It is that time of year again – the holiday season. This time of year is full of visits with family and friends. For some reason I always sing this song in my head “over the hill and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go..” as we are making the trek to visit our loved ones.
I have come up with a new version now that we live here “over the ocean and through several airports to Grandmother’s house we go..” After all that is really what a trip to see loved ones involves now. It is a much bigger undertaking full of so much more planning. I must admit now that I have children I do not like to travel to visit loved ones and I much prefer if they come to me.
I have to put in so much work and effort to get us ready for the trip and make sure we have everything packed and then there is the traveling itself. Maybe if my girls were better travelers I would enjoy it more. But my girls are the loud, yelling rowdy kids that everyone rolls their eyes at and whispers about. If this wasn’t hard enough now that we live here in beautiful Okinawa the trip to Grandmother’s house is about 4 times longer and let’s not forget the time difference.
I realized that if I ever plan on making a visit home while we live here I am going to have do a lot more planning and preparation than before. I am also going to need help from those who have managed the trip before with relative success. Turns out I am not the only parent who needs help. I received and email last week from Katie.
“I’m a new mom…I’ll be traveling back to the states for the holidays in December, and am wondering if anyone has some tips for traveling that far with a six month old!! What is on your “Must Pack” list? How did you handle switching from day to night with your babies? Any tips for things you wish you’d known before flying? I’d appreciated any and all advice!”
So can you lovely readers help us out? Please share your traveling wisdom with us both!