Sarah offered to watch our girls the Monday before we left (April 10). There was no school, so that made it nice. Initially I was just gonna keep them home, but then I got to thinking of how much fun they'd have at Sarah's, so I decided to drop them off. Best. Choice! Sarah even fed them dinner, it was sooo nice!
And they got to play in the woods and run all day. They all went to bed so easily that night too. I cleaned and did laundry and packed all day without any interruptions. Windows open, big soda to drink, it was awesome sauce. Our pairs - Addie & Abby, Delaney & Ellie, and Frankie & Adeline. 💕
Addie was a junior bridesmaid so we had to get her a women's size dress. Thankfully we've got a pretty amazing personal seamstress named Rose. She got the dress back to us in the knick of time!
Despite my wonderful day of cleaning and packing, I still managed to stay up super late getting things done. But we were ready, and on Tuesday morning woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed! We had a 12:00 flight, so we left at 8:00 to give us enough time to park our car and catch our shuttle.
We were on our way!!!
Delaney had woken up warm and with a sore throat, but there was nothing to do but pack the Tylenol and push through.
Our setup for our initial flight was me, D, A, then across from us was Frankie in the window seat, matt in the middle, and a nice gentlemen that became our friend sitting in the aisle seat.
I gave the girls little surprise bags I made them with gum, snacks, and some little toys.
Frankie had started to get anxious about the flight. She kept asking how loud it would be and how fast it would go. We talked her through and she did great!
D started to feel sick after the flight took off. She pretty quickly laid down and went to sleep.
Her lovey and her special Delaney blanket comforted her enough to sleep soundly. I gave her some Tylenol even through she didn't want it, and that helped. She threw up once, right into her bag, and that was that. She cried a little bit about her ears during landing and takeoff, but other than that she was fine.
The girls took some time to read up on the safety features of the plane. Safety first, you know.
We had a quick layover in Denver before our second short fligh to Portland. We switched up our seating that time.
We'd been traveling for about 10 hours by that point and were feeling pretty cray-cray.
We landed in Portland right around 5:00, which is 8:00 our time. Since Matt's sciatic pain has had him down and out for almost 4 weeks at that point, we decided that I'd help get the luggage off the carousels, get the gang situated, and then go get the rental. The on site rental place require a shuttle ride to get to it, so we made the right choice.
We were able to get a minivan for the cost of what we almost paid for a midsize and we were so glad we did. We've never have been able to fit 7 suitcases, 6 carry ons, and 5 Rays into a midsize. And also, I seriously need to pack less. After I picked up the crew we headed to get some dinner and game plan for the evening. Phase 1 was done and we were in Portland!