30 May 2008

things i have recently learned (or re-learned)

1. it's official: i'm a control freak.

i mean, i knew this, but somehow i hoodwinked myself into thinking that during this whole aging process i was making great strides toward normalcy. all it takes, however, is facing a major undertaking (ie two week trip to hawaii for family of six) for the ocd in me to come sprinting back.

i had to be the one to pack everyone's everything (minus the hubby's stuff, although i did designate a maximum capacity of half a suitcase to his belongings--and i should add that he only took up about 2/3rds of his allotted space. this is why i married the man.) i also spent an unnatural amount of time packing the carry-ons, because if i'm going to have to read a book to my child 400 times with no legroom, it had best be a book i love. this meant yes to DUCK ON A BIKE and RUBY THE COPYCAT, and a resounding no to BUCK BUCK THE CHICKEN.

2. three flights is a really long time to get anywhere. we left home at 7 am EST wednesday and stumbled in to my parents' place at 4:30 am EST thursday.

3. in spite of number two, my children were impressively calm and non-whiney on the planes. elle was a walking (okay, sitting) advertisement for delta. every time she saw the logo and accompanying name, she'd say "D-E-L-T-A spells delta!" (note to the ununcle: i think she should earn a commission. or, you know, a lot of extra biscoff cookies.)

4. also entertaining? elle would rotate the button that allows your seat to (marginally) recline in order to "make the plane go higher and higher," although she later recanted this view and said instead that she was adjusting the speed. (fyi: clockwise=faster, counter-clockwise=slower. just in case your flight is running behind sometime.)

5. i didn't fully believe in jet lag until hitting the post-thirty years. turns out it's real.

6. i don't think i realize quite how much i've missed my family until i get to see them again. it's good to be back home.

13 comments:

~love said...

i'm so excited for you all...and can't wait to see some pics! hubby and i have been to oahu twice and enjoyed ourselves immensely. what a wonderful place to call home.
what island are you on?!
enjoy!

oh--i totally have to pack everyone's everything. it's the only way to go. =)

~ANG said...

Aaahhh! Hawaii - I used to live on Molokai, taught at Molokai Christian Academy for 3 years. Loved it. Miss it. Have fun...I'll try not to be jealous.

Rebekah said...

I'm still giggling at saying no to Buck Buck the Chicken! I can so relate to the control thing...

I hope you have a marvelous vacation!

Hot Flash MaMa said...

So glad that the other grandpa and grandma get to see the precious grandkids--- oh yeah and their daughter and son in law too.

It does seem like on one of these trips you could make room for your MIL when you are so carefully packing the suitcases. She promises to not get in your way, and would just live on the beach the whole time.

Stephanie said...

Wow! That is a lot of travel time! Good for you for braving that trip. Sounds like it was worth it :)

waterfalls*n*rainbows said...

Hi Nicki! :)

So happy you're here! Can't wait to see you.

LOL...I love this post. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

And lucky you, the skies are so gorgeous right now! I'm sure you heard about all the vog that was sitting over the islands the last few weeks.

HUGS!

Jenn said...

The packing is the WORST part! I despise it...finding the balance between getting everything I need and saving space!

I hope your family is having a fun refreshing time! Can't wait to see some of your fabulous pictures!

take a bow Jenn

Eileen W. said...

Your post made me laugh!! Enjoy your time home with your family. :)

Norman said...

Aloha from one MIL to the other! You know that if the DIL finds room in the suitcase, you are welcome to visit anytime! We've already found room for 11 in this tiny house~~so what's one more? And bring the FIL as well!

We're having a great time! Bee is getting his hugs, regardless, and they had a fabulous backyard water fight today, instigated by their Aunty.
Come on over!

PamperingBeki said...

Oh I'm so excited for you! I know you guys are having a glorious time right now.

I used to visit Hawaii fairly often when my brother lived there and I was a flight attendant so I got free flights. Whee!!

I just adore the laid back peaceful attitude there.

Melissa said...

What a wonderful trip!! Next time I'm gonna hide in your suitcase :)
Have a wonderful time with your family!

waterfalls*n*rainbows said...

Hi Nicki! :)

So happy you're here! Can't wait to see you.

LOL...I love this post. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

And lucky you, the skies are so gorgeous right now! I'm sure you heard about all the vog that was sitting over the islands the last few weeks.

HUGS!

Jenn said...

The packing is the WORST part! I despise it...finding the balance between getting everything I need and saving space!

I hope your family is having a fun refreshing time! Can't wait to see some of your fabulous pictures!

take a bow Jenn