Happy Monday morning! It’s a gorgeous day here…I love that. I am trying to get my groove back. I was hoping that I would wake up this morning, and feel my usual surge of Monday energy and be able to plow through my to-do back log. But I am STILL dragging. The kids slept until about 5am… so we are getting better! But it’s 8am and I need a nap… both babies are asleep, and I should be too. But how can I waste a Monday morning? It’s my favorite time of the week! we had a great weekend, catching up on all that we missed out on while we were gone. Saturday night was a big tradition here in the Beijing branch: “Fiesta Fandango”. It’s the annual fundraiser for the youth and they put on a Mexican dinner-homemade chips, mango salsa, shredded pork taco salad- café rio style!, a talent show and they had a regular auction and a silent auction. It was a blast. All kinds of things were on the block for purchase, and it was a riot to see people out bidding each other for dinners, bikes, drivers-for-a-day, and other luxuries. I was happy to have scored some babysitting nights, Chinese lessons, we bought a Chinese dinner, and a night at the WESTIN (my favorite). I donated some scrapbook kits that were a hit, and a family photo shoot… and 8 weeks of cookies delivered to church each Sunday! (12 year old Chase put up some serious cash for that one!) what a great time we had, and we were happy to have been kept up past 7pm. The good news about jet lag, is that you can be on-time to the early morning commitments. We were all ready for church with time to spare!
I knew that I would get back here and be kicking myself for not remembering things that I needed…and that has been the case a little, however, we did bring with us 2 things that I can’t believe we ever lived without: 2 sound machines. I am talking about the little things that look kind of like the size of a clock radio, but they create ‘white noise’… waves, rain, rainforest, heartbeats and even I think there is a lullaby or 2 on there. THEY ARE FABULOUS! Our home here totally echos with the tile floors and all cement construction of the walls. Sound carries like crazy, and it’s been so hard for the babies to get solid naps. The minute the kids run through slamming doors or calling each other names as they are fighting (surely mine is not the only house with the kids name calling all the time! I hate that)…the babies continue to sleep right through it, and through the ensuing reprimand by me, and crying from them and all other chaos and commotion of our daily life. I think that quite possibly, it’s the best $29.99 I have spent in a long time. And even as I lay and listen to the waves and the seagulls, I find myself drifting off to sleep imagining swinging in a hammock on the porch of a cute little beach bungalow. It’s been making for really sweet dreams! I just wish I was dreaming past 5am.