Ok – this post should just about get me up to date!

Last week we got away to the cottage for about 8 days… and lucky for us the weather was amazing! We usually are stuck with rain. We relaxed, swam, boated, visited our property, rode the ATV, and hosted some friends for a few days. Alex was  a real trooper when we went over to our land – we did a little clearing!  5 whole trees! That’s huge when you are with a 3 year old, and well, your wife is me. Also he went the majority of the trip in his undies or his swimming trunks!  We are almost there.  It was in all a great time away. And as strange as it sounds, it was nice to spend so much time with Alex! Since I work full-time, and Alex goes to the sitter most days (except in the summer – then he halves his time with Matt), I miss so much. But that week away we got to really just reconnect. I had started a listing of all the fun things I wanted to post about, but I’ve somehow misplaced it… but that’s ok – just know it was a great time.  I really learned a hard lesson on the way home though. We were on the back roads, being detoured all over the place due to construction – and after finding yet another detour, I had it – and said the “f word” – and guess who else said the word? You got it… Not cool.

Mason was in his glory - hunting frogs.




Children’s Bridge Gathering

Earlier this month we were fortunate to attend a gathering of a number of families who have adopted from South Korea through our agency, the Children’s Bridge.  And lucky for us – the gathering was only 10 minutes away! The gathering was at the home of Bob and Marilyn Brickman, a wonderful couple who have been nothing but amazing to both Matt and I since they first learned that we were adopting for Korea.  This was our third time at their picnic, the first was in 2008 and the second in 2009.  Last year we couldn’t go because of our vacation schedule, but this year we worked around vacations so that we could attend.

It was an absolutely perfect day – lots of sun, not too hot, and great friends to hang out with. Most of our “Seoul Sibling” families were able to attend so we got to catch up in person – amazing how much can change in just a few weeks. The highlight of the day was definitely discovering the new pond area that the Brickmans’ had put in a couple of years ago.  The boys were hunting for frogs and they loved going for boat rides. It was really a beautiful and peaceful area – we may have to go back for a visit!

I really enjoyed seeing all the families and the kids who have obviously grown from year to year and the families who have grown since we last saw them – there were quite a few new babies… sigh.

So here’s what everyone really wants… the pictures!

Lucas going in for a 'slam dunk'

A tad blurry, but Alex and Xander having fun on the swing set

Not sure who is more into the frog catching... the kids or Jeremy

Matt getting a ride from Alex and Adam

Belinda and Ben resting on the dock

Who would have thought the play doh station would be such a hit?

Well... I tried.

Got a smile out of Isabel!

On My Bookshelf

I just finished a book that was recommended to me… and feel I should recommend it to you!  It’s called “Please Look After Mom” and is written by Kyung-Sook Shin.  Shin is actually one of the most popular novelists in Korea, but this is her first book written in English.

In “Please Look After Mom”, Shin looks at the relationship of a mother and her children, as well as with her husband.  The mother goes missing at Seoul Station (we all know how busy the subways are in Seoul!) and the family is trying to find her, but they quickly realize they never really ever knew their mother.  It’s a very moving story and will make you appreciate your mother and all she does, even more than you already do.

Oh Canada…

Has it really been almost 3 weeks since Canada Day? Yikes!

We had a great Canada Day 2011 this year. The weather was [finally] beautiful and we made the most of it – especially since it was Alex’s first Canada Day as a Canadian!! We went to a bbq at our friends Sarah & Jeremy’s place and then walked over to the Canada Day parade.

The nice thing for our group of friends is that the majority of us all have kids in the 3 year old range, making it a lot of fun for the little ones, and we get to sit back and catch up (perhaps over a cocktail or two…).  We don’t have a chance to get together as much as we would like, but when we do it is always a great time.

Alex and one of his best buds Blair playing in the sand.

Did I mention it was purple sand? Poor Harrison!

High tailing it to the parade

Sarah (and baby Jude), Steph, Moi, and Cathy at the parade

My new favourite family picture (photo by Stephanie)

Candy eating time (hiding their stash from their parents)