#1- We took so long to get off the aircraft at Hong Kong that the ground-crew thought we forgot our twin-stroller and checked it into the cargo hold for our connecting flight. By the time the staff figured out what happened, it was too late. We were carrying sleeping 4-year olds out of the air-craft. Of course we'd take our time- Heavy mind you! And juggling hand-luggage too. Sighs...
#2- Secondary border control clearance when we arrived in O'hare. Need i say more?
#3- We left one of our luggage at the airport. We checked in 5 suitcases and 1 bag. We forgot the bag. The best part was that we only noticed it was missing several hours later. No worries, we emailed Cathay Pacific and they put aside the bag for us to pick up. We had to go back a few days later to pick it up.
#4- The night before we moved into our apartment. I ask my husband, "Have you set up the wireless router?" He goes... "Alamak!" He didn't order one. He swore he thought he did. Wireless internet connection is like oxygen- we cannot live without it. He immediately left to go and find one.
#5- Hubs excitedly opened up his delivery of a Samsung 40-inch Smart TV. He fixes it up, switches it on and finds cracks running all across the LCD screen. *SCREEEAAAMMMM* Thank goodness we had our iPads to keep the boys entertained during tv time. We are returning it of-course, but the pick-up hasn't been arranged, so this huge box is still sitting in the living room. I, of course, seized the opportunity to talk hubs into buying a smaller tv. "Do we really need a 40-inch tv?"
#6- We used Ikea's pick and deliver service. We tell them what we want and they pick it up and deliver. And assemble, if you'd like. We bought a sofa- the sofa and the sofa cover. Got an email from ikea a day later to say, "Hey, your sofa cover is out of stock. We will send it directly to you in about a week and a half". Okay, we thought. Then when the delivery of the sofa (not sofa cover) came, the guys said, "If we assemble your sofa without the cover, you'd have to disassemble it to fix the sofa cover." Ohhhhkaaayyyy...... Clincher- "You have to go back down to Schaumburg (40 min drive away) to tell them this and fix a new appointment". Ohhhhhkkkaaayyyy....
#7- Related to the above. The delivery/assembly guys said ," You're missing a piece of metal for the bed. You need it or the bed will sag in the middle. The folks at ikea that put in the order for you should have told you to get it. As it's sold separately." Ohhhhhkkkaaayyy.....
So we're sleeping in the living room, right next to our yet-to-be-assembled sofa and the yet to be returned 40" tv, while our bed-room looks like this.
While there were these things that kinda let us down or didn't happen the way we had hoped, there are also many things to be grateful for. Most of all...kind, generous, giving friends who have gone out of the way to help us feel comfortable and to assist us in setting up home. They've fed us, drove us around, guided me through the process of getting ready for school, given us things and even watched over our children.
And hey, the kids travelled well and we got here in one piece. Also, the boy's room has turned out quite nicely. =)
For all this and many more, I will be eternally grateful.