We made it. On a plane to Japan and all the stress of getting ready for this trip are in the past. What a relief, phew! We have never been so happy to get on a plane. We learned a few lessons and received a few blessings in disguise before our big adventure.
First lesson - never actually put your packing into your luggage the morning of departure. For one, you may miss your flight. Lucky for us half-hour later we were on another flight and on our way to Phoenix. What a blessing that was, we realized that our backpacks were way too full and had an opportunity to re-pack and leave stuff behind. Pack your bags a few days before and walk around to see how 43 pounds really feels.