Saturday, March 24, 2012

Ducks & Lambs

We've been hanging with the animals lately. Last evening after work we went to a duck pond with some bread crust and fed the geese and ducks.
This morning, we met Michael & Annie King and their daughter, Grace, at The Spicy Lamb Farm in Peninsula for a lamb event. There were lambs everywhere, along with a pig, llama, peacock, some horses and a couple of dogs. It was muddy, but the lambs were cute and the rain held off, so it was a nice morning.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kids @ The Clinic

Yesterday was a first in the Gates Family History. Because of a circle of events, the kids got to spend a day at work with me. That's right. Lincoln and Lydia spent Wednesday morning at the Clinic. Let's just say that it's not my plan to do that again any time soon.
I picked up some Bob Evans for breakfast, and took a bunch of toys and books. But in the end, Lydia just wanted to wander around and/or play with the Rimadyl bottles. Lincoln was pretty interactive with my clients, and I had a string of clients that were very understanding and of patients that were very, very friendly. Rachel, my RVT, was also a huge help, and the kids love her.

Hopefully the next time they have to spend that much time with me at the clinic I'll be able to put them to work.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ella is here!

For those outside the immediate Hopwood Information Circle, Emily had her baby on Monday and Ella Kate & mom are doing well. Jeremy is a proud papa, and Grace & Cole are just a little excited.

Our Visa paperwork is moving along very quickly, we have come to learn. China is on the horizon.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Henry's Room is Taking Shape

For starters, the kids got a haircut this past week, and for Lydia, it was her first. She's just a little darling!
As we're in the home-stretch of Henry's adoption, we're looking for things to keep us busy as far as he's concerned, and right now, we're putting the finishing touches on his room.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Test Post

This is a test. As the time quickly approaches for us to go to China to
meet Henry and bring him home, Jenn and I have been giving thought to how
we're going to communicate with Lincoln, Lydia, and the rest of our
family/friends at home while we're there. Researching the blogging
opportunities in China has not been encouraging. Officially blocked by the
Great (fire)Wall of China are: Blogger (which is the platform for The
Gates Experiment), Picasa (which hosts the photos that you see
here), Wordpress (the blog platform to which I'd move if moving would give
better blogging prospects). I understand that Facebook access is spotty,
as well. So when it comes to keeping you all up to date while we're
half-way around the world, I'm hoping that I'll be able to e-mail posts to
Blogger. That's what this is, my first attempt to post here (after >450
posts!) via e-mail. If you're reading this, it worked. The real test will
be which e-mail I'll have access to while we're in China. We'll see...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

First Hike of 2012

Today was our first real hike of 2012. The weather was beautiful, and aside from some muddy parts of the trail, it was very pleasant to be out there. We went on the Cross Country Trail, which is 2.5 miles, and Lincoln held up very well. It was his longest hike without being carried for at least some portion, and the fact that he did it on his first hike of the season impressed us.

On a completely different subject, Lincoln is starting to gather some steam on the reading front. He's sounding out letters and making out simple words. Our teaching/learning bursts don't last long because he'll either get bored or frustrated, but he's making pretty good progress during the durations where we stay on task.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

First Zoo Trip of 2012

I'm really getting behind the curve here.

Lincoln has been helping me with a few painting projects. One of them is for Henry's room, and when we're through with it, we'll post some photos.
He's also been back to playing with Legos after a brief hiatus. This has been prompted a bit by his receiving the Lego Club Magazine where he enjoys playing some of the word games as well as looking at the photos of things that "kids have made." I'm convinced that parents are building those things, but what do I know. So Lincoln built a couple of guns of which he wanted me to take photos. I like his iniative spirit!

We've also been battling some coughs... all of us have.
Last Saturday I had a Daddy Day with the kids while Jenn was at work in the morning, so after a few errands, we went for our first Akron Zoo visit of the season. Sure it was cold, but we still had fun.

Thankfully, Lydia has been more into books lately. You'll recall that Lincoln was interested in books seemingly from the womb. Lydia, not so much. But over the last few weeks, she's been more interested in picking out books and sitting still for longer periods of time while we read to her.
She's also learned to use a step stool very, very effectively.

And word out of middle Tennessee is that the Hopwoods are still waiting...