On Thursday, April 5th, the girls and I left on our annual R&R and made the trek from Tel Aviv to San Francisco. The 24-hour trip wasn't without incident, but it was relatively uneventful... and doesn't include the heated exchange that I had with a crotchety old man in business class (story to be told at a later date).
We left our house around 2:30 am, arrived at the airport by 3am. We had a quick check-in, and then Matt helped us get to the gate for our 5am departure. Our flight from Tel Aviv took off on time and both girls fell asleep on the plane for about 2 hours.
We had a 5 1/2 hour layover in Frankfurt and managed to kill the time fairly well. We had to wait for over 1/2 hour for our stroller once we de-boarded the plane, we walked around and looked at the shops, we had a timeout for Riley in a bathroom, and then we spent over 2 hours in McDonald's eating nuggets and fries and watching the planes land and take off.
We boarded the next flight and took off right on time. We upgraded to business class with our miles and of course, I was the only one with kids... They fell asleep right after take-off and slept for the first 3 hours... however, when they woke up they were roaring to go. They didn't want to eat anything (they forgot our children's meals - would you have expected anything less), and I felt like I was putting on a song and a dance to keep them entertained. Can you believe that they had on-demand children's movies and they wouldn't even watch them?? Let's just say that it was a LONG flight - the 11 hours seemed like 24. But, we eventually landed in San Francisco after a solid 24 hours of traveling, and met my dad at the airport.
The girls actually did ok with attempting to sleep through their first night. First order of business on Friday was of course a Starbucks run and then on to Target. Oh how I missed Target.
Here are a few photos of the girls from our flight from Frankfurt to San Francisco.