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{November 15, 2012}   Happy Birthday Little Tyke

Little Tyke turned four today. The day he was born, he was about a month early, and we were preparing his nursery … connected, even then. It seems like just yesterday we were meeting him, a beautiful, premature 9-day-old still just learning to eat.

Mommy and baby, Nov. 24 2008.

And now he is a four-year-old school kid in junior kindergarten, taking his first solo swimming lessons and having his first ‘friends’ birthday party on Saturday, proudly letting us know he can ‘climb on big boy things’.

But we all know, he will ALWAYS be Mommy’s baby. Love you, LT – always. Happy birthday. XO

Little Tyke’s first school picture, Oct. 2012.



{November 2, 2012}   November

First of all, belatedly, I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Halloween yesterday! Our little vampire and little pumpkin sure did! 🙂

My Little Men

Now November is upon us and even though the weather is getting chilly, there are so many things happening. First of all, it’s National Novel Writing Month, which you can learn about over at http://www.nanowrimo.org – I am participating this year and seem to be off to a decent start for day one – 1691 words.

30 Days and Nights of Literary Abandon.

It is also Movember, when many men grow their mustaches out to their wives’ disgust … and yet we can’t complain, as it is for a tremendously good cause in raising awareness of men’s cancers. Check it out at http://ca.movember.com.

It is also National Adoption Month – which we always remember easily as it was also the month Little Tyke was born. 🙂 Do you want to know something else really special? We learned he’d been born on Miracle Children’s Day. True story. But this is a great time of year to celebrate that families are made in all different ways and it doesn’t matter if you share DNA, or look like each other, whether you got to know each other over 9 months of gestation, 9 days or 9 years after birth … to quote Mrs. Doubtfire, “But if there’s love, dear… those are the ties that bind, and you’ll have a family in your heart, forever.” Much love to my family, both by birth and by choice, and ALL families out there!

My amazing family.



{October 28, 2012}   Personal Update

So my last few entries have been either blog-housekeeping or at least somewhat political in nature; I haven’t done an update on how life is going for us in actually a very long time, and while a big part of that is that in some ways it feels like pretty routine (although of course in a spectacular, I love my family and wouldn’t trade a moment of it kind of way), another part is we’ve just been so busy living it. But the reality is, ‘routine’ has changed for us over the last couple of months, life is exciting for us, although of course at times tiring and frustrating, and it’s worth sharing.

Probably the single biggest change is Little Tyke’s in school – junior kindergarten/pre-kindergarten, every morning. He is absolutely loving it and while we of course are having moments of adjusting to new learnings and routines, we’re doing it and thriving, I think. Even the struggles are teachable moments for both LT and us, his parents, and we are making the most of all of it. Having another adult who also happens to be a really trained professional (teacher) in LT’s life is great too, in terms of giving us feedback on how he’s doing and helping us focus on his strengths, and on the things we need to support him in. AND – he has yet to go in his class’s calm down chair two months into school, when we were told most parents could expect to hear their little one spent some time their in September. So yay LT!

Little J is growing up too with the full sentences, the potty training beginning, and the loss of his soother/pacifier/seuss/whatever you call it. He can definitely have a mind of his own, but hey – anyone who knows me knows I consider this a positive in the big picture! 🙂 He thinks he’s his brother’s age, wants to do everything LT does, and gosh darn it is pretty close to be honest with you lol. He still eats like a horse, and his new favourite words of late are ‘What’s that?’ – which I think is phenomenal. Love the curiosity. Keep on growin’, little dude (although maybe be kind and don’t outgrow your brother for at least a few more years?).

A and I are good too. He’s enjoying work, which is keeping him busy, and the last few nice days of running before the torrential rain we’re expecting this week. We’ll see how Halloween goes! Supply teaching for me has been particularly slow this fall, but that’s more than made up for by the feeling I’ve really been helping out my online students, and just how rewarding the church year has felt so far to me. A great group of kids and a great team, both of staff and volunteers, make it a real pleasure to be working there. We had a huge project that came to fruition last night in the form of a benefit concert, which I think both the minister and I, along with everyone else involved, were more than a bit anxious about and invested in the turnout, and if I do say so myself it ended up being a really amazing experience of music and desserts, good work and socializing. It was a really fulfilling and important moment both to me, but more importantly my worship community, which meant a lot.

Otherwise we’re livin’ la vida family. We met a friend of ours and her two daughters today to basically do some shopping, lunching and playing (it was supposed to be Pumpkin Patching, but the rain began today), and we’re making plans for tomorrow to get pumpkins, Halloween costumes and all that arranged. Next week will be busy with online teaching (oh … and my own online course that I’ve been taking for professional development as a teacher this semester), church, Halloween, and hopefully some more supply work, but hey – it keeps me out of trouble and thinking on my toes. Can’t complain about that … much. 😉

Hope all is well where you and yours are, and that everyone has a safe and happy Halloween weekend (as I’m sure this weekend is when everyone is having their parties etc.). Talk atcha in the new week. Peace and love! – Sar XO.



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