Chris came home on Thursday (yeah!!) and we headed to Birmingham on Friday for a weekend away. We took the kids out of school for the day and arrived in the early afternoon. We lunched with some of the folks from Lifeline (the adoption agency we used to bring Sophie home) and had a great time talking adoption talk and getting to know some of the wonderful folks who work at Lifeline a little better. The best part was being able to introduce Sophie to our awesome social worker from Lifeline, Karla, who worked so tirelessly worked to help us make Sophie a beloved member of our family. After lunch we headed out to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It had rained earlier, but by the time we got out there, the weather had cleared and it was gorgeous. The girls were fascinated by a koi pond and the boys were thrilled just to be out of the car and have some room to run around. I was so enchanted by the exquisite surroundings, I couldn’t wait to get my camera out and start snapping pictures of the kids. Thankfully the sun had come out after the earlier rain shower, but with the sun came some serious humidity. The kids were, well we all were, sweating bullets. And the girls were getting crabby since they had missed their usual after lunch nap. Regardless, I did get a few pictures that I think turned out well. With Chris home for the weekend, the marvelous lunch companions and the gorgeous afternoon spent out at the botanical gardens, it made for a very memorable day.