on boxing day and opened MORE presents!

Sitting at Mike and Megan's waiting for some delicious crapes to be made

After breakfast we went back to Gallitown for some naps and then a Turkey Dinner with the Venables clan (followed by turkey sandwiches after the 2nd period of the Oiler game!!!)

Granny helping Abby make some beautiful jewelry

Grandpa playing garage with Zach

It's motorcycle time. Check out the video below for more!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Sunday

Gallitown on Christmas Sunday

Our adorable children! I love how they are holding hands, so sweet.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Last Gymnastics class of the year and my Beautiful wife

Last Saturday was Abby's last Gymnastics class of the year. She will start back up in the new year. Here's a few pictures of her in action

Playing parachute games

More Parachute.

Stretching (think I could do that?)

Spinning over the bar

Hanging out with her gymnastics bud Ryan

Here's a couple of Videos of Abby doing a spin and going across the monkey bars

On Saturday night we went to Chrissy's Christmas party. It was a lot of fun and a great night. Chrissy looked amazing, as usual, so we took a few pictures before we left for the party.

Big B and Lil C

My Beautiful Wife

Merry me...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Concert

This morning was the kids Christmas concert at Church. Abby's Sunday school class sang 2 songs. Abby did so well, we are so proud of her.
Here is a video and some pics:

Getting the bells before they start

Almost ready to go

Ringing those bells


Her proud brother watching her sing. When she came to sit down he said "Awesome job Abs!" and gave her a big hug.

Thursday, December 09, 2010


Chrissy and I have been talking about getting tattoo's for a while that represent our kids. On our 6th anniversary in October we decided that's what we would get each other. We made an appointment at Enchanted Ink in Sherwood Park and went through a consult and then finally tonight we got our tattoos. Chrissy's is very cool, partly because she designed and drew it herself. Clare (our tattoo artist) touched it up a bit but it is Chrissy's design. We both got A & Z for Abby and Zach and then I got the kids birth dates underneath. We are both very happy with the result. Here are a few pictures for ya

This is Clare. She did a great job.

All Done

My Finished Tattoo

Clare working on Chrissy

All Done

Chrissy's Finished Tattoo