The last few days have been a blur, but a blessing. We left Guangzhou the afternoon of the 4th, in the midst of a thunderstorm. The driver who took us to Hong Kong obviously thought he was driving the high speed train instead of a van. It certainly felt like he was going 200 miles an hour. Because there was so much luggage, Virgil sat in the front seat (odd for me to have driver on the right-hand side), and I'm pretty sure there is a hole where a brake would have been! By the time we were dropped off at the hotel, Virgil was furious. The driver (besides driving at a high rate of speed) zipped in and out of traffic, and it appeared he didn't care if we were hit - or hit a tractor trailer or another car.
The scenery was interesting up until we were getting into Hong Kong, and then it was incredible! We never went downtown - straight to airport hotel, but what we did see was quite a sight. The bridges were works of art themselves. By the time we got to the room and settled in with some McDonald's, it was about bedtime. The view from our room was of planes taking off, against a backdrop of mountains.
Bright and early the next morning, we were checking in for our flight home. Close to 15 hours later, we landed in Newark, and the girls officially became citizens of the USA!! The girls did really well on the flight, though they didn't really sleep very much. As a matter of fact, the only person that slept much at all was Xiaoyun. She slept over 10 hours of the flight (yes, I was jealous). We had a little more than 3 hours to clear customs and immigration, before our next flight. I thought we'd have all kinds of time, but it took quite a while to even get through the first phase of having our passports checked. We were so excited to get on that flight from Newark to Nashville. About 30 minutes or so into the flight, the pilot comes on the speaker and says there is a problem with the aircraft, and we were going to need to turn around and go back to Newark. One of the systems that controls cabin pressure was malfunctioning. I was crushed when they said they might not be able to get us another flight until the next day. By then we were all worn out, and ready to get home. The girls were still being troopers, though it was obvious how tired they were. Through it all, we did not have one meltdown, which was amazing. Once off the plane, they told us they would be able to get us on another flight (though 3 hours later, we were just so glad not to have to stay overnight).
We were greeted at the airport by our sister-in-law, nieces and nephew. It was great to see their smiling faces! Two more hours of driving and we were home!!!!!!! Emily, Elli, LiLi, and our dear friends were here waiting, and were they a beautiful sight!!!!!!! By now it was almost 2 am - nearly 48 hours after leaving Guangzhou, and over a day since we left the Hong Kong airport. Through it all NiNi and Ximi did fantastic, and were smiling and hugging everybody. I can't tell you how good it was to hold our other girls again! Bedtime came around 4:30 or 5 am. We're still dealing with jetlag
All the girls are doing well together. Elli and LiLi have been little mamas
and are having a good time playing with their little sisters, as well as
helping them wash hands, put on pj's, etc.
Will try to post tomorrow - my mind is still in a fog, but I know there is
more to share. Blessings. Cindy