What they’ve been doing…

I thought I would take this opportunity to share some pictures of a few things our other children have been up to since they came to Toronto.  And although the kids miss home and everyone there, they really love staying at the Ronald MacDonald House because it really is a wonderful place.  We are planning on taking some pictures or doing a video tour soon just so everyone can see just how cool it is.

One of the awesome things that happens here is called ‘Home for Dinner’.  This is where different groups of people – mostly companies – come in and cook dinner for everyone in the house.   You can imagine that this a huge blessing and we are always very thankful to not have to scrounge up a meal for our family.    Normally when you use the big common kitchen at the Ronald MacDonald house you have clean up after yourself and wash your own dishes in, but when a group does a Home for Dinner’s they typically do all the clean-up as well.    And this was the case last night, except somehow Erik ended up helping these people wash all the dishes and the little sweetie-pie stayed and helped until they were all cleaned up and then he was sad that he had to say good-bye too all his new friends.  Oh our Erik.

OK – so getting back on track here – the week before Christmas we had two Home for Dinners that came complete with Santa Claus’s and presents for each one of our kids, it was so amazing.     We were actually pretty stunned and really didn’t believe they were handing out gifts until they started calling our kids by name.    Sophy wasn’t sure about Santa and wouldn’t go near the first one, but when the second one came around a few nights later she found out he was good for a cuddle…

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By the time the third Santa came for a visit Christmas morning she had gotten the hang of things and tried to put in a request for what gift she would like to receive  – the little turkey.

And the other kids enjoyed Santa too..

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Here’s Erik with a different Santa. 🙂

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And I wanted to sneak in a picture of the view of the courtyard at the Ronald MacDonald House from the hallway just outside our door…  it definitely looked nice and Christmasy after Christmas when the snow fell. 🙂

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And then two Sunday’s ago we had some special guest come to the RMH for a visit…

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Yes, we were invaded by some seriously real looking members of the Imperial Fleet.

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And since we are huge Star Wars fans, it was quite enjoyable.   William got right into it and when they came in he was shooting at them and hiding and the Storm troopers were good sports and played along.  Darth Vadar even came equipped with some very heavy breathing, I think he freaked Sophia out a little. 🙂

Then at the beginning of January, Jason took the kids to High Park in Toronto.    Apparently it’s a huge park that we will have to explore more when we are here in the nice weather for Ava’s next surgery.   We found out about this park when it was shown on Mike Holmes TV show “Make it Right” , as Mike Holmes and his crew had rebuilt some of the play structure this past summer after an arsonist had set a fire that destroyed a huge park of it in the spring.     I’m sad I missed the trip, it looked like fun even in the snow and cold…

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And of Erik tried to pull the sword out of the stone…  what a nice touch Mike.

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So yes, the kids are keeping busy and making lots of memories which is so nice.   We also took them to the ROM one afternoon as the Ronald MacDonald House had free tickets for us.  I wish we could have had more time there as there is so much to see.  Sophia got bored there pretty quick and wanted to leave, and then asked to go back to the museum for the next 3 days… it figures.

The real blessing in all of this is that the kids are going to school at the house!  The house has a whole little school area set up with two 2 teachers and although the school days are shorter,  I’m sure they get lots of one-on-one attention and they are doing a field trip to the Science Center next week, how awesome is that?    And we are just so glad that they aren’t going to get too behind with school which is amazing.

So that’s a bit of what they’ve been doing.    And thanks to Jason who has been taking amazing care of them – and doing it single handed while I’m here at the hospital with Ava and I can’t say how much I appreciate him.  It’s funny though, I do feel out of touch…  it’s like taking a weird vacation from regular life and my typically responsibilities as a mom.

So we are doing good – and even Ava is still doing great, still trying to grow and learning how to drink from a bottle.    She took 7 mls today which is a start and I’ll try to update you all on her tomorrow.

Just glad I could finally show you what the other kids have been doing!