The plane ride on the way to Texas was probably in the top three most stressful times of my life. Kids screaming. Sore nipples. Breastfeeding in close proximity to strangers. Diarrhea diaper to be changed in the airplane bathroom (aka closet), toys and crayons dropped nonstop, just total and utter chaos and torture.
I knew it’d be bad before hand. Usually I’m the optimistic one when it comes to trips and traveling.
But flying? With a whiny butt three year old and a 10 month old wiggle worm? Oh hell no! I knew it’d be bad. It met my expectations and then some 😛
SOO, I didn’t take ONE single picture the entire trip there. Not of Payson’s first flight, first shuttle bus experience, nothing! WAY too stressed to even think about pulling out the mammoth beast 5d. And I didn’t even bring our point and shoot on the trip because I knew I’d be “pictured out” by taking the wedding pictures.
So, I did take a few personal pictures right after I took those of John and Julie in the post below.
It was HOT that day. I think the dash of the car said 105 and the humidity was… hell. haha! It was the hottest I’ve ever felt in my entire life. And I live in Arizona. lol
My lens fogged up the second I took my lens cap off the first time. I had to wipe it off after every single picture for the first half hour of the day!
So after suffering through pictures (which went fine, it was just SO hot) I headed to the temple’s waiting area to meet Allan. I needed the car so I could run to the store for some gluten free snacks for Payson and I really wanted to breastfeed hungry Ember in the car since it has really dark windows.
Julie’s sisters didn’t show up to the temple to watch my niece and nephews like they said they would.
So, hey Ariana can you do it?
Ooookay. Of course I’ll do it, what am I gonna say- no?
I love my niece and nephews! And more importantly I don’t want anyone to miss the ceremony. I already had to, no reason to make another family member miss it, too!
So Ember is super cranky the whole time because she hasn’t eaten in 5 or 6 hours and I have three 3 year olds and a 6 year old to keep an eye on. lol.
Luckily I’m a mom of many and when you’re dealing with a group of small children those skillz come in handy. Things went completely smooth. I got some awesome bonding time with my niece and nephews and Payson had a blast playing with them. And Ember crawled around the room some of the time and was on my hip the rest.
Anyway, I’m only sharing that story because I have this cute picture to post: (lol)
Those lockers kept them busy for the last ten minutes.
It really was a blessing to be able to spend time with all of them. I am actually happy the babysitters didn’t show up 🙂
Everyone came back after the ceremony and we headed back out to meet John and Julie at the temple doors.
It was scorching hot out. Allan poured some water on Payson to cool him down.
I set my camera settings for the lighting. Allan helped me out 😉
And then *Kevin and Jenna helped, too! haha (love this picture!)
(*Kevin is Allan’s brother, Jenna is Kevin’s wife of course)
I got in trouble for taking that. I guess you can’t take pictures when the temple doors are open!
(Side note for those who don’t know about mormon weddings… the ceremony is inside the temple, there is no photography allowed and only church members with a temple recommend card can go in)
So I’m not posting them but we took all the group shots and then some of John and his brothers and John with his brothers and sister and then Allan and I went back to *Don and Mary’s house to get Brookyln and Sierra.
(Payson could’ve been babysat there as well but I refuse to let anyone babysit him because of his diarrhea issues!)
(*Don is Allan’s other brother, Mary is his wife of course. lol)
I can’t remember if I took these next pictures on the way to the reception or the way back! But either way, almost every single time my kids got in the car they were out cold within minutes. They got so little sleep that trip!
The only naps Ember took for four days were in the car or in my arms. That was rough.
Back at Don and Mary’s house (where we stayed the whole time!) uncle Marcor (Allan’s sister’s husband; our brother-in-law) pushed Payson and two of his cousins around on/in this car.
Payson had a good time. That’s Emmalyn and Aiden in the car.
Emmalyn is Allan’s sister’s daughter; Aiden is Allan’s brother’s son)
We all wanted to get a picture of the cousins together. Here’s the quick set up.
I took this to tease Payson with when he’s older. He lost two of his Cars sippy cups during the trip so he had to use Sierra’s princess cup. haha (he refuses to drink rice milk from a regular cup, stubborn three year old!)
Ember loved Don and Mary’s house. There were a ton of baby toys in the family room and lots of kids around, too.
Her cousin Aiden was never far.
(Aiden is 16 months old)
I was playing peek-a-boo with them behind my camera.
My sister-in-law Mary has been wanting the camera I have so she played around with it a little bit.
This was heading to the airport. Most of us cried when we left because we miss our Texas family so freaking much but the idea of going home and getting back to our house and more mildly crazy life was such a relief.
The kids were out cold again.
Sierra couldn’t get comfortable in the booster.
Happy to be heading home!
We had just returned the rental car and were waiting for the airport shuttle.
I dutifully kept my camera out the entire trip home to capture these moments for Payson. He was as excited about the shuttle bus as the airplane!
Sierra was only a baby when she first flew so this was a brand new experience for her, too! And Brooklyn too, really, she was only just-turned 3 on her first flight!
Payson was a cranky, cranky, cranky, cranky child during traveling. Allan used a bunch of daddy tricks to distract him from his goal in life of ruining his parents’ lives.
Ember was happy on mommy’s hip, sucking mommy’s thumb.
Then Allan saw someone we know.
His parents found us in the airport. We were all on the same flight heading back.
I snapped a few pictures as we waited in the check in line.
Near our gate.
Waiting for our flight.
I was filled with dread. lol
The kids got to watch some airplanes out the window. They loved that.
And we made it on the plane. And Sierra got her turn to sit by the window.
She was so excited!
Brooklyn was on the other side of me.
On the flight to Texas I’d had Payson and Sierra with me with Ember on my lap. That was not going to happen again. Allan got Payson this time. We had kind of a… disagreement/ confusion thing at the start of the flight.
Baby climbs all over everywhere…
or ruins airplane magazines.
Payson peed through his pants on the flight. Allan cleaned everything up but we were totally out of clean pants for the boy.
He was happy about being “diaper boy” in the airport.
My kids love these things…
This was all such a happy time for us. We were so close to going home. Yay, our bags are here!
Waiting to ride the shuttle bus one more time!
Inside the shuttle bus I was on the lower level with Ember while Allan and the three older kids went on the upper level. So I handed my camera to Allan and asked him to please get a picture of Payson since he was being so cute.
And those are all of our traveling pictures! WHEW!