Saturday - August 2, 2008
Robin and I first met, on line, two years ago while we were waiting to adopt our 2nd daughters. She is such a nice person and she's incredibly talented. It was really exciting to finally coordinate our schedules so she could spend the whole weekend with us! (We hope the WHOLE family can come next time!)
Naturally, we had to go to Gilroy Gardens. It's inexpensive and fun and it really is beautiful! We never get tired to going there even though we seem to go every week during the Spring, Summer and early Fall.
We did the usual stuff: The singing vegetable show, the goldfish, firetruck, race car and spinning drum rides. The Balloon ride and Carousel. As always, the kids loved it! It's impossible to see everything in one day so we decided in advance to do it over two days. Around 2:00 PM, we all headed back to our (matching) mini-vans, plugged my home address into our matching Garmin Navigation Systems, strapped our kids into our matching Britax Marathon car seats, and arrived back home just in time for nap.
While the kids slept, I showed Robin some FotoFusion and PaintShop Pro tips and tricks on the computer. Then she pulled out her amazing collection of face paints and we woke up our kids and started painting! (For the record, Robin did all the paining while I watched and tried to learn)
Maddy wanted to be a tiger and was soooooo incredibly cute as she kept growling her precious "rooaaarrr" at us the whole time she was being painted. She tried to look dangerous and worked really hard to stay in character and not crack a smile but it was so hard for her not to smile since she was absolutely THRILLED to be wearing this super fun face paint! She couldn't help but grin just a little bit! Here are our favorite pictures of our little Tigress:
Abby wanted her face painted too so her mommy painted the pretty butterfly over her eye. Robin is so good at this and I watched in wide-eyed wonder as she transformed Maddy and Gwen. I don't know if I'll ever be able to do this but I'm going to beef up my pitiful little paint supplies and give it a try one of these days. Maybe even one day soon!
Here are the kids playing in the backyard. They started out a little bit shy but quickly came to be best friends.
When it was time for bed, Gwen and Abby wanted to sleep together so we tried that for an hour or two but all they did was talk and giggle and play and it wasn't looking like sleep was going to be on their agenda. At about 10:00 PM, we split them up and they finally drifted off to sleep.
We have another busy day planned for tomorrow!
Sunday - August 3, 2008
The first words out of Gwen's mouth this morning was "Where's my baby Abby?" While Maddy got her face repainted (as a tiger again), Gwen sat with Abby patiently coloring. This is very uncharacteristic of Gwen in so many ways! First of all, she's not a "nurturer" and she's not really into pretending to be a mommy and she doesn't usually have the patience to sit and color. But this morning, she was all of those things -- to Abby.
Robin painted each of the kids while I packed snacks and loaded the van for another day at Gilroy Gardens. I think Madeline would be happy to have tiger stripes on her face every single day and Robin makes it look so easy! She painted Maddy then Landon then Abby (see picture below). Gwen was the only hold-out and she NEVER wants her face painted but today she made an exception and let me paint some swirlies on her cheek. She was so pretty!
But just look at Abigail (below)! This little sweetie is the most precious child I've ever met! She's teeny tiny but incredibly independent. I watched her do things I never thought a child her age could do and she was quick to flash me a smile that melted my heart. After just two days with Abigail Grace, I have to confess that I'm in love with her and I'm not alone: Gwen spent the whole day with Abby and never let her out of her sight. She rode every ride with her and probably would have gone home with her if we'd let her! Tonight, after everyone left, Gwen wanted me to write Abby's name on her Magna-Doodle (she sleeps with one). I wrote "Abby" and Gwen touched the letters with her finger then looked up at me and said "I love Abby." I believe her because that little sweet puppy-girl is incredibly easy to love!
Here are some pics of the kids today:
Robin, we're thrilled that you took time to hang out with us this weekend! Thank you so much! We're all looking forward to another visit real soon!