Why pull a molar in the middle of the night. You know, one that was NOT ready to come out for another 2 to 3 weeks. Of course, the other two girls woke up at the commotion. It became an event at midnight. Yes, midnight. What time did we need to be up you ask? why 4am. 4 am kids.
And the evidence just in case you think we're making this up. LOL. And yes, he was expecting the tooth fairy to come. Because mom and dad have nothing else to do at midnight before a big flight out across the ocean. URGHH!!! He got American money.
Since it was not ready to come out, it bled...for two and a half hours! No lie. To say we were exhausted already at this point was an understatement. And the trip hadn't even started. Now, we kept on getting ready. Cleaning up and packing up. We picked out clothes for them all. This will come in handy later part of the story.
We met our ride at 5am. Waking them was like waking the walking dead. They found someone at the Bulgarian Airport to chat with. Very nice lady telling them to behave for us. Gosh, did I need her on the rest of the flight. And this was just the beginning of the flight. I tried to warn Logan once we got to Germany, there would be no one else he could speak to as Bulgarian would be gone. He laughed at me and said no. I just smiled back. He would soon learn. Keep in mind, I was told that he does not listen to women. What?! This will be a lesson learned later. Trust me on that.
We boarded the plane. Logan goes spread eagle to the doorway refusing to board the plane. Seriously. He's screaming bloody murder and crying. We all pushed him (figure of speech) into the plane. Hey, only way home and stewardesses know that. Settled them all down in seats and waited. And waited. And waited some more. Leave the gate & I said "I think we just went in a circle." Announcement went on. German first, then English. My German is rusty but I can sure catch mechanical problem. Long story short, left engine was leaking, they had to check it out to determine what to do next. Gave the kids crackers to try to keep them occupied.
We were told we could still use our plane. By this time, Logan was beyond restless. Warren was having a tough time controlling him. He's kicking the seat in front of him, trying to remove the life vest, etc. He asked for a different pair of pants. We told him they were all packed away. He did not believe us. Remember this for later in the flight. URGHH!!! Time to go through the de-icing process. By this time, we were well over an hour late. Asked the flight attendant about our transatlantic. Hey, I was dying to go home at this point and no way I was missing the one flight home. She said they had made arrangements for everyone. Phew.
Reni and Summer ready for their first take off. Reni cried but did okay. Summer thought it was hilarious.
Enjoying the flight. Only an hour and half long to Munich.
Okay, so we get to Munich. Luckily, I forgot about the hour time difference between Munich and Sofia. Relief as we'd make our transatlantic. Now, had to go through passport control. Keep in mind, everything is new for these kids. Every bit of it. It's pretty bad when the security people are telling you "wow, you have your hands full." Or "wow, those are very active kids." Yes, we are well aware.
I met another couple that adopted 2 older boys from Ukraine. They were sitting there nicely. Mine looked like squirrels on speed. I could see the glaring looks already. Yep, it was going to be a long flight. Well, Logan thought he should get some of that energy out. He proceeds to bolt there in Munich. I
Did I mention it was a LONG flight w/ these three kids??? NONE of these guys slept not one single wink. Got to love it. Logan was throwing a fit b/c Warren wouldn't let him kick the guy in front of him. The attendants tried to set him straight in the back but to no avail. Oh forgot to mention that earlier in the flight, he decided he should rebel in the only way he could at the time. Remember when I said he was mad b/c we wouldn't let him change pants? Yep, you guessed it. He proceeded to wet himself. Then, told us he needed to change his pants. We told him you can't, the luggage is under the plane. The look on his face said it all. He realized he really messed up this time royally. His fault, no one else's. He was then mad at himself. Believe it or not, this was a good thing. He was finally realizing, that he was no longer in control of the situation. Mom and Dad were and he needed to listen. We landed all in one piece at Dulles. Oh, then the real fun started.
You have to go through many long lines at Dulles. This is where Logan finally was realizing that the insults he was throwing out at people meant nothing. No one spoke Bulgarian any more. Though, he was desperately asking everyone. Immigration lady was nice. Got the luggage, put it back on the conveyor & then it was onto another line for passports and security. Oy. The guy behind us said they really should have a line just for families. I could only imagine what he was thinking. LOL. I agreed though. Well, Summer wanted to explore apparently. The guy behind me & myself lunged forward both of us grabbing Summer's arms screaming NO, NO!!! What was our little girl about to do? Why pull the fire alarm for the entire airport. Yeh, that would have made the news w/out a doubt. Who in the world put that stupid fire alarm that low, we'll never know. She's not that tall. Really. Crisis averted. Onto next crisis. Okay, so kids under 12 no longer have to take off their shoes. However, Warren had to practically wrestle Logan to get his jacket off of him. Keep in mind, he'd been through these things before, knew he was getting his jacket back. To add to the scene, Summer's screaming at me like I'm torturing her b/c I have to take her precious back pack off. Screams the whole way through the process. Gets to the end & sees the back pack coming off the conveyor & starts laughing hysterically. Yeh, we were a scene to behold, I'm sure. I tried to keep my head down, eyes to the ground at that point.
Okay, I had to use the restroom and asked Warren if he was okay. I come out not more than 2 minutes later & find him spread eagle w/ one kid on one arm, one on another & one behind him. Apparently, Logan and Reni decided to have a good old fashion sibling throw down in the middle of the Dulles Airport. I mean a serious all out brawl. Lovely. Grabbed them & went onto Wendy's b/c we were starving at this point. Ate and onto the waiting area. Oops, gate changed...again.
Get to the gate.
They look like they're finally tiring out. Right?
WRONG! They come alive the longer we're awake. I swear to you.