Sunday, May 15, 2016

WEEKEND SCENES

Our weekend was rather packed with fun - here's a quick run down.

John worked on Friday night, so I took the kiddos to eat at CFA for dinner.  It was such a gorgeous night, and we ran into dear friends on the patio where we lingered in the twilight.

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We had our last official soccer Saturday of the season - the parent tunnel (with older siblings also trying to help) is always a favorite moment.

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Saturday afternoon took us to our school's Spring Fling.

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And after a quick Mexican dinner, John graciously let me have the rest of the evening off.  He fed this crew ice cream by the pond (because he is awesome),

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and I shopped for more flowers.  I ran across these "kosmic" succulents and spent some time trying to figure out their coloring.  Then I read the tag and realized they had been painted.  Naturally.


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Today, we slept in, went to 2nd service, had lunch with friends, planted flowers (not the crazy succulents) and decided to go canoeing, because the weather was calling to us.  It was so so beautiful and not to be wasted.  We bought our canoe well over three years ago when we only had two children but were planning to adopt two more.  We used it several times with the girls, but we specifically had gotten one big enough that we could add extra kiddos and have everyone together on the water.  And in the water, as Violet liked to regularly be.

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Having everyone in the canoe today felt like the fulfillment of a dream - over three years in the making.  We certainly did not know that William and Violet are who would be sitting there, but seeing how God has unfolded the whole story and now taking them with us was and is such a privilege.  As a bonus - they actually had fun, which certainly made it fun for everyone else.

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It's amazing to see our family start to turn some corners.  This outing was really almost entirely pleasant, from start to finish.  We had one down moment, when Bella was feeling a little scared to be on the water.  The last time we really took out the canoe was right before the twins were born, and it was a little scary.  Once I told her that she could have Sonic on our way home if she could pull it together, she did and we did.

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We also got to see a train from the water, which was a huge treat for everybody - especially William.

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The day could not have been more perfectly made for this activity, and we had a great time.

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I'm so very thankful.  It is nice to be able to appreciate the sweet times, because we have certainly had our share of tough moments with lots of little kids.

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