Tuesday, October 21, 2014

4th Annual Korean Playdate

This is a day that I look forward to all year long.  This is a day of getting to be around people who "get it."  People who know your heart even if they don't know you very well.  They get the wait, the paperwork, the transition of bringing your child home....the GET IT!!!!  We have actually probably seen more of each other this year since we had several homecomings!  We have celebrated together, prayed together, cried together and laughed together. 
Sunday we enjoyed another gorgeous day at a pumpkin patch/apple orchard.  The kids had a blast!  Olivia rode a horse by herself for the first time.  Nell, Easton, Davis and Wren were all aboard this year whereas last year they were pictures on the other side of the world.  They were our children, but we could only give stats that we had received from updates.  We didn't have a definitive timeline and our typical answer was, "I am not sure...".  Not this year!  We got to watch our kids play, interact and have a great day!  It is such a blessing to have a circle of friends that we get to share a common bond with.  I hope this continues for years to come!  I know I truly treasure the time. 

The kids love this slide!  John and Nick would come down and the kids would be half way back up the stairs again to go down.  


Can I slow down time???  I love her more than words can describe! 

 I always think Zoe and Olivia favor.  They are so cute together and had a great time!  More play dates in our future for sure now that her family has moved closer! 

I sure do hope these two stay forever buddies! 

He is crazy about Nick!
 Easton follows his sisters every step.  He adores her!

My two little pumpkins!

Good gracious she is strong!

Apples!!  Easton may have eaten a few on the ground while Olivia picked them! 
Hmmm.....these two look like they are having a conversation, a very serious on at that!   

 Don't they look like they are laughing at each other!?
She was determined to get a rabbit and hold it.  Davis was quite interested in this, but I think she may have pushed him out of the way....

A few minutes later she came over yelling, "Mommy!!  Look!!!"  Yep, she got one!

 Sweet, sweet girls!!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Myrtle Beach day 6

It was our last day on the beach. 



We left the beach mid day and headed to a garden that had a zoo along with it.  Apparently it had great reviews.  Well, those people were wrong.....we should have stayed at the beach!  The zoo wasn't much, but we saw otters, eagles, birds, gators, and farm animals. 


Easton was happy to be in this stroller contraption that was 'complimentary.'  Leslie and her family got in upon arriving and Adeline didn't want to ride, so insert Easton.

.  He thought this was absolutely hilarious.   

No, he isn't really whispering to John.  He is licking him.  But, I got a cute shot, nonetheless.
The girls had a 'look and find' booklet so they were pleased.  Olivia didn't initially have one and she was super bummed, but we got one after the zoo.
As we left there was a large statue of a man.  The kids all climbed up just to be sure he wasn't real. 
 We headed over to another area with small shops and walked around before dinner.  They had a playground here and my kids had a blast.  I was playing with Olivia and hit my head on that nice pole you see behind the kids, so I sat down and took a few pictures before dinner.
It was back to the condo to pack and clean.  Time to head back home the next morning.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Myrtle Beach day 5

 This guy hitched a ride 1/2 way to the beach this morning.
We enjoyed more sun, sand and water. 

We got cleaned up and headed out to the spot we visited the night before since we got there when things were closing.  It was a nice little area.
We went to Barefoot Landing and walked around and poked in and out of the shops. 
We stopped to feed the swans.  Turtles and large bass came up as well. 
When we got back to the condo, the kids played a bit and then off to bed.