Ellie and I, after much deliberation and prayer on the part of Ben and I, decided to take advantage of the "voluntary departure of dependents" being offered by the base to come back to the States for a few weeks. We aren't terribly concerned for our safety in Japan, especially since we are 200 miles from the broken nuclear reactor. It was a ridiculously tough decision to leave Ben behind (he is "essential to the mission" after all). But three things compelled us; 1) peace of mind for our parents, 2) better safe than sorry, and 3) we don't really plan on coming back for a visit until the summer of 2012.
So at 2 am on Tuesday morning in Japan we waited in lots and lots of lines, got bussed to Yokota Air Force Base, and finally took off for the USA around 1 pm (note: it took longer to get from base into the air than it actually did to fly here!). And may I just make a plug for the Air Force here; they are amazing. They had treats and snacks and Red Cross volunteers to watch our kids and airmen and Marines to haul our luggage and car seats for us. If ever I have a child that wants to join the armed forces I'll give my okay if it's with the Air Force.
|Waiting in line to get on the plane.|
The flight was definitely the longest of my life. It was over 50% children. Enough said. Ellie did pretty great though, better than the poor little baby across the aisle from us (bless that mother, she had two other kids with her as well).
|Nothing is really playing, she just like to pretend and be like mommy.|