Friday, September 24, 2010

Beach Vacation 2010

We have had a wonderful time at Laguna Beach this week. The trip down went well, and really our 4 days here have gone very well. Some whining and complaining, especially as they get more tired and miss home and routine. All in all a good trip tho. We will start back tomorrow, spend the night in Alabama and get home Sunday evening. The boys have loved playing in the waves and searching for wildlife. The waves have been pretty big, which is fun, but very tiring. Dan has to go out with them and he is tired too. We haven't collected many shells. The waves are just too big. I'm not too sad tho - lots less "valuables" for me to bring home. We did go to a state park today and found several small sand dollars. They have also loved no school! I really had hoped to get some things ready to bring in order to make the most of our time, but it just didn't happen. Maybe next year....

Juan Pablo and Andrew at a rest area in Alabama.

Dan trying to keep track of everyone in the waves.


Andrew making sand angels.

Andrew, Maicol, and Juan Pablo at sunset.

What's in the bucket?

A crab Mom scooped out of the ocean!

Off on a "mission" at the state park.


Looking for sand dollars.

Small hermit crabs.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Then and Now III

Our three boys at a street side park in Ibague
Maicol playing cards at Patricia's in Ibague
Juan Pablo and "Andres" in our favorite park in Ibague
Maicol - ThenMaicol - Then
Juan Pablo - Then
Juan Pablo - Then
Andrew - Then
Mom and Andrew - Then
Andrew, Juan Pablo and Maicol - First Halloween in the U.S.
Bethany and Maicol - Now
Andrew and Jonathan - Now
Now - St. Louis Zoo

Well, it's been many moons since I (Dan) have blogged, so on this, our 28th anniversary, I thought I'd give it a shot. Yesterday was our 3rd anniversary of signing for the adoption and adding three more gifts to our family. Sometimes it seems like it all happened just yesterday, and sometimes it feels like a lifetime. I wouldn't want anyone to think that adopting 3 children is easy, but I also have to say that it is totally worth it all. There are times that I'm on top of the world and enjoying my family so much. But there are also times when I'm really depressed and wondering if I was nuts to do this at my age. With 2 family anniversaries to celebrate and the anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. to think about, my emotions are a bit close to the surface. I think I'll try this another time.
These pictures can't begin to show how far my three new boys have come in the last three years, but I hope you enjoy them.
God bless you all,