Life with 4 kids 6 and under. Our trip to pick up Tonito in China is: mid-March 2008 through April 12. Our trips to pick up Ricky in Ethiopia are in June and August of 2010.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Heading back south

For brunch, my mom and dad came over and brought the kids so we could play one last time. My girls have so much fun with their cousin- Vivi is extremely nurturing and wants to do anything to help Maevey. Maya is adoring as well- but fortunately doesn't smother as much as she smothers Ricky:).

After New Year's brunch, we rushed back home to pack up the car: Christmas presents, clothes and suitcases, toys for the drive, DVD's, pj's for the hotel, etc. Then we stopped at my mom's family Christmas party for a short time just to say hi to everyone.

The next generation of cousins:

It is so sad to say good-bye- especially since we had been here for Thanksgiving and now three weeks for Christmas and New Years. The kids had so much fun with everyone- it's so weird that we will leave and jump back into our regular school/activity routine. I hope that these trips back to Chicago will be forever embedded into our kids memories- not only the 20 hour drive, but all of our fun adventures with our family, and the outpouring of love the welcomes us everytime we make the journey..

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