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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Helen on September 27, 2010 at 10:41 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone,

 It's crazy how it's already Thanksgiving weekend! It's been a long time and there's been a cry for news on the "Channel Baby". Well, he's still  thriving and growing like a weed. Talking non-stop (most of which I can only interpret) and gaining more speed (on land and in water!). He's a great negotiator like his dad and likes to continually tests us everyday. People tell us this testing and limit pushing will continue throughtout our lives. Go...

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Happy Mother's Day & Did I win the lottery or what?!

Posted by Helen on May 9, 2010 at 9:03 PM Comments comments (0)


This is Oscar speaking to all my amazing peeps out there! Life has been a blast!! I can’t believe how many friends and family are out there! I never knew how many people already knew me here in Canada! I’ve got a great crib in the Beach and the place is a revolving door. I’ve got a great family with a babushka, great cousins, aunts, uncles (to give me airplane rides) and plenty of new friends. I even make friends at the playground and I can’t eve...

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What's going on?

Posted by Helen on April 10, 2010 at 3:57 PM Comments comments (2)

April 10, 2010

My apologies for the delay in updating the blog. My computer got highjacked by a virus and needed some professional maintenance. It’s all good now.


It’s been a busy few weeks and Oscar is adjusting very well to the Beach life. He’s been keeping his mom and dad on their toes and enjoying meeting his extended family and new friends. He especially LOVES his Mita (grandmother in Spanish). Mita and Oscar are tight and whenever he sees her, ...

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How are the new parents doing?

Posted by Helen on March 28, 2010 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (6)

March 26, 2010

So, how’ s goin as new parents?


Well, it all started off when my wonderful sister and brother in law (Marion and Don) greeted us at the Toronto airport and had our own car parked in the terminal. Oscar was greeted with a Canadian Teddy Bear. This was a God sent; as we were feeling completely jet lagged and overwhelmed by being away from home for so long. Oscar was in great spirits when we hit Toronto (this wasn’t the case from Kie...

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Oh Canada

Posted by Helen on March 25, 2010 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (2)

March 25, 2010


We made it home safe and sound. It was certainly a challenging travel day and very tough on our little man. It started when we were going through security and there was a boy a little older than Oscar who was a few people in front and he wanted to follow him past the "Stop one person at a time" sign! It then got progressively worse until major meltdown right at window of stone faced "Emmigration" offocer who was pouring through all of the adotion documents an...

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Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

Posted by Helen on March 23, 2010 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (8)

March 23rd, 2010

Pinch us, we really are where we are!

     Wow, hard to believe we are finally done! I want to say it a thousand times, done, done. done; dance and sing it, done, done, done! Scream it as loud as I can, only that is the last thing I really want to do as we just got our little man to sleep!

9 ½ weeks, today! We spoke with our primary agency contact today, who we had initially met  but have actually had very little contact with fo...

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And Now The Time Is Near...........

Posted by Helen on March 21, 2010 at 4:53 PM Comments comments (3)

Sunday March 21, 2010: What is sleep anyways?


    Hello all! Yes, we’ve made it being parents for 3 whole days. Dave exclaimed,” I don’t know why I waited soo long to have children, I could just have a mitt full of them”. It has been an exhilarating, sometimes trying, always heartwarming experience so far! It has been particularly trying around sleep time. He’s still pushing the limits and we’re learning from trial and err...

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Oscar Breaks Free!!!

Posted by Helen on March 18, 2010 at 4:58 PM Comments comments (7)

March 18th, 2010

Oscar Breaks Free!

     Hi everyone and apologize for not writing for a while and we have so much to cover!

Last weekend we were very busy getting everything ready for Oscar’s homecoming. We finally got to break open the 1997 bottle of Caymus Cab we brought to celebrate when it was 100% official and we lucky enough to have our friends Wendy and Peter make us a fantastic rib roast on Sunday evening.



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Our last weekend as DINK's (Double Incomes, No Kids)

Posted by Helen on March 13, 2010 at 10:13 AM Comments comments (6)

March 13, 2010


    Do I dare say it? We’ve passed the 11 day waiting period and there’s been no family objection to the adoption. So, I think it’s safe to say that we’re officially Oscar’s parents. On Monday we will go to court to sign papers, Tues we travel to Ivankiv for Oscar’s birth certificate, tax #, and hopefully break him out of the orphanage by Wed. or Thurs. We then continue with passport and immigration papers. T...

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Happy Birthday to a poet, a guitarist and a friend!

Posted by Helen on March 9, 2010 at 4:31 PM Comments comments (4)

March 9, 2010: Taras Shevchenko B-day!


Taras Shevchenko was a famous artist and poet in Ukraine and today the public commemorated this iconic hero who preserved the Ukrainian language through the written word. People gathered in the park in front of a large statue of Shevchenko facing the University to bring bouquet of  flowers, sing songs and recite poems to the beloved Ukrainian! Two other birthdays today to be celebrated, are our nephew Lucas in Calgary. Happy...

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