My oldest is leaving on his very first ~ all by himself ~ plane ride tomorrow afternoon. He’s been on tons of planes before just none without us. His first plane ride was when he was 8 weeks old; we flew him to BC to show him off to my family, Christmas 1998. When he was 7 months old we flew with him to Europe. Landing in Paris then we backpacked around Switzerland and Italy before returning home. He was the hit of the flight! The pilot even held him in the cockpit. Since then he’s been on at least 1 plane per year, so flying isn’t an issue. He’s not the one who’s worried… did I mention it’s a nearly 5 hour flight….
I phoned the airline and the airport authority and I can only take him as far as the check-in counter. They will have someone walk him through security and stay with him at the gate. This is the part that I don’t like. Toronto Airport can be a zoo! I have prayed for his angels to work double time!!
Q will be gone for two weeks in total. My parents are taking him and his cousin to Disneyland. They are driving down in their RV on Wednesday. My dad has some business to attend to on the way there but they should be in Anaheim by Friday. They plan on taking in the Oregon Coast on the way down (it’s beautiful!!).
My dad’s really looking forward to the trip. He’s been busy making games for them to play while driving, places for them to put their clothes and to sleep. He has it all worked out! It will be a good bonding time for Q and his grandparents. He only gets to see them once to twice a year if lucky. They fly to visit us most often. Nana came out here for a weekend this past March, but they only saw each other for a day or so. Q hasn’t seen his papa since our trip out there last September, almost a year ago now. We won’t be travelling back there much anymore. Taking 4 kids and two adults on an airline in Canada is NUTS! You might as well buy the plane!
Today I’m spending the day packing his bags, making sure he isn’t missing anything. I’m going to miss you my big man but I know you’ll have a lot of fun and make some incredible memories!!