We made it!! Like I said, it was going to be a long journey, and it was. But all in all, everything went smoothly.
*We started out by taking a 10:20 bus on Friday, March 11, from Madison to Chicago O’Hare. Ivan’s sister drove us to the bus stop.
The bus was packed!! Turns out it was the start of UW Madison’s spring break, and the bus was full of students heading off on spring breaks. We actually got the last 4 seats on the bus. For a brief moment I was panicking that we weren’t going to make it on, but we did.
*The bus made great time and dropped us off at the airport door. We met up with my parents, who were going to be on the same flight!
*Check in line and security lines were both pretty long, but no big deal. We had plenty of time. It’s always kind of a pain lugging jackets and carryons around the airport, but it comes with the territory…
*Plane was on time and by 4:05 or so (didn’t check the clock), we were off.
*Kids mostly watched movies and I read a bunch. 🙂 I wanted the boys to try to sleep, but given the timing, I knew it wasn’t too likely. I mean, it was only 4 pm!
*After dinner I dozed a while and I think Asher did sleep. Ethan said he never slept at all. I don’t think Ivan did either.
*The flight was about 6 1/2 hours. It was funny though, because after dinner, they brought around breakfast only a few hours later. (With the time change, our flight was scheduled to arrive at 5 am in Ireland.) I wasn’t even hungry at all when “breakfast” came around (it was like, 10:30 pm my time….and we had just had dinner!) but I did have some tea.
*Everyone was happy to get off the plane. The kids were craning their necks to look out at Dublin (all dark, anyway..) from the sky.
*Officially in Ireland! Got our bags and out to wait for a taxi.
*We took a taxi about 20 minutes to the train station for yet another leg of travel.
*We had some time to kill before our 7:30 am train. Got some tea and muffins and sat rather sleepily in a cold train station for a while. 😁
*Kids on the train
*Family pic on the train
*After changing trains once, we arrived at our stop (Westport). My sister and family met us to pick us up! It was very exciting!!!! The kids were jumping and squealing. I have some very cute reunion pics, but I won’t post them all here.
*The boys were hanging in there on very little sleep (Asher did sleep some on the plane, and Ethan fell asleep on the train for a very short while (but at least something).
*Right out of the car, my nieces excitedly showed the boys all around- their bedrooms, upstairs, and then, the chicken coops! We most definitely do NOT have chicken coops at our house, so this was pretty fun.
*My sister lives in a rural area with beautiful views… it was awesome to just let everyone check out the property and the very pretty views.
* After tea and coffee, my Dad and sister and Ivan went off to another town to pick up our rental car for the week. (Too many of us to fit in my sister’s vehicle.)
The rest of us (me, my sister, Mom and all the kids) went for a long walk down their lane to the bay. Gorgeous views all along!!!
The fresh air was good to keep us all awake… we were going on many hours with not much sleep.
*Love this pic of me and the boys!
*When they got back, my parents, sister, Ivan and I went into the nearby town for a quick pint at the pub before dinner.
Cheers to the beginning of our trip!
*Back at the house, we had homemade pizza and cheese bread for dinner!
My sister had bought cake and blew up balloons for Ivan’s birthday, and my nieces sang him happy birthday in Irish.
The boys were getting pretty sleepy, but they made it to almost 9:00 before crashing! Everyone slept REALLY well that night. 🙂
It was a great first day! It felt soooo long- kind of 2 days in 1. I feel like the boys already got a nice taste of Ireland just on the train ride and our walk, and we’re just getting started. 🙂
*Disclaimer- trying to write this very quickly on my phone, so please excuse any errors and/or subpar writing!!