Yesterday was full of excitement and many new experiences for the kids. With breakfast in the car, we were loaded up to leave for the Chicago airport by at 8am. Only 30 minutes late from Shannon's planned departure time...but we all know he was building that in, right?
At the airport, the kids quickly noticed we parked by the airplanes and they were even the airplanes we were going to be flying on. Of course it was loud so Adam came prepared with his built-in noise cancelling headphones.
We thought 2 1/2 hrs prior to flight time was plenty adequate to navigate the airport. Turns out that we should triple normal arrival time when with the kids. They weren't poky and actually behaved extremely well. We were just loaded down with luggage and many things took more time than expected. Even the bus ride to the airport took 20 minutes. Thankfully, we bypassed about an hour long wait in security - one of the benefits of traveling with kids. Downside? The confiscated one of my containers of hair product because it was over the volume limit and when he shook it, it was nearly full. There's $20 I won't get back!
At least the kids rode in style!
We had to eat a quick 15 minute lunch, which is no small task with them, and rush to the bathroom in order to board. Only 4 people got on behind us so the plane was already quite full. Thankfully people were very patient and we were able to find 2 groups of adjoining seats. Here is Sara all set to go with her new zebra Zig Zag! She says it has eyes like a Bush Baby...no, I can't make this stuff up!
No nap on the flight - too many things to look at, magazines to peruse, questions of when they were going to bring the snack and when she was going to get her apple juice. It went well but considering I was going on 4 hours of sleep the night before, I just wanted off the plane!
The kids thought it was really cool to look out the window and see the plane we just got off.
Shannon and I thought it was cool that the Boston Airport had rocking chairs for you to sit in to watch the planes and pass the time.
Both the kids fell asleep for a short bit on the ride to the hotel, which turned out to be a little longer than expected because we lost GPS signal in a tunnel and made a wrong exit. We ordered pizza to eat in the room and tried to tuck the kids in early. Even though we had gotten a suite with 2 rooms and a closing door, it was vacation, they were exhausted, and we were trying to get them to sleep in the same bed together, which they haven't done for 2 1/2 years. Perfect storm, right? After 2 hours we were finally successful. Actually, Shannon was successful. I had given up.
Adam thought it was pretty cool to look out the window and see all the traffic and buildings. Lots of construction, draw bridges, gigantic ships getting loaded with cranes on the bay.
One thing I can say about Boston? It is WAY different than home! Traffic congestion is a nightmare. Sirens going by all the time. Large, very neat historical buildings. Roads where you can make a 90 and 45 degree turn in both directions at the same intersection. 4 lanes of traffic going the same way, or at least we think it was four lanes - it was more like a wide black area with no striping and it's a free-for-all to figure it out!
I am definitely thankful that we are all together as a family. Shannon is a much better navigator and all-around sherpa!