Saturday, December 31, 2011

Our Flight Home..

The morning started out perfect.. Kids woke up in great moods, considering it was 4 in the morning. The bags were packed and in the car.. We were ready!

We got to the airport around 5:30a since our flight was scheduled to take off at 7:06a. We checked our bags and headed to security. I love flying with kids because we got to bypass the seriously long lines at security and headed to the Family area. They are a lot nicer and actually let us take our time getting everything ready and through the scanners.

We got to our gate about 6a and had about a half hour to kill before they started boarding. So I strolled with Allen to Starbucks {the second one we saw in Washington the whole time we were there!} and got Dave and myself some coffee and the kids some pastries. Around 6:30 is when our perfect morning came to a screeching halt... I knew something was up when our plane still wasn't at our gate at this time..

"For the passengers of flight 406 headed to San Francisco, There is a mechanical problem with the flap on the wing. We have no idea when it will be fixed. It could be 10 minutes or 4 hours, we just don't know. We will keep you updated."

I almost cried, Literally! This was the first time that I can remember as an adult that I have had a delayed flight. It was especially stressful because we had no idea when we would be getting home and we had one hyper kid, one sleeping kid and one crabby kid.. {i will let you guess, but those are in birth order..}

Around 7a {remember, our flight was supposed to leave at 7:06a} we hear another announcement:

"We are currently trying to move passengers with no checked luggage to other flights. If you would like, you can go to United Customer Service and try to get onto another flight or connecting flight. We are sorry for this inconvenience and are trying to get everything working."

My ass ran over to Customer Service and waited in line. There were two people ahead of me and within 3 minutes of waiting in line, 50 people were behind me.. phew! It was finally my turn! The lady was going to try to get us a flight straight to Sacramento, but Alaskan Airlines was at its max. So she decided to just keep us on our flight and then Protected us on a flight that was taking off to SFO at 2:15p and printed us tickets. Let me remind you that it is only about 7:15a.
I heard music to my ears at about 7:50a:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, The plane is fixed and passed all of its test runs. We will start boarding in 15 minutes! Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding!"

We were finally on the plane and in our seats at 8:15. The flight was a lot smaller since 30% of the passengers took other flights, which was nice! We were ready to go.. but the plane wasn't. We sat at our gate for about 30 minutes. The kids were getting cranky and I was personally getting really frustrated! At about 9a we finally pull away from the gate and we started down the runway/tarmac. We then come to a stop and then the pilot comes on the loud speaker:

"Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen. Due to San Francisco's weather, SFO is only letting a certain number of planes head there per hour. So we will be waiting for about 15-20 minutes. Sorry for the delay and we should be taking off soon."

I could not believe this! By this time, I look over and DJ is passed out. Apparently this waiting was for the birds and decided to take a nap.. lol Reagan was doing what she does best and whined for about 45 minutes. I was ready for either a few shots of something strong for myself or a tranquilizer for my daughter. I finally got Allen to sleep after him fighting it since we sat our asses on that plane. At 9:30a we were finally taking off. It was a very bumpy take off and Reagan had the look of fear on her face. She also looked like she was going to puke. I have to admit, in my 27 years of flying, that by far was the scariest take off I can ever remember.

So let's recap for a minute... We took off from SeaTac 8 minutes before we were scheduled to land in San Francisco.. Just freaking lovely!

DJ and Allen slept for about 45 minutes while we were flying, then all hell broke loose.. Everyone was crabby and hungry.. I forgot to pack their snacks in the diaper bag and they were pissed! The one thing I hate about United is that they do not provide snacks of any kind during a flight under 4 hours. Just Drinks. I asked if I could purchase any of the food and they said no because it was for first class only.. I was beyond livid! So I decided to just let the kids scream and cry and fight.. I was mentally exhausted and just didn't care.

About 11:30 we hear the pilot come on the loud speaker again with some more shitty news that we would have to wait about 20 minutes to descend. So we flew in circles around Point Reyes. I was so ready to get off of that plane, I could feel the walls caving in. The fog was insane in San Francisco and we finally landed around noon. We had to taxi in and wait another 15 minutes to get to our gate.

I have never been so happy to get off of that plane in my life! The kids too! Dave's cousin Carol was at the airport to pick us up and was such a blessing! We kept her updated with everything and she was totally okay with it. She knows how airports are, her husband works for united. I got the kids in the car and they were so excited to see her! They told her all about Santa and their presents. Dave got the luggage and stroller in the car and we were finally headed to our car!

Poor Allen was so tired, he cried himself to sleep. We transferred the kids and everything else into our car {without waking Allen up!} got some snacks and at 1pm we were on our way HOME!!! About half way home, we finally saw sun!! It was amazing! It was cloudy and rainy 6 out of the 7 days we were in Seattle. Allen woke up about 3/4 of the way home, he was a tired little guy! Dave started getting really tired at around 3p and was dazing when I yelled at him "Dave watch the road!" and he pulled the car back into our lane. We almost drove head-on into a K Rail. From then on out, I watched him like a hawk. It really jolted him and his adrenalin was racing. I told him to pull over and I would drive.

We walked into our house at 3:30p. That was a total of 11 1/2 hours. Our journey was unbelievably tiring but I am glad that all Five of us made it home safely. Reagan passed out around 6:30 and didn't wake up until 6a this morning! I have already done a total of 5 loads of laundry and am now going to go through all of the kids toys and clothes..

Did I mention that I am so happy to be home?!?

Oh and a certain little boy will be ONE in SIX DAYS!!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Meeting Someone Special....

On Monday, I was able to meet a very special person in my life! April and I met on BBC for our August 08 Babies!  Her and I, along with 14 other girls came together on a private pro board. Since 2007 we have been great friends. We have shared so many things including some dark secrets, from both sides. I consider a great friend and will always cherish her friendship. So far, I have met 2 amazing "Sassy Mama's!"

When my mom asked us to come up to Washington for Christmas, I was ecstatic since April lived about an hour away from her. I was supposed to come up to Seattle with a friend last year, but became pregnant and didn't want to travel by car that far. So when the opportunity came, I took it!

We decided that Reagan and Cash would have an arranged marriage, even before they were born! LOL I highly doubt they will like this idea though..

When I met April in person, I instantly knew she would be a life long friend. She has such a tender heart and you can tell she loves her children with all of her heart. I hope that we can look back 15-20 years from now and still be that excited to see each other or chat with each other!

When we got there, Cash did not want to play so all of the other kids went upstairs to play. Reagan followed April's daughter around like a lost puppy. Reagan had so much fun with Taylor and before we left, Taylor said "I wish we could keep her forever!" I think she wants a little sister.. lol

Here are a few pictures of our playdate! On thursday, Dave and I are going out with April and Matt to the Casino!! KID FREE!!! I am so freaking excited!!!

 {April & I}
 {Cash & Myself}
 {Reagan & April}
{There is over 125lbs lost between us in this picture!!} 
{Cash & Reagan!! The two that brought April and I together :) }


Monday, December 26, 2011

Vacation & Christmas Part 3...

Show us your Christmas

Pictures from christmas morning!!!
They had so much fun opening presents and allen had no idea what to do.. lol
All allen wanted to do was play with the boxes and wrapping paper!!

{I have no idea how we are going to get all of this home!!}



Vacation & Christmas Recap Part 2..

These past few days we have been just relaxing and had been getting everything ready for christmas, but since its all over now, we get to do all of our sight seeing and visit friends!

Dave and I want to go to the Space Needle and Pike's. Dave also wants to go to the First Starbucks.. lol We are also going to visit some friends and family. Dave's cousin lives here and my friends April & Nicole! And it just so happens that Nicole is in Sac right now.. lol Kinda switched places.

Here are a few more pictures! I will have all of the pics up by the end of the day :)

 {Reagan and Myself relaxing}

{Allen's new boots!}

Christmas is up next!


Vacation & Christmas Recap Part 1..

We made it to Seattle!!

The kids did so well on the flight and allen fell asleep. When we got to the house, the kids played in the playroom for hours. Then the went to the park and played! Here are some of the first two days we were there!!

{on the plane, Allen passed out!}

 {Playing on the toys!}

 {Reagan with her LV clutch and Memaw with her Fendi}

Hope everyone had a fabulous christmas!!!
Today we are heading to my friend April's house!!! I can't wait to meet her!!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

Wishing you and your family a very merry christmas!

I hope your day is filled with love and laughter!!

Merry Christmas, Bloggie Friends!

{Pictures will be up soon!!}

Friday, December 23, 2011

Guest Blogger: Kerry!

Today starts my Guest Bloggers!!
{If you are interested in guest blogging, let me know!}

Today Kerry is reading all of you a great Christmas classic with a down under twist! She is a fellow January '11 Mama and has three adorable children! I just love reading her blog and I hope you do too!!!

So without further adieu...

'An Aussie Night Before Christmas'
Written by Yvonne Morrison

'Twas the night before Christmas, there wasn't a sound.
Not a possum was stirring, no-one was around.

We'd left on the table, some tucker and beer,
hoping that Santa Claus soon would be here.

We children were snuggled up safe in our beds,
while dreams of pavlova danced round in our heads.

And mum in her nightie, and dad in his shorts,
had just settled down to watch TV sports.

When outside the house a mad ruckus arose,
loud squeaking and banging woke us from our doze.

We ran to the screen door, peeked cautiously out,
snuck onto the deck, then let out a shout.

Guess what had woken us up from our snooze?
But a rusty old Ute pulled by eight mighty roos.

The cheerful man driving was giggling with glee,
And we both knew at once who this plump bloke must be.

Now, I'm telling the truth - it's all dinki-di,
those eight kangaroos fairly soared through the sky.

Santa leaned out the window to pull at the reins,
and encouraged the roos, by calling their names.

"Now Kylie! Now Kirsty! Now Shazza and Shane!
On Kipper! On Skipper! On Bazza and Wayne!

Park up on that water tank, grab a quick drink,
I'll scoot down the gum tree, be back in a wink!"

So up to the tank those eight kangaroos flew,
with the Ute full of toys, and Santa Claus too.

He slid down the gum tree and jumped to the ground,
then in through the window he sprang with a bound.

He had bright sunburned cheeks and a milky white beard,
a jolly old joker was how he appeared.

He wore red stubby shorts and old thongs on his feet,
and a hat of deep crimson as shade from the heat.

His eyes - bright as opals - Oh! how they twinkled!
And, like a goanna, his skin was quite wrinkled!

His shirt was stretched over a round bulging belly,
which shook when he moved, like a plate full of jelly.

A fat sack of prezzies he flung from his back,
and he looked like a swaggie unfastening his pack.

He spoke not a word, but bent down on one knee,
to position our goodies beneath the Yule tree.

Surfboard and footy-ball shapes for us two,
and for dad, tongs to use on the new barbeque.

A mysterious package he left for our mum,
then he turned and he winked and he held up his thumb.

He strolled out on deck and his roos came on cue,
flung his sack in the back and prepared to shoot through.

He bellowed out loud as they swooped past the gates,
"Merry Christmas to all, and goodonya, mates!"

from the land Down Under!

Go check out Kerry and her adorable family!