Friday, November 23, 2012

Our first Thanksgiving as a family: 11.22.12

Today was such a beautiful day in so many ways. My husband suggested we spend the day at the beach for Thanksgiving, so we packed up some lunch and headed over to Galveston. I'm not a fan of the sand and I didn't fancy the idea of having Galveston beach in my hair, but, man, did we have a perfect day! Gorgeous weather, quiet beach, cool sand, yummy lunch, and fun company with my hubby and baby.

It was Henry's first experience at the beach, so it was very interesting to watch him walk apprehensively on the wet sand...it was like he was walking on hot coal. His favorite part of the beach was naturally the water and he dragged daddy over to the sea about four times to get his feet—and eventually his lower body—wet. The boy loves water!! After demonstrating our lame sandcastle-building skills to our son, and over-doing the snapshots of our Thanksgiving experience, we brushed off the sand and packed up for home. We had planned on eating out for Thanksgiving dinner but we were all beat, so my husband cooked a lovely turkey-meatballs-with-pasta dish. Not quite the traditional turkey dinner, but there was nothing traditional about our day at the beach either. I will treasure this day forever: our first Thanksgiving as a family.

"Daddy, let me take care of this, okay?"
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I LOVE this picture so much
I'm going to enlarge it for our wall!
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Eating lunch and using daddy as his comfy chair
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Nibbling on sour cream and onion chip
(I just love how he holds it!)
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Probably asking for more chips here
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The little dude couldn't stop pulling my hair for this shot!
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Here it comes! Wee!!!
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Wet, wet, wet!
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The tiny size of my 20-year old beach towel
shows we are total rookies!
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A few finishing touches here and there
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Another one of my fave shots
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Henry ended up putting the "spade"
(spatula!) in his mouth!

Happy fate

Last Wednesday, our day started off with a bit of a kerfuffle of canceled events and failed plans. On a whim, I took Henry to the Galleria play area and recognized a lady and her two daughters from a blog I used to follow months ago (during our adoption wait). I always tell my husband that I have "super facial recognition power" (lol) but I didn't want to embarrass myself so I asked if her name was Lisa—and to be doubly sure—asked if she owned the blog Are We There Yet Len? When she said, "Yes!" I was so excited and explained that her daughter, Lucy, and my Henry were from the same orphanage!

They were in town from Chicago for a medical visit, and we had a lot to talk about, so we all had lunch together. I was just blown away at our chance meeting and couldn't stop thinking about Lisa and her girls that day. Henry and I had such a blast!

Posing for our first pic at the Galleria play area
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Enjoying some Chick-Fil-A lunch
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How adorable! Henry holding hands with the girls!
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Awwww!

We decided to set up another play date and met at Hermann Park's lovely playground yesterday (my "super recognition" skills went out of the window when my husband told me I'd been to this playground years ago, but I swore I've never seen it before!). I was fortunate to meet Lisa's husband and mom, and we all had a little picnic. Henry and I had so much fun, and we hope to someday meet again :).

Hanging out with our friends from Chicago
at Hermann Park
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"Dude, hurry up!"
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Enjoying a picnic in the park
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Something looks interesting?
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Lisa and me