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Posted: August 18, 2012 in Travel

As most of you know, we flew home from Kansas yesterday. It’s been great to be home. It’s always nice to be with family. But I really miss being home in my own space. I truly am a homebody. But anyway, that’s not really what I wanted to write about today. I wanted to write about flying.

I’ve flown several times in my life. But I still get really nervous at both the take off and landing. Coming back into Portland this time wasn’t too bad. But on the way out to Kansas, when we started our decent, you could just feel the change in course. It felt like the bottom was falling out of the plane. It was one of the most unnerving feelings I’ve ever had. Just felt like we were falling out of the sky. Which I guess, technically, we were.

I’m not saying that I’m really scared of flying. Just can never really get over that feeling of, is this tin can really going to fly this time? Or is this the time that it all fails? I know it’s not really a rational fear. More than likely nothing will ever happen to me while flying. But it’s still there every time we take off.

Now that we have kids, it’s even more interesting. I have to remain calm for their sake. I need to remember to be calm and act like everything is ok. That there is no question that this plane will make it off the ground. Which is actually one of the ways that has made it easier to fly this year. Max is amazed and enthralled by both the take off and landing. So, I’m able to see it through his eyes and be happy and excited with him, and it kind of makes everything a little easier to get through.

We had another great flight though. Max actually took a nap for the first half of the flight. And Chloe slept off and on. All in all it was a pretty great experience. Just a little minor anxiety. But there’s nothing new about that for me.


Road trip

Posted: August 9, 2012 in Travel

I’m writing this from the back seat of a minivan on our way to Jennifer’s grandparents house. I’ve spent a lot of time in cars in my life. Been on a lot of long trips.

Something about being in the road brings out this talkative side in me. There are a bunch of stories from when I was a kid and would talk for the whole trip.

There was one trip where my dad, brother, and I were driving from dropping off my mom. Before we left the people my mom was staying with told me to make sure and keep my dad awake while we drove home late into the night. My brother was asleep in the back seat. I was in the front seat and the only time I stopped talking the whole way home, was when the highway patrol pulled us over for speeding. I guess my dad wanted to get out of the car as fast as possible.

But still to this day, when I’m on long trips, I find myself more talkative. Especially if I’m driving. Some of the deepest conversations Jennifer and I have ever had have been on road trips. Something about being out on the open road slows my brain down enough to talk through things with others.

So here’s to the open road, and long conversations.

Pictures from the flight

Posted: August 4, 2012 in Pictures, Travel

I thought I’d show you some pictures from the flight yesterday as a special treat.







Successful flight down

Posted: August 4, 2012 in Travel

So, I bet you’re all wondering how the flight went. It went great. Max was amazing. He was really excited to watch the plane take off. Then after we got in the air we pulled out the laptop and let him watch a couple movies.

He did great. Especially since he didn’t get any breakfast and we were on the plane during lunch. He ate a bunch of the little treats packets they give you. Plus on Southwest they let you take as many as you want, especially if you have kids. So we were able to get a few more and he scarfed them all down along with the banana we bought at te airport and most of the Cheerios we brought with us.

I have to say that I was really impressed with the plane we rode on too. It seemed pretty new and had more leg room then I can ever remember having on a plane. I really was impressed with this Southwest flight. All except the bathroom. Trying to take a 3-year-old to the bathroom is interesting when there’s barely enough room for you. But that’s a story for another time.

Right now I just wanted to let everyone know that the flight went really well. I’ll probably talk more about it later. But that’s all for now.

Question: Do you have any flying horror stories?

Flying for four

Posted: August 3, 2012 in Travel

So, I’m writing this after only getting 2 hours sleep last night. But that’s the way I am before big things. In about 5 hours we’ll be hopping on a plane for the first time as a family of 4. It could get interesting. We leave here in about 2 hours and we still have to get a lot ready. So, this probably won’t be too long.

It’s hard for me not to think about all the things that could happen with kids on a plane. Especially with a 3-year-old who can’t sit still for more than a minute. Maybe tomorrow I’ll write about how Max did amazing. I really hope so. But a bigger part of me thinks I’ll be writing about how we were those parents on the plane with the crazy kid who screamed and fought the whole time.

The hard thing for me, is that I know Max is a good kid. But he has this side to him that will drive you crazy. I think he just has so much energy that it’s hard for him to stop. We’ve got some movies that we’ll put on our laptop for him. Plus some coloring books. But it’s a 4 hour flight and we’ll see how long he’s willing to sit there for.

We could use your thoughts and prayers. I just hope that my lack of sleep doesn’t come back to bite me. Oh well. It wouldn’t be the first time.