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to cali

We had to leave Daddy behind on our trip to Califronia. None of us were very excited about that. I hate that he had to miss out on this trip and the boys experiencing California. But that is life sometimes. It was just too hard for him to get away and we knew I couldn’t wait much longer with the baby coming to make this trip. So off to California without Joel we went. The great news was that my mom was with us on this end of the trip. It was so wonderful having her help between juggling the boys and luggage and my huge stomach that bumped into everything. Airplanes were not made for pregnant mamas with two toddler boys. Griffin was my airplane buddy and Levi was Grammy’s airplane buddy. At one point Griffin looked back and decided Levi and Grammy were having more fun…so he climbed over the seats and joined them. And for a few minutes it was quiet and I had two seats to myself…and then Griffin was done and climbed back over. 🙂  We made it with no problems and our California fun began.

going home

We were on our own on the way home. Luckily I had learned a few things about what I could and could not handle and made sure my hands were a little more free on the way home. We sent the top left picture to Joel to tell him his crazies were finally coming home. We were all pretty excited to see him again. The boys did great on the plane. When we got to Denver we found out our plane had been delayed two hours which meant we had three hours to kill instead of one. It was nap time and we were all tired so that was interesting. There were lots of airport shenanigans happening. Entertainment for all who saw us that day.


They did great anytime we were walking around but the second I tried sitting down…let’s just say it wasn’t good. Our gate was packed as there were several delayed flights and everyone was waiting to depart from the same place. Thankfully there was a moving walkway right in front of the gate. The boys thought it was the best thing ever…and it did the walking for me which I thought was the best thing ever. So we rode the moving walkway about 100 times as we waited for our flight. The boys made lots of friends along the way. I received a lot of sympathetic smiles…I must have looked weary. And everyone kept asking the boys if they were having another brother. We were so glad to finally get on the plane and know that daddy would be waiting for us at the other end.


We were on one of those little tiny planes on the way back to Wichita. The boys were on one side of the aisle and I was on the other…until Griffin crawled into my lap. And then they both fell asleep.


I could barely wake up the boys when we landed. I was wondering how in the world I was going to carry them both off the plane. Haha. And then the sweet stewardess looked at me and asked what she could do to help me get off the plane. Such a blessing. So I got the boys off and to the stroller and she carried my bags. And then we were finally reunited with daddy. Blurry but so sweet.

I was so thankful for a mostly uneventful trip and the funny but sweet memories that I will have of traveling with my two boys.

And now for lots of beach pictures….

  • Lea - Well, I think you get “Mom of the year award” for such an adventure in your condition. I know it was a special time for you and your boys to spend with your family. Happy new week!!!ReplyCancel

  • kimberly oyler - traveling is such a piece of cake for me, i’ve worked out the perfect system. but i cannot imagine doing it with two toddlers!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - Loving all your “catch up” posts Jes! I love the adventure in a challenge like traveling with my littles, looks like you did awesome! Our new things is playing “i Spy” when we have to wait at the doctor or at a restaurant or just longer that two minutes for anything 😉 So glad you were able to make these special memories with them before your next sweet one comes!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle from Australia - I’m glad you made it Jess. In the past 10-1/2 years, our Not So Little anymore Miss G has done 47 flights. And quite a lot of those between Brisbane and the USA on our trips backwards and forwards to America. Not a bad effort for a kid with MAJOR lack of attention issues. I can say it gets easier with practise. I can also say that although I endeavour to be extraordinarily considerate to all those around me, kids will be kids and no matter how hard I try, if she’s not going to co-operate, me stressing is not going to make the flight easier on any of us. Be proud that you made the trip and for getting home solo. Hooray!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann - I agree…you are brave to get on a plane with 2 boys and being pregnant. So glad some people were so kind and helped you. I have a hard time just getting me on a plane, let alone do it with children. But as moms and grandmothers, we do what we have to and I’m sure even though it was exhausting, you would do it all over again in order to spend time with your family. It is so fun to go on trips but even more fun to return home to open arms. I’m sure your husband missed you all terribly but I can tell he was sure happy to have you home. Good times…good memories. Can’t wait to see your new little one…I’m as excited as if I knew you personally or was family. Take care and get some rest!! (LOL – cuz I’ll bet that is hard to do.)ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Thank you! We are very excited too!

  • Amanda - They are so stinking cute.ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Thank you!

  • creole wisdom - So fun! And it does sound exhausting… no doubt you handled it well, that’s just the kind of lady you are 🙂 Next time I’m on a plane I’m going to climb over the seats instead of use the aisle… makes sense to me!ReplyCancel

  • Leiah - Oh wow! I want to go next year to my parents (in America, me coming from Europe) with my then 1 and 4 year old. I’m scared! You are brave! Glad the moving walkway was there. My son loves those or escalators. Last time we rode escalators for a while while waiting for our luggage.ReplyCancel