We just got back from a 4 day adventure (tag along to Mike's business trip) vacation to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Before we went I was asking myself if it was really going to be worth the HARD WORK it is to get all four of us packed up, out the door, on a plane, entertained and settled in a new place for such a short amount of time (and all to repeat process when it is time to come home). Mike and I talked it out and it could have gone either way....DISASTER (never traveling again with babies) or DECENT (hard, but doable). I would venture to say now that we are back...it was work, but completely worth the memories made. I'm so glad we took the plunge and decided to try to travel with two little ones.
This is what packing looks like to travel with two adults and two cute baby boys.
Giant suitcase for boys, smaller suitcase for me, even smaller suitcase for Mike, Double Bob Stroller, hiking backpack, Ergo, two Carry On bags full of activities, snacks, diapers and extra clothes, two car seats, one brief case and one purse. PHEW. Good this the woman we rented from had a Pack and Play. We were out of room, arms and energy.
And all four Hummels are on the plane...It is actually HILARIOUS to fly with two little ones (if you have the right mindset and set your expectation low (REALLY LOW). The pictures below sum up out first, family of four, flight.
DaDa - stressed, G - non-phased chillin in his chair like a BIG MAN
Need I say more...
"G put your bottom in the seat", "but I want to see those peoples" - Bahahaha
This guys was tired, but this was about the last 10 minutes of the flight...the other 2 hours and 20 minutes were spent passing him back and forth, feeding him stuff, trying (fruitlessly) to entertain him, and finally giving in and letting him zone out to Praise Baby.
Dear Southwest -
One of your flight attendants mentioned to another "guest" that this plane was brand new. Nice new leather, sparkly silver tray table knobs, glossy laminated brochures and the like. I would like to take this time to apologize for spilling apple juice in not just one but all THREE of our seats. We were being negligent parents to order our two year old ANYTHING to drink. We are also sorry that our littlest child choked on a puff thing and puked all over the floor. One more item....we are sorry both the boys gummed the brochures to the point of needing replacement. We really got our monies worth and you really got the raw end of the deal. Please forgive us. Next time we fly the boys will be older and we think that will make all the difference (however, Lord willing we will likely have an even smaller Hummel - sorry for your sake in advance). You always say we have choices when we fly. Thanks for letting us choose you. Sorry you dont get to NOT choose us.
Jike, Jara, Jraham and Jrack Doe
(maybe they won't recognize us)
Oh Hey Guys...its my first flight and I am all smiles.
Reading Curious George "Snowy Day" and watching Praise Baby. Excellent multi-tasker...he IS my child.
So, we made it...a bit of a mess, but I don't even think anyone else even knew the kids were on the flight. They were great - just a lot of managing for mom and dad.
G and all the bags.
Highlight of this guys day - the rental car shuttle.
G - look out for that size 13 coming your way.
Everyone needed to burn a little energy, so the boys played around int he car while Mike upgraded us (sang like Beyonce) to a fancy Infinity SUV.
We were both very impressed and loved sharing this new experience with you.
Let's Hear it for Southwest