Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Great time in Pinedale/Jackson with Daddy!!
We just returned from spending the weekend in Pinedale with Mike. After making the drive 2 times in 4 days (7 hours each way), I am amazed again, at what my husband does for all of us. This weekend was his break from driving and we had a fabulous time!
Mike took Kael, Janika and Elli on a whitewater rafting trip Friday morning. Despite freezing water, they all had a terrific time and can't wait to do it again. They all discovered that they are "Wild at Heart" and loved this adventure with their Dad (who couldn't stop smiling either). Kael enjoyed being a lead rower. I stayed with Layne and Gavin, driving to Lunch Table to watch the rafts go over the rapids and then driving to watch the raft dock. They were both enthralled with the process. Gavin kept saying, "Daddy BIG BOAT!" To my delight, an older couple really took an interest in our big kids, saying how outgoing and adventurous they were. It gave me the perfect opportunity to tout homeschooling and the obvious misconceptions about socialization.
After the rafting trip, we drove out to Moose and rented some bikes and rode about 6 miles each way-- Layne and Gavin rode in a little trailer behind Mike's bike. It's the first time in my life I was able to get up a hill faster than Mike on a bike! All in all, the day was fantastic- Thanks Mike!!
We spent the rest of the weekend looking around Pinedale and swimming(lots of swimming). The highlight of the weekend for Elli was the climbing wall at the Aquatic Center. She does a mean Spiderwoman impersonation, climbing quickly and effortlessly. All 5 kids tried the wall, to my surprise and all enjoyed the challenge. I have to admit, Layne was pretty cute, trying to make it past the orange line and then trusting that the rope would bring her down safely.
Elli's good friend in Ethiopia, Almaz, met her forever family today! We are so excited for the Korson Family as they expand from 4 to 7 beautiful kids!! We were reminded again this weekend, of God's perfect plan for our own family. I originally wanted to adopt an infant, but followed God's (and Mike's) leading for an older child. We couldn't be more thrilled with our new son and what a great addition he is to our family. I have vivid pictures in my mind of him walking hand-in-hand with Janika on a walk, and chasing Kael around the hotel room. The last two hours of our drive home today took on a whole new life with him yelling his excitement over the antics in Kung Fu Panda. EVERYONE was laughing at the pure joy he displayed with Po's antics.