Selfie in Mike’s car before heading to dinner in Mike’s car
My cousin Jen, her husband Chris and their kids came through Fort Worth on a road trip. This is my only photo of the 18 or so hours they were with us – which is funny. We planned to go to dinner at Bob’s Steak and Chop house to celebrate Chris and my birthday. Dinner was amazing as usual, but it definitely makes me happy I don’t work in fine dining anymore. We left the 6 kids with 2 teens from our church. The kids had fun and we had fun. It was a win-win for everyone and Dani did great! WOO HOO!!
Happy 8th birthday Nadia! You make us smile everyday with your compassionate heart, happy smile, inventive mind and zest for life. You love Batman, Taekwondo, Star Wars, stuffed animals, Lego’s, science, all things Frozen and playing on the Wii. You entertain us with stories you write and “shows” you plan for us with your sisters. Going on another trip to China matured you even more and you often amaze me with your wisdom and understanding of adoption and life. You are always analyzing the world around you and making interesting observations and I hope that never ends. You are now a big sister for a second time and you are so precious when you play with Dani. You were especially wonderful when she was in her body cast and couldn’t get around when you made an effort to play with and entertain her. We love to see you going through the house engaged in your activities while singing songs about God or “Seeds Family Worship” songs. We love you so much and are so blessed that you are in our lives!
My friend Kathy and her daughter Rieley came to town to see friends and go to homeschool day at the zoo with us. Nadia and Rieley immediately went to holding hands and have a great time as we walked around the zoo. We had a great time as we usually do, but the only strange thing was that the zoo seemed TOTALLY empty compared to prior homeschool days. The weather forecast was calling for severe weather later in the day and we experienced a few sprinkles as we walked, but I don’t know if that had anything to do with it.
The baby elephants make me happy
Dani is not in this photo because shortly before this I told her I needed to change her diaper and she flipped out. She had one of her monster tantrums that lasted a good 30 minutes. At least at homeschool day at the zoo the other parents look at you with empathy instead of scorn. Kathy was impressed to see one of the tantrums in person. Once we finished up it was time to head home and put the kiddos to bed. We planned to meet up for dinner and Kathy headed back to her hotel. Then the severe weather hit with a crazy wind, hail, and sideways rain. The power went out at the hotel and our lawn furniture went flying. Then as fast as it started it was over.
We headed to meet Kathy and Rieley for dinner and they got to the restaurant first, but it was closed because the power was out. I gave her the address of another place and it look us at least 20 minutes to go about 2 miles because the street lights were out too. We finally connected at Torchy Tacos and had a nice dinner out on the patio in the cool breeze that the storm brought to town