and other things about traveling with babies. i know i should stop calling them that as i am reminded daily that they are not babies anymore, big kids instead. uh, i kinda don't like it, but it's life and it's wonderful and it's going to happen whether i like it or not, right?
traveling with children can often times seem like this big daunting task. with the packing, and security lines, and shoes being taken off/on, healthy snacks that may soon turn into unhealthy ones as the day moves on.
all moms know what it entails to prepare for the travel part of the trip...forget the actual vacation...it's the traveling portion that has us stressed out and hitting the dollar spot at target for last minute 'keep 'em busy crap.'
but even with all that a trip entails to prepare for, it is so worth it all. actually, i am afraid of the day when i don't need to pack the kids' carry-ons full of toys, markers, surprise new coloring books, snacks, fresh boxes of old maid and go fish. yes, soon enough an ipod and a #6 at burger king is all they'll carry on the plane.
beckham would tell me he saw a plane with the same excitement as when
he saw the first. peyton played it off a little more cool, but told me a few times how much
she was having.
at one point today, i looked at the seat back in front of me and i smiled to myself. there used to be a day when all i would see in that little pocket (which turns out to be extremely useful even as tiny as it is) would be a cosmo magazine, a danielle steele novel, a bottled water, and a king size bag of peanut m&m's. complete with a pillow and blanket *provided by the airline.* traveling was a breeze. it was nap time.
random, 'i love you, mama!' and hand holding initiated by them or question after
question about why the wings don't move on a plane like they do on a bird or
'why aren't you looking at my picture, mama?' i love these questions. those big brown, innocent eyes that look to me. i get tired and at times i want the questions to end,
but today i answered all of the questions and it felt good to rock out motherhood today.
and...i like what i see in my front seat back pocket today a lot more than what i saw in the 'good ole' days' except that peanut m&m's do sound pretty good right about now. ha.
with travel, comes the promise of a wonderful new adventure and this is exactly the way i have been feeling since the minute we landed. what will we do? who will we see? which of my favorite restaurants do i 'just have' to visit. i'm thinkin', mexican gardens! i flew in for a couple of photo shoots that i was asked to do, but decided to stay a bit longer. i feel free. like a bird...with a camera and two kids in tow.
we flew to michigan today! the special place where all of my immediate family live, my oldest friends, and in-laws. i'm always comforted by the nostalgia that 'going home' gifts you with.
i'm thinking all this freedom and flying bird talk may be because we had a scary beginning to this adventure. i'm not the most calm flyer in the world, but normally i have jeff to hold my hand. today, he wasn't there and when the plane kept dipping from air pockets and peyton and i wanted to throw up, and beckham kept asking me what those noises were, i smiled calmly and told him it was the strong engine making the plane fly. inside i was praying and scared as hell and just wanted us off the plane.
just when i thought i could be overreacting , i looked to my left to gauge the reactions of the other passengers because that's what you do in situations like these, right? i expected them to be snoozing, reading, unfazed by all the dipping and diving. not. so.much.
i had no less that 6 scared looking people studying me at the same time i was gauging them... i had two choices...smile and appear to be unfazed OR look at them with complete fear and say..."i'm not sure if this is right," which is what i did. dude, i can only be strong for two people...p & B, and they got the last bit of fake calm i had left, so when they weren't looking, i crumbled for a second. only a second before, i laughed it off and said..."it's okay, the attendants seem fine. it's okay."
then, as if things couldn't be anymore surreal...they started playing calming elevator music over the intercom 5 minutes before we were to land and i'm pretty sure that never happens. they were trying to distract us. it didn't work. cue silent prayer after prayer, tight hand holding, kisses and hugs.
was this the last bit of music i would ever hear before...? kind of depressing but the kids liked it and b started dancing in his chair to it.
...after a pretty terrifying landing...the flight attendant validated all of our fears by announcing...
"well, say your twenty hail mary's and call us in the morning."
he was trying to be funny. we all laughed our nervous laughs, i squeezed my kids tight and said thank you too many times to the captain and the super 'funny' flight attendant.
beckham thought the "bumpy plane was fun, mommy!"
"oh, yes it was beckham!!!"
afterward, my mother-in-law taught me how to make her specialty and i will share that later this week.
we watched the kids discover old toys that seemed like new to them, we took a short walk outside in our pj's and collected weeds and flowers before it rained. we were wrapped in the before-the-rain smell. yummy. it's like warm pavement, grass, and rain all rolled into one perfect wind-filled evening...
sito hooks the kids new bubbles and super scrubber soaps. bath time is way more fun here too!
and we hung with linnie's best friends and watched american idol.
and i saw myself in my girl tonight and i wanted that moment to last longer...
all in all, today was a really, really good day.
next post...ice skating seems to be the new sport obsession of the week.
with lots of love. xo.