Wednesday, July 23, 2014
So, it was time... the dreaded travel day. I mean what doesn't sound fun about spending 12 hours on a flight with a busy toddler you barely know, who doesn't really like you, who doesn't understand you, and who you don't understand.... then spend 4 hours on a layover and then another hour and a half home.....
We were going to take the bus back to the airport, which is super easy to do, but it was calling for rain... and lots of it. We didn't think walking to a bus stop and then standing out waiting for a bus in the rain with all our luggage sounded fun, so our apartment host called us a van to take us to the airport!
We arrived in plenty of time and despite Nell's protesting to the carrier and me about breaking my knee cap on a metal chair, we had no issues. We had time to grab some breakfast while waiting to board. Nell had been on somewhat of a hunger strike, so when she reached for my bagel, I happily gave it to her and watched her eat the rest of it!
We had time for some Ipad love. Pororo watching, super thanks to daddy who loaded the entire season one in korean on the ipad.
We skyped with the boys at home (man I was ready to be home and have my arms around them!)
And then it was show time.
Unforunately the flight was full. As in not one empty seat on the plane and the way we booked our tickets we had two middle seats in the middle section of four seats and the same right behind that. So that meant LeAnn and Annalee were in one row and Nell and I were directly behind them... all of us blocked in by two outside aisle folks.
We boarded and I was kinda nervous. I mean who gets excited when they board and see their seat is riiiiiight next to the lady and a toddler. Bless who ever it was going to be.
As luck would have it, two men walked down the aisle and I could see their eyes when they noticed lucky them, we were sitting next to them....
But yall, it could not have been better. The man beside Nell was so kind, a father himself. And the man beside me was an American who has been living in Korea for 8 years teaching English... and was fluent in Korean.
And as soon as we took off... Nell was asleep! The men were both giving me the thumbs up.
The man right beside Nell was so kind to her. Everytime she fell asleep he would raise the arm rest and let her put her feet in his lap.
And the guy beside me, holy smokes, what a blessing. He was able to ask Nell what she wanted to eat at each meal, talk to her... and my favorite he asked her if she liked her new mommy and she smiled SO BIG and nodded YES!
The long dreaded flight was simply amazing. Nell ROCKED. She napped, she ate, she colored, she watched a movie WITHOUT headphones as she refused to let me put them on her (so note to you adoptive moms, attempt headphone wearing before the flight!)
And 12 short hours later, we were in Detroit.
Through immigrations and customs in under 20 minutes and ready for the final leg home.
But of course, some McDonald's first....
We changed clothes and freshed up... and Nell was out again. She missed the entire flight home.... rested up for her big arrival I guess. Nell was simply the best traveler. Literally maybe 5 minutes of whining the entire 20 hour day! She is a rockstar.
I could not get off that plane fast enough and together with my family.
We were home.
Home. Home. Home.
With adoption decree in hand, passport in hand, and visa sticker... if was official, we could GO HOME!
One more night's sleep in Korea.
And when she woke all smiles and realized we were going she was saying "kaja kaja kaja" over and over and over again. She was ready!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
After getting that visa and entry packet of paperwork in my hands and celebrating with some ice cream, Brandi, Heather and the gang decided to head to the fountains at the square to let the kiddos run and play.
Well, some of them, Nell was not so sure about this whole loud water thing....
But it did mean she willingly held my hand, which was kinda a first. She is NOT a hand holder.
But Drake, he was ALL in. He's super fun. But he made me tired and I was just watching him!
Nell's little (well, much bigger but younger) buddy got her to warm up to the idea of the water by splashing in it with their hands.
After the kids were sufficiently soaked, we headed back to our apartments for a change of clothes and then out to one last dinner together. Our last dinner in Seoul, as we were finally headed home!