Sunday, October 24, 2010

Friday, Oct. 22 Homebound!

We left our hotel at 4:45 a.m. and flew out of Guangzhou to Beijing. We had 2 other families from our group on our flight home. We left Beijing around 4 p.m. for a 12 hour flight to Chicago. The kids travelled great. Levi slept for 10 hours and Elyza slept for 8 hours; however, Jay and I got about 1 hour each. On our flight from Chicago to our city, the kids fell asleep again. So despite 28 hours of travel and little sleep for Jay and me, it was fairly easy with the kids.

When we got to our car, I was dreading putting Levi in a carseat. I anticipated that he would flip out. Glad I was wrong! He smiled and giggled. My friend had left some yummy cookies in the car for us, so the kids happily ate their cookies on the short ride home. It was surreal seeing Levi in the backseat of the car for the first time. Though we had been together in China for a week, it was like he was out of "context" in the backseat of my car. So strange, surreal, and wonderful of course, to finally be home with him!

We arrived home around 9:30 p.m. He was all smiles when he walked in his new home for the first time. He and Elyza played with their toys for a little while, then they had baths and went right to sleep after a very long day.

Elyza was up bright and early in her usual fashion at 3 a.m. the next morning but Levi slept until 8:30 a.m. (thata boy!)We spent our first day at home enjoying the beautiful fall weather at the park. We all took a long afternoon nap and then went back outside to play.

It is so great being home!

All American Boy with his Red Sox hat

First breakfast at home!


Traci said...

I'm almost sad you are home because I have so loved reading your China diaries. :) Levi looks very content - - just in time for his birthday!! We love and miss you, Johnsons!

Erika said...

So happy you are home!! Blessings for a smooth transition and much love from us!

Christi said...

We're so glad you're home and doing so well. We're thinking about you and can't wait to meet Levi. Let us know if we can do anything. We're hear for you.

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