Monday, November 28, 2011

Lessons in holiday travel


1. You might be able to sneak a “lap child” past a TSA agent but you can’t get one past an airline gate agent.

2. A “lap child” needs to be claimed (so to speak) on a boarding pass and you need a form of identification, such as a birth certificate or shot record, for the child.

3. If you look like you’re on the verge of tears and your child is really teeny, the gate agent will be kind and redo your pass without said identification.


4. It is best to travel when your infant should be in bed. He will sleep through a car ride, take off, lay over and second flight.


5. Out of town family members love to hold your baby so you can do things like go to the bathroom, drink coffee and run 12 miles (a 3-miler and a 9-miler).

6. Running in Florida sounds much more glamorous than it actually is. It was humid and not very scenic, aka I ran alongside a highway and planned communities about 30 minutes outside St. Petersburg.

7. Sometimes you have to abandon your way of eating based on what your gracious aunt/host has made available.

8. Muffins taste great for breakfast. Two muffins taste even better.


9. If you are smart enough to procure summer clothes for your infant to wear in Florida, you should be smart enough to pack summer clothes for yourself. Should be.


10. The beach is like a giant sandbox and children love it accordingly.

11. So do adults.

12. And old men in banana hammocks.


13. It’s great to be together as a family. The beach is just a bonus.

What did you do for the holiday?


  1. awww looks like so much fun! I'm glad you got some "me" time this weekend even if the running scenery wasn't ideal. How cute is Miles? I want to eat him up!

  2. Old men in banana hammocks is the best part of a beach vacation, right?!

    Glad you had a good Thanksgiving.

  3. Miles looks like he was having a blast . . . you, on the other hand, look exhausted. What a whirlwind trip, but family time (especially in FL while it's cold and raining nonstop here in IN) is always great! Welcome back to the NON-STOP pouring rain . . and forecast for 3-5 inches of SNOW tomorrow - blech!

  4. I LOVE your hair!! It is getting so long!! It is cute!!! Miles is def. getting so big!!! SO glad to hear you had a great time with family in FL!!! Its pretty gross weather here in OH. Dumb rain wont STOP :(

  5. Miles just gets cuter and cuter!

  6. 9 miles?! get it girl!

    traveling with a baby would scare me. traveling with a dog about unravels me so id probably need to be medicated.

  7. Loving these travel tips. We are taking our little one on two flights next June, so it's nice to see another mom taking on the airport and the TSA!

    Miles is getting big! Such a cutie. Hope you guys enjoyed Florida!

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  9. Miles is so cute!!! I would never have thought that a lap child would need anything to get on a plane. Looks like you had a wonderful vacation. I'm so jealous of the Florida beach and sun.

  10. oh no! I'm going to Florida in 10 days and I was soooo excited to run outside again! (granted I'm from Canada so my standards are low!)

  11. love the sunshine :) Miles looks so big! he's really gown up. glad you had a nice holiday and way to travel with the wee one