Thursday, August 26, 2010

...and we're back!

The wait is over kids, Mama and the crew are back from the sunny hot beaches of broke-ass Greece!!  We had a fabulous time (as always) but of course I'm so so soooooo glad to be back! Five weeks away from home is always a long time, no matter how great the place you go to is....

Don't be fooled by this pic of calm family togetherness. This has NOT been an easy trip. Traveling with a 2 and 5 year old (boys) is almost like asking for a big plate of "pain" with a side of "why did I ever leave my house in the first place?"
We loved the trip overall but I'll be sure to fill you all in on our ups (great nightlife) and downs (2 year old waking up everyday at 5 am).

Let's begin with our fresh hell plane ride over the 'pond'..
Kid #2 started the traveling day with his first, official, all out, no holds barred TANTRUM of the century while we were waiting to board the plane. Never mind that I'm trying to juggle passports, sippy cups and stollers, he decides this is a great time to go ape-shit and try and take us all down with him.  It was not a good omen for the rest of the flight.  He then proceeds to "unload some of his own baggage" just as we're about to take our seats. Why why WHY do kids insist of pooping at the most inconvenient times??
I deserve a prize for changing the nasty diaper in the tiniest airplane bathroom on earth. Just saying. 
We then had the pleasure of having our seats directly above the wings of the plane. The low, loud, vibrations from the engines did NOT act to sooth us to sleep but instead drove us close insanity because I could feel the rattling right through to my teeth.  Must be similar to living above a subway line??!
Kid #2 went on to yell/hit/cry for most of the flight (10 1/2 hours thanks to a mechanical delay) and decided that one and half hours of sleep (waking up 4 times to wail) is more than enough "sleep" during the whole flight. Guaranteed the people sitting around us wanted Kid #2 dead
All the while Mama is having kittens because I was fairly positive we would miss our connecting flight to Athens thanks to the delay. Once we touched ground in Frankfurt I literally whipped and dragged the kids (and Husband) through security, passport control and finally made it to our gate....and by the Grace of God we were on time for our next 3 hour flight. 

{Note Kid #2's pained expression. This was his look while on the plane for 10 1/2 hours. The ENTIRE time}

When we arrived at our home outside of Athens we were greeted by 22 people over for dinner at OUR house. YES, 22 people. No I didn't have to cook, and as much as I loved seeing many of our relatives as soon as we arrived, after over 15 hours of travel time I was not in the mood to entertain and do dishes. But that's what we got...  This was the beginning of many huge family dinners at our house.
Last night here at home I cooked dinner for (only) 4 people. It was awesome. 


DeefromCG said...

OMG I love your story. I know EXACTLY what your are talking about. Did you get any selfmedication/wine on the plane just like me every time we travel with the kiddos ;)? I´m glad you´re back! XX

Sara Louise said...

Your description of the plane ride over is horrific!! It's amazing how quickly the little angels can turn into little Lucifers.

Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip 'vacation' :-)

Suburban Princess said...

Welcome back!!! I got all excited when I saw you pop up in my blogroll!

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...
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PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Whoops.. My last comment went to the wrong blog. ;)

Bess your heart. I really, really hope things got better. At least a little bit. :)

Blushingloves said...

So glad you are back but I'm even more happy that you and your family had such an awesome time together!!

bananas. said...

your poor child!!! he looks miserable! hahaha sorry i shouldn't laugh.

welcome back show us pics! always love a good family vacation.

You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

22 dinner guests UPON ARRIVAL?!?!

i hope to be as brave as you one day.

Loukia said...

Cute pics! :)

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine having that many people over after all of that. I hope you had some alone time and drinks at some point.

Pres. Kathy said...

All trips have their ups and downs. Love your pictures! So jealous@


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