Mar 9, 2014

February and Early March 2014

February was another fun filled month with Miss Cailyn!   Growth and development remain off the charts and we are starting to look at schools to stimulate her intellect. 
Cailyn has suffered viral hives for 10 days now.  They seem not to bother her but they look awful!  They pop up quickly and go away as quick as they come, and this is an all day occurrence.   Dr. says not to worry but if they continue we may look at allergy testing.

All is great in Cailyn land and life is good!

A message to BFF Lily

The now daily worn kitty cat suit

Pre Bed time fun with daddy

Cailyn comes home from school with pig tails and braids.  Funny how she how no patience at home for this!

A new found fondness...dresses and tiara's! Everyday after school we rush home to put on the dress du jour.  I finally found a tiara to add to the fun and it is a BIG hit. 

Sunglass swap with daddy after breakfast at a restaurant.  Fun!

Shaving cream fun!


Early March goose egg... poor kiddo was dancing with Lily and these goofy girls were having too much fun and Cailyn fell forehead first into a cement wall.  It was quite concerning to me at first sight but lots of homeopatics and 36 hours later there was no sign of it.

Craft time at school

Sitting on the couch with BFF Lily

Cailyn is obsessed with the idea of going to Tim Horton's - not just the drive through but sitting inside.  I opted to get her a sprinkle donut one morning for fun.  She ate 50% of the sprinkles and the rest went to the garbage!

Jan 31, 2014

January 2014

It is very difficult to comprehend that our little girl will soon be 2&1/2 years young!  The time has gone so quickly - I guess the speed of time is driven by the fulfilment in our life! 
January has been less of a busy month for us and we have enjoyed time with friends, sledding, going out here and there and spending time with family.  We are house hunting and Cailyn still insists that we get a house with a pool and a pony.  We hope to find a home in a neighbourhood with lots of kids and wonderful families.  Previous home purchases were geared towards peace and serenity and now with Cailyn our focus is completely the opposite.  I am looking for a great job as well as looking for a new home.  It's an exciting time for us as we open new doors and new opportunities. 
Recently I bought Cailyn a dreamy ballerina dress, which of course she loves!  Every day after school she demands to wear it around the house, dancing and twirling and singing with it on.  Soon she will be elevated a level at school again.  I dread the transition as it is difficult on her and mommy.  Fortunately, this will be it until she starts kindergarten.
Not a days goes by that we do not think of our surrogate.  Cailyn is quite proud to tell perfect strangers that she was born in India.  We are very proud of her embracing the difference.  We would love to return one day to reunite with our surrogate and give her the opportunity to see what a tremendous gift she has given to us. 

Playing with daddy and grapefruits Jan 27, 2014
Jan 23, 2014 - bossy girl!
Jan 22, 2014  - the dress obsession
The dress obsession part 2

Jan 8, 2014

The Last Week of 2013

The last two weeks of 2013 were super busy, a lot of fun and mildly exhausting.  On the 28th we went to Sesame Street Live which Cailyn LOVED - and we bumped into one of her classmates (Harrison) there so that was fun!  Grover's friend Champki from India visited Toronto to teach the  Sesame Street crew the Jai Ho dance.  Fun fun fun!

The video below is from when the show opened.  Cailyn was so happy and excited and I am so happy we captured it on video.  Beside Cailyn is me...wiping my tears away...why tears?  Well, this was one of those moments I felt so full of joy to have Cailyn in my life that it overwhelmed me.  Seeing her so excited was exactly what I wanted my child to experience, and the fact that finally I was able to also experience this just took over my emotions.

The next day we were off to Chuck E Cheese with friends which I have already blogged about.  Then, it was New Years Eve day and friend called to see if we wanted to do an unplanned, impromptu NYE celebration.  It was a great evening with the kidlets enjoying themselves and the adults enjoying a little food and drink.  The kids all took a bath together and snuggled up on the floor with blankets to watch a movie. 

Cailyn's boyfriend Maxime.  She LOVES him...

The night ended like this.....
2014 is here and I am looking forward to what it brings!  Cailyn continues to develop both emotionally and intellectually.  We remain in awe of her every day -  she says words like anticipation and confused and jealous.  It is just crazy how much we enjoy her and her quirky personality!  I will leave this post with some songs by Cailyn.  Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2013

Cailyn and Jason

I have had the pleasure to make a really nice friend at my previous hmm hmm employment!  We have committed to getting together and after Saturday seeing these two run around, we are for sure doing this more often!  Cailyn hates to wear pants, socks and shoes...most of her childhood pictures will be of her half naked! Quirky girl! 

Dec 29, 2013

Chuck E Cheese

This not working for a living deal is pretty cool!! Cailyn is reaping the benefits of a refreshed mommy and a daddy who is on the mend.  Today we headed to Chuck E Cheese with friends made through India.  We all had a great time and Mark enjoyed the gluten free pizza!  The girls ate, played and ran around.  It was a wonderful afternoon with amazing friends!  

The girls...friends for life!


Alot of tickets won! (phony baloney smile)
Cash em in!

Chuck E himself!  Very big excitement!

Fun with friends!

Saturday December 28th we went to Sesame Street live in the morning and then after nap time friends came over.  First task...hit the hills!  It was positive temps all morning so the toboggan hill was slick and bumpy! The kids enjoyed the thrill of going down full speed - us parents ... felt every bump and dreaded the walk back up the hill to relive the 45 second thrill of coming down.  The smiles below show how much fun it was! 

Christmas Eve 2013

The weekend before Christmas we were hit with an amazing ice storm and in our area over 500,000 homes were without power!  My sister in laws parents were still without power the day before Christmas eve, so the plans evolved and the two families decided to come together at Mark's parents house.  It was a spontaneous delight!  Family from Argentina came with their 4 children and it was a very fun night!  We ate, we sang and enjoyed the evening into the wee hours of the night!


Note about the singing: only the guitar was in tune, and Matthew...the rest of us....not so much!


Dec 23, 2013

Dance Party Dec 21 2013

Happy Holidays!

To those of you who do not know, we have had a rough 8 weeks here.  Mark herniated his back and has been off work, unpaid...then, I lost my job!  Things have been a bit intense here financially but we will be ok! 
To those of you who sent us Christmas cards and gifts we say a huge "THANK YOU!".  Next year we will be back into spreading the Christmas Joy!  
Happy holidays to every one of you who happen to read our blog!  The holidays are very difficult for everyone who has tried so hard to have a family, and to want a family so badly makes the loneliness and heartache tremendous.  We struggled for 15 years with multiple losses and the pain of this is finally starting to fade.  This is our 3rd Christmas with Cailyn in our life and so far, it looks to be the best (despite the recent events).  It has taken this long to shake off all the pain of the past. 
When you do finally achieve your dreams, things get better - maybe not immediately, but every day shows improvement as your mind and heart start to accept your new reality.

  Peace and love!