Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Airport

It is going to take me some time to write about Andrew's Christmas break adventures, so I figure I'll start with our part...the drop off and pick up and then once I finally sort through the pictures from his dad, I'll get that documented too. It was a great trip and I don't want it to be missed here either!

Andrew's flight was super early morning the day after Christmas. My alarm was set for 4:00am and he and I would be off to make it there by 5:30am. Note to self: remember the day after Christmas is crazy and to allow more time.  When we parked and walked in, the security line was out the doors nearly to where we walked in from the parking garage.  We still had to check his bag and that line was nuts! We decided to brave the cold and stand outside to check his bag and to get a gate pass for me to go to the gate with him. Ummm, mistake number 2.  You can't get a gate pass outside.  Second note to self: get gate pass inside only. Luckily, a Southwest airlines lady was able to get me one quickly and I only felt a teeny bit badly about asking her without waiting in the line. 

Since we knew the security line was out the doors of the airport, we headed up to the lesser used Alternate Security.  That line was pretty long too, but a security guard was passing us as we got in line and said from where we were it was only about 20 minutes. Whew. We'd make it!

Andrew was less than thrilled with all the waiting.

Finally, we were through security and off to the tram and for the everytime-we-visit-the-airport-Franco Harris-picture.
Since we were in the forever lines, there was no waiting for us at the gate. They were already boarding when we arrived at the gate.

A reminder to text when he landed in Baltimore and call when he got off to change planes, a quick hug and kiss and an "I love you" sign and he was off for his annual Christmas trip to Tennessee.

He arrived safely in Nashville after a little delay in Baltimore to de-ice his plane.  I don't love that he has to change planes, but I'm grateful for cellphones and a mature kid whom I can trust to think and act appropriately. {There are no longer any direct flights from Pittsburgh to Nashville. at. all.}

Lily could not wait until it was time to go to the airport to pick up Andrew. She thinks he is the greatest person ever and a week without him was a long time for her!

I decided to not go down to the gate and deal with security lines this time, so I sent Andrew a text telling him to meet us at baggage, but to call when he got off the plane. The airport was equally as busy on New Years Day as it was the day after Christmas.

She was so excited to see him!!

Yay! Bubby is home!


  1. I love how much they love each other!

    Whoa, early flight!

  2. I just wanted to say I think it's great that you manage to document so much of your life on this blog. I keep realizing how much I end up sticking on Facebook, and I wish I had the patience to separate out more stuff to put on the blog where it is available to more people. So hang in there, even though it gets a little hard to keep current sometimes!

  3. I seriously love the two of them in these pictures (and always, of course). She was sooo HAPPY to see him, I am sure your smile was just as big!

  4. Their reunion pictures always make me tear up! That last picture is just perfect!