Saturday, June 16, 2007


We made connections with Leiya with no time to spare and now she is home!

The drive to the airport was a little over 4 hours and at the end I was getting really antsy. "She's going to be there and waiting and wondering what happened to us!" Tetsu dropped me off at the airport arrivals terminal and I raced to the arrival area frantically checking the board. Oh no! Her plane was early! I scanned the crowd and just then Tetsu arrived and since there were two exits, I pointed him to one and I watched the other and less than a minute later, Leiya came through the door! Talk about timing!

She looks like an American girl with her double pierced ears and flip-flop foot fashion! Same big smile though!

Once home Leiya wandered through the house murmuring "It doesn't feel like my house. It's so small!" Living in a big American home for two years makes this one feel like a doll house! I get the same feeling every time I come back from a summer in California. But even though it's small, it is a good size for just Tetsu and me and I'm always grateful I don't have much area to clean! Leiya was happy to be back in her old room and seeing how I've rearranged it while she's been gone.

We had been worried about how Choco was going to react to having Leiya home. This is the first time they've met and Choco absolutely hates some people she meets. As we drove into the neighborhood I coached Leiya on how to approach Choco and I swear, that dog didn't even notice there was a new person coming into her yard and house. Not overjoyed to meet Leiya, not upset. Just same 'ol, same 'ol.

The cats have moved into Leiya's room. That's interesting, because they don't congregate there when I'm in the house (although they'll sit around in it when I'm sewing.) Now they're on Leiya's clothes, on her suitcase, taking up sleeping space. They are very happy.

We are thankful Leiya arrived safely.
Please don't feel you have to comment on the posts I write about all this family time. It could get a little boring to blog visitors!


Anonymous said...

久しぶりの日本 いろいろな事を楽しんでね。


Tracey said...

Enjoy having her home! I like that quilt the two of you are sitting under!

tami said...

I'm so happy for you. Enjoy your visit.

rumi said...

I am so happy for you,Tanya-san.
Enjoy having her home! I'm looking forward to seeing Leiya while she is in Japan.

Anonymous said...

I read your blog all the time. I
am so happy you have your Leiya
home. I can tell how much you love
her and counting the days until she
arrived. I love the pic of you and
her under the beautiful quilt.
She is a beautiful girl she looks
just like you.

Melinda said...

I'm glad she's home safely. :)

Connie said...

The photos of you two are priceless - you both look so full of joy! So happy for you to have your time together. HUGS!

Beth said...

I don't think your blog is boring at ALL! Just to see those happy smiling faces...enjoy!

meggie said...

You look so joyous under that lovely quilt!

Nadine said...

How could such joy and happiness be boring ? I'm so happy for you ! And your beautiful daughter is just like you : you look like sisters !

A biiiig hug to you and your family !


teodo said...

I'm happy for you, for Tetsu and for Leyla.
Your smile is wonderful in these pics.
I like the pic under the quilt.

Is right.

ciao ciao

anne bebbington said...

What a beautiful girl the two of you have produced - you all look so comfortable back together - I take my hat off to you and Tetsu - such a wonderful thing you are doing for her helping her develop her wings out in the big wide world but I would miss any of mine terribly - she looks a real credit to you both and so sweet with you inder that quilt Tanya

Nancy said...

This was such fun to read! And Leiya is beautifu. Have a wonderful time together!

keslyn said...

You and Leiya look so happy together, it must be good to have her home. Enjoy each others company.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Loved your family homecoming story. Don't be silly, if we didn't want to read what you AND your family are up to WE WOULDN'T BE HERE!!!

Welcome home Leiya, your Mommy missed you.

Patti said...

I love the family pictures - you are such a warm, happy family! So glad she arrived safely. You will have such a marvelous time together!

Françoise said...

Have a great time together!