We went camping this weekend with Andrew’s parents, uncle, aunt, and cousins. Andrew and his dad participated in a 46 mile bike race on Saturday morning in which Andrew placed 5th and his dad placed 3rd! Kudos to them. Later that day some of us went hiking (Andrew and his dad were too worn out though), and we all had a campfire in the evening where we made s’mores and pudgy pies. Today, Andrew, Rose (our dog) and I (Katie) went for a fun mountain bike ride while the rest of the group hiked a trail that dogs aren’t allowed on. It was a really fun weekend spending time with family and nature.
I hope you all are having a great summer! :-)
The last couple of weeks have been a blur of fun activity! Thursday July 12th until Sunday July 15th, I, Katie, was at Lifest Christian Concert Festival in Oshkosh, WI with my parents, sister, and sister’s boyfriend. I also saw a bunch of our friends from church and their kids who were there, too. Lifest is always so amazing and I look forward to someday bringing our kids along with me and my family! It isn’t really Andrew’s favorite thing, so he usually just stays home. We do a lot of activities together, and we think it’s ok to do things separately that we don’t both particularly enjoy. :-)
On Sunday, I came home from Lifest, did some laundry and unpacking/repacking and then Andrew, Rose and I headed down to my parents’ place (about a 2 hour drive). My Uncle, Aunt, and 3 teenage cousins had just arrived for a visit from New York state! We had so much fun this week. We went to Noah’s Ark Waterpark, went to the Milwaukee County Zoo, visited Pike Lake State Park, went canoeing and kayaking at a lake near my parents’, played board games, played Rockband, went to an arcade, made homemade pizza, etc. It was a great time. Our relatives left to drive home this past Sunday (the 22nd). It’s always sad to see them go. Hopefully we can find a time for us to drive out there next year.
Now it’s back to work and daily life for the week, and then we get to go camping with Andrew’s parents this weekend! There is a bike race that Andrew plans to participate in that is about 4 hours away from our home, so we decided to make a weekend out of it and camp at a Wisconsin state park in the area. Andrew’s parents plan to meet us there to hang out and so that his dad can participate in the race with him on Saturday.
We hope to one day be able to bring our children along on our adventures, and to hopefully have some fun adventures with their first parents, too. We believe that having an open adoption is a good thing for the child (having more people to love and support them) and for us (more friends are always good, and we want our children to be happy and healthy).
Feel free email us at KatieMArends@gmail.com or call/text us at 262-707-5361.
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Thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child. :-)