Travel Day

Given all the things that could’ve happened, yesterday went really well. What I knew was going to be a long travel day turned into an even longer travel day and we all — especially the boys — held up pretty well.

Traveling from HSV to DFW to LAX to Lihue, Kaiui took 24 hours. I got up at 2 a.m. to finish all the last minute packing and get everyone ready. We left for the airport at 5 and barely made our 6:20 flight. We’re only 20 minutes from the airport but the check-in and security lines were a little longer than usual, I assume because of Spring Break.

On the first flight (roughly 2 hours) the boys colored most of the time and Caden listened to music, sometimes singing outloud, which I found to be quite cute. Once in Dallas the priority was breakfast. The McDonalds with the kids’ playland was near our gate so we camped out there for the two hour wait between flights. They had video games (wii I think) that kept Finn busy, and things to climb on that occupied Caden.

The flight to LAX was on a 777 — it sat 10 across. The boys and I were in the middle section on the aisle and John was in the aisle seat next to us. The flight was around 4 hours. Being such a large plane, everyone had their own TV screen on the seat in front of them and movies were free. Caden watched parts of Star Trek, Planet 51 and the Disney Channel (while also coloring). Finn mainly played DS and did word search puzzles. John watched Up in the Air and napped, while I watched Blind Side and managed everyone’s requests for coloring books, markers, “my earbuds won’t stay in,” and movies.

The flight left a little late, which was OK with us since the layover between flights in LA was 4 hours. It ended up not mattering since the flight from LA to Lihue was delayed 2 1/2 hours. We waited in the LA airport for 6 hours, and as bad as that sounds in theory, it ended up being not too bad, or at least not as bad as it could’ve been. That said, by the time we boarded the plane we were ready to go. During the wait we ate a sit-down lunch/dinner, Caden watched a movie on the MacBook, Finn took a much-needed nap, we charged our computer/iPhones/Kindle to get ready for the long 6-hour flight, I read a little (I bought Love the One You’re With on the Kindle), and the boys broke out the Army men. Again, for two boys stuck in a boring airport for 6 hours they behaved excellently!

On the final flight we all slept. To our internal clocks it was 9 p.m. (9 in Alabama, 7 in California and 5 in Hawaii) and we’d all been up way too long. We got to the hotel around midnight local time, so 5 a.m. Alabama time, making it a full 24 hours since we left home. Note: Just so you don’t think I’m stupid or can’t do math, I’m aware that in the first sentence I stated a four hour time difference between home and here and in the second stated a five hour difference. Hawaii doesn’t do Daylight Savings Time so yesterday there was a four difference between us and them, today it’s five.


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