Thursday, September 04, 2008

Some promised pictures.

This is McGuire Air Force Base terminal. The terminal from hell. Lots of these people were SLEEPING in the terminal. For DAYS. With their KIDS. I don't care if I never see it again.

It took us a week to get out of here. We sat in this airport through SEVEN (7) flights over five days to Germany. We did get called for one of them, they checked our bags, we lined up to get on the plane, and THEN we were told there were no seats. After 5 days in the airport, Michael finally had a small meltdown and had tears running down his cheeks, saying "Why CAN'T we get on the plane?..." About broke my heart. We finally said screw it and went down to Dover, DE to try for a flight somewhere on Sat. Anywhere, at this point. We were meeting some really-really nice people in the airports and all, but we just wanted to get somewhere.

So, we ended up that night on a flight headed for beautiful Rota, Spain!!

It is a Spanish naval base right on the ocean. We didn't have a whole nights sleep on the plane, but the kids were excited to be at the beach! The base had a private beach, and after dinner we did head down to the public beach. This is taken at 8:15 at NIGHT. I don't think I've ever seen so many people on the beach so late in the evening!!

No joke, there were people Every.Where. At 8:15 at night. It didn't get dark over there until almost 10, though, so it's not like they were rushing home. Nope, they all were rushing to get ice cream. I think Europeans eat an average of 9 ice cream cones per week. Gelato, excuse me. Michael's favorite flavor was cantelope, and Molly's was chocolate. The chocolate was like eating a spoonful of chocolate icing. THAT rich. And THAT yummy.

The next day we flew to Hahn, Germany and rented a car to drive to Claudia's house. She was one of my bridesmaids and I've missed her so much! The next day we drove back up to Hahn and caught a flight to Rome. I'll save Rome for the next entry because that one is a 3 day-er...

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Lara, the Neurotic Att'y said...

Oy. You must have THE BEST kids in the world to have survived 5 days in an airport waiting for a flight with only one tiny meltdown! Poor little guy! Glad you finally made it to Europe and got to have a little fun, though!

Wendy said...

Finally a little more! Loved that first pic. Can't wait to see more. Just sit at your computer, and download all of em. Cuz I know you have sooo much free time.

Major Mom said...

How about ironic, I have AF friends stationed in Rota right now who are currently on leave in State College!

James said...


can you send me an email with your's and chris's email. i though i used to have them. wanted to send you a link to some nastaligic drill team stuff.


Shana-Lynn said...

Wow, that beach is packed!! Looks like a lot of fun though. Oh...and that ice cream sounds delicious. YUMMERS

Vixbil said...

Wow, I can't imagine staying in the airport for that long. But the beach looks amazing and there are sooo many people

Jonathan's Mommy said...

Geez, that is a LONG time in an airport! Spain looks lovely, though, so I bet it was worth it!

John and Kelly said...

My name is Kelly, I'm Kyle's mom. Just wondering how you heard about kyle? Your pictures are amazing! Thanks for your encouragement!