Friday, June 11, 2010

happiness is...

traveling with this girl.

We recently got back from a trip to Colorado.  Sadly, our family does not get to see each other as much as we would like to during the week -- at least not all four of us together.  So it was pure bliss to escape to the mountains with a family that has two sweet kiddos the same ages as ours.  I would have been content to just sit and smile at each other! However, we did manage to achieve some idyllic moments that included (but were not limited to) scenic off-road adventures, hikes, a picnic next to waterfalls, hot springs, a gondola ride over Telluride, parks, and lots of family down time.

We were thrilled with how well both of the girls did with the 18-ish hour drive both ways.  They did a great job the whole time.  The ladies were so happy playing on the front porch in the mountain air with their friends, going on our little adventures, and slept well after playing so hard each day.

Something that was so sweet for me was the sense of coming full circle that I had as I spent these days with my two beautiful daughters.  Matt and I went to this same spot days after becoming engaged, on our honeymoon, when Harper was a baby, and for Wavybel's first Christmas.  One night on our honeymoon, I will never forget, I came into the kitchen and told Matt I just had a strong sense that adoption was in our future.  Eight years later we rejoice in our beautiful family -- perfectly formed through adoption.  

One night I was in the kitchen and heard one of the bedroom doors open.  Turning to say something to what I assumed was my friend coming out, I saw Wavy's gleeful face just before she exclaimed, "HI MOMMY!!!" Yes. regrettably she figured out how to climb out of the pack and play while we were on this trip!  On her second voyage out of her room she had the good sense to first grab her blanket, pacifier, monkey, and pink monkey.  She was quite proud of herself running down the hall with all of her treasures.  On all subsequent trips out of bed she first took off her pants.  I was having a very hard time keeping a straight face while sternly telling her she was not supposed to be getting out of bed.  And while she did climb out about eight times that evening she has not tried to get out of her crib now that we are home.  Which is a relief!

I am sad (for myself) to say our camera was full after the first three days we were there, but you friend might be glad to not be subjected to an entire vacation reel! Here are a handful of pictures of one of the prettiest faces I've ever known.

Miss Wave on vacation:


sonyastrader said...

Loved hearing about your vacation. You have precious daughters. Hope you ere able to put aside some of the stress and truly relax as a family.

Yia Yia said...

Love all the pix!! What an adorable family. So glad your vacation time was fun and relaxing. You're the best!! Love the moon and back.

Danielle said...

Looks like a wonderful trip, Molly! What a sweet story about your premonition of adoption! Glad you are able to enjoy some much-needed downtime and happy moments, despite the stress of the unknown future. We think of you often and of course, continue to keep you in our prayers.

On another note, I hope we might be able to see you this summer. I have to bring Molly to KC to see a pediatric dermatologist - she has a rare birthmark on her back that 4 pediatricians in Wichita say they have never seen before. So, we are going to have it checked out just to be safe. Once I get the appointment scheduled, I'll let you know and hopefully we can get together while we are there. Would love to have a chance to see everyone again :)

Keep on enjoying those beautiful girls!


Elizabeth said...

So glad you were able to have some quality family time - I know it is one of the things I cherish most as a mom as well. In fact, we'll be heading to Colorado with my husband's family for some quality time in a couple weeks. That must be the place to be this summer :D

Be assured of our continued daily prayers for your beautiful family, that God will guide the words of your lawyer and wisdom for the judges to make the best decision for Wavy. May you have a spirit of peace and trust during this period of waiting.

Chris and Diane said...

hey guys,
how are you doing these days?
thinking of you,