Sunday, June 22, 2008

We're here....

OK, almost here. Sitting in a hotel room about 2 hours from our actual destination. :)

We are in Manchester, NH after a looooonnngggg day of flying yesterday. Our connection was through Detroit and there were apparently thunderstorms causing delays. We only had an hour in between flights, which in a perfect world works out great. When your first flight ends up delayed an hour, it ain't so great. :(

We were a little worried that we'd have to spend the night in Detroit. Which would have been fine, except that I'd already PAID for a hotel in Manchester. There weren't many options, however, except to wait it out and see how it ended.

A very kind Northwest employee was trying to help us decide our options and made tons of calls for us. In the end, we decided to try our original flights with an almost non-existent layover. We headed over to a quieter spot in the St. Louis airport.

When we finally started to board, the kind employee saw us and motioned us over. She said she'd been paging us. She had upgraded us to first class for the first leg of the flight (which was the longer flight). That was a nice treat and certainly not expected. She wanted us to be closer to the front of the plane so we had a better chance of making the next flight. (Part of the reason I'm writing this is so I remember to write a letter to Northwest complimenting this very helpful employee.)

The kids LOVED being in first class! We flew business class to China and Delta had flown me first class down for a job interview years (decades!) ago so this is certainly NOT a regular thang for us.

Long story short...since you already know we're in NH...we made the flight. We had to book across the Detroit airport (thankfully their tram made the old fashioned running much easier). The kids were disappointed to be back in steerage again! The drinks and snacks are certainly better in first class!

The kids did well yesterday with the extra delays and stress of not knowing if we'd make it here. They enjoyed the flights, didn't do many of the activities they had packed, and got along really well.

Elise is back in her dress and ready to go see Grandma Carson this morning! (I'd post pictures but the camera cord is packed somewhere in the deep recesses of a suitcase!)


Tammie said...

Isn't first class nice!? My dad & his wife arranged for Erin & me to fly first class on this trip. So much more comfortable than sardine class. ;-)

Becki party of 5 said...

Can't wait to see pictures...
How cool that you got to fly first class! Somehow we were upgraded to economy plus on our flight home from China last was wonderful! Can't imagine if it had been first class! ha