Monday, September 17, 2007

What I (we) did on my (our) "summer" vacation...

...which we just returned from at 1:30 this morning!!

Yesterday morning, we were HERE, at Destin, Florida.

The day(s) before that, we were HERE, at Walt Disney World.

Why the "big" vacation trip? Because this Sept. 30 marks our fifth "Gotcha Day" with our girls!! "Gotcha Day" is commonly celebrated by adoptive families remembering the day when the child/children legally and officially became family--the day we "gotcha"!! :-)

So, while all of our previous family vacations have been MUCH more subdued and simple--camping, regional amusement parks, visiting family and friends--we longed to mark our fifth year together in a "big" way since our girls missed a "typical" American childhood, AND are RAPIDLY growing up (currently 17 1/2 and 14)!!! :-)

We had a wonderful time, with only one "bad" memory of losing our video camera along with ALL of the video from our week at Disney, and the girl's FIRST time at a beach. Thankfully, we had three cameras among us so most of the "moments" have been captured on film--still, we're pretty bummed about losing the video footage.

Sidenote: Five years ago today we were in Russia on our second trip waiting to appear before the judge in order to adopt our girls!


ellen b said...

Congratulations on your 5 year mark! What a wonderful way to celebrate. Sorry about the camera...bummer!

Kristine said...

I read this the other day and couldn't comment. Congratulations and it sounds like all of you had a great time!

Kim said...

Congratulations on 5 years together! How wonderful! We love Destin and go there every fall! I know you all must have had a great trip!

Your family is beautiful!!!

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

What a magical Disney moment! Thanks for joining in the Destination Disney carnival.