Looking through the photos and found some of the ones that we took on the way to North Topsail Beach–and right after we arrived. Maybe you will enjoy them as well. That vacation was truly one of the highlights of our years together as a family. We had never done a vacation of that length before (one full week).
Relaxing at the rest area for awhile to break up the trip.
Interesting acorns there Chad has.
Getting left around 4:00 a.m. so we could get there in one day meant we had some sleepy heads while we traveled! Yes, they are both properly restrained in booster seats and seatbelts though you wouldn’t know it to look at Chad esp. I don’t know quite how he accomplished being that vertical?!
Just there–trying out the couch!
First peek at the ocean! This was the first Kristina and Chad ever really saw the ocean. (Except for whatever is around NYC–what do you call that? It’s ocean water, but not really “The Ocean”. Sound, Bay ???)
The view from our livingroom/dinning room windows. Great covered porch here with a super table and chairs. we ate a lot outside, just enjoying the fresh air and the view!
Walking the short distance (2-3 min. walk) to the ocean from our house–straight shot from the house to the beach!
I had fun taking pictures.
Yup, that’s still true! H Loves P!
One of my fav pictures from the week there of Chad.
Kristina had a blast there too!
We all hope we can do something similar again someday. I doubt it will be happening this year since the adoption will certainly have used up our funds for any thing like that PLUS I don’t think Katya would be ready for an adventure to the beach that soon. She needs to learn obedience, English or ASL and so on first before it would be safe or fun to do it with her.
The first summer Kristina was with us we decided to take a short vacation and rented an RV for a few days to travel to West VA with her. It was a good experience for our whole family and having the RV kept her world small and not too overwhelming since we ate in the RV and slept there. No hotel rooms or restaunts to overwhelm her! But it would take a pretty large RV for the size of family we will have God willing by next year–7 of us! So not sure it’s a great idea for this time.
We’ll need to figure out something to do to start making new memories WITH Katya though. We noticed that the trip we took with Kristina really did something to start her bonding with us. She’d been home around 10 months by that point, so understood a good bit of English. And spending time all day long in such close quarters with all of us, doing new things and having new experiences was definitely helpful. It created a “shared experience” that gave her something to be able to say, “Do you remember when we?” just like the other children could do. So . . .think of a family vacation–even if short and not fancy or expensive–as a bonding tool with your newish child. (Yeah, that piece of advice was free for you! )