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.
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!