I Almost Can’t Believe We Made It!

After a really long day on Sunday, we made it to St. Louis in the wee hours of the morning on Monday. I think we were in bed by 2:30 am! The SEATAC airport was every bit the madhouse the news says it is/was.  People were stranded, sleeping in random corners on the floor and just a bit on edge. 

Our plane was scheduled to take off at 12:50 pm. It was late, which we knew it would be. But by 3:00 pm we were on the plane as it was getting de-iced. We were up in the air by 4:00 pm. WHEW! Just as we were  boarding, the intercom was announcing that all Continental and Alaskan flights were cancelled for the remainder of the day. I think those prayers everyone was lifting up are what got us off the ground! Thank you so much!

We had no idea however, once we were in the air, how we were going to get from Kansas City to St. Louis. We had missed our connecting flight long ago. The stewardess and the captain didn’t even know what to tell us. So we disembarked wondering if we would be renting a car and driving for a couple of hours. Well, as we were getting off that plane, a guy was shouting at the people coming down the gate that if they were trying to get to St. Louis they needed to catch the plane that was leaving NOW to Chicago. So we booked it down a couple of gates and immediately boarded a plane to Chicago. By this time we were all hungry and tired. But to Chicago we went! (And no….Cooper was not sleeping.)

We made it to Chicago and had just enough time to grab a sandwhich and take a bathroom break before we were on another plane to St. Louis. By now Cooper was way past the verge and was approaching meltdown. Luckily, the plane was almost completely empty; there were maybe 10 of us on the flight.  So when they turned out the cabin lights, we all cuddled together and rested (though Cooper refused to actually sleep). When we got to St. Louis….we had no luggage. 🙂 Nellie. But, we were home and it was Christmas so we just crashed!

I think we just power-slept that night. We woke up around 8 or 8:30 am in a kind of blurry haze. We did finally get our luggage that evening. The airline brought it to us! So that was nice not to have to travel back to the airport. All we are out from this trip now is a cheapo umbrella stroller. We are so thankful to have made it here!

Thus far, we’ve pretty much just hung low and recooped from the travails of our travel. We did a little more Christmas shopping and tonight we have Christmas Eve services at church and dinner with Jer’s fam. We’re so excited for tomorrow! YAY Christmas!

I hope all of you got to your destinations safely and for all of you in Washington, I’m so jealous of the snow! It’s sunny and dry here – but snow makes it really feel like Christmas.  More to come in the next couple days and I promise pictures too!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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Washington Snow Storm

Here in Washington, I always joke that nobody knows what it is like to have a real snowfall. Well, I’ve had to eat my words all week here! We’ve just been hammered with snow all week long. It’s hampered our plans over and over again as the roads get more and more packed with snow and ice with each passing day and each passing snow storm.

It’s been so cold too, that the snow isn’t melting. So it’s layer after layer of snow and ice. There is a solid 6 inches of snow out on the street right now. And that’s just the fresh stuff that has fallen tonight…

The city has snow plows…just not very many of them. And while the highways will most likely get a visit from the snow plow, the sidestreets and neighborhoods, businesses, etc. will probably NEVER see one.  It’s weird being from the midwest and knowing how even local businesses have  a contract with some guy who has a snow plow that will take care of the parking lot and salt the walkways, etc. Not here.

Today we were in Lacey and it was hilarious to see how incredibly icy the entire parking lot was. I felt awful for the little old ladies and men who were very gingerly making their way across the ice. But I was waddling right with them!

Tonight, our biggest concern is getting out of dodge tomorrow afternoon. We have a flight taking us to St. Louis around 1 pm, but just to be on the safe side, we are leaving our house at 8 am. Thankfully it is a Sunday and we aren’t trying to get out on a normal week day. That would have been a nightmare with traffic. I’ve checked the SeaTac airport’s website and they say that flights are getting out. I checked our flight (just in case) and it still says it’s considered on time. But a lot can change. Our church has already let us know that they are cancelled for tomorrow.

We are praying that the night will give the snow plows a chance to clear the highways enough for us to make it safely to the airport. And we are hoping that our flight can get off the ground on time or close to it. But we are also incredibly thankful for a vehicle with 4-wheel drive! (And an awesome friend who is driving us to the airport tomorrow morning! Thanks Rande!)

So if you happen by this post tonight or tomorrow, would you lift up a prayer on our behalf? Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!

In the mean time, the snow is SO PRETTY!