Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Snapshot {Fun Fridays}

Life can be so overwhelming and stressful at times.  I know you have all been there too.  A couple months ago after one of those weeks, I felt like I just needed to get away.  A couple of years ago we would have packed up Ethan (the only one we had at the time.)  And headed off on an overnight adventure somewhere.  But now we have 3, and the funds are not as overflowing either, so instead we headed off to a picnic dinner and the park.  I posted about it here in another {Sunday Snapshot}. 

Then about a month ago, Jay so that Watoto was coming to a town about 2 hours away.  Now, I am a music teacher (children's choir is my passion) and I'm an adoptive momma so this was right up my alley. 

And I knew the kids would love it too.  So we packed up the car and headed out.  We were not disappointed, it was a beautiful concert, filled with beautiful children who have an amazing story to share with the world.  Check them out here, and if they are coming to your area please go and support this incredible ministry.

Now to this week, again it was overwhelming.  And it is not my kids or husband, it is another situation that seems to be never ending.  I know it will resolve eventually, but it is sucking my joy out sometimes.  So it was time again to just "get away."  This Friday we headed down to the beach (we only live about 30-40 minutes away.) 

We took hot dogs to grill out, and toys for the sand.  The beach we go to is so nice, with a bathroom, playground, shelters with grills and easy access to the sand and beautiful water.  It was gorgeous, the kids played at the little park, while daddy cooked up the dogs.  Then we headed down to the sand. 

Charlotte and Ainsley enjoyed the sand and our crazy son went swimming in the 60 degree water! 

It was a fun evening.  Walking back to the car, Ethan said we should call these trips {Fun Fridays}.  So far our trips have all happened on fridays, so seems appropriate to me.  And we are going to keep it up, at least once a month is the goal. 

Go on a little trip as a family, and for not much $$$.  Can't wait for our next Fun Friday!

Ni Hao Y'all


Stephanie said...

What a beautiful day...provin'you don't need to go far and have a huge bank account for some family fun. I was so excited to see the name Charlotte, we just picked that name for our adopted daughter!

Annie said...

Looks like a great day and I so understnad what you mean about not having the fundage to go on adventures, but somehow the ones that don't cost money seem to mean more!! Glad you were able to get away:)

Tina Michelle said...

One smart little man! Love the pics! I hope whatever is dragging your joy out vanishes quickly and you are drug down anymore!

Denise said...

I love this post Carla. Sometimes just to get away from the house is so good for everyone..even if it is only 30 minutes away. I was just telling Jeff today that we need to do more family activities away from the house on sundays because when I am here, it is hard for me to not start doing laundry...etc.

I would love to invite Maggie and I for a visit some time...we are so close really! Even to just come for the day...let me know when your schedule looks good~

Stefanie said...

Looks like you guys had an amazing time... I love finding fun things to do with the kiddos that don't empty the wallet :)
Hope things get better for you soon with the situation you're struggling with!
Happy Sunday :)

zentmrs said...

Love the pics! Your day looks like so much fun!!

The Gang's Momma! said...

Thanks for stopping by my first SS - I hope I can rouse myself to do it more often than occasionally. . . ;)

And the pics here? Oy. The cuteness factor is off the charts. Those cheeks. Those smiles? Fun Fridays indeed - for them AND for the mommy that gets to take it all in!

And then for us, who get to peek into their eyes through your pics.

Monica said...

Always nice to get away, but I don't take the time as much as I should. Looks like you had a beautiful day.

Chris said...

I love going to the beach!! It is the perfect get-away!!!

You kids are so cute and they looked like the had a wonderful day!!!

Julie said...

Love the beach photos and I love the Watoto Children's choirs.