When Beckett Turris entered the world on his due date, September 12, it was timed perfectly with his dad's schedule. Kyle Turris is the star centre with the Ottawa Senators hockey team, and baby Beckett arrived early enough for Kyle to enjoy the first week at home with his first-born child before a hectic pre-season schedule.
Although Kyle is from the Vancouver area and new mom Julie comes from Minnesota, Ottawa is quickly becoming their home. They are happily immersed in life in the capital and their trendy Wellington Village neighbourhood where Leo, their golden retriever, chums around with the other neighbourhood pooches at the dog park. As a preschool teacher, Julie has already volunteered at the local school and now, with their new baby on the scene, they both look forward to becoming more involved in the community with the hope that one day Beckett will join his dad and other skaters at the local rink.
Their warm and inviting home is a true reflection of a couple who cherish life's meaningful elements of friends, family and tradition. While the principal rooms of their newly built home showcase their relaxed, easygoing style, the nursery is a tasteful example of their sensitive approach to life. "We wanted (the nursery) to be calming," says Julie who decorated the space. "I find it to be the most peaceful room in the house."
The décor is a combination of neutral tones with a few pops of pizzazz, which are seen in the addition of the gold star crib sheet, a glitzy chandelier and tasteful artwork and of course a refurbished bench from Kyle's parents Vikky and Bruce, for Leo to watch over Julie and Beckett. It all came together perfectly to create an elegant room for their bundle of joy who looks a lot like his dad . . . although there are obvious signs of his mom too! The family also blends beautifully together with Leo adjusting nicely to changes now that Beckett is top dog.
As the holiday season approaches, both Kyle and Julie have some traditions they hope to share with their son, while adding some new ones of their own. They both grew up in families who embraced the holidays and enjoyed the bounties of the season with grand family meals. In Julie's home, midnight mass was a tradition, along with a holiday movie-watching marathon - A Christmas Story is a family favourite!
Kyle's family collects Christmas ornaments from their travels and celebrates the occasion with an elaborate meal. These are all traditions that the happy couple plan to bring into their home and they are excited to see how Beckett likes the Elf on the Shelf sensation. He may just have enough of a mischievous nature to keep that elf on his toes and put a big smile on the faces of his fun-loving mom and dad.
The young family is embracing snowy Ottawa and cannot wait to share the excitement of building a snowman in the yard, throwing snowballs and sledding with Beckett. Julie laughs that they may even have Leo pull him around on the sleigh that her uncle gave them as a baby gift!
This Christmas, four stockings will hang by the Turris chimney - including one filled with doggie treats for Leo. Both Kyle and Julie will be working in the kitchen to start their traditions so that Beckett can grow up rooted in the meaningful elements of life, just like his enchanting parents.