We've had a great time so far. The plane ride was interesting. Grace did wonderful. I was worried because the night before she had a complete meltdown and told me that she did not want to go to the beach because she didn't want to fly on a plane. Now, when I say complete meltdown, I mean HUGE sobs, crocodile tears and drama to the max. I could tell that she was genuinely afraid. So, we called down all the angles, bound the devil in the name of Jesus and prayed for freedom from fear. And, by golly, it worked! She wasn't scared at all, she even laughed when our plane went through a few rough patches and liked it when her tummy 'looped' around.
Harper was pretty good on our first 45 minute flight, due largely in part to the nicest man that I was sitting by. (Who turned out to be the previous head coach of the Alabama basketball team, who now works for ESPN.) Can't remember the name, Chris knows.... but I can not say enough nice things about this man. We were on one of the SMALL connection flights where the seats are 2 to each side and right on top of each other. He got to know Harper, gained her trust, played with her, picked up countless dropped things for us and was overall just the most gracious man. By the end of the flight he was playing peek-a-boo with her and had her cracked up.
The second flight was a little bit different story. Grace was perfect, but before we even got off the ground Harper was screaming that HIGH PITCHED, shrill scream that she does when she is REALLY mad. I heard the stewardess walk by and say under her breath "Lord, let me get that child a cookie, because Lord knows I do not have enough tylenol for that...." Not to mention all the people chattering about us.... It was awesome (ha ha) The truth of the matter is, what can a parent actually do with a very young toddler who is launching everything you are trying to distract her with, and when actually all your attempts are making it worse...? People, give parents a break. Eventually she did calm down, but had another screaming episode before we landed. Oh well, turned out to be just fine.
To be continued: time to put the sunscreen on and head to the beach!!!