Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Open adoption can be interesting

December 3, 2016

Our annual open adoption Christmas party was on Sunday afternoon. 

We picked up Reid’s birth mother, her husband, and her oldest daughter. Following logic, also his half sister. We last saw her over five years ago. She’s about four months older than Tate, but a school year ahead. We immediately noticed that his birth mother’s hair was dyed blue. 

It’s hosted by our local Children’s Aid to allow adoptive and birth families to connect at a neutral site. Everyone is invited to bring appetizers to share. 

It went pretty well. A fun time was had by all. 

As we were driving to drop them off, Reid asked, “Why is your hair blue?”  I just about busted a gut trying not to laugh.  We told him because It was dyed that colour. That’s good for now.  

On Monday night we were driving home a different way, which was by their apartment. Reid asked.”Who we pick up?”  I told him their names, as that’s who he knows them as. 

We’re not really sure how much of a concept he has about adoption, so we haven’t really told him. We’re not sure exactly what to say, but we will have to be prepared. 

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Summer goes by…

July 16, 2016

We’ve had some pretty hot weather over the past week or so. 

It’s been uncomfortable at times, but this the type of weather we wait all winter for. 

It’s really hard to believe that July is half gone. 

Before we know it, it will be September and back to school time. 

Until then, we just have to enjoy the weather. 

Snow Day!!!

February 2, 2015

Today was quite an unusual day.

I woke up around 6, and was surprised to see how much snow had fallen overnight.

All the schools in our area, including the cities were closed.

After spending about an hour digging out, I was ready to head into work. I had an appointment in the morning, so I drove in. After I got parked, I found out the office was closed.  It would have been nice to known a bit sooner .

After I got home, I took the bpoys tobogganing for a bit. It was pretty cold, so we didn’t last too long.

At thr end of the day, it was fun.

Busy weekend

January 25, 2015

This has been a weekend of milestones for us.

Reid was five yesterday. Today marks the fifth anniversary of him coming home.

We were fortunate to get him so young. He really has no recollection of anything other than life with us. We are tremendously blessed to have that experience.

Even though things are busy, we are blessed to have Reid in our family. He is patient and determined, which helps make sure we get what he is trying to communicate.

We have much to be thankful for, there is no doubt about that.

The importance of community

January 23, 2015

We returned early Sunday evening from a trip to Indiana for a Bible quizzing event.

It was fun, but it was a long trip, with about seven hours of driving each way.

It is a lot of fun to go on a trip like that as part of a group.

It can be a challenge when there are smaller children that don’t handles quiet activity well. A group of parents with kids in this age group that can take turns looking after the younger kids makes it work out easier for everyone.

We so easily don’t see those around us that may have some sort of struggle. Don’t be afraid to offer help. You never know how much of a difference it could make.

Developmental phases

November 9, 2014

There are certain phases of life that parents dread.

One is the barrage of “Why?” questions, about pretty much everything in life.

Another is the tattling of siblings on each other.

From what I have heard, it seems the why question seems to pop up around the age of three.  Reid started asked it quite frequently within the last month or so.  Sometimes he’ll get a “Why not?” back.  He is approaching the age of five, but that milestone seems to be more consistent with where he is at.

This morning, as the boys were eating breakfast, Reid complained that “Tate is looking at me”.

Again, one of those annoying little things, but it is nice to see and hear these typical developmental milestones, even though it may be a bit late.

Sometimes phases seem to last forever, but eventually they will pass.

I read something quite recently, you never know it will be the last time you do something – tuck in a child, pick up a child, throw him over your head, or get ready to send them off to school….. elementary, high school, or college.

Time is slipping quickly away.

It’s June???

June 1, 2014

It’s hard to believe it is the first of June.

It seemed the winter would never end.  April was cool and wet.  May was cool and wet until the middle of the month.

In the last couple of weeks, it has been nice to have spring and even summer like weather.

This past weekend was beautiful.

We have two in soccer, and one more beginning it July.

We have Reid signed up for a “me and my dad” program, which should be fun.  He is pretty good with the ball.  His attention span may be the biggest challenge.  If nothing else, it gives us some physical activity.

We have been able to be out biking, playing, and getting dirty.  Typical boy stuff.

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.

Busy times

January 8, 2014

It has been really cold for the past few days.

We had record breaking cold yesterday with the wind chill. That has made it really hard to get the kids outside.

The boys have been having fun at hockey.

Reid’s team had a game against another special hockey team form a nearby city.   They didnt have top many show up.

He spent quite a bit of time p!aying in the net with the goalie, a family friend from church. A couple of days later, Reid was still asking about his friend and talking about playing goalie.


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