“You did it. You did it. You finished your travels. You did it.”
"I am a little bummed and a little glad. I feel good about leaving and I feel bummed about not being here longer. I am sad because we are at this place that has a beautiful ocean. There are also 2 kids here to play with, Kalana and Dakota. I will miss the pool and the ocean and the kids. The ocean has big waves and I will miss surfing because I just learned this week and I am getting pretty good. The pool was fun too because I love to swim under the water on the bottom and I learned to dive off the side in the pool here. I won’t be swimming in Colorado for a while.
I am glad we are done traveling because I can’t wait to see every single friend and cousin and grandma and grandpa and aunt and uncle. Chicago will be so fun with Caroline and Tallulah. In Carbondale I want to see Sadie and when I see her I am going to pet her and kiss her and give her love. I want to sleep in my room again when I get home.
For now I won’t miss traveling. I’m excited to be done with being so close to my brother. I kind of liked, but not so much, having to share a room and sometimes a bed! with Cal in some places we visited."
"I feel really good going home. I remember in Quito and Santiago and Berito (we never visited any place named Berito!) we ate good ice cream in South America. I want to see Emily and Renee again and Caroline and Tallulah. I am going to miss all the beds I was sleeping in in South America but I think that the bathrooms at home will be the same as the traveling ones (Ha, not all of them!). I want to play with Caroline’s pink bus and my garbage truck when I am home. And I like all the standers in South America. Now mom, that’s all I want to say!"
At times this trip felt like we would be traveling forever and now I can’t believe we're done. We’ve had such a great time all together as a family this year. I feel like we have grown in ways we might not have at home. My children have amazed me over and over: speaking Spanish, swimming like fish, making new friends, feeling so comfortable in their interactions with new people, trying new foods, taking care of one another, and learning to roll with all the twists and turns our adventure has presented us. I am so proud of Harper and Cal and I feel so blessed to have shared this with them. And as for Danny, there are not words enough to describe how happy and lucky I feel to have had him by my side through out it all. I can only say that I have the best husband ever!
(Oops we missed him on this time at the computer!)