Friday, March 27, 2009

We made it. Our trip started out great. We arrived at the airport at 5:15 in the morning. We’d been told we may not even be able to sit together on the plane since we made our reservation the day before we flew, but they were able to move us together for the flight from Orlando to Washington, D.C. It was only a 90 minute flight or so and Price slept on my lap for a little over an hour. It was a sweet moment between us. Then, for our flight from D.C. to Beijing, they upgraded us to Economy Plus and there was quite a bit more leg room. They put us in the bulk head row, but the arms don’t move up between the seats. So, while we were waiting to move to the other row they had for us, we (ok, it was me) asked for some of the champagne they were serving in business class. Oohhh Suure! They moved us to a whole row so we had 5 seats with moveable armrests!!!! Price fell asleep soon after takeoff and slept for 3 and a half hours. Then he was awake for 4 and a half. He was pretty busy but very well behaved. One nearby couple even commented that they hadn’t heard him the whole flight. Tom and I didn’t really get any sleep. I got a couple 20 or 30 minutes rests and Tom had a good period of time at the end of the flight where he was working hard to get rest.

So, we made it through immigration with lots of looks at Tom carrying Price in a backpack. We got our bags and made it through Customs, and then we met up with our guide Ms Maggie. She brought us back to our hotel (Novotel Peace Hotel). We learned that Tiananmen Square is near us so we wanted to visit it. Tom agreed to go to the lobby with her to get directions. I stayed in our room to organize things. That’s when I found out we’d left Price’s suitcase at the airport. So, unfortunately we headed all the way back there (1 hour each way) and blew our chance to go see Tiananmen tonight. So, we’ve turned in for tonight and are looking forward to a day of touring the Great Wall of China, the Summer Palace, and the jade factory,

Jack and Madeleine, we miss you. I hope you are having fun with Baba, Remember to be respectful. LOVELOVELOVE, Mommy


brooke said...

Whew! I had a lot of fast catching up to do with you guys. And... now we're in China... I can't believe it. Yay! I'm so excited for you. I'm glad you are blogging while you are there. I will look forward to seeing pictures. Okay, I will keep checking. I'm praying!!

P.S. Let us know if you need anything.


Annis Family said...

Been praying for you guys. Glad to hear all is going well so far. Send pictures if you can. Love you guys!

Brandi said...

YEAH!!!!! I was in the shower this morning trying to figure out what time it was there and what you'd be doing. I'm so glad you had a good day. I know it's 5 am there today and I can't remember if its today or tomorrow that you get Carmon! Have you already been to the Great Wall now? I hate not being able to figure out what day it is! hehe

Love you guys!!!!! The girls asked if you and Carmon would make a special appearance at small group when you get home!


Abby said...

This is Tom...Abby has Price in our bed at this NICE hotel, and we're going to see if he'll sleep some with us so that he'll be rested for the Great Wall and Summer Palace tour today. We get Carmon Sunday afternoon around 5:00 PM, and I think we're both a little keyed up for that. Pray for sleep for all three of us tonight, because I am sure tomorrow will be an exciting and emotional day!

lonepalm said...

Hey, I'm glad to hear you guys made it over there safe, if not a bit tired! Keep us updated of everything that is taking place...I hope everything goes smoothly tomorrow and Dad no "funny" anti-communist statments, ok? ;) I'm keeping you guys in my prayers...

Love Ya, Adam