We are home and getting resettled. Our home was spotless when we opened the door and within minutes it was messy with all the suitcases and things we unloaded from the truck. Within a few hours we added the cat hair from our shedding cats – and we’re back to normal!
Our condo is still listed, but since we had very few or no lookers while we were gone for 7 weeks, I am doubtful anything will happen. I’ve been praying, but actually have a peace about staying put for a while longer if that’s what God has for us.
Li Li has adjusted very well to being home and did much better on the trip back than she did on our way to Tahoe. That was her first major trip with us and she was confused and feeling insecure as we traveled and slept in new places. On the way back though, she enjoyed all 3 nights of our camping, and did well at Gramma’s house too. Being away for the summer as a family, I hope, has solidified her place in our family in her mind.
As we continue to battle our strong-willed toddler, and along with Koen (who’s been more of a stinker lately than usual), we’ve been reading Love & Logic. I am hopeful that putting the offering choices and using enforceable thinking statements will help. There have been several times where we’re battling something with Li Li and offer her a simple choice, and her demeanor totally changes. Koen is a little more resistant to choosing from the two choices we offer, but then he’s 4 and this is new. It’s definitely a training experience for us to begin to talk differently.
Li Li has been in a “Why?” phase for a long time, and it just got worse. Originally I think she was just mimicking her brother who was in the “why” phase, and didn’t really know what she was asking, but now almost every sentence she speaks includes a “why?” and our answers don’t satisfy her. The whys keep coming and are driving me nuts right now!