For Memorial Day, I spent the weekend at our (new) condo on the beach with a few of my friends from school. (We had a blast! It was the first trip my parents let me go on that was unchaperoned!) Since the girls hadn't yet been to the beach, we decided to bring the family up for the day. (Well.. almost everyone, except for a certain young lady who had way to much attitude and had to stay home.. but that's another story!) The little girls had an absolute blast at the beach! They loved playing in the sand and searching for shells. However, they weren't too fond of the waves and I don't really blame them. It's been really windy lately and that day the waves were HUGE! The girls went in to the water, but were way to scared to go near it again. So.. they just played on the safe, dry land. Having my friends there was great.. more people to hold and pay attention to Emma & Esther. =) We'll definitely be spending a lot of time at the beach this summer!!
My friend took all of these pictures.. so for once I'm not the one behind the camera!
"Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy." Psalm 96:11-12
"The Heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork." Psalm 19:1
The newest living creature joined our family the day before Mother's Day. Elly is her name. She's pretty darn cute. The other dogs absolutely hate her. (Hopefully they'll get over it!) She tends to sleep a lot!
Yummy Maryland crabcakes make a delicious breakfast
Well, we are finally home from our little vacation.. if you want to call it that. To me, a vacation is a cruise to the Bahamas.. lots of sun and relaxation. This was far from that. =) Nah.. we did have a fun time in Maryland. It's nice to get away from the hectic pace of life and just spend time with your family. Maryland is always a second home since we always go and visit every year or so. My mom was born and raised there, so she really enjoys our trips "home."
Traveling with six children is a pretty hectic job all in itself. Just imagine trying to lug eight suitcases, eight backpacks, a laptop case, two strollers and six children through the airport.. it's quite a sight especially when you go through the medal detectors!! But we persevered and survived! We just limit these kind of trips to a once a year type thing.
The girls got folded up in the sofa-bed.
Ian and all of our luggage (minus one suitcase and a few backpacks)
A last visit with PopPop before we left
Oh, I must mention the fact that the biggest surprise that greeted us upon our arrival was the fact that our trampoline was sitting upside down in our neighbors yard! There were some pretty bad storms and our friend (who house-sat) watched the tramp fly over the fence and land 75 feet away. What's weird is the wagon (weighs about 20 lbs) was still in the exact same place we had left it, and it was only about 20 feet from where the tramp had originally been. It took four big guys to actually move the trampoline back into our yard, because it's so heavy. All we can say is that something powerful must have been responsible for it's movement.
So now we're looking at getting a new trampoline since ours has pretty much bitten the dust.
Cousins Jake, RJ and Ian.. future juvenile delinquents
The reception was located at the Jarretsville Fire Department so we took the kids to visit with the Fire trucks and they had a blast.
I asked Emma to pose with the fire trucks, and she was happy too. =)
Inside the firetruck- Esther, Kayla, Jake, RJ, Emma & Ian
Ian and his new (second) cousin Nathan (only 3 weeks old!)
Esther and Emma playing with Uncle Matt
Beautiful Alyssa- my cousin's daughter
Four Generations! That's my Mom's father in the center, and next to him on the left Mom's sister Cathy, granddaughter Alyssa and son Michael. On the right, Mom's sister Linda, grandson Nathan and daughter Michelle.
Ian and Kayla getting their groove on at the reception
Mom & Dad
Esther getting her groove on with the groom.
Elena holding baby Nathan, Ian & RJ
Dad taking his turn dancing with the bride
Me and baby Nathan.. he is sooo tiny!!
This is why Emma slept on the floor. She left me soo much room, huh?
Our family is literally a tribe, made up of many nations including America, Chile and China. My name is Sera, I'm 18, a senior in high school and heading off to college in the fall. I am the oldest of seven children in my family, including Elena (16), Kayla (13), Ian (10), Asher (8), Esther (5) and Emma (5). Our youngest three were adopted from China in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Of course, can't forget my parents.. Claudio & Nancy, we completely outnumber them. Our life is crazy and always busy, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Welcome to life in the Tribe of Nine!