Reunited: Justin is home
On Monday, at 9:30am, Justin arrived back home. You would swear that we had been apart for months!! We were so excited to see one another that we even tracked each other’s locations while he drove home in a taxi, from the airport. Check out the image below… Our dots are touching. He was climbing out of the taxi. I know, I know… the mushiness is just over the top.
We don’t care!
While he was heading to Qingdao, from Beijing, Dylan and I made a nice brunch for all of us. When Justin came up the stairs, we opened the door to run down and greet him. Eli was really confused. He was running back-and-forth. People always ask how Eli handles the traveling, and the two-month trips, but for those he is totally fine. When we get back from a long journey, he settles in almost immediately. However, after only one night of Justin being away, Eli was not being himself. He was (he never does any of these) shouting no, covering his eyes, crying, and not listening. He was also not wanting to go sleep at nap-time, and not wanting to eat dinner. Isn’t that crazy? He handles life on the road, but a couple of nights of no daddy and he is completely off-track.
Lot of hugs and cuddles when Justin got home
We all sat down around the dining room table to enjoy a “welcome back brunch”. The bagels with bacon, egg and avocado were perfect! Even Dylan, who has a very different palate to us, really enjoyed the brunch.
He doesn’t like photos so every time I try to take one, Dylan pulls his face in some funny way. We had a good laugh trying to get a photo of all of us together, as you will see below, pretty much every shot involves either Dylan pulling a face, or Eli looking away.
We couldn’t stop laughing.
Here are some of the “group” photo attempts…
We almost had it on the last one, but then Eli started gazing over at Mama. Pretty sweet!
You know the penguin story – we all need to be together!
Eli was so happy when nap-time came and daddy could read a few stories to him. We wondered if he thought that Justin would be gone again when he woke up. Poor kid. He doesn’t quite understand the distance thing yet. I don’t know where he thinks “Grams” is when he talks to her in Texas via FaceTime. Maybe she lives in the phone??
The Puzzle Mystery Solved
Our last trip, as a family, to Texas, was in 2015. Eli was about ONE (the year we went to South Dakota for my brother’s wedding) and Grams had bought him a stack of alphabet and animal boards. When we left, we couldn’t find the “I J” puzzle piece. No amount of looking revealed that piece, so we left with it as a mystery. About six months later Eli really started to love these puzzles and played with them on a daily basis. A couple of months ago, while moving around some furniture, the puzzle piece fell out of Gramp’s recliner. The mystery was solved – almost a year and a half later!
Grams sent the puzzle piece, with Justin, to Qingdao.
This isn’t even all that Justin brought back from his week in the States – but you get the idea. We both got new phones, new running shoes, and all of the other necessities that we just don’t like/ don’t want to buy over here. Quality and price are two of the main reasons we don’t like shopping in China. Even when you do find the item you want, it is way more expensive than at home. Ironically, it is all made here, but it is more expensive to buy the good stuff here. We always bring back certain medicines, spices, sauces, and toiletries. Since Justin was traveling alone, and with barely any luggage, we decided to do a good stock up. We had to stuff one half of his suitcase with plastic bags and bubbles wrap as he was leaving, just to make sure the few items he took didn’t get too tossed around.
We sure did miss him, and we are thrilled that he is back with us.
I am usually with Justin as we shop for all of these things, so it was pretty exciting to sit and let him unpack. He brought home some really cute gifts for me too – which I really appreciated! I think we initially intended to save some of the gifts for later, but as he unpacked he was just too excited, and gave them all to me. haha.
Welcome back Justin!