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Sail Away With Me

8 Jun

The last time Jennifer came to visit, we didn’t do a very good job of showing off all that our archipelago-ous country can brag about. So this time, we wanted to rectify that (in a way that is affordable and convenient with 5 littles – or 1 big, 2 mediums, 1 small, and an extra small)

Enter Boracay! It’s been on Top 10 lists for beaches in the world a time or two. It has, unfortunately, become quite commercialized, but with commercialization comes convenience, so I can’t complain! How can I ever post the necessary feet pictures if I don’t have Wi-Fi!?!


We have friends here who graciously gave us their rental for our stay! That was a huge blessing! Plus, Cebu Pacific was having a sale on flights to Boracay, so we jumped on that. We left on Saturday evening. Our flight was delayed a bit, so we had to hang out in the airport. Our gate was right next to Jamba Juice and Krispy Kreme, so we managed to pass the time. Somehow.


When it was time to board, they hustled us all onto a bus to take us to our plane.

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I like to pretend I’m so fancy when we board from the stairs as if it’s a private plane or something.

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When we landed, we had to take a van ride to the jetty port. Then a short boat ride to the island. Yeah, my phone picked up the vibrations from the boat.

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By the time we arrived at our house, it was about 9:30. We had just snacked around, so we headed down the beach to get some food and buy drinking water and other necessities for the week. Everyone, especially the kids, were so tired! We all ended up asleep around 11 or midnight.

We had a lazy morning, but as soon as everyone was up, we headed straight to Jonah’s for fruit shakes and breakfast. The favorites were lemon (calamunci), banana lemon, mango, mango lemon, and vanilla peanut choco.


We spent the morning playing in the sand and waves in front of Jonah’s, but there was a lot of seaweed there, so it definitely wasn’t the award-winning experience that Boracay has to offer! I love it on my sushi, not so much in my swimsuit.

After we all took long naps, we headed to a Boracay favorite, Mongolian Barbeque. I’m not a huge fan, so I ordered a la carte and took selfies.

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Yeah, I look incognito in all my photos with my hat and shades. I don’t do sun anymore, so I tried to stay out of it as much as possible. Actually, I realized that I’m getting sun from all my running, in the form of tank top and Garmin watch tan lines!

The next day was pretty much the same: breakfast, playing on the beach, lunch/fruit shakes, naps, dinner, playing on the beach, bed. However, Boracay really stepped up its game. We ate breakfast at The Sunny Side Cafe. Just the sight of their brioche french toast jettisoned them to the top of my list of favorite restaurants. Freshly baked breads, fat pieces of bacon, and homemade jams and curds were just a few highlights. The pancakes rocked my socks too! They came with a slice of candied orange that I may have stolen off other people’s plates at our table.


The beach in front of the cafe was also amazing! There wasn’t a piece of seaweed in sight! We did some frisbee together…


…and some hole-digging.


That was Jennifer’s birthday too, so we celebrated at a Mexican restaurant, with our toes in the sand.


In front of that restaurant, the tide went out but left fun little tide pools to play in. This was a sunset selfie, but…


…my friend took a slightly better sunset pic.


The next day, our friends who let us stay at their place arrived on the island. They took us to their favorite hang-outs, starting with the Spider House. Just writing that gives me the heebie-jeebies. I don’t know how it got that name, I just know that I was flailing at the air every time anything brushed up against me.

It was a great little secret of a resort though! It was on a different side of the island, so there was a great breeze. There was also a raft and a platform for the kids to play on and jump off of.


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If you can see all the little flecks in the water next to Kenzie, there were schools of fish around at all times.


Simmy had a cuddle with Nana in the shade.


Our neighbors at the next table couldn’t wait to get their hands on him! They were taking all kinds of pics of him and pinching every last dimple on his body.


After playing there, and of course, eating, we went to another hang out. Since our friends are friends with everyone, we got to hang out all day at one of the nicest resorts on the island! It was insane, all the freebies and special treatment that we got. At one point, a staff member just came over and cleaned my sunglasses with his special spray and cloth. Another time, they just gave us pizza and veggie sticks…for fun! Every day, there is a snow cone station set up! They even had a kids activity time, and my kids came away with bags full of plunder.


We hung out by the pool for a while, and then we headed out to the beach where they were preparing for a sunset wedding.


There were lots of shallow areas as the tide went out, so Sim spent a long time just sitting in the sand and splashing.



It didn’t take long for the peaceful sound of waves crashing for him to be lulled to sleep! I know the feeling….


Meanwhile, the kids (and Josh) played and played and played in the sand!

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I snapped these photos back at the house. Simeon kept trying to eat Josh’s phone, so when Josh sternly said, “No,” this was the face we had to try not to laugh at.

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All was forgiven the next morning though, when Simmy snuggled up to Josh while he was sleeping.


All smiles again!


Our last day, we had to eat at The Sunny Side Cafe again! Then we made one more Jonah’s stop,  and headed back to the fun resort.


We spent all day there, and then our friends treated us all to a paraw ride. It’s one of those boats where, instead of sitting in the boat, you sit in nets on the outside of the boat.

Josh, Deacon, Simeon, and I were on one side of the boat.


Jennifer, Bella, and a teacher from Faith who was also vacationing were on the other.




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Simmy was totally mellow the whole ride. I think all of his senses were engaged.


I loved it! It was my favorite part of the entire trip. I could’ve spent all day out there.

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Mackenzie rode in the other boat with the middle school (ahem) boys. We sent Caleb along with them to chaperone.



After the paraw ride, we went back to the house where our friends hosted an amazing filipino fiesta for us! I wish I had a picture, because it was an amazing spread, including whole fishes and raw oysters. There was also lechon manok and liempo, as well as prawn, and of course, rice. Everything was fantastic and I over-ate.

After all the kids were tucked in, Josh and I got to hang out with our friends a bit. It happened to be open-mike night at one of the restaurants on the beach. They had Josh at “hello.” He sang a little Simon & Garfunkel and got lots of cheers for it!

Our flight the next morning was at 6:50 am, so we had a very early morning. But after a van ride, a boat ride, a trike ride, a plane ride, a bus ride, and a car ride, we were back home!

It was a fun vacation with lots of memories that we’re so happy included Nana!





18 Jun

We just returned from a wonderful getaway in the cool mountains of Baguio! It is such a break from the heat up there. 70 in the day time and 60’s at night. Perfect!

We left on Friday the 13th, which turned out to be a bad idea, as superstitous types would confirm. To start off the day, Josh took his ministry team to the airport at 5:30am. On his way home, he was literally run off the road by a swerving provincial bus. When they met up again at a stop light, Josh, er, confronted the driver, who immediately pulled a pipe out from underneath his seat, ready to take the confrontation to the next level! Thankfully, a policeman was nearby and dispelled the situation. Or rather, he did nothing and Josh just got back in the car and left.

So that was travel issue #1. #2 was that we got a speeding ticket on the expressway. First of all, speeding is luxury here that one only gets to experience on the expressway, because there is traffic everywhere else! Second of all, who knew that ANY rules of the road were ever enforced here?!? Our friends have all been shocked when we tell them we got a speeding ticket. Josh was going 120kph in a 100kph, which is considered reckless driving. (I hope that provincial bus found himself on the expressway that day too!)

If that was the extent of that experience, we would’ve been thrilled. The ticket was just over $20, so it didn’t really sting like it does in the US. However, the traffic enforcer said that he needed to confiscate Josh’s license. We’ve always been told never to let them confiscate our license, so when we said, “Nope, we can’t do that,” he said, “Ok. Then we need to confiscate your license plate. You can pick it up in Quezon City on Wednesday.” Seriously, SO bizarre! I said, “Can we please just settle it now with you?” He laughed, because he thought I was offering a bribe. I really wasn’t. I just wanted to pay the fine, and let it be done, because we both knew that Josh was going 120kph, we just didn’t realize that anyone cared!

He kept saying that there was no other option but to confiscate something and have us go pick it up this week. The license or plate is a deposit to make sure we go pay the fine. However, if we didn’t pay the fine, it would just show up the next time we register the car, so WHY NOT JUST DO THAT? OR MAKE IT PAYABLE ONLINE?! Thankfully, he accepted Josh’s expired US license and said that a friend can go get it for us, so that’s doable.

We discovered a Krispy Kreme on the way, and our car is programmed to stop at those, so we had no choice.


On to issue #3! We stopped for gas at the base of the mountain. Josh decided to air up one of our tires as well. There is always an attendant to do it for you over here, so we waited while he aired it up. However, he never got the chance because the valve broke (on our brand new tire) and the tire went immediately flat! Thankfully, there is always a vulcanizer (tire repairman) around the corner, so after 45 minutes and lots of gas station snacks for the kids and I, we were back on the road, praying for one more hour of smooth travel. In the back of my mind, I was thinking, “hmmmm….if an earthquake were to hit Baguio again, this would be the day it would happen!”

Thankfully, we made it up the mountain and were tucked away in our cabin in no time. Sometime during the night, without a doubt before midnight still on the 13th, the other front tire went flat! Crazy…

Anyway, that was the last issue we had, and it was followed by a wonderful getaway in between Josh’s ministry trips!

Caleb wore his Krispy Kreme hat all day long!


That night, we had a chili dinner in our cottage, which tastes SO much better when its cold out! Then we built a fire and had s’mores, always a favorite.


Caleb’s first s’more & Kenzie’s 2,658th

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(Sorry, so dark I know. I didn’t really realize it until just now!)

I don’t usually get to see the kids in anything except summer clothes, so I love how different they look in something with sleeves!


The guest home has a tire swing in the courtyard now, so the kids spent endless hours on it! That place is the perfect retreat for us. Cool, quiet, safe, and full of activities for the kids. I love it.

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That morning, we ventured out to Burnham Park and the market. The park had all kinds of fun activities for cheap cheap cheap, so we were able to do a number of them! One included our own boat ride in the center pond.


We also did some bumper cars, and bought some mangoes already cut up and ready to eat. Josh bought his girls some silver jewelry, as one MUST do when in Baguio!


Then we headed over to the market to shop and buy some strawberries. Not only did I find the strawberries, but they also had cherry tomatoes, which we all love, so I bought a bunch of those in different stages of ripeness so we could enjoy them all week.

All the activity and fresh air knocked Caleb out! I love how his little hands are folded!


We were planning to find somewhere unique to eat, but then it started pouring out, so we just went to Ol’ Faithful. Look at the size of these fries! We couldn’t even finish them.


By the time we got back to the cottage, our friends were just arriving. They came a day later than us. The kids were all so excited to see their besties. Since it was still raining out, we spent the afternoon in the lodge, playing fooseball, ping pong, and shuffleboard.

The next day, Father’s Day, was all dried out, so after an egg and corned beef hash brekkie, we headed to the other must-do’s in Baguio. We went to Camp John Hay, which looks less and less American every time we go there. It was owned by the US military until they left in the early 90’s. There are still spots that look familiar to me from my childhood, but it’s all pretty different now.

One thing that is hanging in there, though, is the miniature golf course. It was always my favorite Baguio activity as a kid and I love that it’s still there. It’s definitely a dump now, but we just laugh about it.

Here are some of the disturbing obstacles.

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The courses are all bumpy and the green is carpet that has 1/2 cm wide seams, so the course has even more obstacles than just the creepy statues!

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After mini-golf, we headed down to Wright Park for some horseback riding. I’ve discovered that I’ve been to Baguio three times since we moved here in 2005, and all three times, I’ve been pregnant! So I’ve never gotten to ride horses with the kids.

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The kids loved it and Caleb kept saying, “I want to ride the horsey more!” I stayed on the sidelines, munching on banana cue, which is fried cooking bananas on a stick. One of my favorite street foods here!

It was still not raining, so we just kept going with the fun activities. We headed over to Mines View for some shopping. It was pretty rocky, so I loved seeing Bella grab Caleb’s hand to make sure he didn’t fall.


While we were there, we saw dried/fried squid on a stick, so Josh offered the kids some shopping money if they ate some. They had the choice of squid heads, squid bodies, or entire mini-squid. They went with the body, and they all did it!

Mackenzie even loved it and was going to use her own money to buy her own stick!

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It tasted OK, but the aftertaste was icky, so I bought some more green mango to take care of that. We all had fun shopping, especially the kids, since they all had P50 (just over a dollar) to spend. Deacon bought a sling-shot, Bella bought a purse, Kenzie bought a necklace, and Caleb bought a wooden snake. I bought a pair of knitted booties for baby #5.

Speaking of He-Who-Is-Not-Named, I snapped a bumpie since our cottage has a full-length mirror.


This is about 26 weeks. It feels a lot bigger than it looks! Although, in this family pic that Dave took, it looks pretty big.


The next day, we went to The Manor, a beautiful, rustic hotel on Camp John Hay, for their buffet breakfast. It was to celebrate Father’s Day, but we were nervous that it would be too crowded that day, so we went the next day. It was fantastic! Us parents sat outside and drank our coffee while the kids played on the playground.

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Of course, we have to take the picture on the wall, overlooking the mountains! I think my parents have a few hundred of these from my childhood!

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At this point in my phone, there are 50+ pics of flowers that Mackenzie took. They are actually quite beautiful! Bella also confiscated my phone later and took another 50 of an itchy worm they found.

He was still inching around when I got my phone back, so I grabbed a pic of Caleb checking him out.


More tire swing fun!

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See Kenzie’s sneakers? They are my size 10 Nikes!!!! They are still a little big for her, but she needed new sneakers and loved them, so I was all about passing them on. They had too many miles on them, so I don’t use them for running anymore, but they are still in great shape, so I didn’t want to get rid of them. I still can’t believe she’s almost my shoe size…

That day, the kids played together outside for over 10 straight hours! It was incredible, and so refreshing to see them creating their own fun!

We were going to stay an extra day, but Caleb woke up sick on Tuesday, so we just decided to hit the road like we originally planned. The last time we went to Baguio, Deacon was the same age and he got sick on our last day there! What’s the deal?

Caleb was lethargic and had diarrhea, so we just figured that he’d sleep the whole way home. However, the curvy mountain road was enough to help him throw up in the car! Thankfully, it happened right in front of a vegetable stall, so I sent Josh to buy all of my mountain veggies while I cleaned Caleb up. He fell asleep after that and seemed much better after a nap. I think he’s good to go now!

As we speak, Josh and the three oldest are at basketball camp. Josh is helping with it and the kids are hopefully learning all kinds of great skills, making friends, and having fun!


Loving our trip!

1 Nov


We’ve been in the US 4 days already!!! It’s been 4 days of beautiful fall weather, fun with family, and fab food, although I’m not indulging too much just yet. After Sunday, all bets are off. I don’t care how much my feet hurt on Monday, I’m wearing heels and I’m eating all kinds of everything!

Anyway, our trip to the US was fantastic! No hassles with check-in, immigration, or flights. I just love Korean Air! The service is great, the planes are nice, and my favorite feature is that they let you watch movies and TV as soon as you sit down, until you get up to leave the plane. None of this take-off and landing nonsense.

When I left my family, sweet little Bella was sobbing!!! I felt like she thought I was leaving for a year! There was no consoling her, even with promises of presents. The precious girl taped this to my suitcase. It says “I love you so much” and she even threw in P5.50 in coins!


We left the condos with plenty of time to accommodate for traffic. However, there was NO traffic and we got to the airport with loads of time to spare. All the pre-flight stuff took about an hour, so we still had 2 hours to kill. Fortunately, there is a lounge accessible to anyone for a reasonable price, so we chilled up there. It was excellent, quiet, cool, wi-fi, and had terrific food! I hit the nacho bar more than a few times…


Our flight left at 11:45pm, so I started a TV show, but I guess I fell asleep pretty soon, because all of a sudden, we were beginning our descent into Seoul! I never sleep well on planes, so I was jazzed.


We arrived in Seoul at 4am. Everything was closed, so we set up camp on a cushioned bench for the next 6 hours! We slept for about 3 and by the time we woke up, the airport was hopping, so we went and got coffee and walked around some.

Finally, we got to board our beautiful A380. Being the newest model airplane out there, everything was brand, spanking new! We could tell, because everything was clean, in good shape, and didn’t rattle. We got three seats to ourselves, so we were thrilled with the extra room! In addition to the usual blanket, pillow, and headphones, they gave each seat a bottle of water.


Another Korean Air you-had-me-at-hello is the leg room! It is so much better than other airlines that I’ve done the trans-world thing on. Nice, right? As are the free slippers they let you have. But wait, that’s not all! They also give us a tooth brush and toothpaste for your mid-flight hygiene!


I slept maybe 40 minutes in the entire 13 hour flight! Michele was out like a light almost the entire time, so it was just me and my screen the entire time. I watched a lot of movies and TV, and even played some Tetris. I was pretty comfortable the entire time. I was still getting over a cold, so I drank a ton of water, meaning I had to climb over hybernating Michele about 6 times.



I don’t know how many people appreciate this feature, but my dad thinks it’s the bees knees. The A380’s have cameras on the nose of the plane, the tail, and the bottom, so at any given time, you can see what’s around you. I think it’s pretty cool, especially when you can see the curvature of the earth. It makes me feel like an astronaut.





We landed on time at JFK and sailed right through all the post-flight stuff to meet up with my parents. They greeted us with orange juice and cold weather! Michele and I were freezing, even though it was in the high 50’s.


The trip home included the Verrazano-Narrows bridge, which is where the marathon starts in 2 days!!!! Eek! My heart was racing as we drove over it.

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Since we arrived in the late morning, we had the entire day to kill, so our first stop was lunch at FIve Guys. Michele hadn’t ever been, so it was fun to enjoy that heavenly burger with her. When we got to CMML, we immediately hit the clothing center for some warm clothes! We also hit the boardwalk that evening to get some exercise and to help us stay awake. People were staring at me as I ran past them dressed like an eskimo!

We stayed up until about 7 or 8 that night and then slept hard until 4am, when it was time to head back to the airport to drop Michele off. She’s going to visit her family for a few days. When we returned from the drop-off, I went back to sleep for another 2 hours. I needed it!

That afternoon, I was all snuggled under a blanket and a hoodie, looking at the changing leaves out the window. It was perfect nap weather! But I knew that if I fell asleep, jet lag would take over, and an hour nap would turn into a 5 hour nap. So I dragged myself out for a 4-miler, my last 4-miler!




My sister and her family arrived that afternoon and I’ve been having so much fun with them, especially my nieces!!! I brought the twins these “One-in-a-minion” shirts. So cute!




Girlfriend loves the camera!!!

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The next day, mom, Heather, and I took the train into the city to pick up my race packet at the Expo.

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We arrived in the city just in time to meet my brother for lunch. We hit a soup and sandwich place in Union Square called Cafe Medina. He took us there a few years ago, and we loved it, so it hit it up again. The Pumpkin Corn Bisque is to die for. Heather is under strict instructions to replicate it!

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On our walk to lunch, we saw one of the marathon mile markers!!!!



When in New York, one must have cupcakes! Crumbs was right around the corner, so we indulged. HELLO, I didn’t order one! But I did have a bite or two of others. I can tell that I haven’t had desserts in a long time. It was all VERY sweet and I don’t know that I could’ve had too much. I know, I’m as surprised as you are.


After lunch, David went back to work, and the rest of us went to the Expo. My feelings were SO DIFFERENT than when we went to the Expo last year, when the the marathon was cancelled. I’m so excited and anxious this time around! Last year, it was so disappointing and bittersweet.  I liked it better this year…



Countdown to the cannon!



The highlight of the Expo was meeting Ryan Hall, the US’s fastest marathoner! He signed a poster for us and mom captured our entire exchange on video. We’ve been teasing her about it since, because she was supposed to snap a photo or two, but her iphone was stuck on video and she didn’t know how to change it. She does now, but the teasing won’t cease for a while.

After all that walking around the city, I’m taking it easy today and staying off my feet. We hit Walmart for some Halloween sales, and now we’re getting ready for a Thanksgiving feast! Gotta carbo-load!






No Looking Back!

20 Mar

Now that I’m emotionally and almost physically recovered from yesterday’s activities, I’m ready to share all the hoopla. I know, the anticipation is killing me too.

So, first some background info. My cousin and his wife work for Southwest Airlines and were generous enough to send three buddy passes so that Mackenzie, Bella, and I could fly up to NJ for one last visit with my parents before we head back to the PI.

His wife is a flight attendant and he works with scheduling crews, etc. This came in really handy for me because he could be in the system and get me on the most available flight, as we were flying stand by. 

On Sunday night, as we were driving the 10 hours from Indiana to Kansas, I got a text from him saying that due to spring break, so many of the flights out of Kansas City were very full, but that he has me booked for an 8:30am flight from MCI to MSP, then MSP to MDW, then on to EWR at 4:30pm. Extra points if you know those airport codes (not so fast PCP – you don’t get to play =)

So we arrived back at home at 1:00am, put the kids to bed, and I immediately went about unpacking from one trip and repacking for another (such is the life of a missionary!) I didn’t get to bed until 3:00am, only to wake up at 5:30am and head to the airport.

I was nervous about getting on that first flight out of Kansas City, but the ticketing agent gave me boarding passes immediately. We didn’t have to wait until the plane was boarded, as is the norm with standby tickets. I was so thankful for that and thought that it was a great way to start the trip!

I was so happy to finally board the plane because I was ready to crash! Ooh, not good figurative language to use when talking about air travel. So, I was ready for a nap. When we had stowed all of our luggage, buckled up, and were leafing through SkyMall, the captain got on the speaker and told us that they had just been told that we were delayed 2 hours! Ugh… So we all herded back off the plane and waited. Oh, the waiting. I coughed up $6.67 for one donut and an orange juice for the girls to split. I didn’t love that, but they were so hungry and in my goal of traveling light, I hadn’t packed any snacks.

We finally took off around 10:45 and an hour later, we landed in snowy Minnesota. I knew that my connections would be all messed up, so I went right to the gate agent and told her that we were on stand-by all day, and asked if she could get us to NJ another way. She said that flights were open, but because of the weather delays, passengers were being moved all over the place. She went ahead and put us on a flight to St. Louis and then onto Newark at about 9:30 pm. I was fine with that because I was just happy that we wouldn’t be sitting in an airport all day with no guarantee of getting anywhere! Loving the irony.

So the girls and I had a Subway lunch and spent our layover coloring, playing on the iPad, and reading. I saw another mom and son playing a card game and I was thinking what a great idea that was. It’s going on my list of layover activities for the future!

That flight was only delayed by a quick de-icing session, and then we were off….back to Missouri. That’ll depress a girl. We were 8 hours into our day and were heading back to the same state that we started off!

The girls loved getting the free soda on the flight, and when the flight attendant asked Bella what she wanted, she shouted, “Ginger Ale!!!!” The few rows around us started giggling. The girls both loved the free soda, pretzels, and nuts. They are like their parents, loving the free stuff!

When we arrived in St. Louis, we went and put our names on the standby list for our last flight. At that point, our flight was scheduled for 6:35, after a nice long layover. The girls chose Burger King for our dinner and we did more waiting, waiting, and waiting. Our flight got delayed 40 minutes, then 1.5 hours, then we had a gate change, and another short delay. By now, I was so exhausted! I was so happy and relieved as we were walking down the jet way. I’m talking jazz hands in the air. I texted my parents, “See you in a few!” I remember thinking, “Oh, I hope I don’t jinx it!” Not two minutes later, the pilot got on with that apologetic tone and said that the weather was really bad in Newark and we were not allowed to leave for 2 hours and 18 minutes! Oh my goodness, I was so disappointed. Mackenzie was too! When they had changed our gate earlier, they announced that the flight before ours was completely cancelled, and Mackenzie said to me, “If that was us, I would’ve blown my top!” 

Anyway, over the next two hours, crazy things happened with our flight. On line, it said that our flight had departed. At the airport, our flight had completely disappeared from the screens and from the gate! I was thinking to myself, “Did I miss something? They did make us get on and off the plane right? I’m not that tired.”

Bella spent the extra time sleeping, Mackenzie played games on the iPad, and I made my frustrated heart start to name everything that I was thankful for. It took a long time, which reminded me of everything that I’ve been blessed with, and it really gave me renewed energy! 

We finally left St. Louis at almost 10:00pm. Thankfully, the flight was not crowded, so Mackenzie took the row behind us and went to sleep. Bella curled up next to me and we both went to sleep. Just outside NJ, we started circling due to the bad weather delays. I was glad the girls were both asleep because it was really turbulent! Mackenzie, who has been flying since she was 9 months old, including a flight by herself, has decided that she’s a nervous flier! She wanted to hold my hand during take-off and landing, and she was a little obsessed with the emergency procedures. I tried to answer all of her questions without telling her my real thoughts (that assuming the “brace for impact” position is like throwing a cup of water on a forest fire). 

Anyway, we finally collapsed in my parents arms at 1 am! After a 20 hour day that only included 4 hours of flight-time, we arrived safe and sound in NJ. Everyone let me sleep in to 10:30am, which felt great! Even greater, I took a 3 hour nap 3 hours after waking up! 

Now we are packing yet again for a trip into NYC. I’m so excited!! Mom, the girls, and I are going in to see Annie on Broadway, staying overnight, and doing still-to-be-determined NYC things. Our hotel is right near Central Park so I’m excited to sneak off for a run through the park! 

No photos this time. I need a card reader. When I do get to post the much-anticipated photos of our oh-so-long trip, it’ll be a bunch of airport photos. Yeah, I know! Why haven’t they made coffee-table books full of layover photos?


I need some new layover activities. Whattya got???