Sunday, June 22, 2008

We made it to JFK!

First off, today is John's birthday! Happy, happy birthday honey! You don't look a day over 39!


This is all the luggage we have. In case we get to bring home Dennis this trip, we didn't want to have too much luggage. Back when we adopted Anna and Sveta in Sept 2005, we took the max luggage allowed and had a heck of a time hauling it out of the airport. Miss Anna had decided to refuse to help us carry luggage and our then scared little girl acted like she would run off so John had to carry her too on top of our four suitcases and two carry ons. You can say we learned our lesson, and packed lighter this time.

As a birthday dinner in LAX, John chose to eat at El Cholo's (only option over pizza). While waiting for our food to come we saw a lady not more than 50 feet from us holding her son up to a trash can so he could pee in it. It was so obvious........ and disgusting. Can't you tell by John's expression? I know, we should have taken a picture of the mom and son.

We managed to still enjoy our yummy chicken tortilla soup and chewy chile verde.


Here is John walking to our international terminal in humid, sticky New York.

And here I am blogging to all of you! Internet access for 6 hours. Best nine bucks I've ever spent. Just kidding.

Hi kids! We love you! Thanks for the comments!

33 comments:

julia said...

Hi mom. Is it true that a kid peed in the trash can? I love you.

Kathy & Matt said...

Safe travels!

Looking forward to reading your next posts which will hopefully be from Kiev!

kim said...

I hope it goes well and you have a smooth ride! Can't wait to hear how it is going.

Charissa said...

You're so great at blogging, I feel like I'm traveling with you!

adopting2fromUkraine said...

You did really well on packing! You'll be glad when you are going up and down all those stairs in the train station in Kiev.

Have a safe trip. We'll be praying for a smooth adoption journey:)

June

rachel said...

hi mom it was nice pictures you send. i like it .i love you annalyn said hi.

Debbie B said...

Huh? What parent would let their child pee in a public trash can??

Praying for safe travels all the way there and a successful trip.

MMrussianadoption said...

your husbands expression is priceless.

You are about 45min-1 hour from where I live. I bet you fly over my house. I will look up and wave.

Wife to the Rockstar said...

I Am SO excited for you guys!!!!!!

Mary & Michael said...

Wishing you safe travels for the rest of your trip. I look forward to reading your next posts.

Shea said...

God Bless. I so hope Dennis comes home this trip!!!!!

Kristen said...

Funny thing, I am a native Californian who transplanted to NC 4 years ago. It is way humid in NC! Ugh. Anyway, I guess I am used to some of it now because I was at Laguardia airport today returning home from a NYC trip and thought it was pleasant! haha.

Double ew on the trash pee. What in the world!?!?!?

Can't wait to read the next part of your journey!!!

Rachel said...

I'm loving reading this, it's so exciting!

Sue said...

We are praying for you!
The Barbers in TX

redmaryjanes said...

Thank you for blogging! I can't wait to follow along!

Jeri said...

Okay Christine and John, still wondering if your paperwork is only for ONE more little Reed! Doesn't that van have seating for fifteen? (To the Reed kids, I'm just joking...only Dennis is part of the Ukraine Train,this trip.)

Hang on to your comments about kids peeing into trash cans....little Dennis may have to rather than the gross toilet on the train! Ya know, things usually have a way of coming back at ya. lol Can't wait to read updates and see more pics of the newest member of the Reed clan.

Mike and Christie said...

John really doesn't look at day over 39! Happy Birthday! What a present!
humidity in NY! blek!

Safe travels!

Leslie said...

Come on! Please tell me you're joking about the kid and the trash can!

We are so excited to "go" with you on this much anticipated journey. Praying for you!

Cairo Mama said...

JFK is a horrible airport! But you look like you are taking it in stride! Going through security at JFK on the way out the country has been much worse than coming back into the country through JFK and going through customs.

Almost there!
Happy birthday!

KristenK said...

I've been thinking about you this weekend, Christine. I'm so excited for you. Hope your meeting with little Dennis is everything you had hoped it would be. We're praying for you!

PS: I noticed there's another Kristen posting. Hmm, this post is from your MUGS buddy!

Connie said...

I hope you all are enjoying your trip as much as possible - airports are always a trial! But it's for such a sweet cause. I sure hope you get to bring Dennis home this trip - for his sake, to get him HOME, and for yours, no more travel :p !

Happy Birthday brother! Brad said he sent you an email too. Love to you all!

Chelley said...

Prayers to you both!!! hoping you are able to get some sleep on the plane!

Rich, Andrea, Reece & Owen said...

Watching, reading, and waiting!!---Andrea Roberts, Reece's Rainbow DS Adoption Ministry

Ruslan, Inna and Victor said...

Can't wait for your next post! Hope you made it safe to Kiev.

Mike & Tara said...

We are so excited for you guys!! Hope the flights and the process are smooth!!

Rachel said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to hearing more about your journey to brind Dennis home. I am praying for you!

Just the Eight of Us!! said...

Hope the flight went well, can't wait to read the next part of your journey...God's blessings to all three off you and safe travels.

Troy and Rachel said...

Godspeed! I'll be anxiously watching your blog for updates!

The Balsis Family said...

OMG A kid peed in the trash can? And you were still in the US when that happened!?!? LOL

Ashley said...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO JOHN!

Are there not enough bathrooms that you have to use a trash can in front of everyone? I have never seen that - not even in Ukraine.

LOVE THE PICTURES and glad you are doing well. :)

Are You Serious! said...

♡ That's just crazy! Surely they have restrooms at JFK?

Annie said...

Thanks for updating! Looks like fun. I don't know why, but though the agencies always act like adoption trips are pure hell and oh-so-serious, Craig and I always have had a lot of fun. And the more I think of it the more appropriate that seems... A child, even one nearly two years old, should be "conceived" in the midst of happiness, joy and love.

Tami said...

Taking pictures of yourself blogging makes you a true, die-hard blogger! :) I think I'm glad you didn't take pictures of the kid peeing in the trash can. Good grief! The bathroom couldn't have been THAT far away!