Thursday, April 22, 2010

Party in the USA

Yes, this song by Miley Cyrus was sung before and trough out our trip to get Hannah to realize we were moving to the United States of America , if you can imagine. Sweet Aunt Alexis sent us some songs at Christmas this year where we heard this song for the first time, I have no idea how actually old or new the song really is. Of course once you hear it, it is addicting and Hannah and Chase loved dancing to it. So, we just made it our theme song for our big move. Ha

Here is a clip of the song for your oldies who may not know the song. :) 
By the way, it is actually the first time I have even seen the video.  Ha

Picture of Piper needing a place to sit, so why not the kid's laps- ha, and Daddy (with Expeditor in front) pushing four carts of luggage. We had 8 suitcases, 4 carry on bags, 2 car seats and Piper's crate.

We arrived safely in Washington, DC last Thursday evening after a long 24 hours. It was not easy and after 18 hours of flying and an 8 hour layover in Amsterdam, it can cure anyone, including myself of having another child. We truly never stopped RUNNING after Chase in the airport; however, the flights themselves were actually not all too bad. The first leg they both slept and the second leg we managed to get out every item of entertainment that I brought. Initially I thought it was too much stuff, but it managed to pass the time...just in time. And yes, for those of you wondering we literally missed the volcano by about an hour.  The next flight after us was stuck in the airport.  I guess we can be thankful for that; however, we would of had a blast staying with our friends in Amsterdam for a few days. :)

We were also able to see our very old and dear friends, Andy and Kristen McGinley at the Amsterdam airport too. This was a wonderful treat...thanks guys for coming to meet us!

Our first morning out after no sleep and only arriving the night before, we managed to get our first cup of Starbucks. Yummy! We actually had a conversation, let the kids crash out in the stroller and walked around Clarendon for the day. 
Oh, and the kids also rode their first Metro. :)

The kids were exhausted to say the least but after almost a week they have slowly made it back to East Coast time and we are starting a normal schedule again.  Its not great, but the best we can do in our one bedroom apartment.


We also made a trip to see Tom's Papa this past Sunday.  There is nothing better then having your kids see their great-grandparents. They ate some yummy pasta and had a blast!

More adventures of The Rhodes Family adjusting to the first world coming soon...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Kwaheri (Goodbye) Kenya :(

The time has come to say goodbye to our dear and wonderful friends from
Nairobi, Kenya.

We had a wonderful farewell party the weekend before we left with some truly great friends. We could not of asked for a better send off. Thank you Ogie and Emily for a truly wonderful night! I suppose crying periodically through the night was better than the entire evening, but It was a blast and a party we will never forget. Thanks to everyone for coming and sending all of us so well. :)

The wonderful Host and Hostess....Thanks again Emily and Ogie!


I also have to put in a picture of Hannah and her little girlfriends, she missed them already so much!

Aseela, Zoe, Stella and Hannah

Keep In Touch!!!
We miss you already!
Love, Tom, Heather, Hannah, Chase and Piper too!

Friday, April 9, 2010

There's an Echo...

There is an echo in this empty house that is a bit scary at times, but finally after four days the house has been packed up and is being moved to it's final destination (we hope!).   
The move went surprisingly well and the moving people in Kenya did an amazing job.  They said me being the over obsessive freak and hanging signs everywhere were actually very helpful. I placed signs all over the house saying, DONT TOUCH, UAB to ATLANTA, HHE to ATLANTA, HHE to PAKISTAN and then DONT TOUCH again and again.  But, they loved it and to my surprise everything went very smooth.  They were a bit annoyed at times I am sure when I kept checking, saying are you SURE this is going to Atlanta?  They said Yes Mam, we are sure.  So, I guess all we can do now is wait and see.

Tom's Shipment to Pakistan (Before)

Tom's shipment to Pakistan (After)

The kids have been handling it all very well except for the breakdown Hannah had when she came home last night to an empty playroom. However, it only lasted 10 minutes and now she is fine.  With the help of my amazing housekeeper Florence, the kids have been well taken care of playing with their friends out of the house, while I sat here with the movers...organizing, checking boxes and doing the occassional double check on shipments. is wonderful to have fulltime help!!

Tom is currently crazy finalizing everything he needs to do to wrap everything up here at post.  We have some wonderful friends giving us a going away party tomorrow night so we are looking forward to seeing everyone and having a good time but of course, not saying goodbye. 

Say la Vee!