Christmas Letter 2015

Thank you for taking the time to check out our 2015 Christmas Letter. It’s all very ‘2015’ to create a digital Christmas letter to go with the traditional photo Christmas card.

Trampoline fun!

Trampoline fun! January

January 2015 – We started our year full of celebration. After being in the hospital for the first two weeks of December 2014 and surviving to celebrate my 39th birthday on Jan 29th, we had a lot of fun this month. Highlights include very cold morning walks (I was so grateful to be able to walk, I braved the cold!), dates at Lettuce Love Café and Kelly’s Bake Shoppe and lots of visits the to trampoline park with Céline, as she was still going to school only 3 days per week.

Lily & Céline playing in Vancouver in Feb.

Lily & Céline playing in Vancouver in Feb.

February 2015 – Another cold winter month, filled with snow and sub-zero weather. Céline and I took our first trip of 2015 together, to visit my sister Sophie, her husband Nick and their daughter Lily. The weather in Vancouver however was a balmy 10°C. The trip also coincided with the USANA Canada National Celebration, where I was surprised with being awarded as a Top Preferred Customer Enroller in Canada for 2014.

Snow angels in March

Snow angels in March

March 2015 – Filled with snowy days and lots of recipe testing as I prepared for the 4th edition of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox launched in April. Looking back on the photos from this month, we enjoyed lots of time outside and fun with friends over the March Break, including a visit to the Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Park.

April 2015 – My annual 30 Day Whole Body Detox, which means no sugar, dairy, gluten (which I don’t eat regardless), alcohol or red meat (still a vegetarian so this doesn’t apply to me).

Hot Air Balloon Ride in Vegas, April

Hot Air Balloon Ride in Vegas, April

This year we launched the coaches program and we had more than 100 coaches enroll and approx. 300 people complete the detox between April – September 2015. Dan and I also took a romantic/business trip for his birthday at the end of the month. The US National Celebration for USANA was in Las Vegas and coincided with his birthday weekend. Thanks to grand-maman, we were able to escape for almost 5 days together. For his birthday, we celebrated with a beautiful once-in-a-lifetime balloon ride. An amazing experience that I would love to repeat in Africa. While in Vegas, I was also recognized as an Executive Gold Director in USANA, a yearly qualification that I earned for the first time.

Celebrating Dan's new job, May

Celebrating Dan’s new job, May

May 2015 – This month started off with a big change for Dan. He accepted a new job with Coyote Software here in Burlington and is now working only 5 minutes from home. He loves working with a software development company and being so close to home, our quality of life has changed dramatically. It took some getting use to, but we are now really enjoying having lunch together here at home several times a week. Mamie and Papy (my parents) arrived from Mexico for a short visit in Ontario. Céline loves swimming in the pool at the Milton Heights Campground even when it’s very cold. And we planted our little box garden in the front yard. We wanted Céline to see where food comes from and it ended up being a great little project, even though things did not grow as planned.

Céline and Mamie, June

Céline and Mamie, June

June 2015 – We enjoyed more time with Mamie and Papy, and we even had the chance to celebrate my dad’s birthday together, which included a surprise visit by my BFF Lee-Anne Chase and her mom. It got nice and warm by the end of the month and Céline was very excited to get into the pools and splash pads as quickly as possible. She is a water baby like her mom. At the end of the month, Dan was witness to his best friend Kevin’s wedding, to his beautiful bride Diane.

The dads and their daughters playing in the ocean, July

The dads and their daughters playing in the ocean, July

July 2015 – A visit to Vancouver to see Sophie, Nick and Lily (Sophie was pregnant with Rosalie) was our family summer vacation this year. Céline loved spending more time with her little cousin and introduced her to Shopkins. The weather was interesting as this was during the serious forest fires in BC and one morning we even woke up to a hazy smoke in the air. We had a blast at the Stanley Park Outdoor Pool and really enjoyed the family time together.  When we got home, Céline enjoyed her first dance camp with the Burlington Dance Academy, it was a Frozen theme so she was completely sold on day one. She loved dance so much that we signed her up for Hip Hop in September. We spent the rest of the time at Mountainside Pool, our local outdoor pool. I have never been so tanned in my life (while wearing sunscreen!!).

Julie on stage with Dr. Karen Wolfe, August

Julie on stage with Dr. Karen Wolfe, August

August 2015 – August involved a lot of USANA events and more time at the pool! I had the opportunity to work at the Rogers Cup in Toronto for the Women’s events and we even had free admission to watch some of the matches! USANA’s annual Convention takes place in Salt Lake City every August. This year, I had the amazing opportunity to speak on the main stage in front of over 10,000 people! It was a truly fantastic moment and I would do it again in a heartbeat. And only a few days after I returned home, I took off again for a one day, round-trip to New York City for a taping of The. Dr. Oz Show, thanks to USANA. Our international USANA family filled the audience, as they had planned the taping to happen right after Convention so that associates from as far away as the Philippines and New Zealand could be there. Let’s just say that August was a very FULL month!

Scooter weather, September

Scooter weather, September

September 2015 – Back to school for Céline, now in senior kindergarten or jardin as we call it in French. We also launched our monthly events, lead by our local USANA Leadership Team, called the 7-Figure Masterclass (re-branded to Lifestyle & Leadership Masterclass from Jan 2016 on). Our first event had close to 300 people in attendance. Our last event in December was close to 600! Céline celebrated her 5th birthday on the last weekend of the month – A Star Wars, Shopkins, Frozen themed party. So much fun! We also saw our first lunar eclipse, however due to cloudy conditions, we only saw a little bit of it before we headed home to bed. The eclipse was on her actual birthday!

Céline and Keegan, Storybook forest, October

Céline and Keegan, Storybook forest, October

October 2015 – Beautiful weather in October made for some wonderful outdoor adventures. We visited several pumpkin patches together and went on our first real family hike! A huge accomplishment for me, as I have been dealing with a toe/foot injury on my right foot for almost 9 years and this was the first time I was able to do a hike without pain! Side note: I had a final x-ray on Dec 15th and my broken sesamoid bone in my foot is now healed thanks to a bone stim ultrasound machine!!! October was also the two year anniversary of my Live Daily Gratitude emails. I made a change and am now blogging about gratitude every day, first thing in the morning and my tribe receives the new post daily at 10 am EST. Stay tuned for the launch of The Grateful Entrepreneur in early 2016. Céline was Elsa/Ninja for indoor Halloween and one again, an elephant for outdoor trick or treating.

Sophie and Julie, November

Sophie and Julie, November

November 2015 – Even more stunning warm weather this month meant more visits to the park with Céline. She is officially obsessed with monkey bars! Her hands are covered in blisters – much like when I was in gymnastics. We had our 2nd emergency room visit with Céline, as she split her chin on our floor and needed 4 stitches. She was a total trooper and didn’t even budge when she was getting her stitches. Also, McMaster Kids Emergency is the place to go when/if your kids are hurt or sick. And I enjoyed one last trip to Vancouver (yes, that’s three for me in 2015!) to visit my new niece Rosalie. She is a sweetie and looks so much like Sophie did when she was a baby. I am very grateful to have been able to take three cross country trips this year.

December 2015 – A bittersweet time of the year as the memories of what happened in December 2014 came flooding back. I wrote a blog post that best expresses what I went through in 2014 and how I’ve dealt with the memories.  Also a great time to create new memories. I got to attend the Burlington Santa Claus parade with Céline and our neighbours, and we baked sugar cookies as a family. As I write this, we are heading off to our first family vacation (just the three of us) since Céline was 9 months old.

From our family to yours Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël and Happy Holidays to one and all. We are truly grateful and blessed to be surrounded by an amazing community of family and friends. Thank you for your presence in our lives, no matter how big or small.

Also, you may have read in a previous blog post or two that we were planning to live out our dream to live in Annecy, France for a year, starting in September 2016. For the time being, our plans have changed and we’ll be staying in Burlington for a little while longer. We’ll keep you posted on the exciting things we have planned for 2016!!

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