we have done A LOT of traveling in the last seven weeks. we're thankful for our time in america, but i'll be happy not to ride another airplane for a few years (with kids that is... i'd be happy to go on a romantic get away with danny tomorrow). we have spent 59 hours on an airplane with our two kids, 35+ hours in airports around the world, slept in 6 different homes (10 different moves) and had countless 2 hour car trips.
Malang ---> Jakarta ---> Abu Dhabi ---> NYC ---> Mystic, CT ---> Boston ---> Colorado Springs ---> Winter Park ---> Sarasota, FL ---> Mystic, CT ---> Boston ---> Scituate, RI ---> Boston ---> Mystic, CT ---> NYC ---> Abu Dhabi ---> Jakarta ---> MALANG!!! :)
there was part of me that was afraid to go back to america after only a year of being away. we're still new here and there is the fear that we will love america a little too much and not want to come back to indonesia. i will say, i was ready to come home to indonesia! maybe it was the endless transition our family was going through (which was probably a gift from God), but when i walked into our house i was so thankful. i felt so peaceful and just felt at home. honestly, i was surprised by my feelings. our kids were thrilled to be here! this is home for them; they don't remember america as home. they ran around the house looking at everything like it was brand new. you could just feel their level of comfort and ease. it really is amazing.
so we've done a lot of traveling and we are praying that someone invents a transporter for humans before we go back again... so that we miss all of the hours of traveling and jet lag. :) there are a few things (good and bad) that i don't want to forget...
**in abu dhabi airport mary went poop and i was wiping her. i told her to touch her toes so i could get her good and clean. sorry for the details... but here is the funny part. i noticed her bum was getting lower and lower but i wasn't really looking at her. all of the sudden it dropped and i looked down and she was in a full push up position doing push ups in the bathroom stall. i started dying laughing! it was disgusting and i washed her hands well, but it was funny!
**then there was the time that they wouldn't let us use our carseat on the airplane on the way back home (even though we bought luke a seat)... and i cried. literally. before we left american soil. if you ever fly international with your children who are too big for lap but too young for attention engaging activities, use your carseat!!! i almost lost my mind with wiggling, exhausted (and hence aggressive) luke on our laps for hours. i thought about putting him in the overhead compartment for a few hours... i mean, he probably had a better chance not being hurt up there than sitting on my lap. i will say, it was a new level of frustration (ie. anger). i have since repented to God and Luke and we are reconciled.
**in jakarta we got a hotel room because we had an all night layover. we were SO tired but had to keep the kids up for dinner. we came home from the hotel restaurant (which was a disaster) and danny got in the shower. mary and i sat on the bed and luke was just walking around the room. danny came out of the shower to find this...
mary and i had fallen asleep on the bed in about 36 seconds. and luke apparently thought danny's dirty clothes were the best place to sleep. we were all out, at 7pm with the lights and tv on.
**in jakarta we were delayed a few hours and there were a lot of people waiting, including little indonesian kids. they were all peacefully sitting with their parents as my kids were going CRAZY running around the rows of chairs, tackling each other, eating an entire box of biscuits, and screaming. it was the last few hours of our 60 hour journey home so we just let them go for it. i'm not sure how indonesian kids are so quite, but they are. maybe my next kid will follow suit, but for now we'll remain the white, crazy circus wherever we go.
though we love being home, that doesn't mean that we didn't love being in america. it was SO fun to see family and friends. mary and luke really connected with both sides of our families and that was so fun to see. family is super important to us... i was showing pictures of my niece and nephews to luke today and he was screaming their names in excitement. he didn't know who they were a few weeks ago. that alone makes the trip worth it to me.
i also loved being in boston. i just LOVE boston. i love our friends there and i love the city. this trip i decided that it is my favorite city in the world. maybe one day we'll live there again. we'll see. we were driving along the charles river (one of my favorite places in the world) and i said, 'i just LOVE boston! mary, don't you love boston?!?' and she said. 'i like indonesia.' it was sweet and good for me to hear. i'm thankful she likes indonesia and surprised she was able to express that.
more on our time in america coming soon... winter park coming next...