We are expecting our papers to arrive back at the embassy today. We were hoping to catch the evening flight out but it is booked, as is the Friday evening flight. R went ahead and scheduled us to leave on the first available flight which is on Monday. We're a little disappointed to have to wait the extra days but it we'll still make it home in time for my birthday-and yes, I still want a blackberry pie fromm Paul's bakery (hint, hint)
The past two days have been fun. We took the foster mom and some of the other girls from her house out to lunch and then yesterday she had us over for a traditional Marshallese meal. She fixed lobster, grouper, red snapper, coconut rice, breadfruit in coconut milk and steamed coconut. She showed us how to open coconuts and G even got to drink from one. It wasn't quite what she expected but she was happy that she got to try it.
Since we've been here, three other families have arrived. I met another family from VA-in fact, they are from Culpeper, about 30 minutes from us, so it will be really nice to have that connection. Their baby is approx. 3 weeks younger than Baby K so basically our girls are the same age.
Speaking of Baby K, she is getting bigger every day. I'm amazed at how much she has changed in just a couple weeks time and how strong she is getting. I want her to stay little for awhile, especially since this is the last addition for the Jones family. I'm not sure R and I can endure another international trip. When we returned home from China with G, I was pretty adamant that we wouldn't make another trip like that, but like labor pains, you forget how hard the trip was until you are in the middle of it again.
G has been a real trooper. Of course, I've been a little bit more relaxed with her as well-staying up late, eating peanut butter crackers for breakfast, eating a cookie in the middle of the day,......... I know she'll be glad to get home and back into a routine, as will I. I don't know what I'm going to do with all my extra time when it doesn't take 2 hours to do one load of laundry and I don't have to boil water to wash bottles.
Enjoy the pics-I've taken quite of few on this trip but because it takes so long to load, I've only posted a few. For anyone interested, you can come over to the Jones casa and I'll bore you with lots of slideshows :-)
Me, G and Baby K in the sling
G drinking coconut water
Me and the two Mary's