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My Favorite Day of the Year – Family Day

April 16, 2010

On Monday, April 12th, we celebrated our third Family Day.  Family Day is a tradition we started after adopting Edward from Guatemala.  On the day that we first met Edward in person, April 12th, we celebrate by spending the day together – as a family.  We take the day off work & just do something we will all enjoy.  It is the best day of the year!  Even if you aren’t a family created by adoption, you ought to try something similar.  It feels so indulgent to just spend a lazy day with those you love while everyone else works.

This year, we opted for bowling.  Edward first tried bowling at 2 and 1/2.  He liked it, but struggled with holding the ball.  But now, we thought he was ready.  And we were right!

But the day didn’t start off with bowling – afterall, they didn’t open until 11.  So, we did the totally decadent thing and went for pie at 10:30 in the morning first.  OK, really we went to apply for an updated passport for Edward because of the coming adoption of #2, but that was just an errand.  On to the pie…

There is a little cafe off the highway near our house called Emma Krumbees.  We had never been there before, but it looks like the kind of place that would have good breakfast or pie.

Edward immediately picked out Lemon Meringue pie based on a cartoon drawing in the menu.  Of course, it was sold out.  But he didn’t let it dissuade him.  He ended up settling on apple pie.  Eric had strawberry rhubarb, and I indulged in blueberry.  Yum!

We really do try to encourage utensils, but Edward isn’t always responsive.

And, here is the picture you get when you ask a 3-year old hopped up on sugar to give you his laughing smile.

A little maniacal, no?

Next, we were off to bowling – smiling all the way.

Not surprisingly, we were the only ones bowling at 11am on a Monday morning…

Edward quickly proved that he can now handle the bowling ball like a little pro.

Papa helped him set up the first shot, but after that he was own his own.

When he did well, he would do a little dance.

He actually did quite well…

I know the photo is horrible, but trust me when I tell you it says that he scored only 1 point lower than me, with me at 72 and him at 71.  Of course, he had bumpers & I didn’t,  but still.

Last up was pizza.  There are no pictures of this because we were having too much fun & it slipped our minds, but I will tell you about the adventure.  The original plan had been to have pizza at the bowling alley.  Once there, we decided that maybe we could find better pizza at another local joint that we knew of instead.  So, we headed to Pizza Factory – which is evidently not open for lunch.  No problem…we could go to De Angelo’s; they have the lunch buffet.  Or, they did before they went out of business.  Third try?  Pizza Hut one town over.  It was open, and it was cheesy.  A great way to end our Family Day fun.

~ Anne

4 Comments leave one →
  1. steven permalink
    April 16, 2010 9:39 am

    Sounds like a very great day. Always good when you can take day off and spend time with loved ones.

    Now if you can just beat punch out…. 🙂

  2. Linda permalink
    April 16, 2010 10:52 am

    very nice story! So glad it’s true. Have to tell you, neither Dad nor I received blog yesterday so I went back to original email and signed up again. Still did not receive this morn. Had to go back to original link. Don’t know what problem is. Feeling better, chewed out by nurse for being here, but it’s a fairly easy day. love, me

  3. Keryl permalink
    April 16, 2010 12:10 pm

    Mmm, apple pie for breakfast! Sounds like my kind of day!

    You know what? I haven’t gotten an e-mail alert in awhile, either.


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