Michelle Smiles

Teaching my children to question authority, except mine.

Guatemalans Unite!


There was a small gathering of families who adopted from Guatemala in Gatlinburg last weekend. We all rented little condos at a resort and hung out. I don’t want to post photos of other folks’ kiddos so you’ll have to just enjoy a couple of my little family.

It was an odd gathering. It seemed to be a group of people with nothing in common except beautiful Guatemalan children. But it was fun to step outside of our comfort zone (we didn’t know a sole…I was acquainted with 2 moms on FB) and remind Sabrina there are other families out there that look like ours. It was also fun to meet other families who had that in common with us. I miss that part of the adoption community. We didn’t spend a lot of time with the other families but Sabrina and Tessa got the chance to play with the other children while the adults chatted.

The highlight for the girls was the waterpark that was on the resort property. (Holy expensive! $84 for the 4 of us and the “lockers for a nominal fee” were an additional $10. It was a somewhat smaller and older one than the Great Wolf type place. Good speed for our little girls but wow that price tag hurt.) The highlight for me was Saturday night after the gathering of families. We went back to our little villa, popped some popcorn, got out some ice cream, lit a fire, and watched a Disney movie all snuggled up together. It made me all warm and fuzzy and squishy inside. It almost made up for the next day when they were both being gigantic butts.

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2 Comments to

“Guatemalans Unite!”

  1. On March 11th, 2013 at 7:27 am Shannon Says:

    Man, I can’t believe how much older Sabrina looks all of a sudden. Well, it’s all of a sudden to me. Seems like you were just in Guatemala with her not that long ago!!

  2. On March 24th, 2013 at 9:33 am heather Says:

    We have a great Guat families group here and I always think the same thing. I love my friends in the group, but honestly, I am not sure I have much in common with a lot of them except for our kids. EJ oves it though and it is so great for her (and us and the other kids) to see families that are just like ours. We do a waterpark weekend with them as well. It’s funny because there are no formal activities planned that weekend (and a lot of families bring extended family because we get a great rate), but the kids still seek each other out in the waterpark play areas!