Yesterday we went on our last family outing before school starts. Honestly as cheap as I am, it was wonderful that our adoption agency "God's Waiting Children" was having this get together for adoptive families and host families or else we probably wouldn't have done anything at all because I would have thought it would cost too much money. Since going to the lake for the day cost hardly anything at all except for gas, we were able to splurge a little with the kids, and they loved it!
We left our home around 9:00 am and stopped for Starbucks. As the Starbuck's employee kept handing me drinks I wondered what the people in the car behind me were thinking. Hehehe.
On the way we stopped to fill up the van with gas and get Subway sandwiches. I wonder how William got up there.
Here we are at the lake. It was an absolutely beautiful day. Dennis really enjoyed the water and sand.
Here are William, Andrew, Julia, Annalyn, and Sveta on a boat.
William, Annalyn, Andrew, and Jonny stayed close to shore with me when the other kids swam out to a big rock with John.
Adam made it to the rock first! Look at those slowpokes swimming far behind.
Finally they made it!
Did I mention how interested Dennis was in the sand? He wanted to touch it, taste it, and rub it in his hair. I was so worried that he would get it in his eye.... but he didn't.
Dennis was content sitting at the water's edge with the water gently lapping at his feet.
Sveta was waiting to ride on the boat again. She loved it!
Andrew and Jonny got into a mud fight. They played and played and played!
Daddy took all the kids out kayaking. Here he is with Annalyn.
Rachel and Anna bottled up the shiny sand. They were convinced that it must have gold in it.
Poor Adam looks like he has had enough of the sun..... don't you think?
The day was really fun! All the kids enjoyed themselves. It was really nice getting to meet so many nice and amazing people.
Here is a picture of Dennis and Andrew on the drive home. I just can't get over how much more smiley Dennis has become over the last week!
As a final treat and awesome way to end the day, we all went out to dinner at Mimi's Cafe. You would think that after a long exhausting day in the sun the kids would have been cranky and tired. Actually they all behaved great and dinner was really wonderful.
Here is Jonny, Caleb, Andrew, and William waiting to be seated.
Here I am with Caleb who I think desperately needs a haircut. What do you think?
A sure way to tell the kids are growing up???? Now we have four ordering off the adult menu!
It was nice to have this "last summer" day before the kid's go back to school next week. However, I am thrilled that next Thursday I will send my brood off to school!