Fully entrenched in our routine now that we are back… hard to believe all I could think about this time last week was getting home… I am truly aware of what I missed.

  • The girls… oh my word, I’m soaking them up. 
  • Reminding a certain fifth grader that AR counts toward her grade and it is just as important to pick up a book as it is to read on her iPod. 
  • The girls.
  • Two girl scout meetings one at Sweet and Sassy and the start of nut sales.
  • Piano and long phone calls from our beloved piano teacher.
  • The girls.
  • School pictures.
  • Kissing three little girls and not blowing kisses at them through the iPad.
  • Diet SunDrop.
  • The girls.
  • Going to church. (Currently I miss going to church without worrying about meltdowns.)
  • Bria confronting a bully a Chik-fil-a. I would have loved to see that.
  • A stomach virus, thankfully only one and it was quick.
  • The girls.
  • Shopping with Grandma. 
  • Seeing Hanan hit her AR goal.
  • A cheer pom meeting. Are we really going to do this? 
  • The girls.
  • A visit from Tye Tye. Apparently he only visits when I’m out of the country.
  • My twenty year high school reunion.
  • The girls. 
  • The chapter of my sorority’s 50th anniversary.
  • Reading my favorite blogs every morning. 
  • The girls.
  • Doing my laundry in a washing machine and dryer. Never knew how much I would miss that!
  • Picking up blocks, Dora toys, stuffed animals, recorders, panties, wet towels, you get the idea.
  • The girls.
  • My brother-in-law and sister-in-law moving away from TN. We actually lived in the same state for almost two years. That’s the first time that’s happened in the last 16 years. 
  • The girls.
Are you seeing a theme? The good news is as much as the time in China wore me out, I would do it again. We got to help Jack and see so many firsts.
  • First airplane ride, again and again. 
  • First boat ride, we think.
  • First escalator, pretty sure.
  • First church service.
  • First chicken nugget and fries McDonald’s outing.
  • First hugs.
  • First pants without a giant hole in the bum.
  • First kisses.
  • Possibly first bath in a bathtub.
  • First roughhousing with Daddy.
  • First Cheerios.
  • First Safari Park.
  • First time feeding a tiger. (Had to throw that in.)
  • First time being part of a real family. 
As we enter this new phase of attachment, I find myself counting everything as a blessing. Plus, I started Kisses From Katie. How can I do anything else?