Brickman’s Picnic

Yesterday we were so lucky to be able to attend the annual Brickman’s Picnic (we attended last year too).  The picnic is for families who have adopted children from South Korea through the Children’s Bridge.  Just imagine about 30 little Korean children running around having a blast!  It was great!  I go to meet many of the lovely ladies who have commented on the blog (Julie, Marilyn, Ruth), and meet their boys too.  We also go to catch up with Karen, Kevin and Lucus which was so nice.  We met many other wonderful people and talk about our adventures into parenthood.   A few of us even started to plan a play date in Waterloo Park.  It was so neat looking at the older boys, imagining what Alex might look like in a couple of years. 

Alex had a blast – he walked all over, mooching food from total strangers, played on the trampoline, played in the sand, and practically fell asleep as soon as he was in the car seat.

Thank you so much Marilyn and Bob!!  You are amazing hosts and we can’t wait for next year!

I wish I could post pictures, but since I didn’t ask for everyone’s permission, I will share one of Alex enjoying all the bubbles!

Bubbles!

Bubbles!

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And we are back…

We got back on Friday afternoon, but we have been so busy since that this is the first time I’ve been able to do up a vacation post. 

As you know from my last post, it was raining, a lot, during our vacation.  Probably 10 of the 14 days.  But we still had fun.  To fill the days, we took road trips to Huntsville to do a little shopping, to North Bay to go on a carousel and mini train and visit Nipissing where Matt did is B-Ed, and we took many drives, including one to Midlothian Ridge near Magnetawan.  We also had a few friends over for dinner, and went to Huntsville to visit friends for dinner too.   The rain was hard.  It is a small cottage, and as Matt’s mom says, the cottage gets smaller and smaller as the days go on, especially when it is raining!  

Alex did a lot of growing over the 2 weeks we were away.  Seriously – we think he was in a growth spurt – he ate and ate and ate, and cried a lot too (not sure if that was the teething though or the growth spurt).  The first week he had a constant runny nose and we think a sore mouth, but that didn’t stop him from motoring around!   He motored so much that he walked out the door and didn’t notice the step… oops!  That resulted in a pretty big raspberry on his forehead, poor little guy!  He swam, he ran, he walked backwards, he went for boat rides and paddle boat rides, he played in the mud, he played in his new little water boat, he got bit by bugs, and he got spoiled lots!  Alex also learned a few new words, some of which include: bubbles, hat, papa, and moo.  Alex also go to enjoy his first Canada Day, his 14 month birthday, and we celebrated Alex being with us for 5 months!

It was kinda sad to leave this…

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But I had to remember that it was mainly like this:

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So here are a few pictures from the 2 weeks away, enjoy!

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!

Midlothian Ridge's Screaming Heads

Midlothian Ridge's Screaming Heads

One of the Screaming Heads

One of the Screaming Heads, aka tombstones

Exploring the Water With Daddy

Exploring the Water With Daddy

Splash Splash!

Splash Splash!

On the Carousel

On the Carousel

This Year's Family Photo

This Year's Family Photo