Monday, May 24, 2010

CAS--picnic and celebration

Saturday, our family spent the day at Dan Nicholas Park, celebrating life and family with Christian Adoption Services (our adoption agency). Families who have adopted, or who are in the process were there to enjoy a fun day together. I have to tell you...just being there and seeing all the beautiful families who have been created through the gift of adoption was breath taking. All skin colors in the heavenly rainbow were represented.
It was truly remarkable!

The day started out somewhat cloudy and rainy, but then turned into a BEAUTIFUL day.

When we arrived at the park, we enjoyed a picnic lunch with everyone. Our family cheated a bit and picked up some Bojangles on our way up to the park.

For this southern girl...nothing screams "PICNIC" more than a chicken leg, a side of mac n'cheese, a biscuit, and some sweet tea;)!

We enjoyed delicious cake which was provided by CAS for dessert!

After our bellies were full, we were off, and ready to explore all the attractions the park had to offer. The park slogan boasts "Your best entertainment bargain", and with four little ones and LOTS to do, we put their claims to the test. We were pleasantly surprised at all they had to offer and how inexpensive everything really was!

First on every one's list was the carousal.

After that, everyone was ready for a train ride.

We then explored the wildlife center (which is home to over 50 wild animals)!

The BIG black grizzly bears were the biggest hit, of course!

Sophie and Hudson were both captivated by the fish and turtles swimming below!

Then we headed to the petting zoo.

The kids had a blast looking at all the cute barn animals.

Sophie's favorite was the sheep!

After a quick break, we were ready for a game of putt putt!

Actually, Shane, Corban, and Riley played while KK , the babies and I hung out on the playground.

Riley got TWO holes in one!! Way to go Ri!!!

We never actually made it over to the paddle boat area, or gem mine, but were told it was great! We were there ALL afternoon, and by early evening the babies were EXHAUSTED. It was time to pack up our little troop and hit the road.

Thanks CAS for not only a wonderful day, but also for the role you have played in making our family what it is today! We are so... grateful to you and pray God's richest blessings as you continue to build forever families for HIM!!!

Already looking forward to next year!!!!


Faith said...

What a fun day! I've heard great things about that park. So glad y'all had a great time.

P.S. LOVE the color coordination too =)

Melanie said...

Love, love, love LOVE all of the adorable photos! Sophie is the sweetest addition to your family & we all love her dearly! Adoption truly is a marvelous gift!
Can't wait to check that park out, sounds great!

Courtney said...

What a wonderful way to spend the day as a family. I love the kids matching outfits.

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

It looks like you had a wonderful day. That park looks awesome! Love the kids matching outfits!

Meg said...

Oh my word those matching outfits are sooo stinkin cute!! Did you make them??

Annie said...

Aww. what a fun day. And the best is that it was a family day.

Mandy said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! Love those outfits so cute!

Pamela said...

LOVE Sophie's dress! You always make the cutest things and I have no idea when you ever find the time!