Up, Up, And Away!

filed under: Miscellaneous on February 24, 2009

Well, I just found out some really exciting  news…


…We are going to Florida!  Now if you live in Florida this might not seem so exciting, but if you live in Minnesota, the Frozen Tundra, this is awesome news!

Chads folks live there (in the winter) and have graciously decided to allow us to stay with them for 2 weeks!  I am leaving on March 4th and Chad is coming up on the 11th, so I will be there for a bit without him. 🙁

Its soo soon!  My question to you is, how on earth do I travel with 3 kids under 4?  Chads mom is coming to MN tomorrow and will be traveling back with me on the 4th, so there will be two adults… but I am still a little freaked!

Do you have any suggestions?  Anything to make like a little easier on the plane or in the airport?

Any savvy traveler tips?


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  • Amy Seavert says:

    Buy the boys some new (little) toys and don’t let them see them until they are on the airplane. Bring a portable DVD player with a movie they both like and headphones. Lots of snacks! Take advantage of each child getting a carry on (a backpack that they can actually wear themselves so you don’t have to carry everything). Hopefully the baby will sleep! Nurse her if not!

  • he & me +3 says:

    I don’t travel by plane, so I have no tips. We are planning to go in August to Florida…should be nice and hot then. I didn’t know you lived in MN…my cousin lives there.

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    I think I will take all of those suggestions Amy!  Thank you!

  • Debi ~ says:

    so where in Florida?

  • BP says:

    I’m not a traveler either so no tips from me! I like the idea of the new toys they haven’t seen yet or even old stuff they haven’t played with lately. How long of a plane ride is it?

  • Janis says:

    Can I just tell you how incredibly jealous I am of you? I am green with envy right down to my fingertips! I am so ready for some warm weather!!!!
    I hope you have a fantastic time! I think Amy said it best. I think your boys will be so excited on the plane that they will be pretty occupied but having lots of extras always works. I have heard that if you have a baby nursing or drinking as you take off or land it protects their ears so they aren’t miserable.
    Also I have heard that you can take a stroller right up into the plane and they will store it for you and then bring it right out to you when you land so do that…even if it is to haul luggage. 🙂
    Can’t wait to see the amazing pictures you are going to take in all that outdoor beautiful sun!

  • stacy Ness says:

    Hey Amanda~
    Yeah for you, you get to go to Florida. I would have to say the thigns about traveling with kids. Make sure to have there favorite blanky, stuffed animal anythign like that, Special treats that they can have on the plane, and make sure to buy extra drinks once you are through security because if they are drinking when you take off they most likely won’t even notice the pressure in there ears, and bring a few new toys that they have never seen before to play with on the plane.
    Also if the boys are small enough to bring the carseat on the airplane I would suggest that. It is kind of a pain in the airport but it is great on the plane bacuase they are in there and can get out unless you take them out. When I took both my boys by myself to Florida last year the car seat was wonderful. Kenny sat in it the whole time and never even asked to get out. I didn’t have make him sit in the car or get off the floor.
    Well I guess that is all I have to say hope it helps.

  • Tracie says:

    How great!!! I never travel by airplane so I am little help. I have read message boards where they say to have snacks handy, and some activities to do. Coloring for example. A portable DVD player would be great too if you have one. Maybe a hand held game for your oldest if he has one.
    And, I will be in Florida too part of the time you are : )

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    Thats some great thoughts Stacy!  I am going to try and bring the carseat I think… Audrey does sleep really well in it, so its a great suggestion!

  • Tammy says:

    FUN,FUN,FUN!! I have to give you credit. 3 children all under the age 5?!? I will be praying for you but I know that if anyone can do it, it would be you. The kids(well Colton and Parker) are going to have a blast. And you have your MIL to help you as you travel. Snacks and toys are good and I know that little Audrey will be an angel. I wish you the best and have a great,relaxing time. What part of Florida are you going to? We will be leaving on the 7th for Orlando. Kids are super excited and I have to say so am I. Take care Amanda, my prayers are with you.

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    You are going to Orlando???  That sounds awesome!  Disney I take it?  Your kids are gonna be in kid heaven.  I think we will be going to Disney aroud the 12th, 13th of March.  Will you be gone by then?  Thats so neat that you are going on vacation!  Doesn’t warm(er) weather sound sooooo good???
    I will be praying for you guys as well… traveling can be hard on even the best mannered children.  But I have a feeling you’ve got it under control! 🙂
    Thanks for your sweet words and thoughts… you are a blessing!

  • JanMary, N Ireland says:

    I bring lots of little “pocket money” toys, wrapped up, and let the older kids open them at regular intervals during the flight.
    I also bring some of those “make a scene” sticker books with clingy re-usable pictures – these stick really well to airplane windows and are available in most kids fav characters – Thomas the Tank, Disney Cars, Winnie the Pooh etc.
    Enjoy 🙂

  • Tammy says:

    Yes we will be staying in Disney. We arrive on the 7th and depart on the 14th. Im sure it will go by so fast. I wish we could take 2 weeks but time is money right? This big snow storm is making me want to go all the more. You guys have a great time and God Bless you as you travel.

  • Christy says:

    Ok you know I just traveled with 3 kids from Germany to the states this summer! The portable dvd player and I suggest a brand new dvd and another favorite movie the boys both enjoy. Also get the coloring books where they have to use the special crayons, I think it’s Color Wonder or something like that. If they like any portable games, take those and some extra batteries. Let them have their own carry on with their toys and snacks. Some new picture books and/or story books.
    Snacks are definitely key. You can’t bring drinks so just take what they offer you on the plane or if you can buy something inside security (check with the airline if you’ll be offered a snack and drink on the flight and if it’s free or not). Bring suckers for the boys for taking off and landing (for ear pressure).
    A small blanket for them and an extra outfit for each child (maybe 2 for Audrey). Audrey’s carseat will be helpful for sure. My boys prefer sitting in the seats, I didn’t lug the carseats/booster seats onto the plane (plus you need to check with the airline, some only allow certain types because of safety reasonings..Audrey’s should be fine though). Also you can check the stroller at the gate, you can literally take it all the way up to the plane doors, fold it down, and they will put it in the plane and they’ll bring it out for you as you’re unloading so you’ll have it quickly (they’ll bring it to the same area that you dropped it off…so you will have to wait a moment until they can get your stroller, but imo it’s worth the wait).
    Make sure you have plenty of diapers for Audrey and change her right before you get on the plane, because the bathroom is so tiny and it’s not very fun changing her in your seat, although you’ll probably have to do it at least once during the flight.
    When taking off and landing, nurse Audrey. This will help with her ears popping.
    When getting on the plane let the Attendant or pilot (often they’re standing there to greet you) let them know it’s your children’s first time flying and most airlines have wings for the kids.
    Also when checking in at the gate, ask if there’s early loading for parents with small children (there normally is), it’s helpful for everyone that you can get settled in before you have to deal with a lot of other passengers while you’re trying to get 3 small children settled into their seats and getting them comfortable.
    Oh and I suggest placing what you can under your seat vs in the overhead for ease of getting to things during the flight. Take your camera and take pictures of the kids, you’ll want to capture that moment with them, plus it’ll be a good distraction for them! 🙂

  • Speaking from the Heart says:

    Thank you for visiting. I am looking forward to read about your wedding day. This is the best time to come to Florida, because it is not hot and humid.

  • Katie R. says:

    When Isaiah was five and Anna, 10mos we flew to Scotland. It my first time on a plane and of course my first time with children. Here are some things I remember being VERY helpful.
    Bring an umbrella stroller, they store it for you on the plane not in baggage so you can push kids in the airport instead of making them walk. Also the backpacks that have tails were essential for Isaiah. I think he had a monkey? the monkey clipped on him (like a backpack) and we could hang on to his hand AND the monkey’s tail. Made me feel much more secure in the busy airport. I want to say I got it at Wal-mart. Portable DVD player and NEW movies are super. For sure nurse your girl-bug during take-off and landings. I remember being able to have bottled water in our bags but that was 2006, maybe the rules are different now? For sure snacks. Also in the monkey backpack Isaiah was able to pack his own little trinkets. The back pack was small enough that it looked more like part of his clothing vs. a carry-on so it’s just a bonus. (Again, all 2006, don’t know current rules)
    More for busyness’ sake and something fun. My sister gave Isaiah his own disposable camera to take his own photos. She also gave him an album to put the photos in when we returned. Isaiah still remembers being able to do that. It was such a hit we bought more for him when we got to Scotland. (Many, many photos were taken on the plane) We still have that album on our coffee table.
    I’ll be praying for you.

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    What a great idea!!!  I think I will do that with the camera!
    Thanks Katie and blessings to you!

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