Once again, it's Christmas Eve, and as always our thoughts drift between anticipating Santa's visit a little later, and remembering Kyle's first day as our first child. What a wonderful gift we were blessed with eleven (11) years ago!!
I can close my eyes and still feel the excitement in that room, as all of the families in our adoption group met and held their children for the first time. After all of the excitement at the Civil Affairs Office, we finally got him calmed down and back to the room and started the process of welcoming him into our life and family. Occasionally, we'll revisit the posts in this story blog when some of our other children ask about what it was like for Kyle as he was adopted. Each story in our family's history is so different, but it's unique for Kyle, because his was the first "story of a lifetime" we've he'd to chance to enjoy.
As we have for most of our Christmases as a family, even well B.K. (before kids), we are settled into Lisa's Mom & Dad's house in West Michigan. We're looking forward to a white Christmas as the forecast is calling for 1-3" of snow over the next few hours. Braving the 20 +/- degree temperatures, we (the kids and I) took a long walk around Grandma's neighborhood. We walked down to the lake, which was frozen solid - to 6" thick! We even met a few neighborhood boys who had cleared off a small plot to play ice-hockey. We WALKED across the lake and then back around toward home. It was a good day.
Later, our cousins, Paityn, Logan and Luke came over for Dinner and a visit. As the evening wound down, the kids decorated sugar cookies for Santa. Now the grown-ups are winding down... So far, we're all a bit tired out, but still a good night.
Kyle has had a great start to his Middle School years, and his first trimester grades reflect the effort that he's applied to his studies (Lots of A+'s !). He got a great result on a science project/presentation that he did. If anyone has a need to bore to the center the earth, Kyle might be able to help since he designed a vehicle/machine that could do it!
We could not have e been prouder of him when we all went to see the Middle School Fall Concert at the school auditorium. Kyle's been able to develop some solid trumpet chops over the past few years.
We're waiting impatiently for introducing LAX workouts to start up. After Season 1, Kyle's looking forward to this season to continue to contribute to his team and to grow as an athlete.
He makes us very proud when he shoulders the role of "Big Brother" for Dylan, for Ryan, and especially for his new, youngest brother Tyler. Even though Tyler is growing bigger each day, Kyle still insists on piggy-backing him around - and Tyler plays this for every inch!!
We've had a busy Fall since his birthday, and so here are a few photos of some of the many activities and fun we've had...
|Winterthur Gardens (Delaware)|
|Thanksgiving at Uncle Sean's|
|Kyle and Little Sis Ashley|
|HersheyPark at Christmas|
|Fall Hiking on the Wissahickon Trail (near Forbidden Drive)|
We Love you very much, Kyle and look forward to every new anniversary of your Gotcha Day. Our Christmas Eves are always more special...
Love, Mom & Dad