Saturday, August 23, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Pictures as promised, but in reverse order. I am too tired to re-arrange them tonight. You will figure it out. ;-)
Ahren meets Levi ( he just woke up)
They play on the bed while the rest of us just want to go to sleep
Katie entertains Ahren on the plane.
Ahren during take-off. Look at his cute little legs!
The savior, the DVD player and Barney.
On the way home form the airport.
Who said he doesn't know american food. He flips for chips!
The view from our 15th floor hotel room.
Mommy and Ahren. On the plane. For real. We are outta there!!!!
Katie trying to tame the locks. Good luck there!
Playing with cars in the hotel room.
Look at those curls. Everyone thinks he is a girl. I mean everyone!
The night after our embassy appointment we went to a steak house that was fantastic. They came and picked us up from our hotel and took us there. We were the only ones in the restaurant because it was in between their normal services. All of the staff, including the owner, doted on us. it was a meal to remember. The food was superb. the best steak I have had in YEARS!

As is usual for Guatemala, our flight was late. Is anything ever on time there? I bet even babies arrive late. Then our flight was re-directed around a storm. We had to wait in immigration a little over an hour and then it is about a 45 minute drive to our house. Poor Ahren had not napped and although at first he was NOT a happy camper in his carseat, he fell asleep in about 5 minutes. I carried him into the house asleep, but he started waking up almost immediately. As his eyes opened, he saw Levi and immediately held out his arms to him. I set him on the floor and he just fell into Levi's arms and stayed there. Levi just held him. After a minute, they let go and off they went exploring, giggling the whole time. Room to room they went, falling all over each other and laughing like lunatics. It took a couple of hours before we got them calmed down and into bed. 

Ahren did wonderfully on the flight. he didn't seem to even notice when we took off. Then we set up the DVD player and he watched that for the first 2 hours, then colored and played with us the last hour. He finally got cranky the last 10 minutes as we came down. I think his ears hurt. Other than that, he was a champ. An old pro. A ringer. 

We were going to have him sleep in the Pack-N-Play next to our bed at first, but it became apparent while in Guatemala that he is WAY too big for that. Instead he will be in the crib in the room attached to our bedroom. He will only be 10 feet away from us and he will have a lot more room to stretch out. We have one of those net canopies over the top to keep him from falling out. He is really too big for a crib, too, but I need him to be safe and secure, and it is better for him. He rolls all over the place in his sleep and the last thing we need is for him to be falling out of bed 5 times a night. 


chitwood said...

So good to see that you all made it home safely. Congratulations and enjoy that sweet little guy.

Krystal said...

Welcome home, Ahren!!!!

I love your curls, and I think they are very manly :)

Deb said...

YEAHHHHHH- so glad you guys are home!!!!
Suggestion for bed- twin bed mattress on the floor!!!

Love and hugs to you and the rest of the family.

angieshaffer said...

Ah yes, Guatemalans make the BEST steaks. I forgot how juicy and perfect they are. So glad to hear everyone is home safe and sound. On American soil! I can't believe it!

Cathie said...

Welcome home Ahren!!!! and the rest of the family.
I got tears in my eyes when I read about Ahren's reaction to seeing Levi. I can remember your post of going shopping for clothes for Ahren and Levi was picking out matching outfits. Little Levi is going to be such a GREAT big brother.
I'm so happy for your family.
Still praying the rest of your family home.
Proud Mama to a Guatemalan prince

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, the pictures are great!! Congrats to you all, such a sweetie :). I am so glad you have him home.
Thankyou Jesus!!


Awwwww Welcome Home! The pictures are fabulous! I love the look on Levi's face when he meets Ahren! I can't wait to hear about all their (mis)adventures! They sound like they bonded instantly!

Remember to exhale now, You're home!


Angel said...

YAY!!!! HE IS HOME!!! This is so wonderful. I can NOT believe this! It's wonderful to see. Once you get nice and settled I want to come meet him. WOOOHOOO! :0) Angel

Iris said...

Congratulations! Your expression in the photo of you and Ahren on the plane says it all. Finally home! Wow. How sweet it is.

Terri said...

Im so happy for you guys!!! Welcome home!!!

Whittemore Family said...

I am SOOOOO happy for your and your family Wendy!!! It is ALMOST complete!!! I can't wait to hear more about Ahren and how he is adjusting and how the family is adjusting to him!!! I am sure that everything is going to be just wonderful!! There's been wayyy to many bumps in this journey already, that there can't be anymore left!!!!!!

Best wishes!!!!

Sarah said...

Yeah!! Welcome home!!! Love all the pics!

Elle said...

He's home. He's really really home. Can you believe it.

Welcome home little one. this has been a long time coming.

Candy said...

CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS...GIRL YOU LOOK SO HAPPY in that picture of you on the plane with Ahren. I love it that him and LEVI and best buds already...FUN at your house...Or should I say BIGGER MESS AT YOUR CASA....hahahaha


I know you said you wanted to stay in with Ahren when you got home...but if you need to get out or feel like playing...we are getting into town on Wed Evening and will be there till MONDAY...I am sure we will be going to Market Street just to Play in the fountian...and maybe some Johnny Rockets or Pot Bellys and I am sure we will make it to the Childrens Musuem as well. Just give me a call or leave me a comment. HUGS

Starfish said...

Congrats! Sorry I'm just catching up now - but I'm so happy that he's finally home where he belongs. Such a gorgeous boy!