We're going to do our best to come home for Christmas (that would be wonderful!) but we might have to wait until January or February depending on whether Angel can get time off from her school at Christmas time. Right now, their answer was, "We'll try our best to give you 2 weeks off at Christmas, but no guarantees." Like all things in China, this will be decided much closer to the time it will actually happen, so we'll let you know specifics about our travel dates home in the winter in a few months when we get a more solid answer from Angel's job.
But back to the summer visit. We are really busy up until the time that we leave because Angel is finishing several big assignments for her master's classes, Matt is training for his new job, and we both have to finish a ton of grading before we leave, so we don't have a lot of extra time to plan how we'll spend our time at home. Here are a few things we do know and that you can help us with:
- We will be in the Chicago area for the entire time that we are home. We had mentioned to some of you that we were planning to travel to Michigan and the East Coast this summer, but since we will not be in the US for the whole summer as we had planned, we have to cut out those plans. If you are able to visit the Chicago area while we're home, we'd love to see you, but unfortunately, we no longer have time to travel outside of the Chicago area to see you :(
- Be proactive about scheduling time with us. Last summer, I (Angel) spent an entire day on Facebook and texting people to schedule time to get together, but this summer I don't have time to do that before we leave, and since we're home for such a short time, I don't want to waste a whole day doing that after we arrive in the US. So, if you don't contact us and offer a few suggested times to get together, as much as we'd like to see you, it might not happen.
- Also, since our time is so short, it would help us a lot if we could see multiple people at once. Last summer, we made a lot of individual visits, but this summer, we just don't have time for much of that. We may have time for a few one-on-one lunches or dinners, but it would be great if we could see lots of friends/family at one time, so if you want to hang out with us, and you know other people who would also like to see us, try to arrange a group dinner or something.
Right now, our schedule is wide open, but I'm sure it will fill up fast, so please try to arrange things and let us know early, so we can start carving out time to see as many of you as possible. Sorry to sound so "teacher-like" or "business-like," but we really do hope we can see a lot of you and we just know the time is going to pass by before we know it.
To arrange time with us, you can contact us by email or Facebook. Once we arrive in the US and have US numbers, we'll update our blog with them so you can contact us by phone too.