We were dropped off at the Southwest terminal and greeted to some of the longest lines I have ever seen at an airport. Our poor kids were so patient while we waited for AN HOUR AND A HALF to check in. On top of that, our flight was already delayed over an hour, and we had gotten to the airport a few hours early, so after we finally checked-in, we had a lot of time to kill. During the twenty minutes between checking-in and going through security our flight was delayed another hour and a half. I was beginning to wonder if we would ever get on the airplane, and so was little Richie. He was so excited to go on an airplane and got very tired of waiting in all the lines but was thrilled when we finally boarded the plane. We were pretty happy, too, until we sat on the plane for at least 45 minutes waiting for some other passengers that were on our flight, but their other flight had just landed.
We finally got in the air THREE HOURS after we were scheduled to take-off. It was nice to finally be in the air, but were weren't done yet. We landed in Chicago, but didn't have to deplane because the plane was continuing on to Salt Lake. Both kids were asleep, so we weren't wrestling with them, which was nice. Before Sophia fell asleep, she was so active I almost couldn't stand it. She liked to switch from me to Dad and then back again, like a game. It was fun for her, not so much for us. In Chicago we waited once again while they were making sure everyone's luggage was on the plane. It was frustrating, but nice to know that they were at least making an effort with the luggage, I know how upsetting it is to lose your luggage.
During all this time we realized we weren't going to make it to Salt Lake in time to get our rental car because the company we were going with closed at 11:30 and we would be later than that. So we coordinated with my father-in-law to come pick us up while we were sitting on the plane in Chicago. We finally arrived in Salt Lake at about midnight and were soon on our way to Idaho. As we pulled up to the house at 4:30 a.m. this is what we were greeted by...
...and most of the family awake and waiting for us. I couldn't believe our crazy family was still awake, but it was a nice welcome.
We had a few hours of sleep and then on Sunday evening we opened presents. It was like Christmas day all over again.
I got a beautiful nativity set.
Sophia got a baby doll
She was desperate to get it out of the box
Richie got a Lightning McQueen RC car
We all played "Guitar Hero, World Tour"
Even Sophia wanted to get into the action
At the end of the day, after Sophia's bathWe are having a good visit. My mother-in-law's sister, nephews and niece are visiting too, so it is a full house of family and we are enjoying it. The kids love all the attention and it is nice to have a lot of people to entertain them. We have a few more days here, before we head back home and hopefully our travels will be quicker and easier.