January 23, 2014

Flying with Small Children

We have flown on two longer trips with our girls now. The first time was a cross-country trip to Florida (with connecting flights) when we had twin 18-month olds sitting on our laps and the second time was last summer at almost 3 years old to Hawaii (connecting flights again).

Let's just start out being honest and say that a long flight with one year olds on your lap is going to be a challenge and you just have to get thru it. I have no idea about traveling with an infant because we didn't do it, but I think that would actually be easier than a young toddler. They are just so busy. Flying with kids over the age of two is much better! On our trip to Hawaii I was able to actually watch a movie AND read a book! It still pays to be prepared though. Here are the things that made the time during the flight easier.

1. Snacks! Pick things that are not messy and take some time to eat. We try to bring some old favorites plus a few new snacks for fun. Our favorites: raisins, dry cereal, kids Z bars or granola bars, fruit snacks, mixed nuts, string cheese, small suckers (for take-off and landing), goldfish or cheddar bunnies, sliced fruit and squeeze applesauce pouches.

2. Clean Art Fun. Sticker books (Amazon has the DK Ultimate Sticker Books in every imaginable character, animal and sport), Mini coloring books with triangle crayons (we stored these in a little zipper pencil pouch) and Wiki Stix.

3. TV and Movies. Depending on the airline and flight, most have tv screens in the headrests to watch for free or for a small fee. The fee is worth it! When we flew to Hawaii we paid for the Alaska Air DigiPlayer that they rent on the flight and the girls watched the cartoons and kid movies that were available. Now we have a tablet so would probably bring that instead. You will needto bring headphones. We love these ones from Kidz Gear. They are still going strong after countless road trips out of town to visit family.

4. Trinket Toys. Pack a small zipper bag with little trinket toys - the birthday party goodie bag/ fast food kids meal/ dollar store variety. I actually have a bag of this stuff in a cabinet that I save just for travel. Toddlers will spend a long time entertaining themselves taking all the little toys out of the bag and piling them in their lap (or lining up on the tray table), playing little games with them and then putting them all back in. The best part is that you don't care if you lose a few along the way.

A&Z loved carrying their snacks, water bottle, a few small books and toys mentioned above in their little backpacks and it was nice to keep it all organized.

January 18, 2014

24 weeks

The way it goes being pregnant with a third child is that I only have time to take pictures when I'm at my OB's office. They are always running very late and while its par for the course, it seems to be the only place that I have excess time on my hands. 

I'm 24 weeks and feeling a little bit big and uncomfortable, but for the most part doing great! I'm measuring a little big (26 weeks) thanks to having twins before, but hoping baby girl just hit a growth spurt and it levels out. 

January 9, 2014

Yakima Christmas

I still need to recap our Christmas morning at home, but first I'm going to skip ahead to later that day and the days following for our time in Yakima with the Shirzads collective. Bebe jan made the most amazing Afghan costumes for all four kids. The girls were so excited to wear their fancy dresses.
Lexi, Sophia, Zara and Drew

After presents and Christmas dinner (deep-fried lamb) we headed up to White Pass for sledding the next day. There wasn't much snow and it was about 40 degrees, but still enough for sledding!