As I've though about getting back into blogging, it has been hard for me to decide just how to do it. To recap the last three months seems completely overwhelming, but to pick up right where we are today with no mention of what has passed seems like I'd be leaving out a huge chunk of life. (You can read more about our adoption here.)
So, as a compromise, I'm going to give a brief synopsis of our summer this week and then get back to normal. Or as close to normal as I can get.
Travel day. We already look tired. In the 24 hours after this picture was taken, we'd be in three different countries, run through two airports, learn that we really can't sleep on a plane, watch three movies, and I may have gotten patted down by two timid Japanese airline security girls, but I actually can't remember the specifics of that encounter anymore. I also used an airplane bathroom for the first time. And the second time, and the third time....
We made it to Taiwan and slept like the dead. Our hotel room was nice and big and everyone at the hotel was super, super friendly. Actually, everyone in the whole country that we met was super, super friendly.
We ate beef noodles with Mr. Yeh (our driver) and did a bit of sightseeing. The food in Taiwan is tasty, but burn-your-face-off hot. I found myself sweating during most meals.
The next two days are a blur of: hours spent in a taxi, picking up our boy, playing cars in the hotel room, eating many plates of fried rice, searching for water. You can't drink the tap water in Taiwan and it seemed that we were constantly on a hunt for more water.
After getting Arthur's visa, we hopped back on a plane to head home. I just typed "hopped" and then remembered that there was one point while we were standing in line at the airport checking in that I was looking for a safe place to set my child down so that I could pass out. So maybe "hopped" was a bit too energetic. We dragged ourselves onto the plane and survived the next 24 hours of travel. It was probably almost exactly how you'd picture 24 hours of travel with a two year old that you've just met.
Tune in later this week for more about our first weeks at home!