Saturday, June 28, 2008

Our first Summer vacation

Well, we had a wonderful time in Tennessee. We wanted to see so much more, but there were just so many trees in the way. Just kidding. Tammy and James had so much planned for us that we couldn't stop to rest. Good thing they went on their honeymoon.
Let's start at the beginning.
Thursday 7:30am Amy picked us up and took us to Orange County Airport. When we arrived, Landon had pooped out of his clothes(not just his diaper) I guess he was excited. By the time we found a family bathroom to change him in, it had creeped up a little. Needless to say we had to give him a bath(what do you do when he has poop on the shoulders?) in the sink. It was an automatic sink--that was fine. I could deal with that and Landon gasped only occasionally. However, it was also an automatic soap dispenser. It kept soaping Landon's hands and then he did start to freak out. No one should be naked and have soap blobbed on their hands--especially in an airport.
Then there was the boarding of the plane. Let's just say that my husband was a little. . . over nervous about traveling with kids. Will they bug people(of course) Will we have them running the isles(most likely.) So when they announce, "Those passengers needing special assistance," we knew it was our chance to get things settled before the childless passengers got on and realized we didn't have everything under control. We threw the kids into the stroller, dragged our three carry-ons plus a car seat for Hayden behind us and flew down the hall. You leave your stroller there folded up and they load it on the plane. We quickly walked past first class and to our seats. Hayden wanted to sit in every seat and Landon was sick of feeling like cargo while Serge frantically buckles Hayden's car seat in. We get Hayden buckled in, carry-ons stowed and sat down. Then Serge realizes that we are in the wrong seats!
The man had a bee in his bonet trying to right the situation. The kids were good for the duration of our flight. Funny story--Dolly Parton's look alike sat in the row across from us. for our 11am flight, she quickly ordered tomato juice and vodka. Hayden now has an annoying obsession with gun noises and guns. Don't ask me where he got it, but he has it. He'll turn anything and everything into a gun. Straws are the worst. So naturally, during the plane ride he lets loose with his machine gun sounds. Well, Dolly goes to use the laboratory at the same time Hayden is sitting on Serge's lap. Hayden reaches out and pats her on the bum. She turns around and in her slurry voice says, "are you pattin' me?" Hayden knows better than to answer. Then she says, "I know you. I've heard you with your gun. Yr jst shooting everybody, arent you?" OK, it's not as funny as when we were there.
Next we were running around St. Paul Minneapolis. Let's just say that it's a big air port and we ran it twice. We re-boarded early because of our "special needs" and did well in finding our seats--although not together this time. Serge had a good time with Hayden while I picked the brain of a local Nashvillite.
We landed Tammy was there to pick us up. We stopped for an icecream at jack in the box. Serge was so excited. So was Hayden and he spilled it withing 4 min. of us picking it up. Serge didn't worry about Tammy's truck, he just kept saying, 'not the shake.' We got to Tammy's house and realized we had forgotten Landon's feeding pump(the one that feeds him continuously at night so I don't have to wake up for 6 hours of continuous sleep.) That pump. Sigh--so needless to say for the remainder of the trip I got up during the night every three hours. It was like having a new born. Oh wells. And I'll write more of what we did the next days, but it's late now.


The Taylor Family said...

Oh my, quite the adventure--and you've only just landed! Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip:)

Tam said...

I to am looking forward to it!

(I could totally picture you with Landon in the airport bathroom sinks. Funny for me reading it maybe not so funny for you at the time;)

The Mayer Family said...

Tennessee put you in the mood for that great new background, huh? We had so much fun with you guys at Tammy's and are looking forward to St. George-hey no plane ride and maybe a little more sleep!!!

Gina said...

Sarah...I'm so behind on the times. I didn't even know you were taking a vacation. I'm so happy for you guys, except for the part of having to wake up every 3 hours. Yikes! Anyway, I'm so happy for you guys. It sounds like things with Landon were ok. Yeah!