This time last week we were having lunch in Port au Prince before heading to the airport to catch our flight. It’s been a good week for the Rolling family, and a busy one, which is why it’s taken me this long to actually get on here to post anything.
We took an afternoon flight out of Haiti for the first time ever. We had a red-eye flight from Miami to Seattle, also for the first time ever, so we didn’t have to leave early in the morning and spend an entire day traveling only to arrive late into Seattle anyway. Aside from the airport not having A/C on and everyone sweating, things were fine as we departed.
When you travel with little kids I think one of the major concerns on your mind as you board a plane is whether your kids are going to drive everyone else on the plane crazy. God has blessed us with amazing little travelers. As we took off I was expecting Alex to be upset about the air pressure change. Nope. The kid giggled and smiled like the Cheshire Cat the entire time, acting like he was on some fabulous carnival ride. I guess we know who the adrenaline junkie in the family is. Olivia has been traveling for over two years now, so she was cool with the whole thing. Her biggest concern about the trip was whether or not she would get gum :)
We had a nice layover in Miami and when we got to our gate we had to check the screen again because there was a little party all set up. We found a seat nearby waiting for some sort of announcement announcing a gate change, but none came. As we got closer to departure time we noticed people with bags were showing up so Chris went to see what was going on. Turns out we were on the inaugural red eye flight from MIA to SEA at that particular time slot so they were celebrating. There was cake, cheese platters, sandwich platters and drinks. We also got nice little passport covers as we boarded. Nice on you American Airlines! I think the party definitely helped lighten spirits, especially considering we sat at the gate for an hour and a half because of a lightning storm. We finally arrived in Seattle at 2 am and were so grateful to see Paul, who never complains about having to pick us up at crazy times of the day when we come in.
We spent the weekend with our board of directors for our organizational AGM. It was a great weekend! We worked through some really important and foundational things for the organization and Chris and I came out of it feeling really encouraged and excited about the future of Clean Water for Haiti.
On Monday we spent the day getting our trusty ’69 VW van all ready for summer vacationing. Chris spent some time on engine stuff and I spent the day getting all our camping stuff organized and set up. We haven’t had a “normal” summer vacation since 2007 and have been looking forward to doing a family camping trip for years, so Chris and I were excited to get stuff all ready to go.
We headed down to Vancouver, WA to see Grandma and Grandad on Tuesday and Chris was all smiles as we hit the highway. He’s been looking forward to driving the van, with kids in it, for years! We’ve really been enjoying our visit with Mum and Dad. Yesterday Grandma took us to the new library, which has an AMAZING kids floor, the main park with a fabulous playground and water feature that was full of kids yesterday because of the beautiful weather, and lunch at the Island Cafe, right on the Columbia River.
Last night we did our first presentation for this trip at Columbia Presbyterian Church. Again, we want to thank everyone that helped organize the evening and everyone that came out to meet and visit with us. We really enjoyed being able to share what we’re doing in Haiti and where the mission is headed.
Today is really our first “lazy” day since we arrived where our plans were all up in the air until about an hour ago and it’s so nice. Olivia wore herself out yesterday to the point where she got up, had some cereal, then fell asleep on the couch again and slept for two more hours. I’ve gotten as far as having a shower and Chris is snuggling with Alex on the couch. We have plans to have lunch with Mum and Dad downtown, then visiting one of Chris’ friends from waaaaaaay back, and then a nice relaxed evening of dinner out and visiting with new friends that hail from Vernon, BC. Should be a fun day.
Now, now I have to go do some laundry! A mother’s work is never done… :)