Monday, June 09, 2008

Anticipation

We leave on Sunday night for our big summer trip. My kids have been counting down the days for, ohhhhhh, just the last 3 months now. They have not traveled back to the States since we arrived last July. They love everything about going home, the airplane, the food, the relatives, the shopping, even going to the doctor and dentist there. We jam everything fun that we would normally spread over the course of a year into a few short weeks. I'm afraid when we eventually move back they will be highly disappointed to see that our "normal life" is not the same as our "vacation life".

Julio (7 years old) is probably the most excited about our maid going. He wants to be the one to show her everything. His first job is to teach her all about flying as she's never before flown. A couple of months ago when we started talking about the possibility of taking her with us he drew this picture for her:




I'm not sure how well you can read it, but it is a list of "airplane activities". She taped it to her door and I crack up everytime I walk by it. It includes:


  • Food

  • Nice sleep

  • Movies

  • Games

  • Music

(and my personal favorite)
  • Calm

Oh how I hope my kids have "nice sleep" and "calm" on the 12 hour flight on Sunday!

12 comments:

Ballerina Girl said...

I love it Gabs...
and Julio hit it right on the nose, what we all hope for on our long journeys...
CALM!
BG

k-squared's mom said...

Julio is so sweet! Your maid has a really good tour guide in him. I am excited for you! Crossing my fingers that you too have "nice sleep" and "calm" en route to what promises to be a super summer!

Abby said...

How fun! Good luck with the long plane ride and the quest for calm. I have to say I'm impressed with Julio's drawing of the plane--that's better than I could do. Hopefully I get to see you guys in a month or so!

Maine Mom said...

What a thoughtful picture for your maid. I have never been able to sleep on a plane, but I would hope that on a 12 hour flight I would get some sleep! And calm would be nice. Hopefully Pedro will cooperate with that one. :-) Good luck packing and getting ready for your big adventure.

Marina said...

that is so sweet of Julio's I just love it!!
I hope you can a wonderful time and plent of stories to tell us have fun on you big adenture!!
hus,marina

My Full Hands said...

Very cute. Julio might just take over your fantasy! (The one about showing Laura Ingalls around, not the one about having calm and a nice sleep on the plane:) )

Kari said...

Excellent picture! I think the best thing about the upcoming trip is that you have a maid you would even consider taking with you. That says a lot. Happy Trails!

Janice said...

Little people are the BEST.

Calandria said...

I love that picture! So thoughtful. I think Julio and my son Marcus might have a lot in common.

Liz said...

doesn't your list usually include LOTS of NEW SHOES? :)

utmommy said...

I hope you have "nice sleep" and "calm" too!

No Cool Story said...

He's such a sweetie :D
I hope you all get lots of Calm and frosted minis wheats.