Next weekend we will be heading to Kingston to finalize a burial plot for Khloë. We decided to purchase a family plot. Then the burial will be April 11th.

At the end of this month Jordan and I will be flying to Orlando, Florida! I’m super excited about this trip. His parents wanted to take us on a much-deserved vacation and of course we said yes. Everything is now booked and the countdown is on! We have a surprize for them while we’re there, too!

Khloë: Forever 13 months old

It is with a heavy heart that I make this post… On January 16th, our sweet girl lost her fight with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

December 3, 2013 - January 16, 2015

December 3, 2013 – January 16, 2015

We are heartbroken.

Khloë was hospitalized on January 12th with aspiration pneumonia and a collapsed lung. She passed away from complications from these issues. Her body was too weak. Jordan and I, as well as close friends and family, were with her to the very end.

We love you, Sweet Pea.

I will add missing journal entries when I feel that I am able to.

Khloë turns one

Let It Go

On December 3, 2014 my baby girl turned one year old! I decorated a pink backdrop with Frozen-themed snowflakes and tissue paper poms, dressed Khloë in a turquoise lace romper, and took some photos.

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Here are some of my favourite pictures from her birthday party:

Birthday girl

Posing with giant Olaf

Food and snacks

Pin the Nose on Olaf

My pal Olaf

Keesje, Ashe, Olaf

My mom and I

Frozen cake pops

Enjoying her cake pop

Cousin collage

Oh Christmas tree

Sisters and cousin

Aunt Keesje with her niece

The Great Summer Spectacular BBQ

Back in the beginning of July, my mom hosted a big party at the cottage. The party was to celebrate three things: my nephew Ashe’s 3rd birthday, Khloë’s 7 month milestone, and my brother Mark’s visit from Newfoundland.

Sailboat dream

Jordan, Khloë, and I spent a couple extra days before the party hanging out at the cottage. We slept in the guest cottage–the first time I’d slept in there in about five years!–and enjoyed the beautiful weather and laid-back atmosphere. The party came about three weeks after Khloë’s heart-wrenching diagnosis, so it was wonderful to get away for a mini-vacation.

Happy 3rd Birthday, Ashe!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Ashe!

Mommy loves her girl

Birthday photo shoot

All our friends and family came out on July 5th to celebrate with us! There was plenty of great food and of course lots of baked goodies courtesy of me. 😉 I even made Khloë a special chocolate pudding, which I think she enjoyed.

Party decor

Sweet treats

Sign your name!

Princess cupcakes

Princess cupcakes

Keesje and I used last year’s “Thomas the Tank Engine” decorations and added in some Disney Princess bits n’ pieces for a girly touch! There were lots of outdoor toys for the kids, including a water table. Plus swimming and paddle-boating!

Lukas & Crystal

Baseball boy

Food time

Water table


Smiley summer girl

Chillin' in the pool

What a great party! I am so happy that everyone had a great time. Let’s do it again next summer!

Khloë goes to the Aviation & Space Museum

On August 11th, after a visit to CHEO, we went to the Aviation & Space Museum. Jordan signed out a free family pass from our local library before heading to Ottawa and we ended up spending just under two hours wandering around the museum. It was a nice way to spend time as a family!

Aviation & Space Museum (iPhone)

Aviation & Space Museum (iPhone)

Daddy in space (iPhone)

Zoom zoom zoom! (iPhone)

Our family is crazy

That last photo is pretty epic. 😉