Powered by Blogger.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Sometimes one just has to sit back and realize how truly blessed he or she has been. I feel that way about my life in general, but this trip has been one blessing after another. It’s as if God Himself wants us to get back to Guam, I swear. Here’s how our trip went:
The coolest question one can be asked at an airport ticket counter is “Are you military?” I’m a dependent, yes. “Are you traveling on orders?” Here I pause… No, technically I am not travelling on orders. I do, however, keep a copy of Jason’s orders with me, as well as a copy of everything else I need to exist as a military spouse. Well, my flight was going to Hawaii and the orders say Guam….. Sooo… “Yes, I have this letter stating that we are to be moved to Hawaii.” It’s totally not the same thing as orders. It’s the letter I have to use to sign up for housing in Hawaii, that states that the boat is moving there. Did she know that? No. Did I get 2 free bags? Yes. You also get to check 1 baby item for free, so that took care of the Pack N Play. Here is Blessing #1.
We got to the airport, and after saying goodbye to everyone, it was time to go through security. I let the first TSA agent know that I had a few bottles of formula, and she told me that I would have to go through the pat-down process because of all the liquids. Whatever.. I didn’t really care. She warned me, and I had a feeling it was going to be like that. Well, I didn’t mind doing it, but good grief! It took forever! Because I had roughly 40 oz of liquid in my carry-on, I had to be patted down, and every single item I was carrying on had to be looked through. They went through each compartment of each bag, and all over both the carrier and the stroller with this little wand that was supposed to detect whatever it was they were looking for, I guess. If every person of suspicion were to go through that process, we’d be safe for eternity.
|On the SkyLink at DFW|
|On Flight #2 - You can see how she hates flying.|
|See how stressed she must be?|
Ok, I got to the gate and the lady let me know that no one had purchased the seat beside me, so I would be able to take Katie Beth in her carrier instead of gate-checking the carrier and having her sit with me. (Blessing #2). Flight #1 went off without a hitch. She didn’t even fuss because of the change in air pressure.
We got to DFW where we had a 1 hour layover. It wound up being just enough time for me to get to our gate, change her and get her carrier and stroller gate-checked. This was going to be a full flight, so she would have to sit on my lap. I had the aisle seat, and I had sat down next to a lady who was in the window seat. There wasn’t anyone between us. You can bet that I prayed as every single person walked past us. “Please don’t sit here, please leave this seat empty.” Blessing #3. Though it did kind of suck that I hadn’t brought her carrier, it was nice to be able to have some space with all of our junk. Flight #2 went well, but she did get just a little fussy with having to stay on my lap. The flight attendants were so super sweet about holding her when I had to go to the restroom. I thought I’d be able to manage not going, but a 4 hour flight is a long time!
|Wardrobe change in Seattle|
|On the Tram thingy at Seattle Tacoma|
We got to Seattle where we had a 2 hour layover. That turned out to be enough time for me to change her, change her clothes, feed her a little, and even grab a bite for myself. Yay! We got to our gate for the flight to Honolulu. They were announcing that the aircraft had changed, and we were now on a larger plane, but with fewer seats. Why do they even make those? Now the flight was overbooked by 8 people. So there was no way I could hope for an empty seat next to me, nor could I purchase a seat for her. “You should treat yourself and upgrade to First Class!” the ticket agent says. “Oh, sure..” I thought. But how much are upgrades? “Our first class has a lot of empty seats on this flight, so I can offer it to you for $200.” Are you kidding me?? $200 to have a huge seat, lots of space, and be able to lie back during this awful 6 hour flight?? – Orrr.. Is this Blessing #4?? Yes, please! I have to say, that I never want to travel any way ever again. First Class is everything I hoped it would be. We sat down and I was offered a Mai Tai. There was a pillow and blanket waiting in my huge seat. They served dinner and drinks and waited on us just like we were favored house guests. I’m telling you.. I’ll never go back to Coach.
|In First Class!|
|Mai Tai's and loungy seats. This is the life!|
I got settled in to the room, and as I was unpacking KB’s Pack N Play, I decided to call the flight recording at Hickam. Keep in mind that I was calling the recording religiously for the past week in Mississippi, and there had only been 2 flights to Guam in that week. I was so nervous before I left home! Anyway, I called the recording, and they have announced a flight with a roll-call time of 1125 the next day. That is perfect, except I’m now regretting having put the Pack N Play up at all. That thing is a monster to get zipped back up in it’s case! We both slept well. I showered and we got ready to head for the terminal.
|Hanging out the next morning|
|Chilling in the AMC terminal at Hickam|
|On the bus that would take us to the plane|
|Katie Beth's first Space A flight|
- ► 2012 (41)
- ► 2011 (99)
Sub Wife Life (72) MilSpouse (47) Mommyhood (32) BF2 (26) Pregnancy (20) Family (19) KB (16) Random Ramblings (12) Travel (10) Parenting is WORK (9) My Love (8) Hawaii (7) Guam (6) Craftiness (5) Friends (5) Preemie (5) Tennessee (5) Memes (4) EmilyGotCrafty (3) Breastfeeding (2) Rants (2) Weight Loss (2) BBC (1) Ole Miss (1) Radom Ramblings (1)