On Sunday we marked our 3 year anniversary of going to court to adopt Connor. We also refer to it as Gotcha Day. I kind of have a hard time celebrating on May 27 because we had to return back to the USA after court and wait out our "10 days" (reality... 10 actual days plus a few...) until we had him in our possession. The thing that complicates it is that we were lucky enough to pick up Connor on his actual birthday. Since Travis had a clear cut birthday and Gotcha Day (plus with Travis we actually got him on the same day after we had court) we felt bad having Connor's birthday and Gotcha Day being the same day. So, we try to celebrate our court day as Gotcha Day since that is the day the judge granted our permission to adopt him. I don't know why, but we felt that Connor might feel "jipped" out of an extra celebration day at some point. Geesh, the things we worry about! Anyway, this year we had a good time just having some family time together. We went to a place called Amazing Jake's. It was a lot of fun. They have food, arcade games, mini golf, bowling, laser tag, go carts, bumper cars, etc. You name it, it is probably there! Even though it was all on a small scale, it was perfect for our boys. Connor got his first chance to do miniature golf... he loved it. I see us playing more in the future! Having him be just about 4 has opened many doors for us to do family things since he is old enough to do so much more. Plus he has the patience to wait in lines. And he doesn't run away from us anymore!
He even had pretty good form. Connor and I were the only ones to get a hole in one too. You can say we bonded over that!
Even though we had to wait in line for about 30 minutes to ride the go carts the boys didn't mind. Since neither one of them are big enough to drive they had to be the passengers. Daryle and I got to be the drivers. Daryle and Travis scoped out the cars while we waited in line. They decided the yellow car was much faster than the others. And it was. They passed us several times! Connor and I didn't mind one bit. We still went fast enough for our hair to blow in the wind, so all was good!
Travis and Daryle are so happy they got the yellow car!
Connor and I got the pretty blue car. We were just happy to be racing around!
Wow, I am not sure about the lighting here... but Daryle sure looks gray...! It's ok, this is still a great picture of my boys!
Believe it or not, but it is hard to get both kids to look at the camera and smile at the same time, all the while trying to keep them from making bunny ears or throwing up some type of hand signal of some sort. Daryle was lucky, he got this one on one shot!
Connor LOVES his ice cream. Here he is showing it off.
Connor is such a sweet boy. He has his rambunctious moments, but don't most boys?? The other 95% of the time he is pure angel. He is curious, articulate, imaginative, funny, caring, insightful, and in general he is a lot of fun to be around. I remember thinking we turned a corner when Travis turned 4. I can already see those positive changes happening in Connor. I am so very glad we listened to the angels when they told us there was another child out there for our family. He was indeed intended to be in our family all along. We can't imagine our lives without him, that's for sure!
Happy Gotcha Day Connor! We love you so very, very much!