We are home from vacation and my washer and dryer have been running all day. We had a great time enjoying being together in the beauty of Western Washington, visiting family, making new friends, relaxing, driving miles and miles, and best of all, laughing – a lot.
The last few days of our trip were spent relaxing at a guest house owned by new friends who are also experienced adoptive parents. Our kids loved spending time with their five youngest. Their two lovely daughters even braided Dimples’ and Honeybee’s hair! I was so thankful, especially since we had appointments at Children’s the following day.
Thursday was our marathon day at Children’s. Russ and I took Sweet Pea, Honeybee, and Dimples with us. The girls spent the morning doing testing that we hope will help us understand how Honeybee and Dimples learn, store information, problem solve, how parts of the brain work together, and more. We hope this will be useful in educating the girls as well as in making therapy with Dimples as effective as possible. Russ went with Sweet Pea to see her new apartment while I filled out stacks of paperwork and evaluations. The afternoon was spent with our wonderful regular doctor. I also ran into an online friend whom I had never met, but I recognized her name – her little girl entertained us while we all waited.
The day we began our trek home was Noah’s 18th birthday. We ate birthday cereal, packed up and headed out. For years Russ had been talking about wanting to drive the North Cascade Highway and since we were already fairly far north, we spontaneously adjusted our plans. It was very beautiful – but wow, was it a long drive! With stops, including a special birthday dinner for Noah, we got home at 1:30 AM.
All in all it was a wonderful vacation and we returned home to warm weather, crazy weeds in our gardens, long grass, and lots to do.
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