We just returned home last weekend from our much-anticipated beach vacation, and going through photos from the trip I knew I had to post these first. Our first few days in paradise were shared with some good friends, and on the drive south from Tennessee to the coast we made a short stop over in Birmingham to see some other mutual friends. Us, having brought Lulu home in March and our friends the Kowns coming home from China with their daughter a month later, was reason alone to pay a visit and make introductions. For two hours seven kids from 7-years to 16-months-old ran circles around the six adults as we shared moments of conversation and nibbles of food. It was chaos and it was wonderful. Just to be together with long-time friends, to have our adoptions completed and all our kids in one place, was a small summer’s slice of Home. So of course, the day begged to be preserved in pictures to accompany the memories being made of East meets West meets deep South. However, in predictable fashion, the younger set of seven was hardly inclined to oblige the memory-capturing and would have preferred to keep on memory-making free of parental directions to stand still, look here, and SMILE(!!!). The results may not be hung on any of the walls in our homes, but I am grateful to have the sequence all the same. Given time, I imagine our kids will also one day share in appreciation for a handful of pictures recounting a couple of hours with life-long friends.
Takes Three through Six:
Time to regroup and go to Plan B:
Popsicles! (you are brilliant Robyn):