– Take advantage of the extra capable and willing hands that are around this time of year.
– Bend some of your sleep rules.
– Try not to let the holiday stress take over.
– Celebrate with those you love the most.
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
My husband’s parents lives in Europe. Our family is making the trek to visit over Christmas. Although we’ve been to Europe before with our first child (see below, on one of our previous trips – note the Bosu Ball and my husband’s awesome footwear)…
it’s always different when you travel older children. I’m having a few anxieties about it for the following reasons:
1) Luggage: It’s winter. It’s cold. That means winter boots, snow pants, jackets, mittens, hats, sweaters, long underwear need to be packed. X 4. 2 out of 4 family members can’t carry luggage. 1 out of 4 has a biological need to run around and explore that surpasses his biological need to cooperate and follow instruction. Effectively, he’s luggage too. He’s luggage that’s closely resembles a 35 lb bag of snakes.
2) 1 pair of boots per family member? For anyone who knows me, you’ll understand why this is a next to impossible situation.
3) It’s a long flight. On our way east, it’s an evening flight. So the flight is set to take off later than the little traveler’s bedtimes. My children have not been up past 9PM more than once in the past year. And my youngest will be in our laps for the flight. For over 8 hours. He hasn’t slept in our arms in over 1.5 years. Did I mention he’s a 35 lb bag of snakes?
On the way back home, the timing of the flight makes for the longest day ever. My daughter shouldn’t be too bad, but the little one will be trouble… revisit the biological needs identified above.
4) Jet lag. x 4
5) We’re off to the land of beer and sausage, but also milk, cheese and butter. My youngest has a dairy allergy. Even bread that’s made with milk will send him into writhing stomach pains.
2) I have no idea. I have no single purpose, looks good with everything, keep my feet warm, can play in the snow boots. Maybe I need new boots?
3) Aiming to have them as well rested as possible before we even leave for the airport. Getting to the airport in lots of time to have some food, change into jammies, and read some stories at the gate. Hopefully, boarding and take off all happen at the appropriate times, and they’ll settle in for some long naps. I actually purchased eye masks and ear plugs for the kiddies so they can hopefully block out the noises and just get some rest.