We got to the airport. We tried a new thing where each kid has their own carry on. It makes it easy that each kid has their clothes in the carry on and then the little duffle that goes with it has all their stuff for the plane. It's a good idea and definitely had some pros and cons. Pros was skipping check in and baggage claim. Pro was our luggage didn't get lost or damaged. We had two pieces of luggage ruined after checking it in one year. Cons were having 4 bags in overhead compartments. Con, taking all that out with three tired kids at 3 AM and getting them to roll it down the aisle.
Noah was really the only one who slept well on the plane. The rest of us were little to no sleep.
We got to David's parents house and crashed. David, Noah and I slept for about 3 hours. Ben and Emily slept for 5. After coffee and a cheese danish, would I do a red eye again with three small kids? Maybe. Pro: itwas nice to have a full day here and a little nap and we were all good. Pro: not having to entertain kids on a plane for 4 hours. Electronics are only so good until the batteries die. Con: We were all exhausted when the plane landed. Literally, if we would've told Ben to lie down in the airport and sleep, he would've no problem. He just couldn't sleep well sitting up. We had neck pillows but still. We were also 3 rows for the back of the plane. The flight attendants opened about 27 cans of soda back there. Then, someone went #2 in the bathroom and mixed with the overpowering toilet air freshener, it was like a smelling salt just to make sure you weren't sleeping.
Would I do it again? It's like labor...you don't remember how bad it was after the fact. :)
We took a walk around David's old neighborhood. Emily liked the palm trees.
He told the kids when he was 14, he used to do pull ups on this super tall branch of this tree. It's the tall branch at the top of the photo, about 20 feet above David's head.
Then, we checked in to our hotel and got ready. We were meeting David's friend Michele from college for dinner.
We went to this awesome Brazilian steakhouse. The waiters come around with skewers of meat and slice of what you like, sirloin, filet mignon, ribs, chicken, sausage...you name it. It was super good.
You have these little placecards that you turn to green if you want the waiter to come by with more meat, and you turn to red when you are done. Noah, our big steak eater, ate more than his share and was done.
The kids were getting restless, so I took them outside.
Emily took pictures of herself. Shocker.
Here's David and his friend Michele.
Three generations of Galeana's.
David and I.
Out little family.
Then, we went for ice cream. Yeah, crazy. But the dessert isn't included in that expensive restaurant and the kids wanted a cone. Ben got it all over his nose. This makes the third time they've ever had McDonald's!
Tomorrow, we head to the cruise ship to start our Bahama cruise. I'll try to do a little update before we set sail. Then, it's no wifi or phones for 4 days. YEA!