We have been soooo looking forward to going on Spring Break to Kauai! We knew it was going to be a long journey – 3 flights – but we were ready with movies packed on the iPads, snacks, and activities for the kids. So, in short, we were really disappointed when the first leg of our flight was delayed 3 hours, then another 2 hours, and then another 2. John was on it with the customer service number for United, who did their best to help us but eventually had us going to Newark (the complete wrong side of the country) to stay overnight and then take a God-knows-how-long flight to Kauai. Fortunately, we went to a ticketing agent in the airport who helped soften that blow a little by routing us through LA via a different airline where we could stay overnight and get a 9 am flight to Kauai the next day. After how long those 2 flights took I cannot imagine having gone the Newark route – I think we might still be in the air now.
We felt badly having had the kids in the airport since about 7 am, knowing our flight wasn’t going to leave until 7:30 pm in the end. My dad had graciously driven us to the airport, but that meant we didn’t have a car to give us an option to kill time somewhere else. We decided to take a taxi to the Children’s Museum for 2 1/2 hours instead of trying to figure out how to keep a 6 and 3 year old entertained for 12 hours in one airport. Unfortunately, we underestimated the time it would take to get to the museum – round trip it cost about the same as a trip to the grocery store (with wine) – and we didn’t think about the fact that it was a Friday which overlapped the spring breakers who were ending and starting their breaks, making it super crowded. The kids also just wanted to get moving and didn’t seem to understand what we were trying to do but thought we were delaying them from getting on the plane. Good intentions, but not a great execution in the end.
The flight was fine, but when we got to LA we had to work out the hotel with the airline which took quite a bit of time, and the shuttle to our hotel took a good 40 minutes with 2 very tired kiddos (at that point it was 1 or 2 am according to their body clocks). The flight the next morning was all good – I saw Tim Allen at the airport which was cool (funnily enough, we had also seen Jeff Saturday (former Indy Colts’ center) at the Indy airport. The kids were good on the flight, but I was shocked that Hayden had enough of movies all on his own. Good for controlling screen time, but a little confusing as I tried to think of what might fill that void. 🙂
And, as you can see from the first picture I took in Hawai’i, all that travel plus a 6 hour time difference really took it out of little Layla!