Thursday, June 26, 2008

Travel Day Tribute

We made it!  I wish I could say that our travel day was a breeze, but the stress-induced fever blister on my lip makes it pretty hard to disguise that it wasn't all peaches and cream. The hardest part, for me, was managing all of the carry-on items through security and then onto the plane: 
-2 laptop bags
-1 camera bag
- 1 purse
- 4 umbrella strollers (that we gate checked)
- 2 diaper bags
-4 infants

I thought for sure that they'd let us stroll the babies through the metal detector at security, but we had to break down all of the strollers and put those through x-ray, while carrying the babies through, then put the strollers back up and put babies back in. This was tricky, but thankfully we had three of us (Grandma, Papa & myself).  I think Papa put the strollers up while mom & I had two babies each.  Meanwhile all of our other things are getting backed up on the x-ray belt.

Man, This Really Sucks  - Finn

Can I Go Through the X-Ray Mom? - Noah
Hey Ladies!  - Cohen
Yes, there are four of us! -Sophia

The first leg of the flight was pretty uneventful. I did get separated from my parents (they were in row 8 with Cohen & Sophia and I was in row 25 with Finn & Noah.) We flew from Houston to Dallas so by the time they were coming around with a much appreciated drink of water for my row, the pilot was already saying "please prepare for landing."  Our flight got in a tad delayed due to runway traffic and since I was in the 25th row, I was delayed in getting off of the plane.  By the time we got everyone back in the strollers and collected our things we realized we only had a matter of minutes to get from terminal A to terminal D on the skylink tram. We booked it and were the last ones on the plane from Dallas to Cedar Rapids - praise the Lord! This time we did get to sit together.  

We're Having a Flyin' Time! - Noah, Mommy & Finn

Papa Rocks Himself & Noah to Sleep while Grandma & Finn Play

We fed all four, changed all four and played with all of them for the 2 hour flight - which felt more like 5 hours at times.  But all in all, they were really, really good!  I just pray they'll cooperate on the way home.

Thank you so much, mom and dad, for getting us all here and keeping me sane through it all!  I love you both, you are some very Grand Parents!


Suzanne said...

omg, woman! you are truly amazing! i was so stressed out just READING about everything yall had to do! like, i can imagine doing it, and how hard it would be....ok....i'm getting a fever blister just thinking about it! glad you made it safe and sound! have a blast with those precious babies! miss you...

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Wow you are brave! I'd be stressed out taking one kid on a plane!

The Murray Crew said...

Wheewwwweee! Relax - you don't have to do this again for a couple a weeks! =)

Enjoy your family time!

The pix are sooo sweet.

Jen and The Crew

Alaine said...

You are all amazing - and so glad to hear that the kiddos were good travelers. The grandparents are definitely a special blessing from God. Have a wonderful visit!
Much love.
May the Lord watch over all your comings and goings (Psalm 121:8)

The Jackson's said...
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The Jackson's said...

You guys are seriously the cutest family I've ever seen! :) I just wanted to let you know that I adore reading all about your fun day-to-day adventures on this blog. Love you all and hope you have a great trip!

the schirano triplets said...

so happy to hear that you had a safe (if not hectic) flight! enjoy your trip!

Anonymous said...

I am sooooooo impressed & proud of you! You ROCK!!!!!!!!! 3 weeks away - have so much fun with your family. Ansley and I will come visit when you get back :) We love you, Jenn & Ans

McNulty Quads said...

Holy CRAP! I got stressed just reading. Sounds like you survived WAY better than we did with the flying thing.. the security thing with four strollers... and the babes too.I'm so glad you made it safe and sound. I love you guys.


Anonymous said...

It sounds like you had a very eventful trip! I think that you are truely amazing. I hope that your trip goes well.

BoufMom9 said...

You want to know something strange, I am 100% certain that my girlfriend saw you on the plane! LOL
She was flying in Texas with he twins and said she thought she was insane until she saw "these people with quads". IT HAD TO BE YOU!
How funny!

Glad you made it safely!!!
You are a rock star!!!

Shannon Stilwell said...

Wow, and I complain taking a 14 month old and a 2 month old to Wal-Mart? Shame on me! You are my hero.

Anonymous said...

You are my hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!