Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Dog's Bollocks

It's so good to be home! 

I missed all the simple things like going to the skatepark,






the library,





the ice cream store,




and yes, even the store--watching Vu spend his hard earned cash on his latest craze--Monsunos.




We had a wonderful weekend just being together.  Lovely.  Just lovely.  And charming.  Iwould even go so far as to say it was the dog's bollocks (do you like how I am using all my new British words?)!

I hope yours was blessed as well. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Paris In A Day!

Okay, so actually two days--but we saw it all!  We went from early morn 'til late night--and on our Five Hour Eiffel Tower Adventure we didn't get back to our hotel until 1 AM! 







A bunch of crazy chicks-laughing and shopping and siteseeing and just being together!  Oh, and EATING--crepes, croissants, soup, toasted cheese sandwiches, strawberry tarts and other delectables!












Memories of a lifetime! 

"There are only two places in the world where we can live happy--at home and in Paris."
                                                                            ~Ernest Hemingway

Friday, April 27, 2012

What I'll Remember When I'm 80 . . .

It's been a great week!  So good to be home! 

When I first came home from China I decided I wasn't going to Europe.  It was too much, too soon.  I had a huge dose of motherhood guilt just thinking of leaving both Mei Mei and all the kids so soon.

But then I would wake up the next day and decide I WAS going.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip!  We had been planning it for over a year!  I LOVE my sisters and mom and we never get enough time together.  Certainly never an opportunity like this.  How could I NOT go?

But then by evening I would second guess myself all over again.  What kind of a mother would leave her newly adopted child just weeks after coming home?  Only a loser mother.  Right?

Yet everyone was telling me I should go.  I was so conflicted.

And then I shared my heart with a dear friend.  Her wise words?

"Ann, if you don't go, then when you are 80-years-old you will still regret it.  And if you do go, then when you are 80-years-old your kids will never even think about that week you left them.  Not even Mei Mei."

Decision made.

Best decision ever!

First up, London.
























Loved, loved, LOVED London!  The British are SO friendly!  Lovely!  Many special memories to share--next up Paris.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Re-Entry

Home sweet home late last night (actually early this morning due to a missed connection--what's up with that--again?).

We had a most amazing adventure, so many pee-your-pants-moments (including at this cafe' when my sister Amber decided to try out her French to ask for the bill.  The waiter laughed good naturedly, then kindly informed her that she had, in fact, just asked him to play!  He was very handsome--so it made it extra funny!) 



Oh, but it feels so good to be home!

Re-entry is always the hardest part--so much to do and so much to catch up on.  Hubby did a fantastic job of being Mr. Mom!  Honey--thank you for making this dream a reality!

And all the kids did well--Patrick actually had the hardest time.  Mei Mei even seems extra happy to see me--answer to prayer!  This isn't to say there won't be extra insecurity, whining, and crankiness for the next few days--from ALL the kids--it's part of re-entry. 

I've spent my morning reorganizing and making appointments.  Even on the plane home I was making lists of all that needs to be done.

Much to do, much to tell about our Epic Adventure--but most importantly, lots of mothering to catch up on!

Au revoir!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

NOT Winning Mother of the Year Award

Over a year ago my three sisters, my mom, and I, planned the trip of a lifetime.  A mother/daughter trip of amazing fun!

At that time we were just coming home with Lan Lan and didn't know we would be bringing home Mei Mei a year later.

And then we thought Mei Mei would be home sooner rather than later.

But she wasn't.

I went back and forth on whether I could/should leave Mei Mei so soon.

Decided I would go for BAD Mother of the Year Award.


I am currently having a blast with my three sisters and my mom.  That family is doing great--I'm skyping with Mei Mei and all the kids.  They are all still alive. 

And so is Hubby.

So all is well in my world--even if I am feeling lots of motherhood guilt.

Any guesses where we might be?

The picture above was taken at Christmas as part of a pre-travel preparation kit.