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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

50 Years - So Much to be Thankful For

Thanksgiving weekend.  So much to be thankful for, beautiful weather, good food, my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and of course all the blessings that have passed through my life in the past year.
On the Saturday, my parents celebrated 50 years of marriage with a get together and dinner for the original wedding party and our family.  Almost everyone made it and it was funny to think of the ring bearer and flower girl, now in their fifties!!!  Reflecting on 50 years of marriage is a little mind boggling in this modern world.  Walking down the aisle is the easy part.  It's the walk through life, with its ups and downs that makes 50 years of marriage such an awesome adventure.  Thinking of the joys and struggles they have surely faced together, those we may know about and those that are private to only them, and they have stayed strong through it all.  It is a testament of their love and their commitment to each other and our family.  
Everyone had a great dinner and great visit.  We had a family photo done down by the pond that will hopefully be a nice memory of the day.
Sunday, we got back together again to celebrate Thanksgiving.  The weather was fantastic and we were able to spend time outside hiking and taking photos and just enjoying our beautiful Autumn. 
Like usual, Grace was up to her typical antics, climbing and refusing to actually pose for any of what in my head were going to be great shots.  She certainly makes me work for my photos!!!lol  Here's a snapshot of the weekend below minus the family photo because of course we were all in it!  Hopefully I will figure out how to scan it wirelessly and post it sometime soon.

Love this photo!!!!


She is such a daredevil but like her mom, Grace is not one for heights.  It took a lot of courage for her to climb this fence like this!

This is the first climb, a little shaky!

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Trying so hard to find time for writing here.  Promise I will get to it this weekend!!!  :)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Autumn Moon Festivities 2015

We were so lucky to be invited to a couple of Autumn Moon celebrations this year with friends.  Grace is getting better and better at socializing and while she still needs to know where I am at each moment, she is doing really well.  She plays in the basement with the other kids, comes up to check on me every 10 minutes or so but then goes right back to playing in the basement, a big big step for her.  Not sure how things will play out over the years as Grace gets older but for now I like to keep some of her birth culture in our lives.  Grace and I don't have a huge connection at this point with other Asian or adoptive families.  There are only a handful who live in our town and all have children much older than Grace so I'm so thankful to be included in Julia's get togethers  (plus they are fun for mommy too!  The highlight of the festivities this year?  In the past Grace was terrified of the dragon costume.  The first year, she screamed hysterically, the second we couldn't be in the room or anywhere near the dragon, this year, success!  She actually wanted to be the dragon in the walk around the block!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

One Month Down

September is gone!  Wow, that went fast!  I can't believe Grace and I have finished one month of school already.  Looking back at the past month however I can say that there are a few things I've learned as new school parent.

School nights are exactly that, school nights.  The whole night feels like it is spent getting ready for school the next day.

School mornings are a lot easier than I thought they might. be.  I keep waiting for the ball to drop, for us to be scrambling but we're not.  Probably because of the school nights.

The bus will never arrive at the exact time it is supposed to nor at the same time it arrived yesterday.

It is very tiring to be a JK student. 

It is very tiring being the parent of a JK student.

Those cute little songs we sing all day long in kindergarten classes are just as cute at home all night long.

I almost hate homework (almost) at least for a few fleeting moments here and there.  Just practising her name, reading poems, and library books and looking for signs of Fall or S words, it all takes too much of the little bit of time we have together between getting home and bedtime.

Your counter will always have plastic containers on it.  Plastic containers in the sink waiting to be washed, washed, waiting to be dried, dried, waiting to be put away, on the counter waiting to be filled with snacks, you get the picture.

One should never try trimming your daughter's bangs for the first time ever, the night before picture day.  What was I thinking!? 

It is very important to put your shoes in the same place every night when you come home so they are in that place you know when it's time to go.  Same goes for backpacks, lunch bags, keys and sunglasses.  Back to the above statement about school nights.

Overall, September was a success.  Let's hope the road continues uphill!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


School, what a big step.  It's so hard to think of her in a classroom feeling lost, feeling scared and not to be able to be there to ease her transition. 
It's a huge leap of faith to trust a complete stranger to comfort your child and while I myself have been that exact comforter many many times, I've never been on the other side of this scenario, the parent who has had to let go.  Someone should have warned me it was so hard!
Found this reflection and it fits my thoughts exactly.

Friday, September 11, 2015

School Success!

First day of school!  Grace woke up early and the first thing out of her mouth was "Mommy where are we going today?"  Now this is not an unusual question from Grace.  She asks it daily, however the little smirk on her face told me she knew exactly where we were going today!  And so it started, she hit the ground running and talked and talked and talked and never stopped talking until she was walking up the steps of the bus! 
She had some rough moments but overall I think she did great! 
Grace opened her last gift this morning, new indoor shoes, Frozen of course and light up!  Still a hit!

Official traditional first day of school photo at the front door.

Walking to the bus stop with Grandma

There was one moment of panic on the next step but my brave girl got on anyways

Grandma and I met the bus at school.  Here's Grace walking with her friends that she already knows.  So nice of the principal to escort them down the sidewalk.


This is where I made my exit.  I knew things might not go well if I stuck around so Grandma stayed with her until the teachers brought them inside the school.  She wasn't exactly happy about it but she survived! 


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Getting Ready for School!

Grace is starting junior kindergarten tomorrow and we've been a busy pair getting ready for the big day!

Grace is excited "on paper" I like to say.  She tries really hard to be excited and I promote it as much as I can but I know she is anxious so I've been doing what I can to help her, visiting the school yard, meeting the teacher, buying new backpacks and water bottles and lunch containers.  Tonight I baked Kissing Hand cookies, from the book The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.  We've been reading it each day and Grace loves the story of Chester and how he misses his mommy when he goes to school.

Last week we made a Waiting Chain.  Each morning Grace tears off one of the links to represent one less sleep till school starts.  The last link is waiting patiently on the table beside me now.

To add to the fun, I wrapped 7 gifts, one for each morning of this last week before school.  Each day Grace runs downstairs, finds the next number and opens it to see what new item she has for school.  I wrapped up her lunch bag, water bottle, new outfit, running shoes, a couple of school stories.  It was a fun way to wrap up summer vacation!

And now there's nothing left to do but get a good night's sleep and hope for the best tomorrow.  She's come a long way, my girl, these past three years, and I've got my fingers crossed and a prayer in my head that she will do as well tomorrow as I know she can.  I'll let you all know!

You had to know there would be a Barney video in the mix somewhere!

And then there was one.....

Her Kissing Hand cookie, waiting for her at the breakfast table for tomorrow!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Adoption Day

Three years ago today what seemed like an endless wait ended and this little tornado took over my life and my heart!!  Life has never been the same since!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Glamping 2015

So ever since we went camping in July, Grace has not stopped asking to go camping again.  She plans it out, the campfire, the marshmallows, hiking, sleeping in a tent, the whole thing.  I have been meaning to put a tent up in the backyard and sleep there but we just haven't done it yet. 
So what's the next best thing to camping for real?  Glamping at Grandma and Grandpa's of course!!
Glamping is a combination of two words for those who don't know, camping and glamorous (I think!)
The scene actually started on Sunday night when Grace and her cousin K met at Grandma and Grandpa's to have a bonfire and roast marshmallows.  Like I said, Grace has been asking to do this for over a month now and we finally found a nice night.  Both kids had a great time and Grace devoured 5 marshmallows!!! 
The campfire prompted Grandma and Grandpa to invite the two kids for a "camp-out" at their place, sleep in the RV, campfire with marshmallows, hiking, the whole thing. 
Grace was super excited but sleeping over at Grandma and Grandpa's without me?  She kept asking where I would be, could I stay too.  I have to admit I was a bit worried but willing to give it a shot.
They spent Tuesday afternoon hiking, drinking hot chocolate and playing at the playplace in McDonalds, and then bed time came.  It was cold outside and drizzling rain off and on, so no campfire which was ok because both kids were super tired.  It was so cold that Grandma made the decision to sleep inside.  To make it feel like camping though, both kids got to sleep on the family room floor in their sleeping bags!!!lol
I of course wasn't there to see how things went but according to Grandma both kids did a great job sleeping.  Grace was exhausted and fell asleep quickly, cousin K not so much.  With both kids finally asleep, Grandma slept in the recliner for a short night because Grace apparently woke at 4:30!!  Poor Grandma!  She is an early riser but being up for a quiet morning and being up with a very talkative 4 year old are two completely different things!!
All in all, I think the kids had a blast and the grandparents survived, hopefully having a bit of fun themselves!!!

Arriving at Grandma and Grandpa's for the big sleep over!  Looking happy!