20 August 2009

Finally, Home



It’s been three weeks. Three weeks of laid back life. Three weeks of “surprise” trips to pools, parks, museums, etc. Three weeks of rambunctious play, of kids underfoot. Three weeks of the great outdoors, more than enough space for the kids to run around. Three weeks of enjoying the kids -- cousins playing with each other. There were gentle (and not-so-gentle) reminders to “play nicely,” to “play quietly” when the younger cousins would be napping.
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It was a fun three weeks. Josh wanted to stay on until Jan 5 (don’t ask, I don’t know why that particular date either!). Zoë had stopped asking to “go home” after the first week and had happily adjusted and had been having a blast playing with Baby K and Little K, her partner-in-mischief.

It was great hanging around with my in-laws, staying up late playing gin rummy (of sorts), chatting and catching up. Most nights, long after everyone had gone to bed, my sister-in-law and I would sit at the table, each working on the photos that we’d taken that day. She’s a wonderful photographer. She actually took many of our wedding pictures.

It was so wonderful seeing how Chris and his siblings get along so well and are so supportive of each other. I love how they tease each other and really, truly enjoy each other’s company. I’m not exaggerating when I say that they are the genuinely nicest people I know.

Anyway… we are home, finally. While I miss the lazy days, the nice, cool Vancouver weather (except for that horrible heat wave that first week), it is nice to be home.

Now if only the kids can stop waking up at 3am every night.

14 COMMENTS:

Mahmee said...

What sweet group photos. Sorry to hear that your vacation is over. 3 weeks...boy, I would LOVE that!
M.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

There's something bittersweet of coming home after a long vacation. It's back to a routine again and also the joy of sleeping in your own bed. You have family that it sounds like are keepers for sure!!

Jana said...

I am so glad you made it back safely and had a great time! I love seeing all the cousins play together in my family, it's always a great time! I hate the time change issues...hopefully that will all change soon!

Dandy said...

I forgot about the time change! Welcome home! (Even though you are now waaaay further from here now)

Jennifer said...

Awww, it's really wonderful to have all the little cousins playing with each other! I'm sure you all will miss being around them. Glad to hear you're back home safe and sound! I hope the kiddos acclimate to HK time sooner rather than later! ;-)

Lindy said...

Wow - three weeks is a long time to be away. You've got a couple of real troopers to have adjusted so well!

But really? 3AM - you gotta nip that pronto. :)

Keyona said...

Home, sweet, home! Glad you're back! :o)

Yelena R. said...

I'm sure its awesome to be home!

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

Great shots! Just totally lovely!
Welcome back :)

blueviolet said...

The kids are all so darling! It's always the best feeling to be home, isn't it?

Herb of Grace said...

The kids are sooo precious...

Veronica Lee said...

Welcome home! Love those pics.

ModernMom said...

LOL Time changes are the worst!
You did capture some super sweet pictures:)

golonghorns said...

Wow you were just in Vancouver how cool. We really want to visit there!

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