First vacation as a family of 4

And what a vacation it’s been! First, we met up with some families we met 5 years ago in China when we were all adopting our children. The four families that could make it to the reunion stayed near Bryson City, NC, in the great Smoky Mountains. The girls are 5 and 6 now, but somehow they new there was a special bond between them. We spent lots of time outdoors with everyone tubing down a creek, swimming in the lake, and hiking in the forest. It was so much fun to reminisce about our time in China 5 years ago and talk about how our girls have grown into healthy, confident kids.

Then we were off to Asheville, NC, where we met up with friends from home who were also vacationing there. We saw some clogging while listening to blue grass at the Shindig on the Green. We ate, and ate, and ate including some lamb vindaloo at was hotter than any we’ve ever had. The street musicians were quite talented and we felt right at home with the hippy, earth-loving people of Asheville.

The last stretch of our vacation was spent in Isle of Palms, SC, on the beach. Beach vacations are the best! Time practically stops as there is hardly anything else to do but sit in the water and feel the warm ocean water surround you. We did go into Charleston one day for a southern experience. While there we ate more shrimp and grits (a new favorite that will be hard to find at home); we did a walking tour of buildings that were 300-400 years old, and we visited a few historical sites like the house where the articles of nullification were written.

Today is our last day of vacation and a local suggested Shem Creek where we will likely see dolphins and be able to eat outside with the best view in the south of the sunset. Ava and Evan have been so happy on this trip playing in water, being with friends, and getting lots of attention from mom and dad. Tomorrow we go home and we’ll take many, many happy memories with us.

(Lots of pictures to upload when I get home)

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