I mentioned earlier that we had a lot of luggage. Like, filled the whole back of the school pick up! And do you believe that only one piece weighed too much?!? That's some kind of miracle!
Once we arrived in Bethel we transferred quickly from RAVN (formerly ERA) to Alaska Airlines via the shuttle van, and began the grueling process of checking all our luggage. Thankfully Leah was there to sit with our kids while they had snack and we checked in at the counter.
The boys are such seasoned travelers, though, that they probably would have been good even on their own. I was so proud of them all day.
Josh grabbed us each a slice of pizza from Brothers restaurant (a meal I didn't have to make! Hallelujah!) and we chowed down before boarding our flight to Anchorage.
The flight from Bethel to Anchorage is only an hour, so it was really quick. Leah and I had arranged it so she was sitting with our family, meaning we had an entire row. Wyatt sat between me and Leah and Josh manned the twins on the other side of the aisle.
Before we knew it, the flight was over and we were headed into the Anchorage airport. We were getting closer!
In Anchorage we bought the boys new Alaska sweatshirts since they have outgrown their old ones, and in the store, Wyatt asked the worker why her floors had sparkles in them. I was laughing so hard. And thus began the joy of watching Wyatt take it all in.
After that we got some nuggets at McDonald's and then prepared to say goodbye to Leah as we were going to go our separate ways. That is, hands down, the hardest thing about this lifestyle. You go through life together, side by side, carrying each other through the ups & downs and challenges of life in the bush, and then, after a few years, or sometimes even less, you have to say goodbye as life continues and people go their separate ways. I cried as I hugged Leah, happy for the next chapter in her life to start, but sad (for myself) that we won't be side by side anymore.
I love you, Leah! You have been an amazing support, a fun "aunt" and a loving friend. And for that I'll always be grateful.