We Made It!

2.06.2013

There were time during our 25 hour journey that I thought I wouldn't be able to say those words. Haha! It actually wasn't all that bad and Emerson did much better than I anticipated. 
 Our trip through immigration was a breeze and then we waited in the Abu Dhabi airport for about 2 hours. While we waited, Emerson convinced her Daddy that she needed the Barbie phone in the souvenir shop. I think all she has to do is say please and give him her little nose scrunched smile, and she can get whatever she wants.



Our first flight (from Abu Dhabi to London) was 7 hours long and it was practically empty so Jesse and I were able to take turns sleeping stretched out in the seat next to us. We had a 4 hour layover in London and we spent most of it chasing Emerson around and letting her burn off some energy. We were able to get her to sit long enough to watch one show, which gave us time to eat and relax before doing 100 more loops around the terminal.

Then we boarded our second flight, which was about 10 hours. I think E only slept a total of about 5 or 6 hours so I was impressed with the fact that she only had one meltdown and it wasn't until the last 45 minutes of our second flight. She was just so tired that one minute she was crying and the next minute she was completely passed out in Jesse's arms. She was so out of it that I was able to strap her back in her carseat and she slept right through the landing.

Overall I have to say it was a much, much better experience than our flight this Summer. That being said, I am so glad that it is DONE! It feels amazing to be back in the great state of Texas! We're spending the next few days in Fort Worth with Jesse's sister before heading to West Texas to stay with our families for a few weeks. We're really looking forward to a lot of visiting and relaxation. 

Our first priority is trying to get adjusted to the 10 hour time change. We went to bed around 7:30 last night and Emerson was up by 2:30 AM. It's almost 6:30 AM and I'm betting she's going to crash very shortly. I'm sure that will be the cycle for the next few days but hopefully we'll get adjusted before too long.

While we're here we're planning on buying a car. We've been looking online and we think we've found the one, so hopefully it will be a smooth process. I hate car shopping and I especially the negotiation process so I'm hoping we can just walk in, make a deal, and walk out with our car. :) And we're praying that we have a better experience with this one and that we can put the Volvo nightmare FAR behind us.

Other than that, we don't have a lot planned. I'm sure we'll make a Target run (or two) and I'm betting we'll have a few bites of Tex-Mex here and there. I think we're both still in a little bit of shock that we are actually back in the United States for good. It was a long journey but it was SO worth it!


erica @ to the sea said...

Awesome! Good luck with readjusting to the United States! I'm jealous you get to go to Target. :)

Stephanie said...

Glad that you made it home safe and sound. What a trooper she is making that 25 hour trip with little fussing! I think I would be, ha!

Emily Powell said...

Yay! We are in the same state!!!

Jessica K said...

Yay!! Welcome back to America! So glad to hear your trip was smooth and pretty much seamless. :) I agree with car shopping, hate it! I also hate that sales guys have to be so weird with girls, just tell us the truth! I make Andy deal with car stuff and negotiation, no thank you to me. Enjoy your time with family.

April said...

Glad to hear you had safe travels. Welcome back to the good ol' US of A! Enjoy your target and I hope your car buying process goes smoothly. At least there are plenty of car dealers in Texas. :)

~Dawn~ said...

So glad you had a safe trip HOME and that the traveling wasn't bad. You just never know with a toddler...but, looks like Emerson did well! :))

Michelle said...

Welcome back! Glad you had a safe and better trip!

Brittney Galloway said...

YAY! Congratulations! My heart is both happy for you and sad for me (that you guys are gone,) haha. Get some rest!

Anna & Kirby said...

Yay...great news! Enjoy your time getting some USA "fixes" ;)

Lyndsey said...

Welcome home!! I'm glad the trip over went well! I hope you enjoy your time in TX and I would definitely recommend getting in LOTS of mexican food and BBQ!

Michelle said...

Yay! Welcome home!! So glad you had a safe trip!

Giggles said...

Welcome Home from a fellow Texan! Can't wait to read all about your adventures as you visit, readjust and find a place to live!

Jenni said...

Yay! Welcome back! I'm glad the flights went well!

ajs {of MN} said...

SO happy you made it back safe and sound! get those target runs going girl!!

Carissa said...

Welcome back to the USA!! Glad y'all made it safely!! Hope all goes well with buying a car!!

Joeylee said...

so glad you made it safe!!

Beth Ann said...

Yay!!! So happy for you!

Pam said...

Welcome home!

Baby Mama said...

Welcome back!!!

The Brannan Family said...

Welcome Home! Enjoy your time with the fam.

Mandy said...

So glad you guys made it safe and sound!! Can't wait to talk to you!! Hope the car buying process is smooth and painless!

Kelli Kegley said...

Yay!!! So glad you made it home safely!! Welcome back!!!!!! Hope you adjust to the time change quickly and are able to find a car easily!

Natalie said...

YAYYYYY! Welcome back to the good old U S of A ;)

Krissy said...

TEXAS!!!!!

luvbnmom said...

Congrats on making it back! Good luck with everything and I will be keeping up with you!

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