We left for Quito (a 4-5 hour drive) on Tuesday the 28th (Josiah's birthday) so that we could get some work done on our truck before my parents arrived on Wednesday. Well, Wednesday morning my dad called to say that my mom's passport was "invalid". According to Ecuadorian law you have to have at least 6 months on your passport to enter and my mom only had 3. So, they flew from Columbus to Houston (their original 1st leg of the trip) and spent Thursday renewing her passport. God was good. We were originally planning to go to the beach - but had changed our plans at the last minute, we had a place to stay in Quito for the extra days, my parents were able to have the passport in-hand within a day and were able to stay in a hotel for rather cheap (distressed traveler's fee). The only inconvenience was that we were in Quito for New Year's eve. It sounded like we were in a war zone! Ecuadorians love to celebrate with fireworks. It was very crazy being in the city.
The kids were excited that Grannie and Grandpa finally arrived, as they were waiting for more Christmas presents!!