Sunday, January 20, 2008

Well....America is now one person bigger

Gabriel is officially a US Citizen. As of about 10:30 a.m. Central time. Customs was a breeze. We had to go though the Immigration line and then get escorted to another waiting room. There were a LOT of people there, but luckily we got seen very quickly. I am sure it's because we are US citizens, but we were a little concerned for a while.

The kids were pretty good the first leg of our trip. Of course they sat Zach and I together in one row and there was someone else already in our row as well. They can't allow two lap babies in one row since only 4 masks drop down, so the man in the aisle seat next to Zach was nice enough to switch places. Of course that left me sitting between two men who think they get BOTH armrests. Oh, and the guy in front of me decides to lean his seat ALL the way back so I'm squished and holding Gabriel - or as we like to call him El Fuego (fire). Man, was I sweaty by the time we got here. He did sleep some though and was good for the most part.

Zach had a guy in front of him that decided to push his seat all the way back too. Zach ended up asking him to move it up.

Can I say I just LOVE Continental? They are the only airline I know of that still serves meals on their flights. We got a ham, egg and cream cheese croisant and fruit and a muffin. I only ate the croisant b/c that was the easiest to eat when squeezed and being slept on.

Ok, Zach just got back with some food for us. I'm so glad for the USO. It makes our lives so much easier. Gabriel is crawling around and we don't have to worry about our luggage or anything.

Love you all! Next stop, Seattle, the Anchorage, then HOME!!!

17 comments:

The Griffins said...

I think we might be the first ones to comment! We are glad the trip is going well enough. Love you guys so much and maybe you will get lucky and have a flight with very few people. Love you guys!

Coastieturtle said...

Sorry to hear that people can be so very rude. Next flight just have Gabriel start kicking the seat if another person wants to recline....I know that's not nice but hey maybe it'll get the message across. Hope the other flights go better.

S.

Jill said...

Congratulations on your family being complete! I hope Gabriel's homecoming is wonderful!

The Bitler Family said...

Welcome to the US Gabriel! You have wonderful parents!!!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you all. It has been quite a story and ending so well. I have loved reading every entry. Home will be so sweet.

Julie Donaldson

Anonymous said...

Thank you Father! So good to know that our family are "Back in the USA" (old song by Chuck Berry and Linda Ronstadt). Tried to call you both a couple of times before we got home from church. Mom was concerned that I would have you paged in Houston, and scare you, but I was going to call the USO cntr. Did not know what time you left so decided to wait. Beth and Zach ya'll have a Donavyn and Gabriel sandwich for us. Pray that the rest of the trip is swift and uneventful. Tell the pilots tofly safe, they have precious cargo on board. Can't wait till Feb 19th to see the kids and you two also. Gotta go to sahre group. Love Mom and Dad (Grandma & Papaw)

James and Laura said...

Congratulations on your new family member and US Citizen! ;) Hope you made it home safe and sound!

Laura (Daisy615 on CC)

Mary said...

Yippee...

Congratulations. We'll see you soon! Here's to a speedy flight home and then sleeping in your own bed.

Future Nurse and Mom of 3 said...

Glad to hear your baby has made it to the US!! Welcome Home!

Becca and Jason said...

This is the first chance we've had to check in on you guys - you've been in my thoughts all day, though!! SOOOOO happy for you all and can't wait to see you ALL!!!!
love,
becca (& Jason)

jodiebird24 said...

I'm so glad you are on your way home.. I can't wait to see pics of the 2 babies together.. Love you guys..

The Roaming Bilderbacks said...

Hope you guys have an uneventful rest of the trip home!

Anonymous said...

Beth and Zach,
We have been praying for this wonderful day. God Bless your new family. Love Becca's Mom

Brian/Rebecca said...

YAAAHOOO!!!! Oh, that gives me a sigh of relief! I'm sure by now y'all are back in Kodiak (or very soon will be). I am very thankful to God for hearing our prayers! Can't wait to see and talk to y'all and be able to hear the kids babbling on the phone!;>) LOL, Aunt Becca, Uncle Brian, Makayla, and Olivia

Anonymous said...

Welcome Home Koehler Family!!!!! We are soooooo excited to talk to you and see photos! We love you all so much and are thankful for answered prayers! Love, Delinda, Gregg, Savannah, and Conley

said...

Hooray!!!!

El fuego--I love it! lol

Dennise said...

okay I'll give you a break and won't start chanting pictures for a few days.. but after that ;p

ellie kisses
<3 nissa