Saturday, October 1, 2011

Taking in the view

Well, we have managed to take 5 different flights and travel about 9,500 miles and we haven't lost anyone yet. Although for several hours on the Sydney to Honolulu leg, I tried to pretend that Grace was someone else's child. That wasn't easy though, as she was in her car seat right next to me, kicking the seat in front of her and yelling her head off. It was late, very late Sydney time and her little brain could not assimilate why she was on a plane and not in her bed. One of Grace's favorite TV shows is a little cartoon called Peppa Pig. We'd loaded several episodes onto our phones for her to watch. If nothing has ever made you question your decision to parent a toddler, that toddler screaming "Pig! Pig!! PIGGGG!!!" at full voice on a plane of sleeping passengers and then throwing the phone after you've frantically pulled up the right video might do the trick. Traveling with small kids is a challenge to say the least. I should do a blog series on it!

But as I repeatedly told myself as we crossed the Pacific, "It will all be worth it, to be with family." And it is! Despite those issues on the plane, all three kids have adjusted to the extreme time changes really well. We spent a lovely and relaxing week in Hawaii, thanks to Jason's mom and dad...

...And now we're in North Carolina with my family.

Life is so, so hard sometimes. In fact, we've been surrounded by such beautiful scenery and things to do that I've only been to Super Target ONE TIME. What has happened to me? You can be sure I'm working to remedy this situation.

More soon! How are you, though? Besides missing me, what have you been up to?


  1. perfect time to be in such a glorious part of the world, its cold & stormy here in Melb again. Enjoy those pink skies

  2. Mmmm. Travelling with small children? Glad mine are big enough to plug into their ipod & just let me drive.

  3. That sunset view is unreal! Your week I the islands sounds lovely. Now, I'm so glad you are in North Carolina. This is a treat!

  4. So happy to hear you are in the States! I hope you are having a fabulous time.

  5. I know that mountain view! And I was just thinking the other day, "You know, just because Amy is on vacation doesn't mean she can't post a blog."

    Glad you are enjoying the time with your family.

  6. lol, I can just imaging Grace saying "PIG PIG":)
    You guys are amazing doing all that travelling with the kids! but it's worth it as you said:)