After procrastinating for the longest time (in fear of burning a hole in our pockets) we finally
wracked up our credit card bit the bullet and purchased our tickets to Italy…only 2 1/2 weeks before our departure date (talk about procrastinating!). Now that the date is set, the countdown is full on! I’ve been getting nostalgic and reminiscing (non-stop) about…
The (stunning) pristine beaches…
The beautiful landscape…
The quaint touristy towns…
and last but not least…the delicious food!
But wait…there’s a catch! We have to get there first! Just as much as I’m reminiscing about the actual vacation, I’m also reminscing about the long trek to get there!
Well, this time around we have the pleasure of flying with a two year old AND a six month old! (Happy, happy, joy, joy!)
The passengers in question…
Take a look at our itinerary…to wish us luck is an understatement!
And this does NOT include our 3 hour wait in Milan and then our final (only one hour, thank goodness!) flight from Milan to Sardinia.
*Note to self: Find the first café asap when we arrive! (Nothing like a nice STRONG shot of Italian espresso to get you going
in the morning after a 19-hour trip!)
Once again, I’m running around frantically trying to find the perfect activities/toys, etc to keep my son busy on the plane. The hard part is accomplishing this without burning another hole in my pocket (this is where the $1 store comes in handy!). Believe it or not (if you know me at all you’ll believe it!), I already have my son’s backpack packed and ready to go.
Let’s hope these “surprises” keep him busy…
I don’t care how messy it is as long as it keeps him busy!
Melissa and Doug Puzzles
I can’t count how many times my son has played with his wooden “transportation” puzzles by Melissa and Doug. These ones come in a box of four-they are sturdy and the perfect size for little hands. (I’m nixing the box and throwing the puzzle pieces in a zip-lock bag to reduce space.)
These were our life-saver on the last year’s flight! Not only did the stickers end up in the book but also on the tray, tv screen, and even on US!
He’s just starting to get obsessed with “Cat…hat” (as he calls him) and he’s had a long- time crush on Dora! He should be pleasantly pleased when he discovers these in his bag of goodies (although he really enjoyed the airplane magazine last year!).
I think those will do (but I’m up for any other suggestions!).
As for my daughter, let’s just say it’ll be as if we are lifting weights the entire time-I just found out at her doctor’s appointment yesterday that she’s in the 84% percentile for weight (bless!). We’ve also reserved a “skycot,” which (apparently) is quite roomy AND relatively comfortable for baby (NOT like the one on our first flight to Italy!)
Well, the only thing we can do right now is
PRAY cross our fingers! The countdown is on…T-MINUS 10 DAYS!
Where was the furthest you traveled with your child? What toys/activities do you swear by to have on long-haul trips?