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Hey, I'm April and I love to write, take pictures, sing, blog, dance, workout and spend time with my family! Although, not in that order. ;)

What a way to end 2018!! A fun night in Baltimore followed by a week-long cruise in the Caribbean! Talk about the best Christmas presents ever – I think I’m going to ask for an all-inclusive for a Christmas present this year haha.

At the beginning of the cruise, we went to a comedy routine. Normally, I don’t think a lot of comedians are funny (sorry, I’m just picky) but this guy was frickin’ hilarious. He had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt! I would say that was the highlight of our time on the cruise. And the highlight of our time OFF the cruise was definitely our time on the beach, drinking bottomless rum punch from a coconut. I don’t know why, but drinking from a coconut makes it so much more fun than drinking from a regular, boring cup. Seriously, though, I have really good memories of this time with my sisters and their hunnies. Fun times!

Near the southern border of Canada, close to Niagara Falls, is a gorgeous town called Niagara-on-the-lake. My family and I got to visit my Aunt, Uncle, and Cousins last Fall, and they just so happen to live in this beautiful place. Every time I visit, I can’t get over the perfectly manicured lawns, the curb appeal of every single home, and the wineries. OH MY GOSH. THE WINERIES. I could go on and on about them! We got to visit a few and I’ll never forget the fun we had! I bought a bottle from one of them, actually, and even though it’s been almost a year, I just can’t bring myself to open it. It is so delicious and such a unique blend that I am afraid to open it for anything less than a special occasion. I know how ridiculous that sounds.

Anyway, we got to visit Toronto as well during our stay in Canada. The Distillery District is always fun to go to, but I think the one place I can never pass up is a restaurant called The Marché. In all my travels, I’ve never really come across something as unique as this place. It incorporates a ton of different cultures, all with individual kiosks, and you can order whatever you want, whenever you want as you walk around and “feast with your eyes”. I’m so hungry right now.

I miss my family a lot at the moment, and this is bringing back a lot of fond memories for me. I think I’m gonna go so I can call my mom or something. Bye!

Well, jeez, it’s already time to start celebrating Christmas… And I haven’t even shared the photos we took during Canadian thanksgiving (from October). I wrote a brief post about it on Facebook, but I wanted to share a little more about why this holiday is so precious to me. I grew up in Canada, and even though I moved to the States a while ago, I still hold on to my Roots.

In the thirteen years since I’ve known Shawn, he has never ever had the chance to spend Thanksgiving with us in Canada. I couldn’t believe that God orchestrated it in such a way that not only were we on the East coast Thanksgiving weekend, but Shawn also had a 4-day break from the school he’s in. You have no idea how much of a non-coincidence that is, so I can only say that God knew my heart needed this. And to top it all off, it was our first Canadian thanksgiving all together as a family, Myles having been born last March. So, this was no small deal for our family!

Naturally, I had to get my mom to snap a few shots of us (actually, we took about 400 shots because do you have any freaking idea how hard it is to get just one good shot of five different people?!!!). Thanks for your patience, mom!!! 😉I was able to snap a few photos of a few of my other family members who were able to spend the weekend with us! Above: The Graham family and the Lane family. Ally is pregnant with their third son and is due in 2019! Below: My sister, Tiffany and her husband, Matt.Above: my cousin, Bronte (coolest name, ever, in my opinion – pronounced Bron-tee) and her boyfriend, Mike. Below: My cousin, Zack, who loves to spend time on the dock, looking out at the water. He is autistic, so I love to capture special, candid moments like this. He is such an amazing and sweet soul.