So, we survived (barely) our first time flying with toddlers. We planned to arrive at the airport 2 hours ahead of our scheduled departure, but with the insitence on economy parking and lugging 3 large suitcases, 2 car seats, a double umbrella stroller, diaper bag, computer bag, and purse, not to mention the 1 1/2 year old and 2 1/2 year old through the great sights of O'Hare, I had no time to finish my Venti Iced Vanilla Coffee with Cream until we sat down in the airline seat.
It is amazing the looks of disgust mixed with looks of "awww, he's so cute" that accompany walking onto an aircraft. The boys behaved miraculously. Getting a toddler to do anything for an hour and half straight is nothing short of a miracle. Jonas didn't understand why he had to face me most of the time, and Bram got tired of sitting in a seat he couldn't sit out of, but all in all they did very well.
Then when we got our rent-a-car, we pulled out our trusty GPS only to have it not pick up a signal for nearly 2 hours. (Yes, gnomes inside the GPS, we're in Canada now...) So, Jeff and I picked up a map at a gas station, found out we were opposite of where we were supposed to be, but found it all the same (the old fashioned way, and I am an amazing map -in- hand -navigator I will say).
We ended up driving way to long, because we showed up way to early to check in. We couldn't find a "kid friendly" option in the area of our conference. We stopped a local bakery, asked if they took credit only to find out post sandwich ordering that they were not taking credit today...aarrggh, so we ate at McDonald's......again. We have made a pact that it was the last McDonald's we have at least through this trip.
Now, we are here in our billet (a dorm building owned by SIM International (I don't know what it stands for, but they are a mission organization)) and thankfully they have an internet lab where I could update the internet world with the weary traveling of the Carr Clan.
Stay tuned, I'll try and update with some going's on of the week. To come: Canada Salvation Army visit, a visit to a mosque, will we eat the Korean food that is so readily available, will Bram ever sleep again, this and more in the next post!!!