Monday, August 16, 2010

A fun weekend!

We have had some VERY exciting news in our extended family :) which caused for a trip to Aunt Linda and Uncle Peter's house! Mom, Kate, and I left on Friday afternoon to drive up to Atlanta. We brought Kate to ease Dad's load, yet still be able to get things done... she is SO good and plays SO nicely and quietly!
This is how we spent about 14 hours on Saturday... doing paperwork... ADOPTION PAPERWORK! There's an amazing story behind this all, but I need to wait to share it :)
On Saturday night, Aunt Linda and Uncle Peter brought us to one of their favorite restaurants, where we enjoyed burgers and AMAZING strawberry shortcake!
Kate loved the dog, Sassy! And she loves her Uncle Peter, too! They became the best of friends in the short time we were gone!
It was so good to give Kate some special time to herself. She really needed this weekend and some special attention!
On Sunday, we went to Church! Miss Cakers had a blast at the nursery there!
And she loved meeting all of Aunt Linda's friends, who were so excited to meet one of the kiddos they have heard so much about :) It was also fun because we ran into the family of the amazing girl who I went to China with and roomed with last summer. Sadly, she doesn't live in the area anymore, and I didn't get to see her. We also saw the trip leader at lunch, which was fun to catch up with him again!!

After Church, we went to lunch at a Chinese place. Of course, we had to have Chinese food to celebrate the start of the adoption process :) Here are Kate and Uncle Peter playing!
We went back to their house and Kate ran around to get some energy out and played a little more while Mom and Aunt Linda went over some last things about the paperwork!
We had such a fun weekend with Aunt Linda and Uncle Peter!!!
And we did not want to say goodbye! As we pulled out of the driveway, Kate said, "I miss them already!"
We stopped at the Hanna store in Atlanta to use a coupon (and not have to pay for shipping!) and then Kate fell fast asleep until dinner...
We were passing by the exit of some friends, so we planned to meet at a little Mexican restaurant! Ashton and I have been friends for so long, yet never met in person. It was so good to finally talk FACE TO FACE!! Oh and in case you are wondering, she is even sweeter and more amazing in person than she is on her blog! :)

Anna Grace and Kate hit it off fast! They were PRECIOUS together. At one point, AG said, "Can we be best friends?" and Kate answered, "Yes!! But what's your name again?" We were all laughing so hard. They were just so sweet together and had the best time talking, playing, and running around! Oh and they are about the same size, which is amazing considering how TINY Kate is! Can't wait to get these girls (and the rest!) together again!
So yes, it was a very fun dinner! Our moms had such fun too! They became fast friends, too. Crazy how this miracle of adoption works and how quickly you can become friends with people you've never met... They can't wait to get all of the kids together! We live less than 2 hours from each other, so we'll have to do it more often!!
Kate, Andrew, and Anna Grace! Such cuties :) Can't wait to see all 6 of our siblings together!
The big sisters and the littlest sisters :)


Melanie said...

Oh!! I can't wait to read the story of your uncle and aunt and their adoption journey!!=) That is precious! =)

I saw on Ashton's blog that you met! That's wonderful =) I knew you girls were friends. Sweet, looooved the pictures :)

Anonymous said...

What a SMALL world!! I noticed your Uncle Pete's yellow shirt- & thought it looked familiar. (As a golf lover-US Open shirts are easily recognized). Anyway-saw it was from the 2003 US Open in Olympia Fields, Illinois!!! I worked at that & my family are members there!!! Tell your Uncle Pete he has good taste in golf shirts!! Great news about the adoption process!!! Pam

Kristi said...

How wonderful that you and Ashton got to finally meet. It is always exciting for me to get to see friends that I've made via blogland in the adoption circle face to face.

And I can't wait to hear the exciting news about your aunt and uncle and their adoption. I have a guess, can't wait to see if it is right!

Catherine said...

Oh wow!! I got goosebumps reading about your Uncle Peter and Aunt Linda! Adoption is touching their family and they will be the parents of a precious little one God is preparing for them!!! Wheee! Please keep us posted.

Looks like a fun weekend. Would love to meet you and your amazing family someday so if we're ever headed your way (or you head to the Great White North) please let me know and we'll get together!

Blessings to your entire family.

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Julie said...

Sounds like a fun weekend! I can't wait to hear more about your aunt and uncle. And how cool that you got to meet Ashton. I read her blog too (I prob. found it from yours lol), and I didn't know that y'all didn't already know each other in "real life" lol

Janet and Kevin said...

Congratulations to your aunt and uncle on their upcoming adoption and how sweet that you got to meet friends from the adoptive world on your trip!

Janet and gang

Jean said...

So excited that their will be more adoptions in the family!! Congrats to them-the paperwork is tough but so worth it!!

That is so cool you met Ashton!! I think she has stopped by our blog, too!

Jean said...

So excited that their will be more adoptions in the family!! Congrats to them-the paperwork is tough but so worth it!!

That is so cool you met Ashton!! I think she has stopped by our blog, too!