BC: Created just for you with love by Amy! We enjoyed our year with you very very much. You will live in our hearts forever. We will miss you so much! God bless you always!
FC: Our Year With Almudena | August 2007 to June 2008
1: Almudena's first trip to downtown Cincinnati. We went to the top of the Carew Tower for a good view of the city.
3: Little Miami's Homecomeing football game. Almudena loved going to the football games!
5: The homecoming dance! After shopping at many stores, Almudena finally found the perfect dress at Kohl's. Sandena Byrd altered her dress and Desi Byrd did Almudena's hair. Almudena first went out to eat with her friends and then to the dance.
6: Almudena takes a nap on our chair. She didn't feel comfortable sleeping in front of us at first. But she soon got over it and napped in front of us quite often. | Almudena and Amy get "dressed up" for an evening at Walmart. Almudena got a hair crimper and crimped Amy's hair. Then Amy dressed up very silly, put bedroom slippers on, and they went to Walmart at midnight. What a fun night! | We celbrated Bill's birthday with decorations, cheesecake, and presents. We were going to surprise Bill the morning of his birthday with all the decorations and stuff. However, Almudena didn't want to wait that long so we ended up surprising at midnight. We were up very late, celebrating his b-day. He was very surprised.
7: Almudena and Amy being very silly together! Almudena bought new gray eye shadow and put it on very dark. So, then they both went very crazy with the make-up and started acting very weird.
8: Thanksgiving Dinner
9: Thanksgiving Pictures
10: Leaving on a jet plane..... To Jamaica! Nov 30th to Dec 9th
11: Arriving at the airport in Jamaica... We arrived at 12:00pm.
12: Foote Prints in the Sand Hotel We stayed here the first night. It looked like a cool little hotel on the internet...but it ended up being a total dump. The kids were afraid to go to sleep that night. The other hotel guest were kind of questionable. We were very happy to go to the nice resort the next morning.
13: Adventures at Beaches Negril! What a fabulous, luxurious resort!
14: Almudena in a fashion show at the restort
15: Friends Friends | and more friends!
16: Family Pictures at Sunset
17: Our Family Christmas Picture
19: Our last day in Jamaica We got up at 6am and watched the sun come up. We got home around 11:30pm. We left 80 degree weather and arrived home to 40 degree weather.
20: The Christmas Holidays Christmas Holidays
21: New Years Eve 2008 We went to a hotel in Columbus to ring in the new yearl
22: A One-Night Get Away at the Great Wolf Lodge.
23: The Biggest Snow of the Winter. Almudena LOVED it!
24: LITTLE MIAMI LADY HOOPS Almudena learned how to play basketball for the first time while in the U.S. She was on the JV basketball team and had a "ball"!
26: Our Spring Break Trip 2008 We took Almudena to Washington DC for a week over spring break.
28: FDR MEMORIAL
30: So much to see....so little time! | We walked so much each day. We were absolutely exhausted by the end of every day.. But we had so much fun.
31: The Washington Monument Almudena could not remember the name of this monument, so she called it "the pencil".
33: Annapolis Day We went to Annapolis for the day while on our trip. We had dinner at the neatest little saloon. | Almudena loved Annapolis. She said that it reminded her of Europe.
34: Grace's Biirthday Party
35: Learning how to play softball is one of the things that Almudena wanted to do when she came to the US. She accomplished that by joining the JV softball team.
36: Times Square at Night
37: Springtime in NY
40: Almudena goes out for a night out on the town. She went to a Broadway play.
43: An evening of Bowling in Boston! | STRIKE | SPARE | A kiss for luck | Friends & Fun
44: Boston, Mass.
45: Getting beautiful for the flight back to Ohio
46: Almudena's Baseball Banquet. She received an "international player of the year" award.
50: Niagara Falls We took Almudena to the Niagara Falls over Memorial Day weekend.
51: We stayed in the Embassy Suites overlooking the falls.
52: We went down behind the falls. We got sopping wet. It was so much fun.
54: Maid of the Mist We also took a boat right up to the falls.
56: White Water Rapids These are some of the fastest, most dangerous rapids in the world. We got to walk right next to them.
60: Riding the lift up to our hotel Enjoying some food | The Butterfly Conservatory
61: Our Memorial Day Cookout.
62: Last Day of School!
63: Homeroom Class | Ms. Allen...Almudena's counselor
64: Sun and warmth are not the only gifts of summer! We took Almudena to her first drive-in movie. We saw Iron Man.
67: Go Reds!
68: Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd | Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks I don't care if I never get back | Let me root root root for the home team If they don't win it's a shame | For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out at the old ball game!