Life has been busy lately to say the least. I have thought over and over again , “I should blog about that!” However, reality just doesn’t allow. After much planning, we finally made it to Idaho! We had a great trip, but after doing so, Brian and I both know exactly why it took us 2 1/2 years to get back out there!
Friday night we drove to Pensacola. We rolled into town pretty late, but needed some food, so we stopped at Moe’s for dinner. The kids loved it, and Nathan couldn’t get enough salsa. We got back to our hotel only to meet a couple of wasted loud crude men in the hall. Brian and I said, “Let’s just hope they aren’t our neighbors!” As luck would have it, they ended up right next to us. After a few minutes of non-stop loud profanity, Brian knocked on their door. He explained that we had two small children, and would appreciate if they could turn the volume down and edit things for us a little. We told them we would try to be quiet as well.
The kids settled in fine, and Brian and I made sure our plans were all set for the morning. All of the sudden we heard a noise. “What!!!” For the remainder of the evening, we heard the men next door vomit over and over again! I am so glad I wasn’t housekeeping the next next morning. I’m afraid there was serious damage done to their bathroom! About midnight Nathan woke up screaming and did so for the rest of the night! I stayed up the whole night trying to keep him quiet. I guess you could say that we got pay back on the men next door, but it took the toll on us also! We were up bright and early for our morning flight and hadn’t slept most of the night.
We caught the shuttle over to the airport where we caught our plane nice and smooth. Well, except for the fact that we had 2 convertible car seats, 5 bags of luggage, a diaper bag, a computer bag, a backpack, a 1 year old, and a 5 year old! We boarded our plane and got settled in the “special lap-rider seats”. The were all situated on the last row of the plane. The person in front of me practically made his seat lay back into my lap. It was pretty tight quarters for me with the kids. Brian had a seat across the isle. Hmmm…how that would have been! Lets just say that Nathan and the stewardess didn’t hit it off very well. I could tell right away that the stewardess didn’t like kids much. Things got ugly when she came around with the little bags of mini pretzels and wouldn’t give Nathan any. I did what any mother would do and let him have mine. No harm done, right? However, we received the same treatment when the drinks came along! Really??? I ended up pouring my drink into his sippy cup. They spent the remainder of the flight giving each other dirty looks. You think I’m joking, but I’m not! Brian and I thought it was hilarious! Well, except for the fact that we were going on about 2-3 hours of sleep, and Nathan was fussy and wiggly most of the flight. We had a layover in Houston, where we got a bite to eat, and stretched our legs, and then it was another long flight. It almost killed us to know that we were that close to my brother and his adorable family!
The second leg went a little smoother. The new stewardess rewarded us with a full meal and multiple drinks (Nathan included). What can I say?? My boy loves his food, and they were best friends for the entire flight! On the second flight, Kennedy had to go potty. She requested a little privacy, and since the restroom was so tiny and we were seated on the last row, she went in on her own. The toilet flushed, and we could hear a banging noise. We asked Kennedy if everything was alright, and she said she couldn’t get the door open. Brian tried to talk her through it, but she was getting more and more worked up. She began to throw herself at the door. Ouch! Kennedy was very panicked, and so we informed the stewardess that Kennedy was stuck in the bathroom. The stewardess had a special key that opened the door from the outside, and Kennedy was free! Phew! Funny right?? Maybe not so much at the time!
We landed in Salt Lake City were we met up with Uncle Brad and Aunt Shanna who let us bum a ride to Idaho with them. As Brian loaded the bags, I was on car seat duty. I got in Aunt Shanna’s car first, and there were no latch bars for the kids seats. I checked in Brad’s car too, then asked, “What year are your cars?” Oopsy, their cars were several years shy of when the latch came out. In all my planning, I never thought that might be a problem. Luckily Nathan’s car seat had a H-clip on the back of it that we were able to install it without a problem. However, we were had no choice but to fudge on Kennedy’s seat and turn it into a booster even though she didn’t meet the requirements yet. Anyone that knows me well, knows I am strict when it comes to car seats!
It was fun to have the drive to chat with Shanna. She and Brad are expecting their first child in August, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for them! We followed Mario Andretti (I mean Brad) and Brian to Idaho Falls. We spent the first week hanging out with all the Calls, and the second week playing with the Hatts. Thank you for a wonderful visit!
I will try to post some pictures from the visit soon!