Friday, September 30, 2016

Happy Birthday - 11 Years Old Today!

Good Evening again...time for a quick Post for Kyle's 11th Birthday.

It's been a very busy last few months, and Kyle's knee-deep in playing a bit of catch-up after a late start in school.  It's OK, since we were in China welcoming Kyle's new little brother, Tyler, to the Lockhead family.  Kyle has done a great job of staying on top of all of his school responsibilities.  He's enjoying being a 5th grader - his last year before he transitions to Middle School.  He's made new friends and reconnected with old friends, too.  It's been a bit of a gut-check for us (M&D) since the time between his Goddard School days and his last year in Elementary School has simply melted away before our eyes.  He is developing into a handsome, confident and capable little boy.  We could not be more proud.

We spent 3 weeks on our trip to China in late August and early September and Kyle has already played a really important role in helping Tyler learn some of the routines and structure in our family.  Tyler is very fond of Kyle as well.  It was stressful at times, but his behavior was stellar for the entire trip, and he helped in every way he could.  He is a great traveler and understands the importance of doing what's necessary to make his way through airport security and immigration lines.  He's been an excellent example for his brothers and sister.

We're coming off a busy summer with lots of road trips and days jammed with bike rides and skate park trips.  Kyle has gotten continuously better on his skateboard, mastering the drop in on the medium half-pipe.  He is very persistent, and won't quit - a tremendous quality that will help him throughout his life.

In the spring, we made a trip to Cancun (this time to a new resort - with Grandma and Poppa).  We also visited Myrtle Beach this summer, and had a great time there, too.  Lots of Beach Time!  He ran his first Color Dash, too.  Kyle has gotten really good on the trumpet and participated in the spring concert.  This fall, he's hoping to join a Lacrosse Team with some of his friends.

Here are some other highlights...

Kyle & His Friend in Harrisburg (4th Grade Class Trip)

 Test Driving the New Trampoline

Family Time in Cancun, MX

 On the Swan Boats at the Philly Zoo

Tobogganing down the Great Wall of China (Again!!!)

 Cooling Off - Tubing in the Delaware River This Summer

 A Late Afternoon Stroll on Pawley's Island, SC

Lost in Lost River Caverns

"Green you're Mean...Red you're Dead" 

 At the ColorDash Finish Line

Chinese Lantern Festival (Franklin Park, Philadelphia)

Snorkeling in Cancun, MX 

 Cooling Off in Cancun, MX

 Our 4th Grade Reading Olympian

 Building Birdhouses at our local Ace Hardware

The Museum of Natural History in NYC

 Snow Tubing during one of the snowstorms of the Winter

Touring the Martin Guitar Factory this summer

Water Ice (after our Cheesesteaks) in South Philly
with Uncle Mark and Logan

About to take off at the Helicopter Museum in West Chester, PA
(One of our many Summer Day Trips with Dad) 

 Team Lockhead at the ColorDash

Touring the Li River near Guilin,
in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.
(Passing through the same canyons
pictured on the 20 Yuan Chinese Note...
That's why we're holding them up!!) 

Easter 2016

Kyle & Tyler at Tyler Arboretum
(...just a coincidence...)

Visitors from Japan - the Faders!!
(and the Lees, too, but they're not from Japan...)

Chris Botti... uuhhh, Wait... That's Kyle on Trumpet

We can't wait to see what surprises the coming year will hold for him - and for us.

We're excited to watch you advance to Middle School.
We love you very much and are very proud of all that you've accomplished.
All our Love on Birthday # 11!
Mom & Dad


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy NINE (9) YEARS a Lockhead !!! Happy Forever Family Day!!

Good day to all and Merry Christmas to All as well!

As difficult as it is to believe, NINE years ago, we were given the precious gift of our first son.  It was Christmas Eve and we remember every detail of the first few hours we spent with him at the Civil Affairs Office, and later at our Hotel in Nanchang.
Here is a linkback...

What a wonderful day in our lives.

A short time ago (or it seems a short time), we posted some photos and an update for Kyle at his 10th Birthday.  Since then, Kyle's made great progress as a trumpet player, earning high praise from his Music Teacher.  He's practicing very hard to make the Band and to be able to participate in the Spring Concert at school.

Speaking of school, he continues to blast through the 4th Grade.  He enjoys his teacher and the friends he's made.  He's looking forward to the 2nd half of the year and finishing up 4th grade in preparation for the 5th grade (and his FINAL year in elementary school)!

Kyle has really grown into his role as a Big Brother to Dylan, Ashley and Ryan.  He's very responsible and takes this very seriously - especially now that he's left "in charge" occasionally.

We've done a lot of fun stuff as a family in the fall.  Below is a nice moment captured at Dutch Wonderland during their Christmas celebration.


Here's to a Merry Christmas to all, and a wonderous New Year for our young son, Kyle.

We Love You,
Mom & Dad

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Happy 10th Birthday, Kyle !!!!

Good evening all, Dad reporting in to do a quick drive-by Post to commemorate Kyle's 10th Birthday.

Here he is today in his 4th Grade Class Photo...

Happy Birthday from Mom, Dad, Dylan, Ashley and Ryan!

It's challenging to grasp that Kyle just turned 10 today.  It truly just seems like yesterday that we embarked on our first Most Excellent China Adventure to bring him home.

It's been a busy year on many fronts.  In May, Kyle and the rest of the family traveled again to China to bring home his second little brother, Ryan.  To everyone's relief, the trip was very enjoyable and involved a grand total of NO stops in Chinese hospitals.  Ryan very much admires and looks up to Kyle and Kyle plays the Big Brother role like he was born for it.

As I mentioned Kyle wrapped up 3rd Grade in June and started 4th Grade in August.  He just got his PSSA Test results from last spring and they were great in both Math and English/Language Arts. He loves to read and is enjoying his first few weeks of 4th Grade.  Hard to believe that next year will be his last in Elementary School.

In addition to our China Trip, we also visited Playa Mujeres (near Cancun), Mexico.  We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the sun, beach and pool.

For the first time, the kids spent the summer at home with Dad (and didn't participate in full day summer camp).  Days were filled with Bike Ride Adventures, Museums and Parks and a couple of weeks of Special Summer Camps (Spy Camp and Clay Camp).  We made a trip to Michigan to visit Poppa, Grandma, Uncle Mark, Aunt Avery and Logan, Paityn, and Luke.  We even got another chance to see Logan play in a LAX tournament near Philadelphia.  We made a side trip to Crystal Cave, too.

We even had a visit from our old family friends, the Pokols, since they were in Town for a Basketball Tournament.  It was great fun catching up with them!

Here are some highlights...

Celebrating his brother Dylan's Birthday

Posing with some Mexicans in Traditional Dress

After Dinner in Mexico

 Chilling before Dinner in Mexico

Hangin' with Mom at the Beach in Mexico

Preparing for Ryan's arrival in March - sending him Birthday Wishes...

At the Great Wall, near Beijing, just before the Toboggan Ride!

 In Shanghai, with just a clear glass floor at about 800'

 Cooling off in the backyard this Summer

At Uncle Mark's Pool in Michigan

In September, at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ

Catching up with Logan at his LAX Tournament

Enjoying Longwood Gardens

We had some special visitors in the spring - with Muriel Pokol

Saying TTFN (Ta-Ta for Now) to one of Kyle's oldest and dearest Friends before she and her family head off the Tokyo, Japan for a few years to follow Mom and hr cool new job

At Green Lane Park, one one of our many Bike Trips this summer

With UM, AA, and Luke at Crystal Cave

All Dutch Wonderland

Soaring at DW

The One and Only REAL Megatron, at the Mack Truck Museum

One of our Beach Days in Cape May

At the Schuylkill Valley Nature Center

At the Zoo in Micigan with Luke - on the Ropes Course, high above the forest...

At a quick stop on our lake Michigan Dune Tour (in a Dune Buggy!)

It was a fun Summer as we now say goodbye forever to Year #10 and blast into Year #11 !!

All our Love on your 10th Birthday, Kyle.
Mom & Dad

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