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9 January 2008

Sitting UpYesterday we arrived back “home” at Nana & Pops’ house in Kansas. It was that kind of arrival where you pull up, put it in park and just breathe a huge sigh of relief/relaxation/exhaustion and wish you could go to bed right then and wake up to find all your suitcases magically unpacked and put away. It was a great trip — lots of family, friends, fabulous hosts, and catching up with a dash of bittersweet parting and holiday stress — but I have felt so transitional for the last few months. It’s good to be here and be able to get settled in to a routine again (for my sake and for Keyven’s) without any holidays, major trips, or good-byes looming over our heads. I’m looking forward to getting our room painted this week, starting with a personal trainer at the gym, buying books for class — okay, not the actual buying of said books, but the progress that is implied with such an act, even if it is an act of highway robbery.

If we missed you when we were in Arlington, we’re sorry. We had lofty ambitions of catching up with everyone but when it came right down to it, we realized that we needed a lot of new family time to enjoy before Tim left. The only social outing we had before his departure was dinner on New Year’s Eve with Thomas and Angie, who are moving back to Germany next month! We won’t be seeing them until the summer of 2009, when we hope to get over to visit them (should be fun with an almost two-year old on an international flight).

After Tim left to return to Fort Bragg in preparation for his flight to the big sandbox, I did a littlePlane Chatter socializing by way of lunch with Iris in the midst of her insane schedule (note to self: you can never eat too much non-Chinese-buffet-Asian food before returning to Kansas). Friday night, Keyven and I bid adieu to Ma & Pa Olson and crashed in Maryland for a couple of days to catch up with Aunt Night-Mere (aka Bittersweet if you read blog comments). Shopping and girl-time will never be quite the same, but we had fun nonetheless, including a visit with Ms. Sarah Z for “caw-fee tawk” on Saturday.

Sunday, we headed to the airport. This is where I get to brag about what a fabulous traveler little Mr. K is. I admit, I was nervous as a horse in a glue factory when we flew out. I didn’t know what to expect when we took off. Visions of screaming babies flashed through my head while we waited patiently through a five-hour delay at the airport. I didn’t want to be “that” person on the plane that everyone wants to kill. Luckily, there were two other toddlers on our flight whose parents were unknowingly vying for that prize. Thankfully, both of our flights were miraculously uneventful with zero crying. No kidding.

I wore him pretty much the whole trip, only taking him out for diaper changes, nursing and happy baby time on the plane. I can’t imagine doing it any other way. No car seat or stroller to lug around, no suitcases to push. Just a well-wrapped baby and a diaper bag. Oh, and a newly-acquired (extra) Boppy on the way home that worked out well for the plane. We even had empty seats next to us both ways… because who wants to risk sitting by a baby for two and a half hours?

Third CousinsWhen we arrived in Kansas City, my cousin Marci (a faithful blog lurker) and my Aunt Rosa picked us up at the airport and we enjoyed an evening of cards, food, and babies at Marci & Toby’s house. Their son, Braxton is 10 months old and already walking! It was fun to watch him go (he is all boy, as they say), imagining Keyven just six or seven months from now. Victoria came down on Monday for some shopping before my return to the black hole of retail and we headed back home yesterday. One of my favorite things about getting back was coming home to a boat-load of unopened Christmas cards from friends & family. It was a pleasant and unexpected surprise.

I hope you and your families had wonderful holidays and enjoy a prosperous and happy New Year. As soon as I figure out what pocket my camera is packed away in, I plan to get our photos updated! Really, I swear.

Photos, Top to Bottom: Chilling like a villian in a BebePod seat; Chattering with mommy on the plane; Play time with Braxton & headless Marci — oops!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. 9 January 2008 22:54

    So good to hear all of this! Glad you got lots of time with Tim. Tammi

  2. .Bittersweet. (Aunt Night-Mere) permalink
    10 January 2008 10:18

    I already miss you guys! xoxo

  3. Iris permalink
    10 January 2008 18:04

    Nothing makes tempura taste better than eating it off the head of your very own child….

  4. 10 January 2008 19:14

    Yup, Keyven has had pho, tempura & pad thai on his little noggin. 🙂 It’s yummier (and funnier) that way.

  5. szdcps82 permalink
    10 January 2008 19:15

    it was good to see you and meet keyven!

  6. 11 January 2008 19:07

    wow!! what a roller coaster you guys have been on. you guys sound great!

    I continue to have the best of intentions to write, but (as you so well know) time just doesn’t seem to go my way these days.. not that I mind.. things are good. I think of you guys often and will (I promise) actually make some time to sit down and write soon!

    in the meantime, Henri sends Keyven a big slobbery wave from Portland =)

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