On our last day in Ethiopia we found the free playground at the Sheraton. It was by far the nicest playground we saw in Addis Ababa and I wish we'd found it sooner.
Then we were ready to head home. The flights were long, long, long, long, long, but the kiddos did pretty well considering they were asked to sit on the laps of parents they'd only known for a week for 27 hours straight. The flight attendants on our Lufthansa flights were extremely helpful and we sat next to some lovely people who were gracious about sitting next to wiggling toddlers. Indian food was served twice and it turned out that Tiruye is a huge fan of it. On the leg from Frankfurt to Chicago, a large group tour group of older people found out that we were returning home from adopting and Tegegn and Tiruye would be entering the U.S. for the first time. They were so excited for us and made us feel like minor celebrities as they all craned their heads to get a look at us in the immigration line of the airport. It was really nice.
There really are no words for what it felt like to pass through the gates of our own airport and see our family and friends waiting to greet us. Pictures were taken and I'll attach them when I get a copy. Total happiness.