"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but it will never break." -Chinese Proverb


The Music is in him

I know all kids love music....and all kids feel music in their souls, I am not claiming the my kid is any different....but to watch his little body move to the beat even when he is playing makes me smile....he really does have music in his soul...



So my kid has a healthy level of fear......he is cautious until he knows the situation is safe and then off he goes......a few weeks ago, we went to visit Grampa after a first snow fall and the two of them went tobogganing....after a few runs, Adrien let Grampa know he had enough.
Yesterday we went to Nonno's and the cousins were there, as were a few others....the snow was very powdery. After one run on the toboggan on his stomach (head first) and a mouth full of snow, he was done with that.....then he went with his almost 8 year old cousin....they were gaining some speed and he was laughing....until they hit a little bump that sent them towards a 100 year old fir tree that was probably 20 feet across....they were too fast and I couldn't get to them to stop them in time....nothing was broken, no one cried, and this is what he looked liked......before getting back on the sled!

As I retrieved him from under the tree, his eyes wide, his mouth full of stems and blood coming from the scratches, he smiled at me and said, "I ok"


Bucket list

A blog I follow (enjoying the small things) recently talked about her "bucket list". It got me thinking, what would be on my bucket list. Currently my top 5 would be
1. Take family vacation with all my siblings, spouses and children. Just us, the four of us with our partners and our children where we get on a plane and sit on a beach for a week.
2. Adopt another child. I think that would complete our family.
3. Visit the village in Italy that I spent so many childhood summers in as an adult and share it with hubby and the boy.
4. Serve another meal at the shelter I used to work at in Edmonton. I often wonder what became of them.
5. Camp across Canada.

What is on your bucket list? Tell me in the comments.


Highlights of 2010...wow what a year!

2010 was a fabulous year, there were so many changes, so many moments of laughter and so much love. I hope 2011 is just as amazing!

JANUARY: In January, we had just moved to our new home, Adrien had only been walking about 6 weeks and he also started daycare....which was harder for dad than anyone. We celebrated TONS of families birthdays.

FEBRUARY: we got our finalization papers.....Legally he belonged to our family! For me, there were rumours of changes at work and a HUGE stressful meeting where we were told our jobs were changing starting in March!

MARCH: Adrien was baptised, we got his birth certificate and passport.

APRIL: I had my pacemaker changed. My mom came up to take care of me for two weeks and then Adrien and I returned to Nashville with her for 3 weeks.

MAY: We spent half of May in Nashville and survived the 100 year flood, upon our return, we celebrated Adrien's 2 birthday...the theme was old school food with lots of pop, pizza, Elmo cupcakes and a bouncy castle! We also went to Rochester to the Children's Museum....and had a blast!

JUNE: with the beautiful weather, we spent a lot of time outside with our new neighbours and family.....going to parks and playing with cousins!

JULY: Summer vacation! We went down east for two weeks to be with Rob's family....it was amazing...upon return, my work had a meeting and our program lost 10 full time positions.
July also brought two new cousins for Adrien.....our4th beautiful niece and my cousin's first child.

AUGUST: Adrien and I headed back to Nashville for Evan's birthday! I had my birthday and we went to festivals!

SEPTEMBER: Was busy....with learning a new job and trying to juggle things at home, I don't remember much about September though I know it was awesome!

OCTOBER: for Thanksgiving we decided to get away....we headed off to London and did all the attractions! We went to African Lion's Safari in the rain and had a blast trick or treating with our little skeleton. October was also the month that Rob took on an additional part time weekend overnight job.

NOVEMBER: another busy month, with Baptisms, Confirmations, family visiting and making hats!

DECEMBER: was really focused on family, visiting in Memere and some aunts, being with family and heading back to Nashville for Christmas.........

What a blessed year we have had, what wonder filled memories created.....the tears from sorrow and joy that have been shed and the pure amazement of the beauty that surrounds us......we are blessed.....

Wishing you all the health and happiness in 2011!