Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Big Move

I know that I said I was going to get back into blogging in order to share the goings on of us and Gavin, but then our lives got a little crazy.  Toward the end of September Stewart interviewed for a position in Idaho Falls, ID and in October he was offered, and he accepted, the position.  We arrived in Idaho two weeks ago today.  It was a crazy couple of weeks preparing for the move, and an even crazier time moving, but now we're mostly settled into our new home.  Most of the boxes are unpacked, we have internet and a working washer and dryer and Stewart is two weeks into the new job.  Maybe now I can spend some more time leaving a record of what we're up to.  But no promises just yet :)

Sunday, October 05, 2014

The Strong

We spent yesterday in the Rochester area, enjoying some of the gems of Western New York.  Our first stop was the Strong National Museum of Play.  To to totally honest, Gavin didn't get a whole lot out of it, but I sure had a good time.  And I made a mental note of what we'll do next time we go, when Gavin's a bit older and more able to play with more than his fists.  

The first exhibit we saw was one about Sesame Street.  The State Museum in Albany also has a Sesame Street exhibit but this one is bigger.  We started by letting Big Bird keep an eye on Gavin for a few minutes. 
 The Sesame Street exhibit really made me miss the urban-ness of New York City.  I have always loved that city, but especially since that's where Gavin was born, it has an extra special meaning to me. 
 This is a sand sculpture of the Count, hahaha. 
 Possibly my favorite part of the entire museum is that they have books all over the place.  Seriously, everywhere.  When Gavin needed some time to himself, out of the stroller, to kick and roll about, we just found a corner, put his blanket down and let him have some Gavin time while I read him a few books.  We even found a few that we need to add to his collection at home. 
  Because it's Western New York, of course there is a Wegmans exhibit.  This is pretty much the best grocery store every and here kids can go in and do some shopping on their own.  Maybe next time, Gavin.  For now you'll have to settle for the occasional real Wegmans shopping trip with me.  Oh man, do I love Wegmans!
 I explained to Gavin, that while he may not understand it yet, in our family we love trains.  Like, we really love trains.  There's a train museum in Toronto that I'm excited to take him to as soon as we have his birth certificate.  Next time we come to the Strong we're definitely riding the train they have there.  And the carousel.  Because in our family we really love trains. 
 The Lego exhibit was awesome but so much of it was for bigger kids so we had to content ourselves with playing with the big soft blocks for the very small ones.  I'll be honest here, Gavin put some of them in his mouth.  Here's hoping there's nothing serious going around, right?  It was nice again to have a spot where he could just be free for a few minutes (like half an hour) and roll and kick to get some of his energy out. 
 From the Dr. Seuss exhibit.  We read a lot of Dr. Seuss in our house.  You may not be able to see her, but Flat Ellie is visiting from Utah.  She's been manhandled by Gavin mostly. 
 This one's a bit better of Flat Ellie, stuck on the magnetic Mr. Potatohead, and Gavin, just as we were fixin' to leave.  After a stop at the gift shop for a stuffed Grover for him. 
 Our next stop was in Palmyra where we visited a few of the sites, climbed the Hill Cumorah and gave Gavin some more floor time before the 90 minute ride home.  He's such a happy baby!  And he really started to talk this weekend too.  Stewart got some great video on the way home.  He's so close to crawling as well, and in the meantime he can get himself around by rolling and scooting. 

The leaves are changing color and some of them are even leaf free already.  I've been baking with apples and it's cooled down and been rainy lately so autumn is officially upon us here and we're excited for all it will bring.  Like baking and lazy Saturdays where we don't leave the house. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Getting back into this (Maybe)

Feeling a bit nostalgic for 2004 I've decided to try to start the family blog up again, so as to get off of the facebook.  If you follow me there you may have noticed that I don't do much beyond posting the occasional photo of Gavin (sometimes with one of us) and maybe responding to something someone else posts.  I'd still like to share things like that, and even more perhaps, like fun stories about what Gavin is doing and what we're up to as a family, but I don't want it to be as public as facebook can be.  I'm not going to make this one private, at least for now, but I don't want what I post to be as available as things can be on the social network.  And what better way to do that than to use outdated internet technology?  So I hope that many of the people that we want involved in our lives will follow us here, at least now and then, and that we can be a bit more open about what we're up to.

So, with that, here's what we've been up to since our last update.

2012 sucked monkeyballs in a lot of ways, but it definitely had it's good moments as well.  We miscarried twice and Stewart was very busy with school and working part time as a legal intern at a local environmental engineering company.  I kept myself busy with my job in accounting at a local tech company.  That February, the company went public and it has been super interesting to work in the finance department of a company before, during and after going public.  We also tried to enjoy the Buffalo/Niagara area as much as possible (some of which I had to do alone, thank you very much law school).  We even made a trip to Toronto that summer while my sister and her husband visited. 

We both still run as much as possible.

2013 was better; Stewart graduated from law school and started working full time as an attorney for the same company he interned for, and we finished our homestudy in order to be able to adopt.  It was great to have my husband back and to have that second income again, and to finally feel like we were on track to have a baby, though the waiting was still hard.  

Stewart studying for the bar exam.

2014 has brought to fruition some of the things we have been working so hard at over the past few years.  In January Stewart was sworn in as a NYS attorney.  I'm so proud of him for all his hard work and for being amazing.  Then, in February we were picked by an expectant mother to adopt her baby, who was born on March 30 (I'll detail this story more fully at my other blog, linked to the right).  Gavin is a fantastic baby and we are so happy that he's ours.  We finalized his adoption in July and now all we have to do is raise him into an effective adult over the next 18 years.  No big deal, right?  We've got this.

We went to NYC right after Thanksgiving last year and saw two plays staring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

Our baby used to be tiny.  6 1/2 pounds at birth.  Now he's almost 6 months old and he's got to be pushing 20 pounds of awesome baby-ness.  
So that's what we've been up to.  Stay tuned for more details about our lives.  And pictures.  Mostly of Gavin.