Monday, November 30, 2009

Guatoberfest - Miami

We were fortunate enough to be able to join the Guatoberfest group this year on a cruise out of Miami! Dominic and I went down a day early and stayed in Miami Beach. Our hotel was right on the water and we spent the day moving between the beach, swimming pool and room service.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Summer picnic

The look I got as we were leaving. He loves hanging out here and didn't want to go home.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Reunion - Part 3

Back at the hotel was another group of families - some from our agency and some that we've just met online. We took over a restaurant down the street and they were very accommodating for such a large group. The little ones took over an area of the restaurant after dinner and made it into a dance floor. We had a great time visiting with everyone!

Walking back to the hotel with E's family -

The hotel had an indoor waterpark. Dominic had a blast!

Before heading home we stopped to do some shopping and discovered a mall with a great play area.

A wonderful weekend. Can't wait to see everyone at the reunion again next year!

Reunion - Part 2

Saturday afternoon we met up with the folks from our adoption agency for their annual reunion. It was amazing to see the 100s of families there.

Dominic enjoyed playing in the sand with his friends.

This photo sequence with our friend J makes me wonder if this is what his relationships will be like in the years to come -

We posed for a pic in front of the picnic area for the Guatemalan families -

Made a quick visit to the train museum at the park -

in the mail car -

And headed back to the playground for a bit

before passing out at the hotel.

Reunion - Part 1

This summer we spent a weekend in Indianapolis with a number of adoption friends. Before joining the group, we went to the art museum. Dominic had a great time hanging out in the garden.

Dominic serving me breakfast in bed -

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

When you least expect it...

About a week after writing my last post, our lives took an unexpected and wonderful turn as I began to fall head over heels in love with a dear friend. We've shared a friendship and mutual respect for years. It never crossed our minds that in the right circumstances it would ever be more. But things in our lives changed and there we were....

I won't spend too much time gushing here, though I could go on all day. He is a wonderful addition to our lives - kind, generous, intelligent, witty and most of all an amazing father to 3 brilliant kids. Just as I feel with Dominic, I could never have imagined that I would have someone in my life that is such a perfect match.

Our lives got a bit more complicated these past few months and there are many challenges ahead, but as we sat last night with a portion of our combined families at the very restaurant that marks all important family dinners, all I can see is a bright future ahead for all of us.

As I catch up on 4 months of blogging this weekend, here are some pics of Dominic performing a mic check as we took a peek at our venue for our upcoming event in January.