Well, it's that time again. Time to back up the bags (a serious undertaking) and head down south for the next 5 months give or take a day or two.
So, here's what I'll miss, and what I'm looking forward to in Brazil (in no particular order. Well, except for the part about Gaupo :) ).
What I'll Miss:
-Redbox (how cool is Redbox?)
-Not shaving my legs
-Running in cool weather (despite the fact that it didn't happen nearly often enough)
-Sleeping in (we've been getting up around 9:30 am everyday, which is 2:30 pm in Rio. Could be a rough adjustment.)
-Good ice cream
-Not having a maid
-Being around family
-My latest fashion faux-pas:
Furry Crocs. Most comfortable thing EV-ER.
-Dressing like a slob and fitting in just fine (as opposed to dressing like a slob and feeling like a dork in Brazil)
-Amazon (how will the UPS guy survive without his daily trip to my parents' house?)
-Church in English
-Church at the correct temperature (our chapel in Rio is the only one without AC and the temp has been over 100)
-Feeling relatively safe all of the time
-Doing a load of laundry in less than 4 hours
-Getting wrapped up in a super soft blanket at night to read
What I'm looking forward to:
-My skin not looking like leather because of the cold, dry air
-My kids going back to school and Pedro starting preschool in February
-Wearing flip-flops 90% of the time
-Having full use of my iPhone
-Playing tennis (if my elbow ever heals)
-Hanging out with Ballerina Girl
-Not packing up and moving 5 or 6 people every week
-Not having to wear panty hose to church
-Having a maid
-Drinking Guarana (Brazilian Soda)
-Eating the wonderful fresh fruits
-Not being a single parent
-More blogging (I promise!)
-Taking the kids swimming
-Seeing Ron and Kitty
-Running on the beach
We had a memorable vacation and ejoyed spending time with almost all of our family. I can't believe it's already time to go back.
Wish me luck tomorrow. I can think of about 1,000,001 things I'd rather do than travel by myself with the kids for 20 hours.