Inspired by a friend...

Oh my goodness...how could it already be 3 months since my last post?  How could Declan already be nearly 2 months old and I have not even done a post to introduce him.  I hate to admit this but I think I am already following the typical trend of the youngest child having few to no baby pictures....I can't believe I was on the road to being 'that' mom...
 
That is until tonight....tonight my post was inspired from a FB message I received earlier today from a good friend Lianne who has followed our journey from the early days...
 
 
Thanks Lianne for giving me the gentle kick in the butt that I needed to get back on track,  My post tonight is brief - I just downloaded a few recent pics off my phone.  It's a start - and a start is all that I needed for now.
 
I will start by first introducing the newest addition to our family (I will dedicate a full post to this special little man soon).  Declan Jack Parriera was born on August 2.  He is an absolutely beautiful little thing - and I am again reminded of the miracle of life and of how full my life is with my little men.  Since week 2 of life, Declan has been quite colicky - hence requiring a lot of attention and leaving me with little to no time for anything else.  The good news is that things are improving and I am hopeful (praying)  that his stage will be behind us soon :)
 

 
All of the  boys have fallen in love with their little brother.  Shay has taken a huge interest in Declan which has been so heartwarming. He asks to hold him often, wants to kiss him goodnight every night, and works hard at calming him down when Declan is having one of his many moments.  I see a very beautiful brotherly friendship developing which I am so very thankful to see!


Ciaran and Shay went back to school on September 3rd.  I cannot believe that they are already in Grade One.  They have grown up sooooo quickly.  So far they are loving their new teacher and the new friends that they are making in their new class.  I surprisingly am loving their new uniforms as they take a lot of the thinking out of our morning routines.  I also think they look quite handsome in their new attire :)

Speaking of school, the card below came home in Shay's bag last week.  I was teary when I saw what Anthony a new friend had made for Shay.  I am learning that my wishes and my fears are very similar to any Mom....we all just want our kids to be happy, confident and have good friends....this small act of kindness filled my heart.

 
 

Rowan also started preschool this month.  He is attending Woodland Daycare two days a week.  So far he is loving school.  He is sharing his independent nature with the world.  Now that Declan is here, Rowan seems so old and mature!  Sometimes I want to just press pause and hold on to these toddler stages...it is such a fun stage and I know it is going to be gone before I know it as Rowan is so desperate to grow up and be like his brothers...


Speaking of time moving too quickly...I find that I am feeling the same way about Ciaran and Shay growing up too quickly.  On Monday, the boys started horseback riding.  I cannot believe that this is their fourth year riding.  This year they look so big, so mature....they are not my babies anymore :(



And for a brief daily report - Shay had his fourth round of Botox today.  The last two rounds he has been put under a mild sedation which he has responded more favourably to.  Tonight he wrote a brief journal entry about today on the computer. 


 
Another reminder that my little man is maturing.  He is becoming acutely more aware - and that my friends is a whole other story - one that will be shared in an upcoming post.
 
 
To close, just want to thank you Lianne for motivating me tonight.  I am so glad that I sat down and shared :)

Cute little video with a powerful message....

....and I am a HUGE fan of Will.I.am :)

Click here to take a peek.....

A Day In the Life...

So Mission 365 was a fail yet again :( 

I was on such a good roll....I think that I was over 1/3 of the year there....

I was not successful for a number of reasons....

First, the spring/early summer is always such a busy time of the year - always so much going on and SO much to do around the house....our garden alone is a full-time job.

I am tired - entering into the third trimester - I am lacking serious sleep.  I am up often for hours at a time at night and I constantly am up having to pee - last night I think I was up 10 times....

Cris is tired...he is so busy at work, at home....on top of that he has allergies which does not bode him well at this time of the year...

I am not complaining - just stating a fact - we are tired - and I have not been able to keep up.  I hope to get back on track but know it will be difficult at least in the next few weeks as things wind down at school.  

So today a small snapshot into a day in our life....horseback fundraiser for TEAD, barbeque picnic and water/sprinkler fun in the backyard.

Our pool is open but is not working right now.  For some reason we are having a hard time getting chlorine levels up - really hoping it is nothing significant - we will know in next few days...

Signing off...enjoying the little things :)















Day 157 - May 28

Rowan is one determined and stubborn little boy.  He is a little like his Momma - in that, if he gets an idea in his head - it is extremely hard to convince him otherwise.

Today Rowan wanted to pull Shay in the wagon around the neighbourhood.  This is no small feat for someone of Rowan's stature - Shay weighs around 45 pounds and we live in a very hilly neighbourhood and true to form - Rowan pulled Shay around the entire block.

Moments like these warm my heart - I love that Rowan is already so aware of the boys needs - AND - that for him - it is no big deal.  Ciaran and Shay's physical limitations are a reality - and Rowan works around them to ensure both of his brothers are always by his side.



Day 156 - May 27





My two princes on their gorgeous horses with flowers for their Mommy - simple pleasures - made my day :)

Day 155 - May 26

This little boy has ZERO pre-tenses.  He holds NO judgement.  Through his eyes, all is good and innocent in this world.  He has TWO heroes - his older brothers - Ciaran and Shay - there is nobody else in the world he would rather be than one of his brothers....







Today Rowan was desperate to have his go at T-Ball.  I love how much he looks up to Ciaran and Shay.  He is determined to be just like them.  Enjoyed a beautiful morning practicing our T Ball skills.
















Day 154 - May 25

I am again WAY behind on posts.  I have a bunch of pics to share from the last two weeks....but thought I would work backwards in any hopes to continue to be successful with my mission!

Today Ciaran and Shay started T-Ball season.  They are playing in a special needs program in Burlington called Challenger Baseball.  They have each been matched up for the season with a volunteer who will provide assistance and support in their game each Saturday morning.

Today could not have gone better.  All of the Challenger players were beaming and having fun.  It was such a beautiful thing to see!!!

Today I have the greatest appreciation for VOLUNTEERS.  Over the course of the past four years, Ciaran and Shay have had random strangers putting in their own personal time and energy into horseback riding (7+ volunteers a week) and now baseball.  These VOLUNTEERS are contributing to my boys' self esteem, sense of self, happiness and contentment with life.  What a blessing!!!

I have volunteered a lot in the past as a teenager and young adult.  Never did I really fully grasp the contribution I could have been making to the life of others...

Today I am so thankful for volunteers.  Thank you for your time.  Thank you for your energy.  Thank you for making this world a better place.  Thanks for making a significant difference in the lives of my children.  OUR world is a better place because of YOU - thank you from the bottom of my heart!






















Day 141 - May 12

Enjoying a beautiful day outside on the play structure.  Love how much garden we have at our new house.  The space allows our boys lots of room to play, explore, exercise and be creative....