Saturday, June 4, 2011

Flying with kids

As we anticipated leaving for furlough we always forgot one small thing that has to happen before we actually arrive and see our family and friends. The trapped in a flying, metal, claustrophobic non-kid friendly plane thing. The girls were awakened at 3am and stayed awake for the next 20hours straight. Eden slept 2 whole hours the whole trip and Novie slept a whopping 20min. The first 10 were actually quite a breeze, they had new games, toys, snacks we never allow them to indulge in, and a wonderful perfectly timed layover, giving them the chance to run around. But man those last 4hrs. on the plane felt like a whole day in itself. We were seated right in front of the "grumpy" passenger who was asking the girls every few minutes to be quiet. First off they were not screaming or crying just playing. Lots of laughing, giggling and being different animals yes, there were some toys that were loud, and I understand that. When you don't have kids you have no idea, when you've never flown with a 3 and 4 year you have no idea. I thought they were amazing! Now we did have a meltdown and of course he didn't say anything during that time..kinda inconsistent...didn't make sense..I was waiting to see his head pop around or his head so I could pop it, either way...kinda surprised he didn't chime in during the meltdown (someone had lost a sock) amazing what spurs on a meltdown :)

The Lord blessed me with patience any other time I would have given him a piece of my mind for speaking to us that way. :) But again inexperience and naivete was his worse enemy and the fact he kept forgetting it was 9am-5pm, that's typically when kids are wide awake and playing right? :) But anyways I was proud of Novie and Eden kinda impressed how well they did, and kinda disappointed in myself for expecting the worse from them, I keep forgetting I can trust them now. We took several walks, found out a lady sitting in front of Novie was also celebrating her birthday just like Eden, 50+ she said and Novie said, " you're five!" I'm going to be 5 this year like you!" when she held her hands and pumped them by 5, Novie hasn't learned multiplication yet :) also 2 rows back we met a man also celebrating his birthday! it's like they seated them all together to celebrate together, we thought it was pretty funny! Eden sported her felt crown and told the stewardess it was her birthday. (I was kinda sad to hear Delta does not have anything for kids anymore, no wings, tours to meet the captain or have him come back, no one would sing or do anything special for her, no crayons, coloring books or lids for cups) it's been 2 years since we last flown and we did that whole list last time. Amazing how non-kid friendly Delta became in 2 years..seems they would improve in this area not minimize it. But we celebrated her 3rd birthday the best we could, we have special prizes, games, a crown and new outfit! Also I think we sang to her about 10 times :) I was so excited to be able to have such an exciting birthday for her, how often do you fly on your birthday!

Here's a funny story, but how would you respond if it happened to you?! especially if you had kid's in tow!!

At the airport for a business trip, Maureen settled down to wait for the boarding announcement at Gate 35. Then she heard the voice on the public address system saying, 'We apologise for the inconvenience, but BOAC Flight 937 will board from Gate 41.'

Maureen picked up her luggage and carried it over to Gate 41. Not ten minutes later the public address voice told her that Flight 937 would in fact be boarding from Gate 35.

So, again, Maureen gathered her carry-on luggage and returned to the original gate. Just as she was settling down, the public address voice spoke again, 'We would like to thank all passengers for participating in BOAC's physical fitness programme.'

and lastly, Brian sums flying up in a nutshell, again, it's always exaggerated with children :) but when flying you have to laugh or it would be torture :) watch this before you leave on your overseas trip, it lightens the mood greatly.

As we were flying I knew people were praying what a blessing to know people love and care for us on BOTH sides of the Atlantic! The girls did well, the flights were quick, smooth and they served PIZZA and ICE CREAM for dinner (of course it was our opportunity to again celebrate Eden's special day!) we got to load first, had many people help, we got to skip lines to board and get through customs, which is always a huge blessing! Overall it was a successful day of flying and now we are Stateside ready for furlough, family and friends!! See you soon!

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