Thursday, November 24, 2016

How to say THANK YOU!

Not sure how to say thank you so you will know I really mean it, but since today is Thanksgiving, going to give it a try!  First of all, to everyone who jumped up and sent me the means to make this possible: THANK YOU and God bless you...I will be forever grateful!!!  The past two days were AMAZING.  I took my special needs kids and their caregivers to the beach (only an hour and a half away!) for a special trip.  The kids had never seen the ocean before and neither had half of the caregivers!  So at the risk of sounding extremely tacky....thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

We left Tuesday morning in a big yellow school bus, wheelchairs and special mattresses tied on top.  We had 23 people and when you included the luggage and the things that the kids needed, well...we filled that bus up!  

Couldn't get this one out of the pool!  What a fish!  Who knew?

We arrived at the house in one piece, albeit picking up a wheelchair that fell off while we were driving (NOT damaged!) and unloaded into the prettiest little beach house ever.  

The back yard had a huge pool with a jacuzzi above it.  The area behind was set up for eating with a barbecue.  Behind that ran a stream with a dock.  The house itself had air conditioning, a large kitchen and sitting area, five bedrooms with beds, and lots of bathrooms with tubs and showers.  For my kids and their needs: it was perfect!

I wish you could have seen their smiles (lol wish I could post them!).  I sat there all day watching them in the pool, playing or just sitting in the sun.  I didn't even realize how much I was smiling until I realized sometime before dinner that my face hurt!

The house was near the beach but a river blocked us from attempting to walk there.  I didn't realize this when I booked the house because when I looked at the map, I thought the little river was the road we could walk!  The bus driver overcame this hurdle by offering to come early the next day.  We left at 11 in the morning and went to the beach at Puerto de San Jose.  We slathered the kids with sunscreen and then headed to the water.  Only a couple of the kids and caregivers braved the waves.  I think the size and power of the ocean scared them...which is understandable!  Especially if you've never seen it before!

On the way home we stopped at the local KFC, popularly known as Pollo Campero, for fried chicken and french fries.  The kids were given paper crowns and we arrived home with as big of smiles as we had taken off with.  The caregivers and kids were exhausted but I think I beat them all....I was so tired I pretty much had a brain freeze and couldn't speak Spanish to save my life!  I guess that's okay because I knew just from the happiness on everyone's faces that this trip was a special and memorable occasion for all of us!

So once again, a million thank yous!  And may you have a beautiful and love filled Thanksgiving!

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