Today marks two years since the day Joey walked our son out from behind his orphanage walls-- the only home he had known for his first seven years of life-- and into our family.
I wanted to do something fun with the kids today to celebrate, so I let Archie play hookie from school and we made an impromptu trip to the beach.
Archie has changed so much over the last two years. He was such a baby when he came home. It's so crazy to look back and remember where he was just two short years ago, and see how far he has come.
The first picture is Archie touching the ocean for his first time ever two years ago, just a couple of weeks after he was home. And the second is our big handsome boy today.
We had a blast at the beach and it definitely made for a memorable Gotcha Day. Complete with singing "Happy Gotcha Day to you" over and over (per Archie's request), and Ace's attempt to explain how she was not adopted to Archie when he would change it up and sing, "Happy Gotcha Day to Ace". "Archie, what are you thinking... I wasn't 'dopted....I was in mommy's tummy....you think she 'dopted me from her own tummy?!?"
I got far too much sun today. My kids did a very poor job of applying my sunscreen so my body and brain are both a bit fried. But before you go, check out my awesome friends' Whitney and Nick's post about Archie and how he inspired their non-profit, The Archibald Project.
Lots of Love!