Last night Quinn and Jenna woke up around 2:00AM and were not able to go back to sleep. It is no easy task adjusting to a 13-hour time difference, especially after napping your way through three airports, two long flights, customs, and a long drive home. So the girls and I finally came downstairs around 3:00AM and started playing.
I discovered the girls are terrified of our cats. Every time Simba or Nala would walk through the room they would squeal and come running back to sit on my lap if they had been brave enough to venture off the time before. Jenna eventually started becoming a little braver after she discovered she could whack Simba on the head with a Lego and he would run away. However, she still prefers Daddy’s arms of safety instead of trying to fend the cat off with a Lego on her own.
Tonight Luke and Ryan returned from their long vacation with Grandpa and Grandma Yoder. Michele and I were excited to see them again. Michele walked out to the driveway to meet the boys as soon as they drove up so that she could give them a big hug right away. Ryan was definitely excited to see his momma. He came running around the car to find her and got a big hug. Luke was more interested in coming inside to meet his sisters. He immediately rolled out of the car and headed for the front door. Only after a little coaxing did he turn around to come back to give Momma a hug before heading back towards the house. Luke was adamant that he had NOT missed us. However, he did request that we not go on a trip for that long again. Ryan definitely missed his mommy and asked Michele to sleep with him tonight so that he would know she was there in the morning.
Luke and Ryan were excited to meet their new sisters. Quinn and Jenna were a little unsure of what to think when these two strange boys came tramping into the house and started acting like they owned the place. Jenna did not like the idea that she might have to share her daddy with somebody new. Even as Luke just barely perched on the edge of my knee, Jenna started to tear up and eventually worked her way up to a full tantrum. Luke and Ryan thought her tantrum was very funny and they giggled and giggled. I’m not sure Jenna appreciated that.
But over the span of a few hours, the boys and girls started to form some friendships. Luke and Ryan are very excited to help out any way they can, such as setting the table, sharing toys with Quinn and Jenna, giving Quinn a ride on the trike, or showing Jenna where the pine cone stash is hidden.
I’m not exactly sure how long this honeymoon stage will last between the boys and girls. I’m sure there will be plenty of ups and downs in the future, but for the moment we are enjoying our first few hours together with our full house.