We left Milan this week. I didn't cry, but certainly I will miss it. Owen's adjustment will be the hardest, though, since he doesn't really understand moving and such. I have some posts about Italy still to write, and I hope to get these done soon. We shall see.
For the next few weeks we're at my sister's house in the area of South Carolina where I grew up. It'll be an adventure for sure. I think Owen has transitioned from asking when we're going home to asking when we're going to Laurie's house (when we're out shopping or visiting or whatever). It's a fine base for our down time awaiting Kevin's arrival from Afghanistan, and I'm grateful for my sister, brother-in-law and nephews' willingness to share their space -- and toys, DVDs and video games -- with us.
Our first full day back involved some shopping. Both kids needed new tennis shoes so desperately that I couldn't stand it any longer. Of course that wasn't all because we had had to dump some things we normally travel with as the reality of fitting everything the movers hadn't taken into the four suitcases available surfaced.
So, we visited:
Dollar Tree. For gift bags for the ceramics I brought from Italy for all of the female relatives.
Five Guys. Because Owen likes hot dogs and Laura likes cheeseburgers. The cool drink dispenser was a bonus.
Kohl's. My plan had been to buy shoes, but we couldn't find what we wanted. We did get some necessary T-shirts, pajamas and other clothing basics Laura really needed, though.
Academy. Shoes for Laura but not Owen because their selection of shoes for kids is seriously lacking.
Rack Room Shoes. Finally I just stuck with the Nikes I knew would fit Owen.
Target. Necessary toiletries, underwear for Owen and grocery items. An aside: My brother-in-law insists that mayonnaise isn't mayonnaise unless it says Duke's on the label.
Eventually we will need to do more shopping, but these were the immediate necessities. And then, to Owen's delight, we returned to Laurie's house.