May 10th, 2010-Mother's Day-we stepped off the plane, drove home and became a family. It's hard to believe it's only been three years. It's hard to imagine life without my children, the joy, the noise, the laughter and the chaos. If you had asked me back then to look into my crystal ball and look to see what the next few years had in store for us, I would not have believed you.
We celebrated in style on our first anniversary. Where is year two? I most certainly regret not recording our second anniversary, but there really wasn't much. Besides having just moved into a new house, commuting an hour each way for Boy O to finish Kindergarten, I was seven months pregnant and my moods were the opposite of celebratory. Enough said. I do remember some tidbits....we did let the kids each pick out a lobster from the live tank at H.E.B. They loved it and still request lobster on special occasions to this day. So, not a total wash but it didn't seem to have the same zeal as the year before.
It's been a crazy year adding Miss Sassy Pants to the family, so I thought we needed to take a little more time celebrate year three (although I think we all missed the lobster). I'm sure the kids would be up for an overnight stay somewhere fun, but Daddy O and I aren't at that point yet and are saving all our energy for an upcoming road trip this summer.
Finding an event or place to visit that a seven year old, three year old and a nine month old could enjoy turned out to be quite a task. I wanted a place that everyone could participate and not just sit in the stroller or be to small for rides. So we chose to drive a few minutes South to a place that each of our kids could enjoy. A fun family park designed for people of all abilities. When I mean all abilities, I mean kids of all ages and/or special needs. It was truly awesome. Rides, activities, playgrounds-Boy O and Baby O ran around like crazy kids, never stopping once. And because everything was designed for everyone, Newbie O's stroller was welcome everywhere and she could even ride the rides. No waiting on the sidelines here!
The first photo opportunity as we walked into the park.
Newbie O's first ride on the carousel. Excited, but looking for her big brothers.
Playgrounds aplenty for all abilities, including Daddy O-minus one hand because he's holding his beloved Mountain Dew. If you know him well, you might be laughing...
Newbie O didn't require much to make her smile. Just being able to explore her surroundings and feel like one of the big kids was enough.
This is Boy O trying to be a weatherman. I'm not sure if this would be a good career choice as he was trying to point to Texas.
Family O riding the train. Good times had by all!
Swinging is by far one of her favorite activities.
Three years and three kids...wow. I'm working on something slightly more meaningful and introspective than that as well as updating our sidebar pictures, but for now, that about sums it up. Three years-Wow.