2. Beach day.
Living in South Florida has its perks. Sunshine all year and you can be at the beach as much as you’d like. If you live in Miami, Hollywood, or Fort Lauderdale, and love sand and sea, you’re no stranger to the joys of our beaches. Celebrating such a sweet memory on the beach brings so much happiness. We do this every year as our adoption anniversary. We think about how grateful we are to have 2 beautiful, healthy little girls. We watch them play in the sand, run around, eat sandy snacks, and run in and out of the water. Celebrating your child’s adoption day at the beach is so much fun. Bring snacks or lunch and make it a picnic. Just eat before the kids start playing or EVERYTHING will be covered in sand. Bring family and friends or just keep it intimate and admire your new forever life together. Make sure to soak it all in. Don’t just watch the kids play, bring things to do that will connect you. Play games that your kids will love. If you have younger kids, they’ll just love it if you make sand castles with them. With older kids, maybe a football or volleyball will help you bond. What matters is that you take part in activities with your kids so that they know that they’re home with you forever.
3. Throw a PARTY! There are so many awesome party ideas to celebrate adoption day. Whether celebrating on the actual time of the adoption or as a yearly tradition, having a party is never a bad thing. There are some articles that state that throwing a party is insensitive. They state how throwing a party shows you’re celebrating the severance of their biological family. I disagree. Throwing a party shows how happy you are that they’re here. It’s an opportunity to give your child something he or she may have never gotten before. It’s a day that you can make as special as you want. You can have a special outfit and fun gifts to celebrate. If you’ve adopted internationally, maybe include food from his/her home. A really cool idea is getting stuffed animals or dolls and have kids “adopt” one. Hold a ceremony and give each child an adoption certificate. Invite friends and family and enjoy!