In a couple of hours we leave for the States to visit our precious family. Since it's once again a chilly, overcast day in Cuenca I couldn't be more ready to leave for awhile. Hopefully this consistently miserable weather we've had for the past three months will be outta here by October.
I have to say we were rock stars in consuming the contents of our refrigerator and pantry this time. It looks like a college guy lives here. And we actually have some meals waiting for us in the freezer--all proof that when you do something enough you really do get better at it.
The bags are packed and the boarding passes printed. Only small challenge is the very beginning of the journey--our flight from Cuenca to Quito has been cancelled. Ouch. We've been assured the airline will graciously switch our reservation to another carrier once we're at the terminal, so we're gonna show up with all our luggage and crossed fingers. That's the way we roll (plus we have no other option).
This trip has a bonus in store for us--we'll be in charge of our oldest (2 years 3 months) and our youngest (almost 10 months) grandchildren for four days while our son & daughter-in-law attend an out of town wedding. It's been quite a long time since we were in that role and we know we'll be pooped, but it's going to be so much fun! Plus there's a nice, long visit with grandbaby #2 before we come back. We're looking forward to a great trip!
So we've got a granddaughter walking and talking, a granddaughter about to start walking, and a grandson crawling. It's amazing that when we visit next spring they'll all be walking and by this time next year we'll have three little kids instead of babies to play with. It's been such a joy and blessing to go back often enough to personally enjoy this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Well, we'll be landing in NC in about 24 hours. Can't wait for some warm, sunny weather--and the warm, sunny smiles of our dear family. Wish us luck at the airport!
UPDATE: We're sitting in the terminal with boarding passes in hand. Everyone was so nice and so helpful. Looks like we're on our way!