And made everyone else happy too :)
Our saving grace was Business Class. Can you imagine our crew in front? Thanks Roche. The kids were sooo excited. Half way through our first flight to Texas, Kate looked at me and said, "Mom, is that where we used to sit?" As she pointed to the back of the airplane...The guy sitting in front of me almost spit out his drink he laughed so hard. She had heard Joe and me talk about what "The Company" would pay for and what we would pay for, that she assumed "The Company" was taking care of us from now on and we were officially living the life. How dissapointed she'll be when we fly home for vacation and we go to the back of the plane:)
A few things their awesome cousins gave the kids to keep them (and the flight attendants) occupied for almost 20 hours...
We were actually surprised by how smoothly everything went-- delays, customs, moving through crowds, agriculture checks...We were so relieved we had a chance to do it ourselves a month before without all of our baggage :)
All in all... we made it, our luggage made it, and everyone was smiling...tired but smiling. What a blessing!