Yesterday we attended the 8th Annual Kazahkstan/International Adoption Family Picnic hosted by a family who lives in a rural suburb of Richmond. They live on a farm like area with a pool, a large (like 1/4 mile) paved driveway, with a large grassy area with swingsets and sandboxes. I’ve been invited to this party 2 or 3 years in a row but haven’t had time to make it to it. So, yesterday I decided to go and what a great time we had!
…The boys brought their bikes and the driveway was a great place to practice riding without training wheels. Matthew was on his bike nearly the entire afternoon. Logan made friends with a couple of girls and spent hours on the swingset…and in the pool. Riley loved swiming in the 4 ft pool without a float and sliding down the slide. He really is getting good at swimming. Addison charmed everyone she met – though she was a little clingy given that in the past 24 hours she had been at daycare, had a babysitter till she went to bed, had me for 2 hours and then the babysitter came back again…oh no!!…yup, she kept pretty tight to me for the afternoon. But, she played in the kiddy pool, ate 2 (or maybe 3) sno-cones, smiled alot and basically had a great time.
…I ended up knowing 4 other families there and had a good time sitting and conversing with other adults – with only one kid glommed onto me!- and even she was walking around me and playing a little. In no time at all, it was after 7 pm and the food was gone and even Matthew had eaten some cake and ice cream! We all dragged ourselves back to the car and drove home.
…As we were driving home Matthew said…”that was the best party I’ve ever been to!!!!” I have to say, it really was fun.
I am a single mom, too, and I have a 16 year old and an 11 year old, but I am seriously thinking about #3, but another older child, maybe 5-7. Reading your blog inspires me! I don’t know how you do it.
We had a great time at the picnic, too. The kids want to go back! It was so good to see you and your kids. Debra