We made it home...of course it had to be an adventure.
We left our home in Quito atabout 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, arrived at the airport at almost 3. By the time we checked in, went through customs, and paid to leave the country it was about 5 a.m. So, we proceeded to sit down and have a little nap(which was badly needed!). At 6 a.m. we boarded the plane...this is were it gets fun;-). We were suppose to land at 11 a.m. but because of the weather in Miami we did not land until almost 12:30 ,our next flight was at 3...so, we thought we had PLENTY of time. Boy, were we wrong! When we arrived they completely shut down the entire airport becasue of weather!! So, we had to go wait for our baggage and because the airport was locked down they could not go get the luggage: wait time for luggage 1&1/2 hours.Fun. By now it was 2 p.m. and we knew we had to hustle...we still had to go through customs and to the other end of the airport to catch our flight(of course;-).It was 3:05 when we finally made it to our gate...the nice lady proceeded to yell at us for being late. And after huffing and pitching a fit she let us on the plane that was "just about to take off". We went on board...the kids were crying because they'd not eaten since about 6:30(it was now after 3p.m.). And we waited to take off...for about an hour;-). We were thinking that for a plane on the virge of taking off we were going very slowly. We were suppose to be in the air for about 3 hrs and it turned out to be almost 6! We went to NY and then had to turn around and go to North Carolina because both of the airports in NY shut down for weather! So, we arrived in NC at about 10:30 and waited along with about 200 other people for a hotel room, we were almost last in line and the kids had only had a cookie and a few chips to eat since that morning...and very little sleep. It was not pleasant, but we finally made it to a hotel at almost midnight and ordered pizza. We all fell asleep while waiting for it to arrive, but amazingly woke up and ate greedily at around 12:30;-)...then, fell into a blissful sleep. We did actually make it home yesterday around 2p.m. and are currently trying to get back to normal...whatever that is.
I think we are all in "the zone" trying to readjust and just get used to life in the States again...for now anyway;-)