Archive for the ‘Tate’ Category

Reflections on the summer

September 7, 2014

The summer of 2014 was an unusual one, in many respects.

After a long, extremely cold winter, the weather gurus were calling for a hot summer.  They missed the boat.  There was one day that hit 30 degrees Celcius in June.  July and August were cooler and wetter than normal.

The days have slipped away.  And they are becoming shorter.  Last night, it was pretty dark by 8:30.  When it is cloudy, it can be very dark by 8:00.  The same thing has happened in the mornings.  Before long, it will be going to work and coming home in the dark.

It was a short summer, as school went untll almost the end of June, and school started in our area on September 2.

The last few days of August were nice and hot.

For the past several years, we have had passes to a local water park and Canada’s Wonderland.  We didn’t get to either one as much as we have in prior years.  LIfe has been busy this year, for a number of reasons.

We have had a foster child for just over a year, and he has been attending camps, activities, and visits with his family.

Reid has transitioned to kindergarten.  He has a modified day, as he gets picked up about halfway through the day.  He needs his sleep, and that helps him (and us).

Tate has moved into third grade in French immersion.  His teacher is impressed with him and his insights.

Activities will ramp up over the next few weeks.  This weekend has been quiet.  Hockey starts again in a couple of weeks. 

September brings a return to routine, and an opportunity to think about what things we like in our lives, and what behaviours and attitudes maybe should change.  In many ways, it is a more appropriate time for resolutions for change than January is.

It is important to be busy.  However, it is more important not to be too busy.  We need to leave margins, or space around the edges of our lives, so that we have room for things that come up, or go wrong.

Think about it ….. how often does an opportunity come up for something that we have to decline because we are too busy?


Back to school again….

September 3, 2014

We have started to settle back into the fall routine again.

Back to school.  Back to friends.  Back to routine.

We had some nice weather the last weekend before school started.  Finally.

Life is getting back to normal.  Whatever that means……

Eight years

April 27, 2014

A lot can happen in a month.

April 27 is the anniversary of the end of such a month, which ended in Tate coming into our family.

We celebrate his birthday, and the anniversary of his homecoming.

This year, we decided to check out a new attraction in Toronto, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.  It opened in the fall of 2013, but we had mostly good reviews.

We made a day of it.  We took the boys down to Toronto.  We took the subway downtown, and checked out the aquarium.

After we were done, we took another ride on the subway and returned.

All in all, it was an interesting day.

We have lots of fun

The Aquarium was definitely an interesting attraction.  It is definitely worth checking out.

The arrival of spring

April 8, 2014

I was ready to write ma!post about how we were finally doing some spring activities last night.

And them there is snow on the ground this morning. It will likely be gone by lunch.

We took the boys out on their bikes over the last couple of nights.

Reid and Tate are both moving up to a bigger bike. Reid has taken over Tate’s old bike. Last year he used a device to keep his feet in place on the pedals. Over the winter, he had developed enough control that he didn’t need the device on his old home. We tried him on the new bike without the device, and he mastered it fairly quickly.

Tate is waiting for his new bike to be fixed up.

We also took J out. He hasn’t been on a bike before. We walked alongside him and helped keep him straight and balanced while he pedaled. By the end of our time last night, he was going on hiss own in the parking lot. It was kind of shaky, but he was getting it.

Before long, we will be riding the trails.

Happy eighth birthday, Tate!!

February 20, 2014

It is hard to believe that pur journey to parenthood started eight years ago when Tate was born.

He was quite excited.

At this point in time in 2006, we were in Burkina Faso on a missions trip. We did not bwcome aware that he would be available for adoptioom for another few weeks.

This marked the beginning of our adoptom journey.

End of the hockey season

March 24, 2013

After a long season, it’s over.

We were at the rink for a 7:00 game this morning.  They won quite handily.

It meant we had to be back for another game at 1:15.

They played a team they had beat soundly before.  Not this time.  They were down four goals, scored three, and then the other team scored two.

It was a tough end to the season.

Oh well, there’s always next year.

Hockey fun again!!

March 10, 2013

Tate’s team is playing in second intermission of the final Rangers home game today!! Lots of fun. Go Blackhawks!!

Seven years ago

February 20, 2013

We celebrated Tate’s seventh birthday.

When he was born, we were in the midst of a 9 week trip to Africa.

At that point in time, we had been waiting for about four years to become parents.  Our story is told in a number of parts, here, part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Where has the time gone?

Upcoming birthday

January 23, 2013

Tonight, we put our two year old to be for the last time.

Tomorrow, he will be three.

It’s hard to believe Reid is going to be three tomorrow.  The time has flown by.

So many things have happened.

A journey through foster to adopt.

The beginning of a journey of parenting a child with special needs.  We will have to advocate for him to get the resources he needs to help keep up.

On the other end of things, Tate needs to be challenged to do better than meet the basic expectations.  He rips through assignments at school so he can go and play.  The annoying thing is, he can do so much more than the minimum.

The journey continues.

Hockey tournament

January 2, 2013

Here’s a follow up to Tournament Finals.

On Sunday morning, Tate’s team had their final game.

It was a really close game.  Both teams played very well.  It went back and forth, and both teams led.  At the end of it all, the other team scored a goal to break a tie in the last six seconds.  The final score was 7-6.

It was heartbreaking to watch.

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