A dream Ryan shared with me

November 17, 2020

So Ryan told us about a dream he had last night that I thought was very poignant. He wrote out the dream and I am copying and pasting it below. I thought it was really cool and just wanted to memorialize it. Love you dude ———– I had a dream that I had gone back […]

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Ryan’s 5th grade honesty and good choices!

November 8, 2020

You got in the car after school and after checking first to see if we knew anything, you shared a story from lunch about your friend Michael, who apparently threw a water bottle up in the air and then got in trouble by Mr. Dudley. He happened to be standing behind you when it happened, […]

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Ryan goes up near stage for dance

November 8, 2020

This happened in January 2016. As you know Ryan hasn’t been doing well in front of groups with the singing and dancing thing. We’ve started guitar lessons with Shelley and that’s helped. But school we still struggle, partially due to the teacher Mr. Reese. But this week we got the following email from his teacher […]

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Ryan’s tough week in 2nd grade

November 8, 2020

Specifically it was the week of January 11th, 2016. Ryan had a tough week at school. On Monday, he had a planned meeting with Mr. Reese (his music teacher) and Mrs McDonell (guidance counselor) abuot his lack of participation in music class. We requested this meeting to see if they could find ways to help […]

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Lucky visits Ryan summer 2016

November 8, 2020

AUG 22, 2016 – lucky (Ryan’s elf on the shelf) visited today! This was the text in the letter that was with him. It came after a horrible day yesterday. ——————————————————- HELLO HELLO HELLO HELLO Ryan!!!!!!! Yep – you’re not dreaming. It’s me. Your Christmas-time pal. Boy did I miss you!!! So you may be […]

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Ryan’s very interesting start to 5th grade

November 8, 2020

First day of 5th grade for Ryan was…interesting.  He is currently attending Pleasant Valley Intermediate school. However, days before school opened for the new school year, the building was closed because of mold. That’s right…CLOSED.  They cancelled the first few days of school and then setup a plan  for students to attend classes at Pleasant […]

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Snowflake elf asks Ryan for a letter

November 8, 2020

We got a message from Snowflake elf asking Ryan to write a letter why Lucky should come to our home this year for the holidays. Apparently Lucky’s family is having a hard time lettering him go because of the new baby they have. Here’s what Ryan wrote (I typed it for him): ———————————————————– Attention: Lucky […]

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Several “firsts” for Ryan

November 8, 2020

Some of the many firsts for Ryan that I’ve documented along the wa…   2015 Ryans 1st dog walk We were visiting Julia and Rob in Oswego for KITT’S appearance at wizard world august 2015. Ryan really enjoyed their dog Rex, and him and I took Rex for a walk today. It was the first […]

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Ryan’s 8th bday celebration

November 8, 2020

This is the birthday of all birthdays little man. What an incredible celebration you have had. Let’s see if I remember everything:   a) Nana got us tickets to see ‘Finding Neverland’ on Broadway (we loved the show; you just needed some help understanding what happened) b) Went out for lunch at “Eataly” and dinner […]

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Ryan’s first day of 1st grade

November 8, 2020

This was a HUGE milestone for all of us. But Ryan was really excited to start school again after a busy summer. Unlike the other kids we knew at the time, he was looking forward to the full day and to what 1st grade would be like. He started school on Sept 2nd, 2014. We […]

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Camilo surprises Ryan

November 8, 2020

New neighbors at the end of the street moved in. Boys name is Camilo. Him and Ryan had a great summer together for the most part but then towards the end had a falling out. Wasn’t exactly a fight, but something happened that caused them not to be friends anymore (to this day i am […]

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Ryan’s random act of kindness (1st grade)

November 8, 2020

When I picked up Ryan from school today, he immediately told me about something he did that still has me smiling. Had to share it in his Footprint. Long story short, they had indoor recess today (basically play time in the classroom when there is inclement weather). Out of nowhere, he made the decision to […]

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Ryan expressing his feelings about 1st grade

November 8, 2020

Recently Ryan has been coming home from school a bit ‘on edge’.  He doesn’t say much about his days and seems like his is ready to burst into tears in a split second.  But he finally decided to open up to us a little bit, and shared some of his feelings. He told us about […]

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Ryan learns to swim!

November 8, 2020

We’ve been at this for a long time. We tried swim lessons. Practiced a lot in nana’s small pool. but he never seemed willing to try swimming on his own. He always had to touch the ground. Even most of this summer (2014) he did the same. But towards the end, something changed. Out of […]

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Ryan’s “right vs wrong” with John

November 8, 2020

Tonight Ryan and I had an awesome conversation, and he did most of the talking. He was playing with John a little bit and they seemed to have fun. But then when we came inside Ryan decided to open up about some of the things he doesn’t like about John. He was saying John doesn’t […]

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Ryan’s great day in school and with friends

November 8, 2020

Today is October 20, 2015.  Ryan was laying in bed and I was in the office working.  After 20 minutes of silence, Ryan calls over to me and says: “Daddy – would you mind writing about this day in my Footprint?”  My heart melted.  I am more than honored to do that for you Ryan. […]

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Bullying begins in new school

November 8, 2020

His first year at Pleasant Valley Intermediate (4th grade) has been very challenging. Probably one of the worst school years so far. And part of that involves some of the kids who are turning into bullies. There is one boy that has been distracting him for over a month now – Lucas. The boy is […]

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Ryan has a lot on his mind

November 8, 2020

You have a lot on your mind dude. You recently had an issue with Frankie and John (Frankie pushed you into a wall at our house and John sided with him). You felt scared and didn’t know what to do. I am sorry I wasn’t there to help you. And I am sorry mommy didn’t […]

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Ryan helped mommy in daddy’s absence

November 8, 2020

Summer 2018 daddy was away with Optimus in Canada and mommy woke up in the middle of the night vomiting and in severe back pain. You were brave enough to pick up the phone and text me. I called and led you through some ways to help. Our neighbors, Melissa and Doug, ultimately took mommy […]

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Ryan gets stuck on elevator alone

November 8, 2020

Ania was helping a non-profit called BW Nice organize a red-shoe banquet at Aquatopia in Tannersville. It was the evening before the banquet and we went with her to unload a ton of gift baskets. We placed them on luggage carts and wheeled them to the elevators. The event was on the 4th floor. We […]

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