Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wordless Wednesday (Layover)

I am pretty sure this was in Germany on a layover, but it's pretty indicative of any trip we take and this picture always makes me laugh.  It's just a car seat, a stroller and a carry-on bag (plus our coats) but oh what a load it is to lug around the airport.  And that's what happens when you travel w/the whole family.  We wouldn't have it any other way...well, maybe someone to lug our stuff around would be nice. ;)


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  1. Ahhhh - the joys of traveling with little ones. Thankfully both of my boys are out of the car seat & stroller when we fly stage, so it's A LOT easier these days.

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    1. Your boys are the perfect age for fun/carefree travel!

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  2. Now that's a lot of stuff...I feel the pain in that picture! We never did travel much when my boys were that little. We did take my oldest on a cruise when he was 2, but that wasn't so bad - We didn't have to fly. We left from Boston.

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    1. We take turns manning those loads, but they're never pretty to look at, and we always get a few looks. ;) On the long flights we're super glad to have the car seat on the plane, because it makes the trip a breeze, and we have to have the stroller because the time change leaves little man sleeping a lot on the trip. It's ridiculous though, isn't it??? LOL Still making me laugh.... :)

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  3. Oy, that is a load!! We traveled with a fold-up stroller once and that was pain enough!

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    1. Hubby hammed up the agony for the picture, but it is pretty painful to carry all that stuff, especially since they don't let you leave it unattended to even grab a bite or go to the bathroom (which I understand, but like you said, oy!).

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  4. Yes, with my young children unless we never travel in your own car.

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    1. We just did the car for a 12-hr trip and boy, I missed the airport, lol.

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  5. I have to say I am so glad that my days of travelling with all that stuff are behind me. I don't miss it one bit. I love that everyone is in charge of their own stuff now

    Mollyxxx

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    1. I'm torn...while it'll be nice, I'll miss having a little one about. He's our last one. :)

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  6. Great photo and says so much ~

    (A Creative Harbor) aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

    ps. I like traveling less now than I did but when I do I want to travel as lightly as possible. ~ still working on it ^_^

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    1. That is us traveling light too, hahahahahahhahaha. It looks much worse than it is. I took a flight recently on my own, with nothing but a carry on, oh my gosh what a difference!

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  7. Layovers are the worst! I get all uptight...flying is not my thing. The funny thing is I love to travel and see new sights..
    Laurie

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    1. I don't mind layovers much. My teen was 'offended' that they sent the drug dogs to casually sniff him at this layover, he thought he was being singled out because he was a teen, lolol

      We've had some strange things happen in layovers. You may have given me a new post idea for the future. :)

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  8. Never had a lay over but wow look at that load of stuff!

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    1. We are def not a part of the brief case club when we travel. lol

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  9. Haha is that your hubs? His face is priceless!

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    1. That's him, and he hammed it up for the camera, and then dumped the load off on me to go eat. -_- He's a witty one, that man is. ;)

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  10. What a great picture perfectly captures traveling with the whole family. I have yet to be brave enough to take 4 young kids on a plane we drive yes even from Ohio to Florida!

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    1. When we had three youngsters in the house we drove from Florida to Ohio twice a year. :)

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  11. HA, with 6 kids I so get this!

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    1. Yep, even with the MINIMUM it's more.than.anyone.else. :)

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  12. LOL i bet you all cope well though heheh!

    Have a luggage free week :-)

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    1. We know what we're in for when we start out, and that's half the battle. ;) Happy rest of the week to ya!

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  13. I've so been there! Not fun to lug the loads around, but traveling with family makes it worth it. ;)


    Wishing for Good Snow

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    1. It does, but it sure looks atrocious in the meanwhile. :)

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  14. OMG! I just had a flashback! Traveling with little ones still in the stroller is SO painful. Baby bags. Snacks. Bottles. Diapers. Wipes. And yet, we still traveled with our toddlers. Happy trails!

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  15. One time when we flew with our 3 boys we got there and realized we had been dragging around a bag that someone had packed Huge Hulk Hands in and that was it. Good times. I love the look on the "driver's face!"

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  16. That's an awful lot to carry!!! Great photo! The pusher looks impressed! :o) x

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    1. His face is my favorite part of the picture, lol

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  17. LOL! It was so nice when we didn't have to travel everywhere with a stroller. One of the stroller times we were going through airport security. Everybody - shoes off, get Christopher out of stroller, take truck out of his hand at the last second. He was SO undone with having to part with the truck, that he didn't want to get his shoes back on or sit in the stroller. People were probably already hoping they weren't going to be sitting near us but everything was fine after that.

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    1. We've sooo had those meltdown moments, but they're usually very brief and we're VERY fortunate that all four of the kids have been thus far (knock on wood) really great travelers.

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  18. You tell me about it! Gosh I remember sometimes just wanting a push cart or just sit and cry, but I push resolved to get across those massive airports! Oy!

    But it all makes for memories eh :)

    Happy Wednesday to you!

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    1. How about traveling to the complete other side of an airport that's huge, when you only have a short time to catch a connecting flight?? Luggage only enhances the experience, lol, and that really can be overwhelming.

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  19. Layovers are always interesting.

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    1. I like them if they're completely uneventful! :)

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  20. That would be kind of frustrating. It's good you can laugh at it after the fact.

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  21. Wow, he doesn't look too happy! That's a lot of luggage to "lug" around!

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    1. LOL...we do have our traveling moments that make me laugh. :)

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  22. Glad to hear you made your trip safely. You are a very brave girl.

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    1. Buwahahahahahaha, I have no empathy... because I'm stuck w/the stuff half the time too, but I love him. :)

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  24. Oh my!! He sure looks exausted. Traveling can be a lot of fun.... but.... sometimes, it can make you wish you stayed home. NOT!!

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    1. Exactly, NOT. :) I LOVE enduring this stuff if it means travel to someplace wonderful is at the end of it. ;)

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  25. I've been there, done that--and now that my kids are all grown, it's funny! Happy WW!

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  26. hope it was worth it :)
    lol, I still have not mastered the art of packing and Broxton is almost 4... will I ever learn?

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    1. It was worth it. :) I love the name Broxton!

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  27. Flying has become such a hassle that we end up driving to most places.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2013/01/wordless-wednesday-sleep.html

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    1. Not to long ago my daughter and I took a flight, and I ASSUMED we would be sitting together because I noted she was 13 and I am mom. Guess what, they don't sit travelers together who purchase tickets together on that airline, and they wanted me to pay $35 per person to move our seats together. Um...guess who found a manager who was 'kind enough' to give us an exception. And guess who won't be flying that airline again. Things really are going downhill w/some of the airline policies!

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  28. Thanks for visiting www.thecatonmyhead.com. I wanted to return the favor. I always feel sorry for the travelers with a couple of toddlers in tow along with all the paraphernalia that entails. You are brave travels.

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  29. Aww! I know just how you feel and yes, an assistant to carry the bags would be divine!

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    1. Bull Rider in the house!! I love that post you put up today, kudos to you!!

      http://www.mommykatandkids.com/2013/01/wordless-wednesday-linky-ride-em-cowboy.html

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  30. Bless your heart! I know what you mean. I thought I was going to have a panic attack over traveling to the virgin islands with my crew. You went WAY further than we did! You are my hero!

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    1. haha, not me, 'we', if I had to do it on my own I'd wait until the kids were teens. ;)

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  31. I just took my first plane ride in November with my 9 year old in tow, and that was a hassle! I can't imagine how difficult travel is for parents of toddlers and babies!

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    1. It's really not so bad at all. If I was on vacation, I'd miss NOT having the kids, "Oh I wish so and so could see this," that type of thing. I'm not kidding. :)

      I have never had a sick or crying child on a long plane ride though (knock on wood). I always feel so bad for the parents that do, and I don't like when people get irritated with them (the kids cannot help it, and everyone was a kid once!). Grown ups can be do grouchy. ;)

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  32. Coming from a mom of 4 with an international family, I know how you feel! Hahaha! Thankfully my kids are now able to help us when we fly and also help with our youngest, Amanda.

    Thanks for visiting 1camera1mom and linking with Amanda's Books and More on my Picture Perfect Party Linky!

    Tina

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    1. And you fly all the way to Africa, right? THAT must be a flight! I loved the pictures you had up today!

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