Memory Box: Cousins

This post is a link up with The Adoption Social

On our recent trip to Ontario I got to spend a whole day with just Jonathan and my niece Reese who is a month older than Jonathan. We happen to be camping and in a beautiful provincial park called Awenda.

We went for a walk, an hour and a half walk! And about 20 minutes in they started holding hands and running together and giggling like they had known each other for 5 years instead of less than 24 hours. Sometimes they would break off, but for the better part of an hour they kept coming back to each other and grabbing hands.

It was one of the quieter, sweeter, more tender moments I’ve witnessed with Jonathan.

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Phase One: Complete

It feels like it has been non stop since May 1st. Oh right, that’s because it has been!

My dad came for a visit, we had a friend of my sister who was in town stay for a week, Gord was away for two week and that wrapped up May.

In June, Nana came for two weeks, the boys finished school, we had the flood, Jonathan’s birthday, two trips to Medicine Hat and then suddenly it was July.

Now, we are 48 hours home from a 10 day whirl wind of visiting family and friends in Ontario including a 4 day camping trip with my sister and her family. 

I. am. pooped.

In two days we begin P2, or Phase 2 of the insane-in-the-membrane Cummings house of change: I return to work after nine months away and Jonathan starts his new day care and 7 days later Gord starts his new job.

Hmm…I wonder what else we could fit in?!

Over all it’s been fantastic couple of months. Busy is good. I like busy. And overall it’s been great to see Jonathan handling things, I hope and assume, fairly well because he feels secure and safe and happy. Since we’ve been home too from our trip, he’s been generally settled – no major out of the ordinary things minus a few blips here and there. He also started asking to coming home a few days before we did and asking about Gord…I take that very positively!

So, Ontario round up – here it comes!

He had his moments on our trip but I was impressed with his behaviour. It was easy sometimes and hard others, but that’s how it is at home too. It was easy to be around family and see him interacting with his cousin, which were amazing with him. It seemed like they’ve been hanging out forever. Seeing him interact with them, and them with him, gave me more faith that day care and kindergarten may be a tad easier than thought. I’ve also never seen him around other kids his age and as my niece and him are a month apart it was a great gauge to lots of different things and it was really neat watching the two of them. 

With all three of them (my nephew is 2.5 years older) it was sweet to watch how language didn’t matter. They understood each other just fine through play and limited speech and some basic signs. Aiden was a big help while we were swimming in the lakes because Jonathan has to take his ears off. Aiden would give Jonathan a little splash to get his attention to turn and look at me on the beach to sign and eventually Aiden started telling him things too (‘stop’ ‘no’ ‘come’). Very fun to watch it all unfold. 

I also gained more trust in him. I would let him go out of my sight a bit longer than usual knowing he was with other kids without me checking on him. When I did, there he was just doing his thing, sharing his stuff, playing happy with his cousins.

And, although a wee difficult to contain a very active and jumpy kid who doesn’t care much for tv or video games, it was very fun to take him on the plane and explain what was happening and see his excitement in it all. When he sees planes overhead now, he starts talking about it all over again.

I could write more, or be more insightful but my brain is overloaded. So, here are some pictures of the highlights.

1011079_10151710813028249_1697362247_n(my phone imploded an hour after we arrived…I lost the photo of him smiling at me while doing this:(  and a few others (his birthday!)…sigh)

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We took the kids for a walk on the beach the first night camping…they all ended up swimming in their underwear. It was perfect and fun.

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Me and sister

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Making mud pies

IMG_20130705_141158The bottom was very rocky here and Jonathan called Aiden over for the assist:)

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A lot of icecream was consumed…by all!

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Walk through the marsh

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First canoe ride with Papa. He wasn’t terribly impressed. I think it didn’t move fast enough for him!

20130710_140723Strawberry pickin’…well he picked a few, ate a few and mostly ran up and down the rows:)

20130711_174015The flight home. You know you had a good time when you fall asleep sitting up on the floor of a plane.

There it is! Our spring/summer adventures complete! Time to organize myself and write more lists than I have before! We’ll keep you posted on the new day care situation and other adventures soon:)

Catch up – Seattle

Oy, where to begin? The last couple of weeks have been a whirl wind of the crazies and busyness and, well, name an emotion and I think I’ve had it. Actually the whirl wind started the week before when we went on a 3 day Seattle binge for a last minute and probably last chance get away. It looked like this:

 Early morn’ plane ride (why do we always book ridiculously early flights?!)
A full day of wondering and walking the market and harbour
 Practicing our horror movie faces at the EMP museum

 

 The aquarium (I love them those otters)

 
 
 
 Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit. Loved loved loved it.
Underground tour and serious seafood night. Both were delicious.

Short and sweet. That’s how you play catch up:)

The Prairies

A week or so ago we took a wee road trip to Bassano to take some pictures and have some good ol’ small town prairie fun. It  was nice to leave the city on a hot afternoon/evening for a few hours – I don’t think I would want to live in the middle of nowhere, but I sure like visiting. AND I had dinner next to a REAL cowboy in a REAL small town which is just like all my childhood fantasies come true (except, as a child I thought I’d be having dinner with the cowboy and living with the cowboy on my ranch and riding horses all day long…details). Anyway, we had fun and then we photoshoped the heck out of the pictures so there they are:)

 

 

                                                                                                           If you look closely you can see Harry’s on 
                                                                                                                                   the right side (Gord actually knows Harry) 
                                                                                                                                    and that’s where the cowboy was…I’m 
                                                                                                                                   pretty sure that’s his truck out front.

 

 

 Hope you are all having a wonderful week:)

Ontario 2012: Epic Family Visiting Adventure

 We are back.

 It was a long visit and a good visit. There were many hours spent driving, many hours spent eating and many hanging wit da family and some friends. Oh, and the heat, for the love of everything crunchy and sweet, the heat was magnificent.

 
I particularly had fun spending time with my niece and nephew stuffing my face, and theirs, with all things sugary, sticky, food coloring full, and delicious 🙂 Also learning more about my sisters new business and how excited and well she is doing at it; makes this little sister proud!



A 40 degree day at Canada’s Wonderland
Wonderfully cheap game prizes to boot
Delicious

  And I got a whole day with just Reese where we changed her clothes 5 times, went to the park in a party dress, ate ice cream, watered Papa’s flowers and just hung out. 

Oh, and had tea with the Queen

The trip also started a new adventure in our life; Gord did his first block course at the University of Guelph towards his masters for a week while we were there and he’s been a typing/studying machine (I had to wrestle him for the lap top tonight) ever since. In two years from now we can stop wrestling.

 I went from being a camera picture taker to a phone/instagram picture lover. I’m wondering if the novelty will wear off, but since I took a picture of our fish in the office to send to a sick co-worker today, just because it was that easy, I think friends and family will be annoyed for many more months to come from my new incessant hobby.

I got to catch up with a child hood friend and meet her daughter. Although we don’t chat much and I haven’t seen her in a few years, I feel a strong connection, a renewed connection and a desire to keep this friendship alive. This idea was hovering somewhere all along, but was set on fire after reading Kelle Hamptons Book, Bloom on the airplane there and was totally jealous and inspired by her amazing group of friends. I want that.
We also learned just how responsible Anthony is. He stayed in Calgary with his mom and he faced a new situation with a friend and their family and dealt with it very well. He also came to our house every day to check on the cats before heading to his moms. On the bus. The city bus. By himself. (Ok, it’s 2 stops away but this is a BIG deal). Stayed on his own for a bit in the morning time and made it to school without being late once. I’ll probably wake up tomorrow and he’ll ask to borrow the car. Sheesh.
We are back at it; the new normal of work and school. We are in full swing of adoption preparations with our home study booked over the next few weeks. We are still looking at August as our placement date and the frequency of ‘holy s!@%’ are coming at a rapid, daily pace now. There is gardening to be done. Oh so much gardening as well as planting our veggie garden if it ever stops raining for a day or two. There is also a mounting pile of sewing lists; news of new babies on the way means more quilts to make, summer means skirts and I have a pile of unfinished projects I need to wrap up. I love being busy so I’m soakin’ it all up!
For now though, sleep and dreams of lists…