Things have been absolutely crazy since we've landed and we've been going 100mph!
The long journey home was not as painful as we thought it would be and Ry was a trooper the whole way. He never got sick (thank you, thank you, thank you) and was in a pretty good mood most of the time. He LOVED being on the airplanes, loved watching movies & loved his new leapster that we saved for the plane ride home! He wasn't too keen on the airplane food, but hey...who is? Landing in DC was cool and it was neat to see the excitement on Ry's face when we finally landed in America! The moment we landed @ DFW was very emotional for me. I didn't even realize it would be, but the second we landed I just felt such a burden lift off of me. Everything that we have worked so hard for, over the last 3 years, had finally all worked out. We were home...as a family! I can't even begin to describe that feeling...it was overwhelming.
Since we landed at 7:30 at night, we asked our family to please not meet us at the airport and let us get him home to see the house, meet Sadie and then get some rest. I know it was very hard for everyone, including us, not to see everyone right away, but it was definitely the best and things weren't too overwhelming for Ryland. So after we landed, Dustin waited for the luggage and Ry & I ventured out to find the car. Quite the trip!! It was hot & humid and after we'd been outside for 3 minutes Ry said that Texas was hot and he wanted to take his shirt off. GREAT...he hadn't been here for 10 minutes and he already wanted to go shirtless at the airport!!! As we were walking, we had to stop about every 30 seconds to look at another plane taking off or landing.
We slept good the first night and that next morning, most of our family came over around lunchtime. Ry took to everyone immediately. Big hugs & kisses to everyone, he sang everyone the ABC's, Monkeys Jumping on the Bed & Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes. Wasn't shy at all...Skype really works miracles, it was like he already "knew" everyone. I can't say it enough...he is such a trooper! It's literally been like he's been a part of our extended family for years! Both sets of grandparents are just in love with him already, his aunts and uncles adore him and he & his only cousin, Nyah, are best friends already! We've spent most of Thursday, Friday & Saturday with various family members and he has LOVED all the attention!!! Dust & I are so relieved...
Here's to you Ryland - you're the best thing that's ever happened to us!!
First Pic as an American citizen!!
He loves swimming in his pool and asks to go swimming at least 50 times a day
Sleeping all night, in his own room and his own bed with no problems...so far!
Ryland & Nyah