Itâ€™s a little early to be celebrating Mommyâ€™s birthday, but she has class tomorrow, so we had a small celebration tonight.
â€œKANSAS CITY, Mo. â€” National Weather Service issues tornado warning that includes downtown Kansas City, Mo.â€
So, we were planning to go to C&MA General Council this year, as we have with every General Council the last several years. This year, we felt constrained by my school obligations and budget. If we had gone, our kids might be experiencing their first tornado. I guess God says itâ€™s ok for us to not always have such excitement in our lives?
On a more serious note, we are praying for the many people in that area, and the multitude of Christian leaders and missionaries from our denomination who are currently facing the tornado threats.
Another travel day. Another long day ahead of us. So many questions. Will the kids sleep on the airplane? Will we have an extra seat for Caris again? At least weâ€™ll be home soon. A place where the kitty litter is all over the ground and their cat hair is all over the ground. Home sweet home.
Here we are getting ready to pack up the car.
And already, the pants are coming off.
We had a little time to play before heading to the airport. We were going to go to the playground just before we leave. Of course we have to walk there, and Caris didnâ€™t want to walk.
She is one stubborn little girl. She was standing there crying for at least five minutes before someone picked her up and carried her to us. I wanted to see how long this girl would have stand there.
Hereâ€™s the car rental office. Right next to gas station, convenience store and Carlâ€™s Jr.
All 3 kids sitting the back seat. Not much leg room, but more than when they came here.
Waiting for the plane at our gate. Actually, that mob of people there is 4 gates at one end of the airport. They all share the same doors.
Let me tell you the story of how we got here.
When we first get the airport, thereâ€™s a line formed to check-in. Thereâ€™s a separate line adjacent to ours thatâ€™s marked â€œbaggage drop off.â€ Since we had so many bags, our bags were there. When we got to the front of our line, I opened up the roped off area to get my bags. Since weâ€™ve been here, weâ€™ve been hearing that a flight to Minneapolis has been canceled. As Iâ€™m pulling my bags over to the baggage check point, I notice this couple gets in the â€œbaggage drop offâ€ line. As weâ€™re getting our bags checked by airport security, this couple starts pushing their way forward trying to get to a counter.
I know American travelers when I see them. They tend to be the rude travels; the people with a sense of entitlement. Soon after this couple goes forward, another 40 or 50 people start streaming through this â€œbaggage drop offâ€ line. There are at least another 20 legit people who were already waiting in the real check-in line, yet all these people, all Americans, decide to get in front of all these people waiting. This is the canceled Minneapolis flight. No sorrys said. No apologies. Just the â€œI need to talk someone at the counter.â€
Eventually, Delta funnels all these people to a separate line. At least I was already at the counter.
As always, I hate the security checkpoint. But this being Mexico, I didnâ€™t know how much more stringent they would be than the U.S. (they werenâ€™t). Thereâ€™s a single file line stretching out into the hallway for the security checkpoint.
We go to the back of the line. Before we get to the security checkpoint, I wanted to put our water container inside my backpack. In the 10 seconds that lapsed as I was attempting to put my container away, a little gap opened up in front of us. There were already 15 or 20 people behind us in the line. However a group of people starting walking up thinking we might not be in line because of the gap that formed. Now remember this gap was only there in that 10 second span that I was in my backpack. This group found out that all these people were in line and they went to back to the endâ€¦ Except for this one lady (or maybe couple).
At the time, I didnâ€™t really know if she was in line already in front of us or was in the group coming from the back. I went back to my backpack and making sure the kids were behaving. Yvonne proceeds to apologize to her about the gap, and tells the lady in front we were in line. Her response:
You snooze, you lose.
I did not hear this, cause if I had, there would have been some drama in the security checkpoint. Itâ€™s probably a good thing I didnâ€™t hear it either. Yvonne on the other hand was taken aback by that comment. She kept her composure well, especially knowing how sharp a tongue she can have. Iâ€™m kind of proud and disappointed at her at the same time. Disappointed that she didnâ€™t lay into this woman. But proud that she could actually control herself. All she said was, â€œthatâ€™s a very American thing to say.â€ The woman responded with â€œthatâ€™s right, Iâ€™m American.â€ Oh man if I had heard that conversation, weâ€™d be sitting in the Mexican jail right now. I would have a started a riot in that airport. Yvonne said that the people behind us were apparently annoyed at this woman too.
I was too busy making sure the kids were okay and fiddling around with my backpack and worrying about getting through this security checkpoint. If I had the chance, I would have laid into her. But I guess God didnâ€™t want us sitting in jail when we should be flying home.
Best thing though is that we passed her up in the security checkpoint anyways. Since we had kids, they put us in a different x-ray scanner. We were able to get through the checkpoint a few minutes before her even though she cut in front of us. A small victory. I still rather yell at her, but I guess Iâ€™ll have to take this.
Caris putting the G1 to good use.
Caris with her new car, Chuki.
The flight was complete full on the plane. We were hoping for an open seat so Caris could sit. Instead, she sat in my lap for the whole 3 hours. For those of you who donâ€™t have toddlers, or never flew with a toddler in your lap for 3 hours, you might want to consider buying that seat for your 22 month old child. Maybe other 22 month old kids are different, but Caris is a handful. It was a good thing she was really tired when we got on the plane. At least she was able to sleep in my lap half the time. Caris can really only keep her attention on an activity for about 5 minutes. After that, itâ€™s on to the next thing to try to keep her attention. And then the next. The best thing for her to do is eat, which I tried to extend as long as possible. But thereâ€™s only so much snacks she wants to eat before she just wants to run around.
What makes things even worse is that they didnâ€™t give us our stroller at the gate. We did a gate check, but they donâ€™t let you get your gate check-in on international flights. So that means we have to carry all our carry-ons, a car seat and 3 kids through customs before we can get stroller at baggage claim. So much trouble.
A long day of traveling. But weâ€™re home safely.
This post was written on the day of. However the internet was giving me the fits and did not want to upload. So here it is 4 days late.
I feel accomplished today. This is a day where Caris did not strip in public. Oh wait. She did at the playground. Never mind. On to some pictures.
Getting breakfast ready.
Weâ€™re going to the zoo. Weâ€™re going to the zoo. Here weâ€™re waiting for the shuttle bus to take us to the entrance.
The zoo at the resort isnâ€™t very big. They have a few tigers, and then a smaller area with some more animals. Here is us looking at the tigers. The shuttle bus driver warned us not to get to close to them. They like to â€œsprayâ€ people, meaning they like to pee on you. Letâ€™s stay back away from the fence.
Caris, I said stay back!
The other part of the â€œzooâ€ is across the way.
The zoo here is quite sad. The animals here are not in the greatest of habitats and not in the greatest of shape. Them LA Zoo and San Diego Zoo animals are spoiled. Hereâ€™s a crocodile thatâ€™s lost itâ€™s desire to eat small children.
All these animals are around and says this. â€œThereâ€™s a tire!â€ â€“ Caleb
We could literally touch this one if we wanted to. And if we didnâ€™t mind losing a finger or two.
There were peacocks and peahens in a cage. I think the peacocks at the LA Arboretum have a better life.
Of course, somehow, this peacock escaped and got on top of the cage. Itâ€™s just chilling on top looking for food.
Bananas and watermelons for lunch.
Walking back to our shuttle bus stop.
Caris likes the water.
After their nap, I needed to go shopping for some more baby wipes. Of course thereâ€™s that huge playground in the mall next to it. Today, Caleb was brave to climb the structure himself. Not all the way to the top, but at least he was able to go.
Caris wanted to join him, but she was too small.
Watching a video together.
Tropical buffet night. Yum.
Iâ€™ve been checking my security camera everyday, and the cats have not moved. Every time I check, they are in the same place on the couch. They could be dead for all I know except I did see Tommy stretch tonight. So heâ€™s at least partially alive.
Two days ago.
Their positions never change. They are in those 2 spots day or night. Hope our fish are still alive.
Our morning started out late. We were suppose to meet up with the timeshare lady this morning at 10:30am. Yvonne was up late doing her paper. And I was up late writing and posting pictures. We decided to sleep in and skip out on the wonderful timeshare talk. Oh darn.
These birds are loud.
We decided to tackle the 3 story playground today.
I barely meet the height requirement.
Caris throwing a temper tantrum walking home.
Playing with Chloe!
â€œI want to go swimming.â€
Why does Caris have no clothes on?
Because theyâ€™re eating a snack.
And we donâ€™t want her peeing on the ground or in her swim diaper while eating.
So theyâ€™re watching Babe and eating snacks.
Before she puts on her swimsuit.
Of course we got all dressed up for nothing. The towel station was closed, so we didnâ€™t have any towels. No swimming today. Maybe tomorrow.
Chloeâ€™s 3 months old today! This mommy is so busy right now, but we have a bunch of pics on Chrisâ€™ camera that he got for his birthday. Will try to download them in this next week? Anyways, Chloe is a cutie. Sheâ€™s starting to sleep a little better. Sheâ€™s had a whopping 2 colds already â€“ one which she has currently. She loves checking out her hands and grabbing/pulling at toys. And she has followed in the pattern of her siblings with massive drooling. And.. Chloe still has hair â€“ a first for the Wong children.
If you’ve been around Caleb, you’ll hear him calling Caris by Mei-Mei. That’s Mandarin for “little sister.” Well…. now, Caleb’s going to have another mei-mei. That’s right. We found out yesterday that we’re having another girl. Soon Daddy and Caleb will be outnumbered by girl power.
When I have time, I’ll try to post ultrasound pics. And we have heaps of pics and videos of the kids, but we’ve been non-stop lately with work, ministry, kids, school, etc.
PS. If you have baby name ideas, send them our way. Chris has been going a bit crazy with looking up female names from Star Wars, so I think I need your help deterring him from that path.
Bummer. It wasnâ€™t our suitcase. It did say Wong on it. Not this set of Wongs, though. Oh well. Caleb, youâ€™ll just have to wait for your little cars.