Friday, June 15

Tokyo Bound

As I type, we are flying over the ocean. The problem is, I’m not exactly sure which ocean it is! Sammy says it’s the Bering Sea, so I’ll just take his word for it. (I double checked & he was right... we flew over the Bering Sea & the Pacific Ocean.)

We flew out of DFW airport on Thursday, June 14th at 12:05 pm & it is now 8:35 pm. I’m starting to get a little worried about how we’re going to do this next month with 3 kids in tow. I mean… seriously!! There are some kids on this flight, but of course, they are all perfect angels! I haven’t heard a peep out of them. (That probably has a lot to do with the awesome BOSE headphones we got at the beginning of the flight. They are wonderful!) I’m afraid my kids might be a little more active & quite restless. That’s where Benadryl will come in handy, I hear!

SO… send me all your tips & tricks on how you help kids during a long flight. We’ve got the portable DVD player, thanks to Sammy’s brother who had the foresight to buy that for our family last Christmas. Thanks, Jake!! Sammy will also be surprising them with handheld video game systems once we get on the plane. Well, I guess it won’t be a huge surprise, since they get to pick out their own games, but it’ll certainly be a novelty item… atleast for a few hours. I’m packing coloring books, markers, crayons & reading books But, still… it’s a 13 hour flight to Japan alone & even I’m getting tired of watching movies, sleeping, reading, etc. (Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine that I’d get tired of sleeping! But, it’s true! I’m not really used to doing it anymore!) What I really want to be doing is laying on the floor coloring with my kids right now! I sure do miss them like crazy!

Sammy says that on my flight back home, I’ll be able to sit next to the window. I’m looking forward to that. I’m a pretty inexperienced flyer, so I still get all giddy looking out the window at the scenery below.

Texas Instruments flew us Business Class, which I have to say is my favorite way to fly so far! (I’ve never experienced First Class, though…) We got to skip all the long lines at the airport & go straight to the front. I felt a little guilty walking past all the other passengers waiting patiently in line, but getting to the front of the line came in handy, since we were running a bit late. (Imagine that… ME running late?!?! NEVER!!) The flight attendants have been so friendly & so attentive to us. At one point, I got up to take my water bottle & drinking glasses back to the galley. The flight attendant got up from her chair & said, “Please let me get that. You don’t need to be waiting on yourself.” I explained to her that I had 3 kids & waiting on myself only was actually a luxury for me!

The flight so far has been smooth & easy. My stomach, on the other hand, has not been. I probably should have taken something to calm my nerves… lesson learned for next time!

Thank you all for your prayers & thoughts for our family during this time of transition for us. We are excited & completely nervous all at the same time! I’m going to do my absolute best about updating this blog more frequently. This is my only form of journaling & I know this experience is one I’ll not want to forget!

Have a great day … whatever day it is where you are!!


Rachel said...

You know, I get bored and restless on flights that long also so I couldn't blame your kids for doing the same. And you're cracking me up taking your glasses back to the galley yourself! Business class is the way to go on a long flight like that - first class is even better but economy class is that much more uncomfortable - I speak from experience having traveled using all three classes at one time or another.

Becky said...

This is so exciting! I am glad you are keeping us up to date on your travels.