Thursday, July 26, 2012
We Are Home!
We made it! Thank you for all of your prayers, Sissy was wonderful. She didn't do anything but watch one movie on the plane because she wouldn't read the book I gave her or do the various other activities, but she knew she had to stay patiently in her seat and she did! I gave her one scolding in the airport in Japan because she gets right into the business of the security people inspecting the bags so she behaved after that. Immigrations wasn't too bad at all.
While still in Hong Kong, we met a single mom with an 8 year-old who behaved EXACTLY as Sissy did, not following, refusing to hold on, etc... Sissy was appalled, but at the same time, I could see that she saw herself in this behavior.
When we got home, I thought she was saying the house was dirty, but she was saying it was big. She's already motivated and asking me to teach her English. I'm relieved because I do plan to start lessons next week. She doesn't figure out gestures and signs and pointing, etc... so language is necessary ASAP.
She doesn't like the cats or cat hairs. She will soon be used to them. With 8 cats in the house, she has not choice. I sure missed my pets and they missed me. My oldest cat Rose is so happy I'm home, she's barely left my side and I'm getting tons of love and affection from all buy my youngest, who's yet to come greet me.
I've got the laundry started, already dropped off a specimen of Jie Jie's at the medical lab for testing, and some basic groceries. I've got one suitcase completely unpacked and another nearly there. Last trip it took me weeks to unpack and a year to get the last pile up off the floor. That's not happening this time! I've already switched back to my normal Jie Jie Go Bag and ditched my small travel bag that keeps my money and passports right against my front and Sissy's eyes widened at that.
Same as with Jie Jie, Sissy was thrilled and excited that I could drive. I think that has already gained some respect for me by just seeing our home and all that I've accomplished. A friend brought dinner over. It's 6:59pm and we've all bathed, and the girls are in bed for the night!
I am Super Mama!
Any tips for packing lighter for my next trip are greatly appreciated!