We arrived home Saturday evening after traveling for over 24 hours. We drove from Gaborone to Johannesburg on Friday and then took a 10 and 1/2 hour flight from there to Amsterdam. The flight left at 11:30 pm, so we slept on the plane. We arrived in Amsterdam at 10:30 a.m. (it was 4:30 a.m. on the east coast), had a 2 hour layover and left for the states soon after 12:30. We were in DC at 2:30 pm (although it was 8:30 p.m. in Botswana).
We're definitely experiencing some jet lag. I can tell Elena is mixed up still. She and Edwin are both sleeping well at night, but Elena's napping is off during the day and she seems pretty tired. Edwin has been taking long afternoon naps and is pretty hard to wake up. Both kids are up pretty early in the morning. I figure we'll be back to normal in a few more days. It's really been an easier transition coming home than it was going.
Elena turned 6 months old on Thursday. Where have the past 6 months gone?! I can hardly believe how quickly she's growing. I can't kiss her and snuggle her enough.
We got the unpacking taken care of yesterday, so now I just have some laundry to do. Thankfully, I'd done most of the laundry before we left, so there isn't much. Our little garden exploded while we were away and I hadn't planted any annuals yet, so I'm hoping to spend some time cleaning things up a bit and planting some flowers. Edwin has informed me that I can use his little red (plastic) shovel while he uses the big shovel as well as the two trows. He has it all figured out.
It feels good to be back. And always, after traveling by air, I can't quite comprehend that I'm so far away from where I just was.