We landed in San Fransisco at around noon yesterday on Tuesday, August 21, approximately 4 hours BEFORE we left China almost 18 hours ago! Losing 13 hours time difference can really mess with your head. NingNing had the longest birthday in history, about 37 hours total :) and is officially 14 now.
We were starved by the time we got to our hotel for the night and went to an Ihop. James dove into the pancakes while NingNing ordered a burger and fries. China portions are pretty small, so you should have seen his eyes when the burger came; the meat itself was 3 times as thick as anything we had in China, but he demolished it all! This boy can certainly put away the food when he is hungry and is not overly picky.
Also at the Ihop, I FINALLY got my first Diet Pepsi in 18 days! Apparently Coke has overtaken China and all one can find is Diet Coke (only in Beijing) and Coke Zero (everywhere).
Headed back to the hotel for some R&R; James finally zonked (he didn't sleep during the 4 hour or the 9 hour flight), but NingNing and I made it to about 9pm. But the boys were awake about 4am and I finally gave up trying to sleep at 5:45a. This was probably the only morning I haven't had a hard time getting these boys out of bed!
NingNing seems a little overwhelmed by all the English he's hearing, so we just stayed in the room to keep things low key. He was on QQ with Seth while I was texting Seth's mom; we were talking about the boys and they were talking about us, I'm sure!
One more flight to KC, and then real life begins again, along with the work of learning English and making sure NingNing gets settled in school with the help he needs to have a good transistion.