Shalom from Yerushalylim
The 11 hour plane ride went resonably well. The children went to bed at 4 30 and we woke them at 715pm to go to the airport. Expecting them to sleep in the car turned out to be hilarious, of course they were as excited as we were. Thankfully Dave drove with us so that we didn't have to pay to park the car for over two weeks! You won't believe it but we all fit in the Mazda 5 AND 2 strollers (a double umbrella thanks fo Ashley) and a regular unbrella storller. The children's clothing and the food (rice, pasta, cereal & snacks) and enough diapers for 18 days and wipes all fit into one medium bright purple suitcase we borrowed and our clothes, reference books and scrapbook stuff all fit in our usual suitcase. Then we had 5 backpacks.
The two older ones finally fell asleep about 2 hours into the planr ride, Sprout was off and on. She'd sleep for an hour, then wake up, then sleep for an hour the wake up...finally sleeping for a total of about 4 hours in between play time on Mummy's lap. We were so glad to have packed many little bags of different toys as they all came in handy with her. She finally got fed up after we entered Israeli airspcace, but it was too late for her to get up! They have a security code that no one is aloud out of their seats once in their area, so there was a mad dash to re-pack carryons and such as we were only given a 15 minute warning.
Seeing the lights as we approached for landing literally brought tears into my eyes, strugglying to keep my composer to explain to Magoo what we were seeing.
What a blessing it is to be back here. G-d is so good to us.
Well that is all for now, we need milk for the ceareal we brought so off for our first adventure, grocery shopping in Hebrew with no-one here to help! Oy!