So our bags are pretty much packed now, and we're ready for one last dinner out with friends. Then we'll catch a few hours of sleep before flying out way, way too early in the morning.
We spent our last day shopping, which seems to be a bit of a national pastime here. We got Ellen a pair of jeans and a couple of long-sleeved shirts. We also bought a Thai-English keyboard (for six bucks-- really), which has been a huge hit since she can now talk to her friends on Facebook without having to either type everything on an online Thai-English keyboard and copy it in, or use her relatively limited English vocabulary.
I couldn't believe the sheer amount of stuff we've managed to accumulate in the past three weeks-- it's pretty amazing just how much we had. Ellen brought a completely full suitcase, several bags of gifts and a ukulele with her when she came, and if you count the carry-ons and personal items we've got eight pieces of luggage to wrangle. Hopefully this time it will all make it home and no one will steal anything. I'd hate to have to go underwear shopping again.
Connor has apparently come down with a bit of a cold, I'm sorry to say. And it looks like I might be coming down with a bit of an ear infection, which I'm sure will be tons of fun on the plane. Oh well. At least if I'm going to get sick I'm doing it at the end of our trip rather than in the middle. Thus far we haven't had any issues with food poisoning or other infections though, which is nice.
I have no doubt that we'll visit Thailand again as soon as we're able too-- there's so much more we haven't had the chance to see! And of course we want to visit Ellen's many loved ones here as well. We don't feel like we're finished growing our family either, so maybe someday we'll be heading back here for another adoption! We're not planning to have a miniature United Nations, so we'll either adopt from America or from Thailand again. That's a few years off yet, so we'll just have to see.
In the meantime, we'll focus on settling in with our girl and seeing the two kids together for the first time. Can't wait to see what adventures we'll get up to next!
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