Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Day

On Christmas eve the kids got to open up one present. They got matching PJ's from their Mum and Dad

First is a video of the kids coming out of their rooms to see what Santa had brought them. Sorry for the choppy video work but I was just so excited!!!

Here are a few pictures from Christmas Day:

Zach with the parking garage he got from Santa

Abby and Mommy. Abby got a new camera from Santa

Abby showing Great Granny and Grandad her new camera

Abs opening up more presents

Abby playing with her new camera

Zach opening up a present with Grandpa

Abby showing off one of her presents

Chrissy showing off her new Christmas outfit

Zach playing with his new parking garage

Sporting my new Green Bay shirt I got from my wife

Zach got some new goalie pads from his grandparents for Christmas and here is Uncle Mike strapping them on for the first time

Someday I'm gonna be in the NHL stopping pucks!

Abby doing one of her new Princess word searches

Dad getting Zach's pad's all strapped on for a game with Granny

Playing hockey with Granny

Abby and Auntie Megan playing on the computer

The boys having a pre-dinner nap

Uncle Mike strapping the pads on Abby for her to try it out.

Abby playing goalie. Check out the perfect butterfly stance!

Great Granny stirring the gravy

Big Daddy about to carve the turkey. Best part about this job is you get to eat while you cut!

Zach, Abby and Ally at the kids table

Christmas dinner. From left to right: Me, Fran, Bob, Steve, Sue, Sydney, Megan, Mike, Granny Iris, Grandad Gerald, Brian, Anne and Chrissy is taking the picture.

Check back soon for pictures and videos of Gallitown doing Zumba on the Wii...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Final Gymnastics class of the season

We have been very busy over the holidays. I will try to post every few days to catch you all up. I have updates on gymnastics, Christmas, skating and more.

First up is Abby's final gymnastics class of the season. Abby passed her class and is looking forward to starting up again mid-January in a class with her buddy Ryan. Here are a few pics and a couple of videos...

Abby doing the balance beam

Abby heading up to the balance beam

Abby and her teacher Nicole

Abby posing with her ribbon and her report card

Jumping on the Trampoline

Climbing the rope with help from teacher Nicole

Check back soon for pictures and videos from Christmas day

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Skating with Santa

This past Sunday we got to go skating with Santa at the Glen Allen Rec Centre. The kids continued to improve their skating and had some fun skating with their Auntie Megs and Uncle Ian. It was pretty funny, no matter where they were on the ice the kids needed to know where Santa was. Here are a few pictures and Videos from our afternoon of skating:

Zach and Abby posing with Santa

Zach skating away

Chrissy skating around

Zach racing his Auntie Megs

Abby chasing Santa...

Caught him!!!

Chrissy and Megs

Chrissy watching over Zach

Chrissy and the kids

Zach and Chrissy taking a break

Zachy chasing Santa

Big Daddy and Zachy close up

The gang at Tim's after skating

Friday, December 16, 2011

Abby's first School Christmas Concert

Tonight was Abby's first ever School Christmas concert. It was AWESOME! I can't tell you how proud of her we are. She did a great job as you will see in the videos below. It was nice that Grammee and Grandad were able to come and bring Ally and Syd (Steve and Sue were partying). Hope you enjoy. Merry Christmas!

Zach and Big Daddy waiting for the show to begin

Little Syd playing before the show

And there's Abby dressed as a toy Butterfly with her Kindergarten buddies

Abby getting ready for the show to begin

Standing in between Max and Colby (Luigi)

Singing "Silent Night" in German (see video below)

Getting ready to sing "North Pole Diaries" (See video below)

A great smile from Abby

Here are a few videos from the evening:

Singing "Silent Night" in German

Singing "North Pole Diaries"

A Christmas Poem by the Kindergarten class called "Christmas Toys"

Singing the finale "Up Up Up in the Sleigh"

More of the finale song "Up Up Up in the Sleigh"

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Swimming Lessons, Skating Week 10 and Abby at Gymnastics

The kids just finished up another round of swimming lessons. Both kids did great! It was awesome this round because Abby had one of her best buddies in her class with her (Ryan) and Zach had his best bud (Ally) in his class with him. I am very proud. They are both doing a great job in the water.

Ryan jumping off the diving board. Abby wasn't ready, a little too high for her...

The girls getting ready to jump into the deep end of the pool

Zach and Ally having fun in their lessons

Back Float

Abs waiting her turn

Walking with Daddy to the hot tub

This past weekend Uncle Tom and Auntie Shauna came for a visit. It was, as always, a great time. Had a blast with TONS of laughs!

Building a big train track with Uncle Tom

Playing trains

On Saturday afternoon we decided to go to Millennium skating. The kids LOVED skating with Uncle Tom and we were all so proud of Ally as it was her first time skating EVER! She was pretty nervous but toughed it out and actually said to Zach at the end: "That was AWESOME"

Chrissy holding her own between 2 Flames fans

The gang taking a break

My beautiful Abby having a good time

Is that Taylor Hall?

Abby posing with Uncle Tom, Mum and Uncle Steve

Abby getting out onto the ice

Daddy Daughter talk

I love this picture. Daddy and Zach skating in their matching Taylor Hall Jerseys

Below are a few videos from Skating

Monday night was Abby's second last gymnastics class of the fall. She is having so much fun and doing such a great job! I thought I'd take a few pictures of her progress.

Doing a flip over the bar


Making a face at Daddy

Abby on the parallel bars

Working the monkey bars

On the trampoline


This is when Abby spotted her Dad taking pictures of her. What a silly face!

Playing on the uneven bars

Working her way into a somersault

Getting instructions from teacher Nicole

On the rope

Finishing a somersault on the balance beam

Stretching out