Aug 19, 2014

A whole lotta summer fun!

A lot has happened besides Cailyn turning 3!  In June we moved and it was flawless.  Cailyn was pumped to move and loves her new house.  We have two little girls next door and a friendship is blooming nicely.  Our new house backs onto a park which is a lot of fun.  On July 1st we let off fireworks and had a party to celebrate Canada day. We all had a great time and the kids enjoyed staying up super late!

Girls catching up after not seeing each other :)

Daddy making sure everyone is AOK!

Fun late at night!

Uncle Dominic

Pretty in pink with a sparkler
It was great to have friends over to the new house , have some fun, some food and a whole lotta wine!
A few days later Cailyn was plagued with hand foot and mouth disease again!  This time it was tough, painful and very hard on our little girl.  She spent a week at home and suffered through the pain.  We are more than happy that this is over!! More confirmed cases at her school since so it is indeed going around. 
A day at the park with a BBQ and splash pad and another girl to play with is always fun!

Swimming is always a fun summer activity. I have many fond memories swimming with friends as a child and it is a true joy to give Cailyn these memories.  She is becoming a decent swimmer despite her "I Can't" phase..

I made the mistake of buying a Barbie music CD.  We ALL KNOW all the words of every song, and sometimes after school we sit in the car, in the garage and listen one...more...time ....

Mid August we headed to African Lion's Safari with friends and unfortunately the weather was not good.  Despite the weather we saw lots of animals and Cailyn rode her first pony. Many pony attempts in the past but she finally decided she was ready for the $6.00 two minute experience.



The biggest news of all is how successful Cailyn has been with the potty/toilet.  Three Friday's ago she decided she was done with pull ups and initiated potty usage.  She has had two accidents in three weeks and both times were as a result of over excitement.  Now, three weeks in, she goes and does her business by herself, no help needed.  We tried so hard in December to potty train and am I ever glad we stopped and let kiddo tell us when she was ready.  This has been a stress free potty experience for all of us, most importantly Cailyn.

The summers always seem to go so quickly, and now, with Cailyn in our life the summer feels like it just began yet is almost over.  This week we have surrogacy friends in town with their almost 4 year old twins.  It is beyond comprehension to spend time together as families and see our children play together. We worked very hard and suffered tremendous loss and pain to get to this point.  We met this couple on a surrogacy in India forum in 2008, connected in person when the IP mom came to Canada in 2009 to see family and have remained connected since.  We chat on the phone, share email and whatsapp as often as our busy lives allow for it.  They are private people (unlike me) and I respect that.  I will share a few pics of our kids playing together for Cailyn's memories captured on this blog. 

This week we will head to the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) to see my Little Pony , ride some cheesy rides and spend time with our out of town surrogacy friends. Again, it's a little overwhelming to think we are doing these kind of family outings, finally, with our children.  Mind blowing!

1 comment:

  1. I hear so much love in your blog and photos. I am so happy that you and Mark are so happy and that Cailyn is such a joy to both of you. It all worked as it was meant to be. Joyful and healthy and so damn adorable. Love you my friends.


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