Skip to main content

Up Up And Away- Take Two (And Three)

We took our second family flight this past June.  We took the earliest flight out so we had to wake up at 4:00am to get everything ready.  I had all of the girls' stuff ready and laid out so we only woke them five minutes before we left at 5:00 am.  Rollins is our late sleeper so I thought she would for sure fall back asleep in the car on the way to the airport.  Nope.  Auden, who is typically my early riser (with the sunrise), fell asleep instead.  I guess Rollins knew something was up and was too excited to miss anything.  She didn't fall asleep until we were 10 minutes from our friends' house in Dallas.  Meanwhile, Auden fell asleep again on the plane.  Proof that you can never predict what toddlers will do during travel days.  

Auden loved getting to use her new suitcase and travel backpack (that daddy so graciously attached to his luggage for her).  We got quite a few comments from those passing by :)  The bags worked well, held a good bit of clothes and were definitely easy to spot!  Thank you Amazon Prime!

Auden had a semi Take Your Daughter to Work Day, and it was so cute. She loved getting to go to the airport WITH her daddy since he's always going by himself for trips.

Early morning smiles are hard.  Haha.

Rollins had Chick-fil-a chicken minis for the first time and was clearly in heaven.

I snapped a few shots from my phone once we got on the plane.  It's hard to believe that the last time we all flew together Rollins was only a 6-month-old! 

My seat partner, who didn't sleep a lick on the flight.

I suppose she was too engrossed in the clouds. :)

We had a great visit with sweet friends and the week flew by far too quickly.  On the way back, I flew solo with the girls because Jon had a trip himself.  We survived (after missing the bag check-in window by 2 minutes and getting bumped to the next flight leaving 3 hours later).

Face palm.

With the help of a friend (shout-out to Noel who came back to pick us up once she heard the news), we made the best of the situation and managed to secure the last few seats on the next flight.

As we trudged down the aisle to the very last row, strangers offered smiles, encouragement and even assistance in putting away our overhead baggage so I could get the girls to their seats.  There are still good people in this world, and I'm convinced traveling with small children will either magnify or discredit that.  Thankfully, for us, it wasn't the latter of the two.

We survived on graham crackers, dinner (I grabbed Subway before we boarded the plane) and a few downloaded shows from Netflix (thanks for the tip Aunt Bek!)

It was a bit of a challenge getting everyone, their things, the stroller and my checked bag from the terminal all the way to the employee parking lot, but we made it and Auden was such a trooper and help!  I then had a bit of an issue trying to exit the parking lot gate with Jon's pass.  But after getting ahold of him (thank you Jesus!) we got out, and were on our way home!

At that point, I was beyond beat down.  And much to my, and especially Auden's, delight we saw a rainbow!  "Mom, I've never seen one in the sky before!" she exclaimed after spotting it.  It was a great reminder of God's promises at just the time my married, single-parent mommy heart needed it.

All chaos aside, we had a wonderful trip and are very grateful for the ability to travel such long distances for free (assuming there is a standby seat) :)



  1. 1. Love all the pics, especially the B&W of Jon and Auden from a distance, Rollins eating minis, and Rollins looking out the plane window.
    2. Thanks for the shout out and glad you were able to make Netflix work!
    3. Love that Auden saw her first real rainbow. I hope she stays in as much awe of them as I still am her whole life!


Post a Comment

Thank you for your comments. They brighten my day!

Popular posts from this blog

Southern Gentleman Baby Shower

Last month I helped throw my best friend (we met in 9th grade speech class :)) Lauren's baby shower for her soon-to-arrive baby boy, Gunner.  The shower had a "Southern gentleman" theme complete with bow ties, silhouettes and gingham print.  Personal touches and family items were used throughout, including baby Gunner's dad's bow ties :)

Gunner's daddy's "going home" outfit greeted guests at the sign in table, along with a framed "Southern gentleman in the making" print.

A variety of centerpieces graced the tables with groupings of baby mementos, flowers and photos.

An antique baby basket helped house the gifts.
The drink menu consisted of milk, apple juice (one of Lauren's cravings), fruit-infused water and coffee.
The menu was made of a variety of brunch goodies including fruit, doughnuts, muffins, shrimp and grits, breakfast casserole and a waffle bar. 
And of course no shower is complete without a little something sweet. These b…

Planes or Pearls? Gender Reveal Party

On Friday, June 28th, Jon and I headed out to see the gender of Baby Reutter.  Jon wanted to find out as soon as possible, and I wanted to wait to be surprised with everyone at the reveal party the next day. So we decided that he would find out and be the one set up the "big reveal."  Baby Reutter didn't want to cooperate on the first attempt but after some cold water, walking around and sweet patience from the ultrasound tech, we got the "money shot."  I'm not going to lie, it was a bit torturous at first to not be in the know with Jon, but after the first few hours, I was good to go and so excited about the surprise for the next day.  Here we are about to head out to the reveal appointment.
Now for the reveal party on Saturday...As mentioned before, I wanted a unique theme for the party.  Since Jon is a pilot, I thought planes would be a cute idea for a boy.  For the girl, I thought of pearls; they're sweet, feminine and also happen to be my birthsto…

Giraffe 1st Birthday

Over two months later, I'm finally getting around to posting on my nephew Cohen's first birthday!  Because he was born just six days before Christmas, it was important to my sister, Meredith, to have a party to make him feel special, separate of the normal seasonal celebrations.  And I'm always up for a planning a good party!

Since Cohen was little baby, he has loved giraffes.  First introduced with the paper mache bust hanging over the changing pad in his nursery(here), my sister says he's been a fan ever since.  Using that as the inspiration, the party planning began.  Meredith found an invitation she liked at Tiny Prints and thus the color palette of green, yellow and brown was established.

Cohen wore a monogrammed yellow chevron coverall on the big day, and the cheerful pattern was also used throughout the party.  To create a prominent backdrop on the fireplace mantel, we covered a remant piece of beadboard with chevron fabric.  It made a big statement with little…