We flew out of Grand Rapids this AM at 10. We now sit in Minneapolis waiting for our 1pm CST departure. Elijah and Anna both did great. Elijah spent the majority of the flight playing with Daddy which included chucking toys into the seatback (he was rearward facing in his car seat), playing with a Qdoba ball (thanks Megan), and pointing out footballs, basketballs, and "vrooms" in the USA Today. Anna kept Mom busy by requesting a new activity/toy every 5 minutes. Based on the size of Anna's backpack, I surmise that they used 8% of it's contents on the 94 minute flight. : )
We checked 12 bags and carried on 5 plus a stroller. I highly recommend hiring several sherpas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherpa) if you ever consider traveling with small children.
Sorry I did not publish our itinerary sooner. Here's what is left:
Depart Minn at 1pm. Arrive Tokyo at 4:40pm, Friday, Tokyo time (12 hr, 40min flight, oh my)
Depart Tokyo at 5:50pm. Arrive Shanghai at 8:15pm, China time (3 hr, 25min flight)
We'll get the blog updated as soon we can. Our temp housing situation is in a nice 3 BR apt that has high speed internet access.
The family pictures were taken by Mom Bowman at the "point of no return" in the airport. You'll see in the others that Aimee/Anna sat 2 rows forward of Ryan/Elijah on the plane.
Chilling at Minneapolis Lounge
Picnic in the van with Gramma at Critter Barn, while Mom and Dad facilitate home packing