Traveling Abroad

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.



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10 comments:

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

It's so interesting to hear you say that customer service is nice in the States, because I feel it's horrendous these days! So glad your trip was great aside from the chicken pox!

DaniD said...

It's always great to spend time with your family. I love how you said it was like you didn't even skip a beat with your mom and your sister! That's how I feel about my family, too!!

SkyMommy said...

Glad to hear you had a good trip back, although I'm sure the chicken pox thing was a bit of a bummer.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I've missed your posts! Glad you had a great trip.

jeands said...

Glad that you had a great trip, being with family is always special. I missed reading your blog and glad you're back to writing now. Can't wait to hear more about your US trip.

Emmy said...

That is funny that the customer service in the states seems good. And wow 19 hours on a plane is a lot!

So so sorry he got the chicken pox-- not fun at all.

Sara Louise said...

Isn't going back home the most wonderful thing? Everything just seems so easy and effortless :)
(well after the long ass journey anyway)

Natalie said...

Glad you are back and glad you had safe travels!

Susan said...

i kinda love that you put shopping before catching up. A girl after my own heart!! xox

Kim said...

What a great way to spend Noah's birthday - with his maternal relatives! Can't believe how big your boys are.

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