Munich was a really nice airport. We got a bite to eat and then went through passport control and security to get to our gate. This security was very thorough. Pretty much everything had to be taken out and every carry on item was searched. They even did some sort of test on our pillows and blankets and we got a full body rub down… and I mean rub down. Talk about feeling violated when someone is patting all over your body. I guess the wand and going through the metal detector wasn’t good enough. And that my friends is US security letting you fly into the United States. Ha ha… Much safer I might add. We had to go to a ticket counter for them to register our passports or something of that nature to get our boarding tickets signed and they had some sort of problem with Mina’s passport that took the guy about 20 minutes but he kept reassuring me that everything was fine. That plane ride was about 9hours and then we arrived in the good ole USA.
Once you get to the USA you have a massive amount of hallways to walk down before you can get to the area to go through passport control and get your luggage. First when you think the hallways will never end and you feel like you are about to fall over you will make it to the passport control and wait in the line to have your passports checked. We picked an awesome line this time around. The guy was absolutely wonderful and very sweet. He took our US immigration adoption packet we received from the Embassy for Mina and looked through it real quickly to make sure it had everything we need. He stamped our passports and welcomed us all home. You then come to an area where you pick up your luggage and go through another line to recheck your baggage. That wasn’t as bad as I thought cause it was basically just grabbing your bags, waiting in line and dropping them off with a worker that put them on a conveyer belt and then we proceeded to security checkpoint. Yes we went through a ton of security checkpoints yesterday : ) LOL They went through all food items in our bag and surprisingly said nutella didn’t pass there inspection test even though it was not yet open and we sell it in the USA. I wonder if they just wanted to keep it and eat it for themselves. Ha ha. The funny thing is a loaf of bread from Ukraine was no problem (which was our bread for our nutella we no longer had) and Mina’s jars of fruit baby food wasn’t at all a problem as well as other chocolate candies from there. Anyways we didn’t argue we just said okay and let them keep it because it would’ve been to much of a hassle to get it put in our check bag and we can always just buy some here. The whole process actually went pretty quick and we made it to our gate with time to spare. We fought staying awake at this point and were so anxious to board our last flight home.
The girls did awesome on all the flights. No major melt downs or tears. We are so proud of our girls. Once arriving home we were so excited to go out and see our family. We gave hugs and kisses and they held Mina then we went down to baggage claim to grab our bags to head out. We then went as a big family to eat Chinese (a food I craved the whole time we were gone) and then we went home where Mimi (my grandma) was waiting to meet her precious great grandbaby. I ended up passing out very quickly once we made it home and my mom and grandma ended up putting Mina to bed. I was so exhausted and nauseated feeling from the lack of sleep.
It feels so good to be home. We are so excited to be here in our own comfort zone where everyone speaks English and we can see our family and get settled in. The girls slept great through the night except Myla got up at 4am to use the bathroom and of course by the time I took care of her I couldn’t fall back to sleep cause my mind began thinking of all the things to do so I decided to just get out of bed extremely early to work on things. It’s amazing how much junk mail you get in a months time : ) LOL
Praise the Lord for our safe travels, beautiful sky and weather, no delays and that we made it to every flight and arrived home on time! We are so grateful to be back home! It was wonderful to show Mina around her new home and she absolutely loved her bed because she slept without waking up till about 8:30 this morning! Yay!
Thank you all for your prayers and for following along. More pictures of our precious girl home with us to come!!
Check out the little infant seatbelt they gave us to put on Mina. It straps to your lapbelt and then around the child for take off and landings. Pretty cool~ haven't seen this before. They also gave Mina this precious little crinkle picture book.
Doing an awesome job at eating some little peices of finger foods and oh so happy!
Finally in the USA Washington DC. Mina is holding herself up with her arms and her tummy muscles. I was so proud of her because she sat that way and didn't lean back in the seat at all. Great work out for her
And then she was a sleepy girl :)
And still sleepy on the flight home to OKC. Probably cause it was bedtime back in Ukraine. Both the girls were exhausted by this point.
Beautiful blue skies the whole way home!!
At last we've arrived!! Welcome home our precious angel! We are so excited to show you a whole new world!
Mina with grandma seeing Aunt Misty and cousin Keely
Aunt Christy & Uncle Tye letting Tytus hug his new cousin
Oma and Myla
Our familygreeting us home!
Grandma with Mina
Papaw letting cousins see her
Papa Bo at the Chinese Restaraunt holding his newest grandbaby
Oma loving on our angel
Mimi waited at our house till about 10pm when we made it home to spend a some time loving on this baby!