Not flesh of my flesh
nor bone of my bone
but still miraculously my own.

Never forget for a single minute
you didn't grow under my heart
but in it!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Latin American Festival and Edaville Railroad

Today was a busy, eventful, fun-filled day. We started off the day by going to a Latin American Family Festival in Belmont, MA hosted by Wide Horizons for Children. We went with Grammy, Grampy, and Tita. The festival was an event for families through adoption of children from Latin American countries. These events are always so much fun because we get to see so many beautiful children and the families whose lives have been blessed by adoption. I like to bring Gabriella to these events so that she can see that there are so many other families like our own.
Walking into the event venue with Tita:
Gabriella was wearing her cute Guatemala flag shirt which was a gift from another adoptive family. She was also wearing one Guatemalan flag barrette and one American flag barrette.
Gabriella made friends with Alex, a handsome little boy also from Guatemala:
Gabriella was chasing Alex around the venue!:
There were a few very nice vendors selling adoption-related and Latin American-related items. Grammy bought Gabriella a couple of adoption themed books. Grammy began reading one of the books to Gabriella. Grammy didn't get very far through the book before Gabriella was up and exploring again!:
A local Latin American performance group, called La Pinata, performed and entertained the attendees.:
After lunch at the Guatemalan restaurant, Mi Tierra; a long ride home and nap in the car; and a brief visit home, we were off again to see the Christmas lights and Christmas decorations at Edaville Railroad in Carver, MA. We went with Grammy, Grampy, Stephanie, Jimmy, Andrew, and Bella.
The kids got to see Santa Clause for the first time this Christmas season. Andrew and Bella got their pictures taken with Santa but Gabriella didn't want to be anywhere near him! I tried to sit Gabriella on Santa's stool, but Gabriella held me with a death grip and wanted no part of it!
Gabriella did, though, enjoy the candy cane that Santa Clause gave her!:
Gabriella loves trains and we took a train ride around the park on the train. Gabriella was really engaged with seeing all of the Christmas lights that we passed during the train ride.
Before the end of the evening the kids got to ride a few of the park's rides.
Once we got in the car, it wasn't long before Gabriella was sound asleep!:

It was a very busy day, but an extremely enjoyable one, spent with family and filled with lots of entertainment.

1 comment:

  1. Oh that looks like a busy AND fun day! Gabriella looks so sweet in her Guatemala flag shirt, too! We have a great mall Santa in our town - he encourages "drive by" visits a few times before parents attempt an actual sit on the lap meeting! It worked last year for us...hoping it works again in a few weeks when we do it again!