This is Ashley (Michelle's sister) writing. I'm filling in for her while they're away. =)
The adventure has begun! On Tuesday night, July 31st, Michelle, Ted & Nick drove to Washington D.C. where they stayed overnight for their departure the next day. Their flight was scheduled to take off at 12:19PM, but was delayed almost seven hours!
Their plane left sometime around 7PM Wednesday night, and they arrived safely in Beijing sometime around 9AM (our time) on Thursday--but in China, it was actually 9:00PM. There's a 12-hour time difference.
Michelle said that Nick did really well on the plane considering. He slept a lot, although they didn't. There were lots of other kids on the plane, and the one family traveling with them has a 5-year-old girl, so that'll be great for Nick to have a playmate.
I think jet lag has set in - Michelle said they're very exhausted, and have a very difficult time sleeping. All the other families feel the same.
Today (which is actually Friday in China), they have all day tours, which is really suggested. Michelle said their guide is really terrific. And tomorrow, they'll get to see the Great Wall. Imagine!
Michelle said "this is like another planet!"
I'll keep you posted. =)