Friday, April 26, 2013

Change of Seasons

There's a joke about Canadian seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Tired of Winter, and Patio. That puts us smack in the middle of Tired of Winter right now, which I find incredibly accurate. April has had us swing from spring-ish weather, to snow, to sunshine, to snow, to t-shirts, to snow again. Tuesday was warm and sunshiney, yesterday, it hailed and today there was frost on the ground. Tomorrow, it's supposed to be nearly 20C. There is just no rhyme or reason to this. 

 some of the deceptively sunnier days here

colouring his favourite superhero on the garage floor

In the meantime, we are getting ready for Patio season! The workmen have come to work on our yard all week and it's been fascinating. Kingsley and I have spent most of our days in the garage or at the back windows watching trucks and workmen do their magic. The cement truck arrived today to pour the driveway and I could barely drag the girls out to school, they just wanted to watch. 

The sunnier days this month have made me so eager to get the yard done. It's been frustrating for both Kingsley and I to limit ourselves to the garage and front porch when we want some fresh air (uneven gravel is no friend to wheelchairs or crutches). Today, they are paving the driveway and the front walk. The other days this week they've done the prep work for that and done the stone/rock work in the backyard, added some of the features to the pool, and prepared the patio for concrete. In the next two weeks they will continue to do the back yard, add fencing, and then eventually we will get grass and landscaping done. So exciting!!

 the future path to the front door which will complete the smooth ride into the house for King

this is the back patio taken from two different windows. the patio has a ramp (where those rocks are) that will end beside the stairs. the gate to the pool will be there. watching the Bobcat place the rocks was probably the highlight of King's month. and yes, it was snowing when I took these pictures yesterday.

As of a couple of days ago, I have ditched the crutches and can walk on my own (finally). I have a long way to go before my knee is back to normal, if it ever gets there, but at least now I can drive and by the time we really do reach Patio season, we will be ready to enjoy it! 


  1. Oh my gosh, how exciting!! Both to see the full extent of your dream home come true and for the kids to have a great live show to keep them amused! :) Glad to hear you're getting off the crutches.

  2. patiooooooooo! get that pool in and i am parking my butt on your patio. can't wait to see the home in real life!

  3. Advantages of your temporary issues with mobility, you really know how King feels on tough days. It also gives you a closer bond. Glad to see your new home and better access for King. And I hope all goes well for you both. Have a third little one (not SB, he has Cerebral Palsy. Mama lost a leg in a Norwegian traffic crash, she's my wife's neighbor in Oslo, Lars is 18 months old (still manually carried, he's trying to crawl and use wheels) Lars will be missed when Ingeborg, his mama gets back on her feet. He loves being hauled around in the Bjorn. We are honorary Godparents. And it is an honor.

  4. I hope all of you are well, and that you have healed. I think this setback also makes you and King closer to each other in the end. King is really adorable and a toughie. Hope his surgeries go well. May have to deal with some Ortho work of my own on clubfeet. Have a third little boy temporarily, he is my wife's neighbor's son in Oslo, now in Tennessee. He has Cerebral Palsy, trying to crawl and learning to use wheels. Has a Rifton stander and a new TiLite Twist pediatric wheelchair. Future speedster. Our foster son's mom lost a leg in a traffic crash, and is still in rehab and learning life with a prosthetic. She's in good hands in Oslo and her little one gets funding to travel and visit her in rehab so they don't lose their bonding. He's amazing. And a sweetie. Even if it is hard on my own back moving his 28 pounds in the Baby Bjorn carrier. He's learning wheeling skills from his foster SB mom and dad and our adopted SB sons. He'll be a fast little one. Viking Horns on his crash helmet and all.


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