Absentee Father

I know I know I have been neglecting this here blog thingy lately. It’s just been a busy couple weeks at home and at the office. The middle of the month found me covering for a coworker for 2 weeks and it was just unbelievably crazy. On the home front most of the time has been spent assimilating the Family into structure, rules, and schedules. By the time I get home from work, get dinner finished, and sit on the couch I just want to lose myself in the few shows we watch and need to catch up on.

 

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I took this picture a couple weeks ago when we decided to take a family walk to the park. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday and the park is only a couple blocks away. The best part was all the energy the Little One expended running and playing.

 

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The week before Halloween The Little Ones school had an Ice Cream Social sponsored by the PTO. They had pumpkin decorating, a costume parade, ice cream sundaes, and Bubble Mania. Essentially it was this guy who was a big kid who like to blow bubbles, but not just ordinary bubbles but Ginormous bubbles, some big enough to hold a small child in them. It was entertaining to say the least.

 

 

 

IMG_3036This past weekend was just as busy as the rest. Friday night we all went trick or treating in my Dads neighborhood, then hung out there for a bit before heading home. As you can see The Hubby and I dressed up along with The Little One. I was surprised at how many of the people giving out candy were happy to see us dressed up as well.

This weekend also brought some colder temperatures, rain, and what seemed like gale for winds. Normally this wouldn’t catch my attention but it also happened to be the First Annual Softball Tournament in honor of my Sister-In-Law who passed away in September. We spent some time down there just having family time, neither The Hubby nor I play softball but 2 of my brothers and my sister do. Sunday was definitely the better of the days with just the wind, as Saturday had the rain. The best part is we won a raffle prize so go us!

Not really much else to report, there has been a lot of just doing things we need to do for The Little One. The Hubby and I have each had a night out with friends alone, and managed to get a babysitter to have a night out together at our friends Halloween party Saturday night. We have our first Parent/Teacher conference coming up, and then the Holidays are just around the corner.

I promise to start blogging more, and it won’t all be about The Little One, but there will be some posts that will speak to him and the things we do as a family.

Field Trip!

So The Hubby and I took a family field trip with The Boy and our nephew to the NY Botanical Garden for the Haunted Pumpkin Garden exhibit.

Overall it was a good day out for all of us. The Boy was bored then not bored. Hot then not hot. He earned the new nickname Captain Contradiction.

Here’s a few pictures from our visit.

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This is Eric. He was in charge of the Creepy Creatures show. Eric is from the Bronx. I didn’t ask I just knew by the sound of his voice.

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This is Eric showing off his snake. Enough said.

I love it when you call me Big Poppa

Well October is here, and along with that comes the change of seasons, and  the weather as always has been unpredictable.

Now’s as good a time as any to  catch you up on what’s been happening, a couple weeks ago we had the pleasure of attending the wedding of our friends Mat and Jim. It was a beautiful day (although a little hot for September), the ceremony was short and the reception was wonderful. The best part was meeting some new friends, Maureen and Jim, and seeing some long time friends, namely Mat and Holly.

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Here are The Hubby and I enjoying a beverage in the Casino Resort we stayed at for the wedding.

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This is The Hubby and I and our friend Holly (one of the prettiest women in Northern NY that day)

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Here come the Grooms

IMG_2905And of course there was cake – even if it was fruit filled.

Drum Corps rehearsal season is upon us which means it’s time for Election of Officers for the new year. I am running for Drum Major again this year and will start Shaking babies and Kissing hands to get the votes needed to win.

Mabel is settling in nicely, she and Duncan had a little scuffle in the night a couple nights ago. I’m not sure what exactly happened but it was dark and one of them ran into the other and they went sliding across the bedroom floor. They seem to be no worse for the wear though Duncan has a little cut on his neck and ear.

We had dinner with Dad this weekend and he had some news to share with us. Seems he, who has trouble answering his cell phone, has met a new Lady Friend over the internet I guess. Though he didn’t really say for sure that’s where he met her. He wanted to see if we were okay with it. We told him of course we were and all we want was for him to be happy.

Well if you made it this far I guess you get the biggest news report of all. See my Dad wasn’t the only one with a surprising turn of events.

This past weekend The Hubby and I became Dads. Well Foster Dads if you want to get technical. The goal is adoption and hopefully this will piece of the puzzle will move along quickly. This was a rather fast moving placement, though it’s been 6 1/2 years that we have been working on it. We were initially approached back in July asking if we were interested, and on paper it looked good. Fast forward a couple weeks and as usual we heard nothing. Just before we left on the cruise they asked again if we were interested, and again a couple weeks went by and nothing.

We finally got the call a few days after my Sister-in-Law passed away that we were selected and they wanted to work on making all the necessary arrangements for him to move in with us. With all the weddings we had we managed to meet DJ for the first time for a quick dinner together, then a few days later we spent the day together. He moved in this past Friday night and it has been going well. I’ve not used the phrase “Use your Inside voice” so much in the last couple days as I have in my whole adult life so far.

So off we go embarking on this new adventure, now to just figure out who is Dad and who is Daddy.