July 30, 2009

The Price You Pay

Sure, you can have it all. You want to venture out into the world, so you decide to bring them along. First thing you do is train them. Carrying your bags is a great example of added value.


Then you teach them how to amuse themselves in an airport, and on the airplane, and you think, man, I'm good.




Then you laugh at all of those people in the customs line, NOT eating Goldfish crackers or playing a jolly game of tag. You see, right about now, the world is your oyster.


For a few moments, they even play the part, like little pretend explorers.


But all along, they had a plan. And their plan is very good. And you realize that your kids are smart - sometimes even smarter than you.


These little troopers have lasted more than 1/2 way through the summer with me, and they are still going strong. Hats off to you, kids, for putting up with us. And another, baby-hat-off to the Little Delicious Baby who made it all the way to Chicago as a newborn! Great to meet you in person Debbie, your Photo Friday program is the way to go!

15 comments:

Jen@TwoKidsandaMap said...

I love this post! How true that they are probably plotting the whole time how to get that next special travel treat...it is a good think we like to find the treats as well!

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

I loved this post, too. Looks like you have two marvelous little travelers there! Getting ready to make a big trip of our own next week and hoping our little travelers do as well as yours.

Amy @ The Q Family said...

And 'The Reward You Get'. :)

Looks like your little ones are on their way to be a world traveler. Kudo to you and them. :)

Lorraine said...

So right Jen & Amy, I love the treats just as much as them. Lucia - good luck on your big trip - can't wait to see where you are going!

Dominique said...

Goldfish crackers and ice cream...two of my favorites. Not only are your kids great travelers, they have such a discerning palate :)

Sharlene said...

What a great post. It truly represents the world of little travelers. My kids totally plot for treats whenever we travel.

jessiev said...

WHAT fun this is. i LOVE it! and you've got the system for keeping kids active and involved - brava!

Wanderluster said...

LOL - if I could only train my husband so well :-)

marina villatoro said...

I love the picture of them drawing together. it actually looks choreographed! and what's good behavior without a good reward:)

familyadventureguidebooks said...

OK, Lorraine. Fess up. There must have been some melodrama during your summer travels...you just didn't catch it on film :). Very cute post.

Lorraine said...

Ha! The melodrama isn't quite fit for the internet yet ;) Besides, I have a reputation to uphold! Thanks for the comments, I'm about to put my feet up and take some travels through the rest of the Photo Friday posts.

Asianmommy said...

Smart ideas! I love that they carry their own suitcases.

Corinne said...

What a fun read! Your girls are adorable.

jamie said...

This is very cute--I almost want to do an identical post showing the entire timeline when things go wrong!

Momisodes said...

Oh what sweet little troopers you have there! Looks like everything was totally under control :)

It was fabulous meeting you in Chicago!