which Owen tried out all of it right away!!!!
And now... we could relax... and by this time... the kid are a pro at business class and settling in!!!
Cheers to the next leg of our journey!!!
Doing a little pre-flight coloring.
This is Ethan in the LONG line in Saudi Customs
I was told to "RUN" to the customs line because lines are LONG and it can take 4-6 hours to make it through... well running with 7 carry-ons and 3 tired kids is almost impossible.... not to mention... they don't let you have your stroller... so I'm lugging ALL of this by myself.... but we made it... sweating... why did I even bother to put on make-up right before landing in Saudi!??! Then I was told 1) DO NOT use the bathroom in the airport and 2) DO NOT get out of line (which is why we pottied before landing).... well 10 minutes into our wait Addyson informs me she has to go #2... ARE YOU KIDDING?!?!?!? Lucky for me, I know Addyson can hold it so I tell her there are NO bathrooms here... and we go back to waiting!
I was also told to ask a worker if they'd let me to the front of the line... so I kept my eyes open for someone to ask. After 20 minutes of waiting I got up the never to ask someone and was told "I no English"... so back to waiting I went... and waiting.... at this point we are ALL done. It is hot in this room, kids are crying, I'm tired..... I had on a jacket to cover up my arms but was SO hot I ended up taking it off (only after looking around to see a couple of other women with t-shirts on). I also noticed that the guys in the green shirts were the customs workers and they were the ones moving people in line (I think they actually spent more time looking around at people in line than actually working and clearing people... if they would have just done that then the lines would have moved SO much quicker.... let me say, customer service here is NOT what it is like in the States!). Finally, after an hour and 15 minutes, a guy in a green shirt came close to me so I asked him if I was in the right line... I just needed something to start a conversation... I had my passports in hand so he could see and he told me to move lines... to one with only 3 people in front o me.... verses the 20+ people in front of me in the other line... THAT was an answer to prayers!
In this line I was right next to a group of Muslim women who I could tell started to talk as I moved to the front of the line.... they all had tired and crabby kids too so I didn't want to step on their toes or get in front of them... so I talked to a few of them to figure out what was going on.... which helped ease the tension and give me a perspective as to what was going on since I don't speak Arabic and couldn't understand what everyone was saying..... long story short, I was moved again and after 1 hour and 45 minutes it was OUR turn to clear customs! I was worried because now it was past midnight and technically our visas were expired but that didn't seem to matter. With 3 tired kids... too tired to help with any of the carry-ons.... I was SO happy to be cleared and ready to see Brad that I took 5 of the carry-ons PLUS Ethan on my back and set out to the luggage area where I quickly waved some of the baggage guys to help me load up everything and it was time to......
See our daddy!!!!!!!!! BIG smiles and hugs all around....even for me!!! : )
I wasn't sure what I'd get... PDA isn't acceptable here... a lot of the Saudi men were giving their wives pats on the backs, nods, or one gave a handshake... so I was lucky to get a hug and a peck on the cheek! That was all I needed... I was just SO thankful we made it... the kids and I made it... our journey has begun... all the ups and downs... but we were here safe and sound... and made it to OUR HOME by 3am.... now we can settle in for the night and let the fun begin!!!!
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