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.
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!
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!)
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.
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.
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!