Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Trip Home, In Pictures

Our journey home began on Friday afternoon. We took the 4:12 pm train from Guangzhou to Hong Kong.
Johanna had never even seen a train, much less ridden on one! 
We spent one night in Hong Kong.
Breakfast at the Sky City Marriot in Hong Kong---yummy! It's pricey, though, so if you book a room there, be sure to include your breakfasts ahead of time.
At this point, all I could think about was getting HOME to my family. :)

Our flight from Hong Kong to Newark was LONG, but surprisingly uneventful. The girls both did really well. (Johanna did get mad at me when I wouldn't let her chose whatever movies she wanted to watch, but she eventually perked back up. :))
Gabbey loved playing with the headphones and trying to listen to a movie!

At one point, both girls were sleeping at the same time. Gabbey slept a total of about 6 hours, while Johanna slept about 2.

So our first flight went well. We were tired, tired, tired of sitting on an airplane when we finally got to get off!  After waiting in the immigration line, I found our luggage, rechecked it for our flight to Richmond, and asked the attendant there which gate I needed for my next flight. He said C20, which was a change from my ticket, which said C123.

The girls and I took the elevator to the train to Terminal C. We waited through the LONG line for security (and I laughed when Johanna got screened for an additional pat-down) then loaded up all of our things onto the stroller. I went to the screen to check my flight status, and about cried.

The board said my flight was taking off from Terminal A! Where we had just come from!!! I'll be honest, I was so tired at this point, I almost just sat down and cried.

I didn't, though, and we found an airport shuttle bus that took us BACK to Terminal A.

SO, a bus, a train, a taxi, an airport shuttle, an airplane, a train, a shuttle, and an airplane later.....


There was a crowd waiting for us at the airport.....and even more people met us at dinner afterwards. It was a special time, even though we were exhausted. :)

Our first picture as a family of eight!


  1. Love your pictures! You have an adorable family! :) God is sooo good! Won't be long and you'll be a family of 9! :)

  2. Welcome home! We also flew in from Hong Kong to Newark; it is a LONG flight! Our Haleigh screamed for the first six hours. I was so afraid that they would land the plane somewhere in Russia and tell us to get off!

  3. I'm SOOO happy for you! God IS so good!
    amy in idaho

  4. Loved sharing in your homecoming! I hope you are feeling better and that things are going well.

  5. I know I already said it, but welcome home. Your family must have been a sight for sore eyes, and they sure look happy to be with you again!


  6. You are such a trouper! I hope you feel better soon.


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