Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Favorite Thing

One of Camden's favorite things to do these days is play Lego's. Well it's not just play with Lego's. He wants the gigantic sets that take days to build and then put them on display. An expensive habit. But I do have to say that I am proud of him. He is building complicated sets that older kids do. It seems like it was just yesterday that he was crying because he couldn't follow the directions and put this itty bitty Lego car together. They change right before your eyes!

I can still fit!

But not for long that's for sure! You are getting far too big my little man! Oh and in case you were wondering that's my linen closet.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy 7th Birthday

Happy 7th Birthday sweet boy! We love-love-love you and are so thankful for you!
Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from Him.
Psalm 127:3

Celebrating at School

Today we celebrated Camden's birthday with his first grade class. Camden's pick for treat? Ice cream bars and juice boxes! While having their treat each of the kids told him what their wish was for him this year. It was sweet.
I also joined Camden for lunch and brought him a favorite treat...McDonald's. Is this kid spoiled or what? His Dad sure thinks so! :)

These three are too funny! They play so cute together! Brendan is Camden's best friend at school and Alexis and Camden have kind of a love/ hate relationship. Last year he said he didn't like her because she likes to tattle. Although he did admire her skills while playing Power Rangers. He said, "Alexis is sure a good fighter!" But now he says, "I love Alexis!" Oh boy! It sure starts early doesn't it! Oh and he also says that "Brendan and Alexis are in love!" What a crack up!

More of Camden's class...the Wolf Pack.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Basketball Party

Today we celebrated Camden 7th Birthday by inviting a few of Camden's best buddies to our home. Camden's requested theme this year was basketball. So the party was all about basketball. It's his favorite sport and he continues to claim he's going to play in the NBA when he's grows up. His favorite player is Steve Nash. If you ask him why he'll tell you its because he has cool long hair and is a good player. In that order! The kids had a great time playing "basketball games" and swimming. Here's a few photos from the days festivities:

Connor F. & Cam

Brendan & Cam
Rob, Ted & Cam

Kristian & Cam

Connor W. & Cam

Jack & Cam

Monday, September 15, 2008

Another Father & Kids Campout

Doug & Camden had their bi-annual father & kids camp out this past weekend. This time they headed to Mount Lemon. They had a great time doing a little hiking as well as playing some frisbee golf. I had a nice weekend as well tackling some projects around the house and doing some sleeping in of course (one of my favorite things!).

Camden's good buddies...Rob & Ted

Frisbee Golf



The Dads

Saturday, September 13, 2008

30 months LID

Today marks yet another anniversary for our family. It has been 30 months since our dossier (adoption paperwork) was logged in at the China Center of Adoption Affairs.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Return to my Roots

This summer I took the opportunity to "return to my roots". While visiting some of Doug's side of the family in Illinois and Indiana over the 4th of July we took a few days and headed to Grand Rapids, Michigan to see where my Mom grew up. What a bittersweet treat. This was a trip I really longed to do with my Mom but missed the opportunity. Sadly, neither of my parents ever took us kids to their childhood homes. When we traveled as a family, which wasn't often it was always to Florida to see my Grandparents. I was actually in the process of trying to organize a trip for my Mom, my Sister and I when my Mom was diagnosed with cancer six years ago. We never got the chance to make the trip as she went into the arms of our Savior less than two months later. I was relieved that her short battle with cancer was over but greatly saddened to no longer have her presence in my life and among other things to not have the opportunity for her to show me around her childhood home. But even without my Mom with me I so enjoyed driving around her old stomping grounds and taking it all in. I am an absolute sentimental fool!
For part of our time we had the opportunity to visit and reconnect with my Aunt Anne that I hadn't seen in nearly 20 years. She was an absolute delight and quite the spunky 84 year old! This women has not had an easy life. She was widowed in her 30's when my Uncle Lee died and raised four children on a very meager income. But you won't hear her complain. She has nothing but a positive attitude. She accompanied us on a few of our excursions in the house my Mom grew up in and the church where my parents were married. It was neat to hear her insights on the places we visited and even my Mother. It was too funny to hear her refer to my Mom as a bit of a "Cool Hollander" (we're Dutch you know) which didn't surprise me. One of the many pleasures of our visit was having the opportunity to bring her some old photos of her and Uncle Lee and their family and some of Uncle Lee's school report cards as I have been slowly going through (and trying to organize) all the old mementos that I inherited from my Mom and Grandmother. It was a wonderful trip and my only regret is that I hadn't done it sooner...with or without my Mom. Here are some highlights of our time there:

Aunt Anne, Camden & I in front of her apartment building.

This is the house my Mom grew up in. Aunt Anne said it looks pretty much the same as it did when my Mom lived there. The only change was that they (recently) enclosed the front porch. Actually we were able to briefly speak with the current owners....they came out when they noticed we were taking pictures of their house. :) I had brought a picture of the house from the 40's and it was fun to be able to share it with them.

This is where my parents were married on October 31, 1952. It is right around the corner from the house she grew up in. Oh and yes it was Halloween! They were actually supposed to get married two weeks prior. But my Dad, who was in the Navy at the time was delayed. Unfortunately, everything was already planned... invitations printed etc. so they had to redo everything.

The inside of the church was very pretty. Aunt Anne said not much of it had changed. They made the steps go all the way across and they added the organ pipes.

My parents on their day:

Looking back towards the entrance of the church:

The basement where the reception was held:

Aunt Anne & I

Although this is a completely different building then when my Mom lived here. This is the church that she was baptized in when she was 7 weeks old.

This is where my Mom attended school from Kindergarten until 9th grade. It is a little over a mile away from her childhood home.

My Mom graduated from the Blodgett Memorial Hospital School of Nursing:

This is the nifty original entrance to the hospital. It was so pretty!

This is the nursing lodge (front & back) where my Mom lived. Unfortunately, they are getting ready to tear it down later this year.

Here's Aunt Anne waving goodbye from her balcony.