Yesterday was a full and very happy day for me. I left Thursday night once the kids were in bed and headed to Ang's house. We were able to spend the whole day together on Friday!! Took the Things to school, had coffee, went to lunch, went for a walk in the woods...a looooong walk...uphill...both ways... mmmm hmmm... , played "school" with Thing3 and Thing4 and read a story to Thing4. Then TB&H grilled steaks!!! YUMMY!! After that it was time for me to hit the road. It was not easy. It is always so hard to say bye to all of them! I love those Things sooo much. They all have me wrapped! I am so fortunate to have the kind of friendship with Ang that I do already! She is the best and I love her too! I can't wait till we get together again...SOON!!!!
I left and headed to the Atlanta airport to pick up Jay and Emily and little Ashley! When I pulled up to the airport and stood there waiting for them, my heart was pounding a mile a minute!! I was so excited to see them! And when they got there, she was just as beautiful as her pictures! She was smiling, even after the long day they all had. Emily took her out of the stroller and Ashley gave me a big grin. My heart just melted into a big old puddle. Then, she took her chubby little hand and wrapped it around my finger to walk to the car. That did it...right then and there I decided she could have and do whatever she wanted to on the way home!!
She did great on the ride home, especially considering the fact that she had never been in a carseat before. I didn't know it, but Emily said they don't use them in China! Finally, about 1:15am we made it to their house. Avery was already with us, and Jay went and got the other girls up. Ashley never missed a beat! She just started running around the house like she had always been there! She let Jay and Emily's mom hold her for a second and then she started handing out the kisses! She laid one on me so big that I had drool dripping off my face too! I loved every minute of it!
I feel so privileged that not only does she share my name, but that I was able to go and pick them up last night and see her! The journey to Ashley Mei might be over, but a new journey for Jay and Emily and the girls has just begun!
first family photo!!