We did make it home last Thursday and straight into my own bed. Woohoo!! After retrieving the first born from her class, and, by the way, she even looked smarter (and sleep deprived - honestly from working so hard), we started the journey back across the sea. The extensive lab work she completed was amazing and included time at the local cadaver lab! Yep! The girl was in heaven! Did I really birth her? Anyway, a long discussion ensued about where to try to catch a hop back. BWI had one leaving that night at midnight with lots of seats available. Ok, here we go. Back to Virginia to my buddy's house again (6 hours) to regroup the suitcases for a couple of hours before heading up to Baltimore at 9 or so (1 1/2 hour trip). Checked in with another long lost friend while organizing all the 'stuff'. (I'm so lucky my friends understand my life!)
All in all, we had a great trip and our mission accomplished. He kept us safe. We got a little taste of southern America in the land of sweet tea, pickups, country music (I so miss Sirius radio), and folks of all ages who call me 'Sweetie'. Loved it!