Year in Review – 2017

So hard to remember all the great things that happened in 2017 – big and small but I always like to try!


Gabe starts BYU-I! Home in April for a week, home in August for 5 weeks, home for Christmas

Cambodia and Vietnam! (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, HoiAn, Hanoi: crossing streets, tuk tuks, Angor Wat sunrises, massages, Italian food in Pub Street, fried rice for breakfast, getting suits made, Japanese floating lanterns, Halong Bay, Welcoming Zach and companions, street food tour in the HEAT, in search of pins, making spring rolls, chess, Happy, boat ride, a day in the village, biking in rice paddies temples, temples, temples, heat and cold cloths, hanging by the pool, eating spiders and tarantulas, donuts in Korea, northern lights from the sky, tae kwon do at sunrise, moving moments in Killing fields and Hanoi Hilton, Oyster farm, kayaking in caves – thin moments, fish pedicures, many hours of driving, laughing and talking….)

Early morning seminary

Hours of Netflix

Grade 9 graduation for Josh

Soccer soccer and more soccer

Dance recital

HEFY in Ecuador!! Amazing experience for Zach! Taking a breath whenever a picture was posted on instagram

Grade 6 graduation for Sam (last kid to graduate from Jackman!)

Lots of travel to Edmonton for Rob

Girls Montreal trip to visit Gran, Auntie Di, Tarina and Emma

Service Corps camp for Zach and Josh

YM Camp Lehi – Rob as a leader!

YLC – first time for Josh!

Referee job for Zach

Zandra and Sam baptism!

Part time job at Moss for Zandra

Soccer camp and volunteer soccer camp for Josh

Miami getaway for Rob and me: solo for first day, lying on beach, biking, walking, eating, Jewish memorial, drive up the coast, walking the boardwalk in Hollywood

Outer banks week for Rob and me: new location on sound side, stormy weather, fave restaurants and new restaurants, sunsets, lightening storms, reading, napping, beaching, beach walks

YW camp for Zandra

Zandra camp counsellor work


ACT prep started

Walks with Reggie

Photo shoot in Bluffers Park

Josh starting High school

Sam starting middle school

Gran’s hip surgery and Leah’s Montreal visit

Ki for special occasions

Valentine’s overnight

Yummy sushi dates

Josh changing teams

Regional Dances (Josh can go now too!)

Brampton fish tacos nights

Youth Conference

Video games

Constant phone time and social media: SnapChat, Instagram





Birthday celebration

Temple Visits


Calabogie: lots of tennis, beach, pool, hike, smores, paddle boarding, kayaking

New backyard: fire pit and smores

Gabe in Denver x 2

Birthday celebrations: traditional cakes, Mandarin

Zandra’s Sweet 16 at Yia Yia’s

Band and vocal concerts

Zach’s Patriarchal Blessing

Dairy Queen

Family Home Evenings

Family Prayer (better in morning!)

Light the World

Traditions! (Especially at Christmas: Christmas Market, Christmas tree, baking, buffet, delivering baking and driving to see lights in our new matchy PJ’s )

Valentine’s albums and meal

Rob and Zandra art date

Josh’s soccer banquets (two!)


Teaching at church

Blessing bags delivery

Kid’s busy social lives!

Starting to drive (Zach and Zandra)

Blue Jays Baseball game with Rob’s work

Coldplay concert with Zach and Josh (and me)

Festival of Carols

Zach blessing the sacrament, Sam passing it!

School Semi

School Athletic’s banquet: soccer player of year

Quiet Elfie and his new accessories

New car for Rob

Thanksgiving in Montreal with Gran and Di

Old Montreal (Steakes Frites with Sam!)

5K BIST run

Biking the Don Valley trail

Air museum (Rob, Sam and Gabe)

Couple of fender benders


Dates with kids

Honda pilot hits 300K!

Josh Montreal school trip

Father’s Day exotic car show

Mother’s Day Bike ride

Ski weekend (Horseshoe)

Blue Rodeo with friend (and Gord Downie special appearance and was his last one)

Sam Island School trip


That’s a glimpse of our 2017!












Year in Review – 2017 — 1 Comment

  1. Just reading your end of year 2017 makes me so proud of you all for accomplishing so much, doing so many things and travelling so far ! I have years and years to catch up to with all these activities, but nevertheless, I admire all you do and have done and am so pl tour of each of you. So glad you are my most prized possessions. Love you more! Gran xoxo

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