Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Here We Go Recap: Flight

We're gonna start out raw here. No editing, just naked photos. That's right, I admit it. I sometimes cheat... I let the professional photographer do all the fancy editing for me. But since he's pretty busy at the moment and I haven't picked up much in the way of Photoshop skills yet, (hey! I finally just got the whole concept of how the aperture works with the shutter speed...) I'm just gonna wing it for now. (Check out Pioneer Woman's "What the heck is an aperture" series, its a great little tutorial with humor.)

Our flight(s) to Connecticut turned out to be a 14-ish hour affair, including driving time and time spent in the airports. But all that is to be expected when you fly into good ol' CT. For some reason you just cannot find a non-stop flight from CA to CT. So we had a layover at JFK in New York City. But it was worth it! The night view we had of the city was amazing. It took me a while to get my settings right and focus without much light, so I didn't get to catch all of the magnificance, but I did get a shot or too of the city near the water line.

This trip is about 7 hours of flying time, total. So, needless to say, its pretty tough on little munchkins. I didn't buy a ticket for Caiden since she's still able to be an "infant in arms," so we did our share of wiggling and whining, but over all, it wasn't too bad. Here's my list of must haves or just good ideas if you can manage it for long trips with kids on planes...(long enough title?):

1) Kiddie headphones! We got ours from ifrogz but their link isn't working, so I linked you to Amazon.

2) Technology! (We brought the iPhone for games/movies and an iPod, too for videos, but do what you can...)

3) Lollipops! (for take-off and landing) I loved these Yummy Earth Organic Vitamin C Pops. (found 'em at Whole Foods)

4) Snacks (Lots and lots and lots of snacks of varying variety, please. You don't want 'em bored with the same old snacks, you know.)

5) A new toy

6) Spill-less water bottle (try Camelbak, we just used the sports/bicycle one, but they have many varieties)

P.S. Whatever you do, DO NOT give your kiddies apple juice from the cute little stewardess'. WATER ONLY for munchkins on a plane. You give 'em apple juice and you can pretty much garauntee you'll be tapping on that sleeping man's shoulder next to you so that you can scramble to the on-board bathroom in like .02 seconds after they consume it!

Those are all things that I found invaluable on this trip and was SO glad I brought along, besides the basic stuff like diapers, etc.

So, we gazed, we fidgeted, we whined, we rushed, we dragged, we wriggled, we cried (just a little), we stretched, we nibbled, we watched, we yawned. Heck! We even laughed a little, and when we finally reached Grandma's and Grandpa's, we crashed!

We're Back!

So...  we went to Connecticut.  Did I tell you that?  No, I didn't.  You know why?  I'll tell you:

I didn't tell you about Connecticut, because I haven't been blogging much these days (but you know that), because I've been digging in more to God's Word and will for my life and finding that it leaves less time for...blogging, and because I finally gave in to Facebook which makes me feel more connected which lessens my drive to write my blogs, and also, we got a new desktop computer and have been switching things over to it and then it didn't have internet, so I would upload my photos, but had no way to transfer them to my laptop which does have internet, and my husband usually edits my photos for me, but he's been really busy (what with trying to get the new computer dialed in--this thing is a beast!) and then I went on a trip to Connecticut, and so on and so forth.  BUT.  I want to come back and so this is just a little hello from little ol' me with a little picture of Elliott and his beautiful cousin, Hazel, who lives far, far away in Philadelphia.  They had a wonderful time together and they're such cuties, I thought you might like to see this photograph I made of them.  Hopefully there will be more to come if I can ever get my photos into my husband's busy queue.  "Here's lookin' at you, kid!"

Sunday, June 7, 2009

In the Belly of the Truck

Red Truck!  Fire Truck!  Farmer's Market!  Yay!

More interesting posts to come... promise.