Friday was a very busy day – I had two dates. One with my little guy, and one with my big guy.
Friday morning, Alex and I met up with two of my friends and their little boys at an indoor play zone (I’ve posted about it before) for a play date. We had a great time (minus my favourite jeans getting ripped… they were so well loved). Alex was obsessed with those riding toys (mini cars etc.) and was fascinated with watching the other children. Sadly my pics are pathetic, I really need a digital SLR (hint hint Matt).
Somehow I managed not to take a single pic of the three boys together, sorry Steph & Cathy – guess we need another play date!
Once I got home from Waterloo, I dropped Alex off at Matt’s parents and went to pick up my second date of the day. Matt. He and I had a date in Buffalo at game 5 of the Stanley Cup Play Offs for the Sabres/Bruins series. We are quite lucky that Matt’s dad has season’s tickets (the arena is only 3 hours away), Thanks Pat and Dale! And the seats are fabulous – a few rows up right behind the home goal!
The singing of Oh Canada
(I think it is time to chop my hair off… that is a horrible pic)
Anyhow – lots of fun during both dates – I have a pair of amazing guys!
Little known Matt and Krista fact: On our first date, I took Matt to an NHL game in Ottawa – Ottawa vs Montreal. I think that was what sealed our relationship forever.
(apologies for the “see food” but I love these pics!)
Last week, Mason, our first boy, celebrated his 5th birthday! So, what does any good pet owner do? We threw him a party! It was an intimate affair, just a few family members, including Hannah, the newest puppy to the family (although there is another puppy coming in May! – no not us). Turns out it is quite difficult to take pics of 2 dogs running around in circles. But here are a few of the pics that I salvaged.
Mason and Hannah waiting to eat their hotdog cookies.
Hannah and Mason enjoying the peanut butter doggy ice cream.
Happy Birthday! (note Puppy was sitting on my lap for sing song)
Hannah being silly.
And just like a regular child’s party, a few new toys were wrecked, but the dogs all had fun – and that is what matters. We love you Mason!
My bloggy friend Emily is having a giveaway to help celebrate her sister’s family journey to adopt a child from South Korea! The prize is a fabulous apron – be sure to enter!
One of the ways to enter is to share a family recipe – here is one of my easy to make dishes:
Tuna Rainbow Fish Dish
- can of flaked tuna (in water), drained
- can of cream of mushroom soup
- half a box of vegetable rotini pasta (or whatever small pasta you like)
- 1.5 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
- a slice of bread buttered on both sides
- Cook pasta until tender. Drain
- In the pasta pot mix in drained tuna, soup, and 1 cup of the shredded cheese.
- Pour into a casserole dish.
- Top the casserole with the extra cheese.
- Tear up the bread into small pieces and scatter around top of dish.
- Cook at 375F for about 30 min.
You can add peas if you like!
Good question – where are we? If you remember back in January we got notified that we could start the homestudy process for our second adoption, affectionately called Adoption #2. Well things got kinda delayed because of our move. I wanted all the documents to be for the same address so the plan was to get started in the middle of March. Then the whole Alex not sleeping thing happened, and we were way too tired to do anything beyond the basic household necessities (and even then we were slipping at times! Thank goodness for our cleaning lady). Now that things are getting a bit better (or we are just adjusting to the lack of sleep), some of the paperwork is getting done. Luckily since this is the second time around, we just have to do a homestudy update, not a complete homestudy. So far we have completed the application, questionnaires, the financial paperwork, and the CAS checks and reference checks have been mailed out. Next week we get our medicals and fingerprints done. After the fingerprints are done, we submit them to the RCMP for Interpol clearance. And when everything is received I’m sure our social worker will want to come and see our new place and get an update from us. All the while that is going on, we will need to get started on completing our Dossier for the Children’s Bridge. Phew. In the mean time I’m finally getting Alex’s Canadian Citizenship paperwork done (just need photos and pay the fee), and plan a super dooper second birthday! I can’t believe Alex will be 2 in just over 2 weeks. Overwhelmed? Yes.
I’m sure many of you have felt this way – but it is a real surreal feeling knowing that somewhere in Korea there is a woman who is pregnant right now with our child. It gives me shivers.
I can’t wait to see this view again.
View from the SWS Guest House when looking towards the SWS.
Don’t get between a boy and his cake (Happy Birthday Pappa Dale!)
This past weekend was just about perfect. The weather was amazing and it was really nice to be able to spend 5 whole days with Alex. That seems weird to say, but with Alex at the sitters, we generally get to spend a few hours together each day. We discovered an amazing park close to our new house (known to the locals as the Hidden Park) and it just perfect for Alex to explore and run around in. And of course, we had Easter!
Checking on the Eggs
Woo Hoo! A tent from the Easter Bunny!
Mmmm... chocolate bunny
Yesterday Alex and I had a date – I took my little man to the Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge. I’ve been wanting to take him for some time – I had never been before, and thought since I had the day off… why not?
I wouldn’t say that Alex enjoyed the butterflies… whenever they came close he would run away… I enjoyed them though.
After we went for out for lunch – to McDonalds of course. Alex did enjoy the fries there. There is no question about that – especially since he also ate most of mine.