Can you believe that just now, nearly three weeks back from our trip we are barely recovering from the jet lag and the sickness. Now if we can only get some sunshine around here, things would be nearly perfect.
I finally get a chance to write about our big trip back to the States.
Our flight left early in the morning out of Lyon, two hours away, so rather than waking up in the middle night we decided to get a hotel near the airport so that we wouldn't have to rush. It's a good thing we did since we ended up oversleeping and barely made it to the airport on time.
Aside from the early morning stress we made it on the first of three flights. Thanks to some new movies on the iPad, some new books and some snacks we survived the nearly 19 hour trip and arrived safely in Phoenix.
The boys were amazing travelers, although by the time we arrived in Salt Lake City, Nathan did make me promise that it would be the last plane ride of the day. Who could blame him?
It felt so amazing to be greeted by my mom and my sister. Immediately it was as if we hadn't missed a beat. The boys were exhausted so we ended up spending the night at a hotel. We only had a small wake up call at midnight when boys demanded food, but they were soon back to sleep and we adjusted almost immediately to the 9 hour time difference.
The next morning was Noah's birthday, and while I'm sure spending it at a hotel and traveling to my mom's house wasn't how we expected to spend it - he was surrounded by family. Isn't that what's important?
It felt amazing to be back home. There was plenty of shopping and catching up to be done. It was so great to speak English and be surrounded by amazing customer service. You seriously forget what that is like when you live in France and customer service is only a myth.
Shortly after we arrived at my mom's house, Noah broke out in the chicken pox and we were quasi-quarantined.
We waited for a few days to see if Nathan broke out in "the pox" but he never did. Crazy right? He was going a little stir crazy, so we did take some trips to escape out into the nice Arizona sunshine. We even took him to Old Tucson Studios, the western style movie studio and attraction park. He loved every second of it.