While I was on the plane. . . .

So we are currently on our second flight of the day.  We are somewhere west of St. Louis and east of LA.  This morning was a challenge, getting up (I only had 2 hours of sleep) and driving to BWI was a breeze, getting to the check with all our gear and through security was difficult.  Luckily, it wasn’t crowded.  We each had a child, carryon backpack, and a nautilus car seat.  When we got to the x-ray machine we had to remove the our belts, shoes, kids shoes, and then they made us unfold the car seats and shove them through the machine.  The kids were in a good mood, so it went better than expected.  Boarding was extremely difficult, Southwest eliminated family boarding.  Instead, we had to board after group A, but before group B.  When we boarded the plane, we had to hoist the car seats above the seats because the aisles were too narrow, so we were very close to knocking people in the face with a car seat as we walked to the middle of the plane to find 4 open seats (southwest doesn’t have assigned seats).  Then I had to install both seats next to each other on the window side (southwest policy), while everyone continued to board.  We survived, the kids were good and we did even better on the second flight.  Mental note – next time we pay extra for the direct flight.
The kids are doing very well.  We even got some compliments as we boarded and exited the plane, so it sounds like we are doing something right.  Hopefully, we can ride this wave to the RV and find a nice place for dinner and of course a place in LA to park the RV without getting robbed, ticketed or cause an accident. 
If any IM people are listening, we need to put wheels on the bottom of the nautilus.  We were able to put the kids in the seats and then drag them through the airport by the tether strap.  Surprisingly, the car seats slid quite well, and the kids enjoyed it as did all the other people starring at us in the airport.   

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About Laura Boniello Miller

Laura Miller is a internet marketing professional and a mother of two. Her interests include sport climbing, bouldering, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She believes that playing outdoors is integral to health and well being, and that if your kids aren't dirty, they haven't had enough fun.