Saturday, July 09, 2005


We are home! What an interesting journey it was too. 45 mins of making friends with all the surrounding passengers by screaming before the plane ever took off, then the Benadryl kicked in and she was out. 8 hours later she awoke, had a bottle and looked to be wide awake for the rest of the flight. Great. But then while playing on the floor she dropped back off to sleep for another 3 hours. That was great. Then woke up about an hour and a half before the flight ended and then fell asleep again as we landed. Strange trip. Everyone was very nice about it and no one complained.

We had family meet us at the airport where Tenley met her Grandparents and Great Grandparents. Then it was off on the long drive from LAX to Riverside. One thing though, Tenley had never been strapped into a carseat before. This was going to be fun. Naturally about 10 mins into the drive she registered her complaints. This was followed by sleeping for most of the way home. She woke up in the terrible traffic of the 91 Freeway and pretty much let us know about her displeasure the rest of the way home.

Home. What a fabulous place. Who would have thought that 3 weeks could seem like 3 years. Tenley took to her new environment with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. There was carpet to scoot all over, tile to feel and cats to chase. As far as we know Tenley has never seen any animals before but she seems enthralled by the cats. They move independently and make sounds. They are the best toys she has ever seen. For their part, the cats are very tolerant of Tenley so far. We are watching the progress closely. The best part is when one of the cats lays down on the floor and Tenley spots them. Off she goes in her fastest scoot to grab a tail or to just stare them down. It is hysterical. I foresee many funny posts about cats and Tenley in the coming months.

So the Quest For Tenley is over. A few minor paperwork items are left but the quest itself is at an end. What now you ask, The Taming of Tenley! Check back as we will be blogging daily about the antics of our precious daughter and her unshakeable will of iron. Stay tuned!


Stacey Teague said...

Welcome Home! I have been following your trip every day! Tenley is beautiful!! Congratulations!

P/S Can you email me and let me know how you posted your pictures and messages to your blog while in China and if you had any problems doing that?


Kelly said...

I will miss reading about your China adventures, but will look forward to the "taming"!

Joanne said...

Congratulations on your beautiful daughter..

I and many other pre-adopters have been following your adventures in China.I have to say a big thankyou to you for sharing your experience and letting us be a part of your wonderful journey.

I look forward to following Tenley's progress in the coming months.

Welcome Home..
Joanne (waiting for Aimee)

Anonymous said...

Welcome home you guys. I am lucky as I will get to hear about Tenley daily. Can't wait to see you at work and hear about it all. I hope you won't be too hungry as I know we all will be asking you thousands of questions at lunch. You can talk with your mouth full, can't you?