5 years with his Forever Family!


It's hard to believe that five years ago, our precious son Caleb was placed in our arms for the first time.

We love to celebrate this special time, though we know that not every adoptive family agrees that it's something to celebrate because the day is often traumatic for the adoptee. We thought we would treat Caleb to a night in a log cabin over at Fort Wilderness by the Mouse.
The weather couldn't have been more perfect...a coolness in the air without being too cold.  This was, in fact,  the warmest Family Day celebration on record for him.

The dumplings loved being surrounded by all the tall pine trees and playing on the playground before dinner.

After we finished dinner, we headed over to the Chip n Dale sing along for some marshmallow roasting and a movie outdoors on the big screen, "The Lion King."  Caleb enjoyed the marshmallows, while Madeline enjoyed the chocolate bars. I personally enjoyed eating them together in the form of 'smores.  Yum.
The next morning we headed over to the Grand Floridian for breakfast in order to fill our bellies before heading to the Magic Kingdom for the day.
Oh, and some of these photos were captured with either my iPhone or Patrick's.
We had a fun spin on the Teacups.

We managed to plan well when hitting the rides, grabbing as many fastpasses as we could, including Dumbo and Winnie-the-Pooh.

We headed over to Frontier Land for lunch.  Madeline thought her stickers looked better on her face than her shirt.
The kids really enjoyed Pirates of the Carribean, well Caleb did.  We got to ride Aladdin twice because the ride attendant placed two families on the same carpet.  Score another one for us! 
The Enchanted Tiki room was quite cute, and we thoroughly enjoyed the Jungle Queen and the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.

Normally we start in Tomorrowland and hit up Buzz pretty early, but we decided to change things up a bit.  We chose to hit Buzz and the Raceway just before heading out.

After I took this shot of Patrick, I saw that he was taking a picture of himself with the princess.  So I had to get him to share it with me.
I usually ride with Madeline, and Patrick rides with Caleb.  So again, we switched it up.

And since we had a few minutes to spare before our Buzz fastpasses, we grabbed a nice cold tasty treat.

We've never done so many rides in such a short time.  The weather was truly perfect. Normally, we are wearing jackets during the day with gloves in the morning.  But not this year!  After hitting the bathroom one last time before driving home, Patrick snapped a shot of me with Caleb.  I had no idea he grabbed my camera out of the bag while I was in the bathroom.  I really need to hand him my camera more often.  I'm thankful. though, he managed to snap a few photos of me with our dumplings using his iPhone.

Well, I couldn't leave off this post without sharing two funnies that Caleb made yesterday.

During school, after he had finished narrating his passage from The Little Duke, in which we learned of Richard receiving the ducal mantle and subsequent banquet...

Me: That was a long ceremony and feast.
Caleb: Yeah, being Duke is hard work!

Hanging out in our room watching the election returns...

Caleb: When are they going to stop talking?
Me: Oh, they're going to talk all night.
Caleb: So, they're nocturnal?

In another bit of news, I thought I would share that we found out that our dossier was sent to China this past Friday, Nov 2nd.  I know most of you were hoping the big news I shared earlier was a referral.  However, we had one last hiccup that prevented us from sending our dossier off a few weeks ago.  So we're now officially DTC Nov 2nd and are awaiting our LID. Hooray!  Hooray!

10 sweet words:

Cheri Wednesday, November 07, 2012  

Happy Anniversary! It looks like you all had a great time!! And, I love the costumes! You always do such a great job!

Gina @ Kleinworth & Co. Wednesday, November 07, 2012  

WOW- what a memorable way to celebrate!!!! How exciting & it looks like you had a fabulous time.

Toni Wednesday, November 07, 2012  

Looks a wee bit less crowded than when we were there! The girls say happy forever family day Caleb!

lisacng @ expandng.com Thursday, November 08, 2012  

Congrats on 5 years! "Forever Family" is so lovely. My favorite photo is the one with Caleb by himself and his eyes are sparkling! That log cabin looked cozy!

Deb Thursday, November 08, 2012  

Love that Patrick got a hold of your camera and snapped you! Maybe he can teach his bil. Happy Gotcha Day, Caleb! Love you buddy!!!

Melissa Bliss Rich Thursday, November 08, 2012  

Gorgeous children! And photos!!! What wonderful family memories you made. Happy anniversary ;)

Stephanie Friday, November 09, 2012  

Looks like the perfect way to celebrate such a joyous occasion! Loved looking through all your beautiful photos.

Fannie Friday, November 09, 2012  

Man I wish we lived that close to Mickey's house!! We keep trying to figure out how we could make it down from NYC for the Christmas Party! What a great day for the kids!!

Yea for DTC!! We're hoping we can be DTC and LID prior to Chinese New Year! Here's hoping!! ;)

Your pics are great! Makes me realize how much I need to take a photography class! haha

Thanks for the update and great pics!

Hope you are LID & looking at your new baby girl's face soon!

Kim C. Tuesday, November 13, 2012  

Such a happy occasion! Love these images. Looks like a fun Disney day...and so impressed you can ride the teacups. That would be the end of me!

barbara Wednesday, November 14, 2012  

You have a great family! Such beautiful kids!! And great photos by the way!! I know what you mean about happy to be in a shot now and then, I also end up being the one taking the pictures...


About This Blog

This blog is a place where we have shared our lives with family and friends while we waited to bring our daughter, Madeline, home from China and while we actually traveled to China for her. It is also a place where we will continue to share our life experiences, as we try to glorify God and raise our two precious dumplings from China.

And now we wait to bring Havi home from China.

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