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Thursday, June 9, 2011

We are here!

We are here.  A little worse for wear, of course, wrinkled and jet lagged, but we made it.  When we traveled in 2005, the Husband and I brought one medium-sized rolling suitcase and one backpack each.  I knew exactly where I packed everything, and had almost all of what we needed.  We laughed our way through Beijing, Nanchang and Guangzhou as we watched the L Family lug suitcase after suitcase.  I swear they packed their whole house.  (Seriously, y’all.  We teased them mercilessly.)


And this trip?

Y’all, WE are the L family.

It’s humbling.  And yes, even slightly embarrassing.  I don’t know how it happened.  I stuck to my list.  But the list sort of exploded with our five-year wait.  I’m going with the idea that we are trying to blend into our surroundings.  We are striving to look like one of those pedicabs.  You know the ones I’m talking about – the ones loaded down with the contents of an entire house.  I’d share a picture with y’all to provide a visual, but I’m too jet lagged to even go there.

Good thing the beds are so darn comfy here.  (Heh.)

The flight went amazing well.  The Tongginator was a total trooper, hardly even turning to the iPad for movies and games.  Instead she stuck to the basics, reading some, playing Hangman and Tic-Tac-Toe with Daddy, chatting with some of our travelmates who shared the same flight.  The repurposed cosmetics bag hanging from the back of the seat worked amazingly well:

(I’m quite proud of myself.  Just so you know.)

The Tongginator hardly whined or complained at all.  She also didn’t sleep.  I think she took two cat naps for less than 45 minutes at a stretch.  Which led to a rather interesting last 10 minutes of the flight.  You know, because the Tongginator was so overtired and just plain over being on the plane.  She threw up.  On herself.  On me.  On our stuff.  In the airsickness bag we finally managed to put in front of her.

Good thing we each had a change of clothes in our carry-on.  Plus wipes.  And trash bags.  And a plethora of other Helpful Items.

So… on second thought… maybe I didn’t over-pack after all.

Although my husband’s poor aching back may disagree.

48 comments:

Sunday Koffron said...

I am glad you made it safe and sound!!

Suzy said...

Oh, bless her heart! And yours, too! I found that not sleeping on the flight helped me avoid jet lag & we stayed up until almost a reasonable time to go to bed. The next day I was on China time, so I hope that works for the Tongginator! Blessings, be safe, have fun, and I'll be praying for you.

Snapshot said...

Oh it sounds like you packed just right! Especially on the plane ride. So sorry she got sick.

Glad you made it there, and hopefully you have a truly awesome time in Beijing!

Briana's Mom said...

Yay! You are there!

I'm sorry T got sick. Bri threw up all over me during hour three of our flight home from Tokyo to Atlanta. I feel your pain.

Hope you get some sleep on those super soft beds. ;)

jesuscoffeeandfamily said...

I actually just wondered about you today when I realized you hadn't blogged for a few days. Glad you all made it and very glad for clean clothes! :)

Kristen {RAGE against the MINIVAN} said...

You're there!!!!

Annie said...

YAY TM!!!! I am so glad you all are there, safe and almost sound! Hehe!!! Just cannot wait to hear that you have your newest little sweetie in your arms!

Robin said...

So happy to hear you made it safely. I look forward to reading about your journey!

Cedar said...

Yeah! Your there! So exciting!

Patricia/NYC said...

Woo Hooo!!! You are there!!!!
Wow!! Thrilled for you all & can't wait to follow your journey!!

Sending big hugs from NYC!!

Myrnie said...

Hooray!! Have fun, so happy for you!

Kayce said...

HipHIP hooray!!!!! Throw up and all, I'm so glad you guys are there!! Enjoy all the sites with your girl and showing her everything and enjoy the reason you are there! You are all in my prayers! God bless!

Clare said...

Wow you are in Zhongguo! So happy to hear - I hope you have the most amazing time and all goes well with Mei Mei.

And traveling light is way over-rated in my opinion!

Kim K. said...

Congratulations on making it safely, despite the airsickness. Enjoy the rest of your trip. I'll be anxiously awaiting updates.

Aus said...

HOORAH - IMHO the worst part of your trip is over - yeah - I really mean that - you even got the barf out of the way early!!

Can't wait to see more - and may we humbly beg that you post a few pictures with the faces of people in them? Please - X5? Pretty please with sugar on top? ;)

Great news - heck - I'll throw in a snoopy dance!

hugs - aus and co.

Sharie said...

So happy to hear you are there safely! And Miss T - I have been sick in so many places (motion sickness), I hope you weren't embarrassed, sometimes it just happens. So glad it waited until the end of the flight.

Rhonda said...

SO glad that you made it safe and sound!

Girly Girl Mommy said...

I'd take being well prepared and a bit overloaded than lightweight and in need any day! You are there!! Giddy for ya!

Jennifer said...

Congrats on a safe trip! I hope you'll keep us updated, but understand that we are def not your 1st priority! Be safe, enjoy the time and best wishes on finding out more info about the families of origin for these 2 little girls of yours.

The Byrd's Nest said...

Yay you made it!!!! I am praying for everyone and especially Mei Mei. I know that God is preparing her little heart for this big change. I love you sister!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah said...

So glad you're finally there!

Johnny said...

Wheeee!!!!!!

Amie said...

SO good to hear you made it. So sorry to hear lil T got sick. You are almost there, sister!!!
Can't wait!!!

hugs~
:)
Amie

Laurie said...

Oh yeah!! The journey has FINALLY begun! So excited to hear the daily details! :)

Stefanie said...

Airsickness?
The memories of our last trip are flooding back...
Sounds like you were well prepared, though :)
So glad y'all arrived safely, can't wait to watch this journey unfold!!!

K and/or K said...

YOU. ARE. THERE.

Amazing!!!!!

Cannot wait to hear more!

Blessings!

Jean said...

Whoa- I almost missed this! I didn't realize you where leaving so soon!! So soon... ahem sorry- I know you have waited much too long for this!

WoooHoooo- so glad you have arrived safely!!
Can't wait to follow you!!
Yahoooooo!!

Dawn said...

WOOHOO! YOU! ARE!! THERE!!!

I'll be praying that the worst of the trip is behind you. Soak it all up and write it all down as you have the chance.

Can hardly wait for your next update!!!

Be blessed!

Liz said...

So sorry you landed with such a bang! Hope she's feeling better! Have a wonderful time!

Chris said...

woo-hoo! You made it!

Poor T!

But, you made it! :)

Amy said...

So glad you are there safe and sound!

A Beautiful Mess said...

Glad you made it!

Sadly Hannah puked on the flight there (right at the end of the flight too) and just so you are ready....on the flight back home too. Actually she puked after we got through immigration....all over the place. When there is puke they tend to move you through quicker...I'm just sayin'

Safe and happy travels!

planetnomad said...

YAAY! You're there!!! Finally!!! I can't wait to hear all about it! :)

Kim said...

I'm so excited for you! 5 years of waiting are finally coming to fruition!

Paula O. said...

So happy to hear that you are there safe and sound. I'm holding you all in my thoughts and prayers!

Momma C said...

Glad you made it and can't wait to follow along. And FWIW- I totally relate, X threw up everywhere on the landing into Beijing. But despite the start to the trip it was wonderful- hope yours is too

lmgnyc said...

I figured you were there when I realized what day it was. So happy for you. Fingers crossed that MeiMei has an easy transition. My thoughts are with you all.

Love Letters To China said...

So happy to hear you arrived safe and sound!

the meaklims said...

Yeahhhhhhhh! You're there! Can't wait to hear how it all goes!

Poor T, that's just horrible. Hope she's okay now.

Jill

Claudia said...

oh hooray, you made it!

Mia's Mommy said...

I'm so happy you're there. Can't wait to see mei mei in your arms!

learningtogether said...

Finally there! And I have a feeling you've just started a new IA tradition with the cosmetic bag. :)

Mamatini said...

You are there! Hurray! I am on pins and needles, waiting to hear about your adventures. And tell the Tongginator that even grown women succumb to nausea from jet lag and lack of sleep. :O

Cavatica said...

I was told when I posted our China flight vomit story that this is an intergral part of the China adoption trip. Let's hope you have completed this important event for the entire event (I recommend you check it off your list) and move onto more fun events. Glad you are there and well! Can't wait to read more!!!

LucisMomma said...

So glad you are there! Won't be long and your family will be complete. Prayers for a good time, and uneventful time, a good first meeting and good weeks, months, years to follow.

I'm so sorry Miss T got sick. The joys of traveling with kids.

Sandra & Steve said...

So excited for you! Cannot wait for THE MOMENT!

heather said...

Love it! And seriously, for some reason, add a kid = add about 10 more bags...just in case!!

Alyson and Ford said...

I can't write it enough.... Congratulations! Congrats!
Have a wonderful journey and bring back your family safe!

Alyzabeth's Mommy