Our life has been consumed over the past couple of months landscaping our back yard. I am happy to report that we are finally finished!!! Our yard now has an organic garden, a fire pit, 4 fruit trees, and many places to lounge. I’m so happy to finally have this huge project done.
Vacation Part 3
It’s crazy how some things work out.
Jared and I have not seen our friend Reece in 6 years. We were really good friends when we lived in Southern California. We had the best of times. Since then we moved North and she moved to Colorado. I posted on Facebook 6 months ago that we just bought our tickets to Wisconsin and that we would be there in July. She told me she would be going the same time and that we should meet up. It turns out that her boyfriends family has a lake house only 30 minutes from my parents house and they were having a family reunion July 2-4. She talked to his family and invited us over. It was such an awesome day. We went tubing on the lake. Both Matthew and Kylie went on the tube. I was so proud of Kylie because she is usually scared to try new things. Then we went down their giant hand made slip n slide. It was such an amazing day. I had so much fun hanging out with my old friend, meeting her amazing boyfriend, and his amazing family. You know you are true friends with a person when you can go 6 years without seeing someone and then pick up like you never were apart. Getting to see Reece was definitely a highlight of our trip. The kids had a blast and I loved spending time our friend.
Vacation Part 2
Seeing and hanging out with family was the main reason we went to Wisconsin. I miss my family so much.
Day 4: My parents threw a huge party for us. All of my Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and Grandparents all came. It was so wonderful spending time with them.
Day 5: For Mother’s Day and Father’s Day we got my parents family photos. Here is a sneak peak of some of the photos. I can’t wait to receive the CD in the mail of the rest of the photos.
Wisconsin Part 1
Day 1: We went to the Betty Brinn museum. If you are ever in Milwaukee I would highly recommend taking little ones there. The kids had a blast.
Day 2: Happy Birthday to me! I turned 30… Ahhh I can’t believe I am 30. What happened to the last 10 years? We had so much fun on my birthday. My parents took my kids for the night and we went to lunch and then to Summerfest with my brother and sister in law. It was a blast.
Day 3: Happy 4th of July! My parents took the kids to a parade and then we spent the day outside playing in the water. I was exhausted from staying up all night on my birthday that I fell asleep before the fireworks. Oh well maybe we will get to see the fireworks another year.
More vacation photos coming soon…
The plane ride…
I was dreading and stressing about the plane ride to and from Wisconsin for months before our trip. I wasn’t worried about our older two but I was terrified of flying with Riley. She is the type of kid who can’t sit still and screams at the top of her lungs when upset. I imagined all of the hatred that would come our way if she was in one of her “moods.” Good news is they were all angels! We had a ton of people commenting about how wonderful they were. Here is our plane survival guide and what works for us….
1. Bring a lot of food. I stuck with healthier food because they eat that at home and the last thing I wanted was an upset tummy on the plane. We got the joy of dealing with a sick kid on the way home. Kylie was not feeling well so in 4 hours I got the joy of cramming into the small airplane bathroom 11 times. It was so much fun… Not. Believe me you do NOT want your kids to feel sick on a plane.
The most helpful things that we brought to eat were Cheerios and whole apples. The reason we brought whole apples is because it takes forever for my 20 month old to eat it. As far as the Cheerios go she can eat one at a time and it takes a very long time to fill her up. Eating took up almost 2 hours of her total time on the plane. In my opinion the longer the food takes to eat the better it is.
2. Bring toys that keep them entertained for long periods of time at home. We brought drawing pads with the toddler triangular crayons so they wouldn’t roll off the table. My kids love to color so this took up a good chunk of time. We brought a magnetic drawing pad for our youngest because otherwise she would drop the crayons constantly and expect us to pick it up.
3. Bring items that you usually limit their play time on at home. We brought our leap pad, vteach game, and our iPad mini. I usually only let them play with those games for short periods of time so they were thrilled that I was giving them unlimited access to it. It kept then entertained for hours. I never let them play with the iPad mini so that was our emergency gear that came out the last 20 minutes before landing when Riley became restless. It was a lifesaver and saved us from a meltdown.
4. Find out if your plane has TV. We flew Southwest. They had free tv on your device. We handed the older two each a cell phone and turned on some of the free kid shows. We don’t allow our kids to watch TV very often so this was a huge treat to them and kept them quiet and happy.
5. Always stay one step ahead. When I started to sense them getting restless I would pull out a new toy. I went to the dollar spot at Target and bought a bunch of new small toys. This worked great but make sure you buy the exact same items for each kid. This makes sure there isn’t a fight about who gets what.
I hope you can find this helpful next time you travel with young children. We have had a bunch of experience carting our kids back and forth to different places. I do bend my rules a little while on a plane but only the ones about entertainment. Discipline always stays the same wherever we go. This helps them to not act out in public because they know they will be put on a time out or lose a toy no matter where we go.
We make a big deal about going on a plane for at least a week beforehand and lay out our expectations and answer any questions they have. Our kids go on the plane expecting to sit for 4 hours and can be helpful in telling you what they want to do for that time. With smaller kids who can’t communicate well it is important to know what entertains them the best. I knew that my youngest loves to eat and would do it forever if she never got full. It was important to find something she could eat a lot of but not get sick. Also if you dread the plane don’t ever let your kids know. It’s important to make it exciting so they look forward to sitting and staying on the plane.
We had an amazing flight and if given free airline tickets I feel confident enough to brave an international flight with 3 young children. I hope your next flight is just as successful.
Sorry for the lack of posts
We have had one exciting and fun summer. We just got home a week ago from an 11 day trip to Wisconsin to visit my family and friends. We had so much fun and did all of the things I loved doing as a child. Our kids had such an amazing time and wanted to stay in Wisconsin. I will post pictures shortly. We still have a lot going on but I will try to post on here more often.
I hope everyone is doing well.
Can you tell this one is trouble?
She is hilarious but so naughty.
Life would be so boring without her.
I love the way she pats my back as we hug.
I love her big goofy grin.
I love that after I take a picture of her without a flash on she covers her eyes and says “my eyes” like I just blinded her.
I love how independent she is.
I love how goofy she is.
I love how easily she goes to sleep and stays asleep.
I love how much she loves shoes.
I love how opinionated she is.
I love the way she waves to any stranger that says hi to her.
I love how she plays peek a boo.
Most of all, I love that she is my daughter.