updates from the bradfields

28 Dec 06 Thanks for the presents, Santa

Marley in her Christmas PJs Well, it’s three days after Christmas, and we just got around to opening Marley’s last present. Phew! She relished every moment of the extravaganza.Why did it take so long you might ask? She actually didn’t receive that many gifts, but she took time to play with every single one immediately after it was opened. In fact, she even knows some of the books inside and out, and has mastered some of her puzzles. It is fun to see how much she absorbs. Her vocabulary grows daily and she is a pretty good at memorizing things.

So is her Daddy. His worst nightmare came true today. He actually got a Barney song stuck in his head. If you really pester him, he might even admit dancing with Marley to Barney. Talk about a sight to see. He must really love his kids. He just continues to resist their music because he knows it will continue to infiltrate his head. Welcome to parenthood.

Happy holidays!

11 Dec 06 On the road to destiny

What’s your destination? We don’t always know. If you’d asked us a year ago where we’d be living, we wouldn’t have even thought of New York City. If you’d told us we’d have a child with Down syndrome, we’d be in disbelief. But bring those two together and it really starts to make sense.

Recently, I was “back home” in Toronto giving a workshop at an industry conference. It felt so comfortable being on familiar turf. As much as we love New York, there’s nothing like walking the streets of a friendly city where you know how to find practically anything you might need.

Interestingly enough though, it seems that New York is the place where we can find exactly what we need right now. As those of you reading this blog know, Nicole has started both speech and physiotherapy. She gets physio three times a week and speech twice a week for a total of five sessions. We wanted more but we take what we can get, especially when it’s covered by subsidized government programs. According to someone I met in Toronto though, this level of public health service is unheard of for most patients. We’d be lucky if we had one session once a week. Combine that with the fact that the therapists come to us, and we quickly start to realize how the turn our lives took was meant to be. Really.

We can’t explain it. But there are some kind souls and spirits looking out for us and guiding our way. Needless to say we are grateful.

Heading home for the holidays will be so much fun. We leave in just over a week. Coming back will be difficult, but knowing that this is where we’re meant to be at this point in our lives gives us a bit more clarity and drive.

Thank you to everyone who’s been thinking of us and continually sending us your good thoughts. It’s working. And we’re working hard to create as much opportunity as we can for our daughter, Nicole. And there’s no better place than New York City right now.


03 Dec 06 Who needs a car?

So we’ve decided to sell our beloved VW Jetta station wagon (PDF 92 KB). I used the car to lug gear back and forth to gigs when I performed with blueScreen. We brought both Marley and Nicole home from the hospital in that car. And it got us safely to our new home in Brooklyn at the end of the summer.

We got sucked into the parking game here, flipping the car from one side of the street to the other for weekly street cleaning. We only got one parking ticket which is pretty good for New York City. We’ve decided to quit while we’re ahead and throw in the towel.

The car is now back in Toronto sitting in a heated garage and being well maintained by Karyn’s father. He has kindly offered to help us sell the car. If anyone is interested in a great family car that drives like a sports car, feel free to view our poster (PDF 92 KB) and share it with anyone that you think might be interested.

A review of this car on reads, “BMW performance and style for a VW pricetag.” A Canadian Driver overview of the car at says, “A handsome, practical wagon that’s well-finished and easy to drive.”

Not our car, but almost identical - 2003 VW Jetta Wagon

Update: We sold our car in mid-January. A huge thanks to Karyn’s Dad for finding the buyer and closing the sale!