We spent last week in Houston visiting some of Kevin's family & some of our American friends from Chiner. As we made the tour from one house to the next, Micah got in the habit of announcing, "Different house!" each & every time we got in the car. Yes, my son, that is your life. Get used to it. Different countries, different time zones, different cities, different houses. You are, after all, a wee world traveler.
We spent a steamy Houston afternoon with my friend Amy, her kiddos, and some of her friends. We so looking forward to getting back to Chine so we can resume life with these fab folks.
Then there was all the playtime with the boys' two sets of twin cousins: Morgan & Harper (whom Micah fondly referred to as "Diaper") and Woody & CeCe.
I still can't get over the wonderful wonder-ness of having a backyard. A huge expanse of green right outside your own door. You don't even have to put shoes on if you don't want to. So I exhort you, my suburban American friends, appreciate your backyard today!
As if Kevin's side of the family didn't have a large enough grandkid explosion, Kevin's sister Terra & I will usher in grandkids #13 and #14 this month. Kevin's other sister Shannon will welcome #15 in September.
I do realize that this post is entirely kid-centric. Yikes. I've become one of those moms who only talks about her kids. We'll have to do something about that...
Before we left Houston, we picked up our new ride that will accommodate our fast-approaching need for three car seats. There is an organization based out of Houston that helps put vagabonds like us behind the wheel of snazzy, donated cars. I'll be honest, I had my heart set on a Chevy Astro. Spacious, humble, economic. What more could you want? So when we were walking through the parking lot toward our car and were led passed an Astro toward a big ol' Expedition, my heart sunk a bit. We're thankful to have something that fits us all, despite the fact that I'm afraid to drive such a monster of a car and it requires a second mortgage to fill the gas tank (not that we're even adult enough to have a first mortgage).
We're settled back in Austin now, waiting for baby to join the party!