Our first leg, Haneda to Incheon, was only 2 1/2 hours. A good introduction to the long trip, but why, oh why did they serve teriyaki chicken at 0700? Garytt enjoyed it. Mackenzie and I opted for smooshed pop tarts from the bottom of my bag.
Mackenzie came to an amazing realization on this flight....she can listen to music on her iPod, color a picture, chew gum, and watch a tv screen all at the same time!!! How talented!
Once we got to Uncle Dave's house Mackenzie started building houses and tables out of paper for all of her little princesses. By 1930 the three of us were struggling to stay awake. Mom Mom Pat came for a quick visit and then we all crashed by 2000.
It's a good thing we hit they hay at 8 pm....because, the kids were up and ready to party at 0100!!! Oh geez! I tried to convince them to sleep a little longer, but to no avail. So, we just got dressed and "snuck" (as well as elephants at 2 in the morning can sneak) out of the house.
It was so nice to get out of the car and take a beautiful walk through the woods and by the river.
We hopped back in the car a couple hours later and met up with my mom in Johnson City, TN. The kids entertained my mom with ballet and karate moves with some Japanese language lessons in-between, while I cleaned out my car and figured out those silly movie screens in the car. Yay! I got one of them working, the headrest screen on Mackenzie's side, so I hooked up the headphone extension cord with the double plug and Garytt had to look across the car to watch the movies, but it worked!
The next morning, we were up around 3 and headed out the door. We made a stop at McDonald's down the road, and just our luck, they had just cleaned the hoods, so they only had hot cakes or cinnamon rolls available. We got an order of each, sent Daddy a picture, and hit the road again. A few minutes later, Daddy sent us a picture back of his stand-in family eating dinner....
Since we hit the road so early Wednesday morning, we made it to Mississippi by 10 in the morning. It only took five minutes and the kids were in Grandma and Grandpa's *freezing* pool. It was great to see our family and the little puppy, who's not such a little puppy anymore. Our next order of business....Morgan's Senior Showcase in Brookhaven.
We managed to make our arrival a big secret...from all but those involved in the mission....Dave (who picked us up at the airport), my mom (who monitored my crazy mind while driving 18 hours), and Kris' parents (who housed us for most of the trip). So, Friday afternoon we hopped in the car and made our way down to Brookhaven to surprise our tiny dancer. We got to the venue, snuck into the theater, found seats in a dark corner, and watched all of the performances. Then, when the show was over we snuck out and went to the studio to surprise Morgan. Turns out, she had spied us coming into the theater two hours ago! Darn...I didn't get her reaction on video....but, YAY! We got to put our arms around MORGAN!!!!!!!
It was so great being back home. Around the people we love and the things we've missed. Next on the agenda....GRADUATION!!!