Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas in Mississippi, Part 1 - The Airplane

Everyday is an adventure with a two year old, but when traveling to another state you never know what to expect. 

Before we left, JJ was very excited to tell anyone who would listen that he would be "driving the airplane" and he was going to "go to the beach and see the ocean." (Insert Dad correcting me that it is the Gulf). 

Even though he didn't get to "drive" the airplane, the trip was quite an adventure.  

As expected, the airport was complete chaos the Saturday before Christmas. Fortunately for us, while one of us waited in line to check our five bags and a car seat, the other took numerous (numerous is really an understatement, but I can't think of a bigger word) trips up and down and up and down and up and down (you get the picture) the nearby escalator. Seriously- if the kid enjoys the escalator this much, I can't wait to see his face when we take him to Disney World!

After surviving the long check-in line and slamming a quick adult beverage (don't judge- we are flying the Saturday before Christmas with a two year old - you'd want a drink, too!), we finally made it on the plane. JJ is beyond excited. Until...  the seat belt.  Seriously, you'd think we were putting the kid in a straight jacket. Yes, we were those people on the plane with the screaming (another understatement) toddler. Fortunately, the folks around us were very understanding (at least to our faces) and after about five minutes of bloodcurdling screams, he calmed down. 

Don't get me wrong, he had absolutely no intention of staying in the seat belt, but the screaming was a thing of the past.  

Sidenote - On the return flight, when we got to our seats, Jeff and I were busy putting bags under our seats and getting situated.  When we finally sat down, JJ proudly showed us that he had buckled his own seat belt. You've got to love the mood swings of a toddler!

Due to the weather, they had to de-ice the plane.  Mega highlight for JJ.  The kid loves trucks of any kind, so looking out an airplane window at a truck spraying a plane was quite a sight!
As you can tell, he thought the whole airplane thing was pretty awesome.
Once we took off (which was priceless seeing his face when he got thrown back in his seat), we were really hoping JJ would fall asleep.  It was 1:00 - right when he usually takes a nap.  We tried every position and trick, but no luck.
Until, of course, right after the plane landed.  Somehow, between landing and the gate, the kid was zonked out.  I guess "driving" an airplane is hard work, but in the end, we made it to Grandma.
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