A few months ago, my cousin Alex called and asked if my kids would be in his wedding. We were thrilled. The monsters LOVE Alex and Brooke. The wedding was scheduled a few days after Christmas... in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Do you know where that is? I didn't.
Eureka Springs is in northwest Arkansas. In the Ozarks. The only thing I know about that area is all I "learned" from watching Jason Bateman's show on Netflix.
We worked it out to fly with my Dad. Mom drove her car (and most of the luggage) to Tennessee. The plan had been for her to drive from TN to AR. But we will get to that later.
1. Plan for the Airport
If you've been following our adventures for a while, you know we like to fly. Usually our flights are in an Aerostar, and one of the kids copilots with Grandpa. Well, this trip was different.
For a quick recap of the itinerary, check this out.
This trip was not with my parents. It was with Stu's. And we were flying from south Florida to Phoenix, Arizona. So, we hitched a ride on a big bird headed west.
The kids were interested in the idea. They had no idea what to expect at all. Riley has never flown commercial before. Reagan only has once, and she was 1 at the time. This was going to be a super adventure for them.
Just explaining simple things to them was fun. Like, no, you cannot bring 7 large stuffed animals with you. No, you cannot bring your water bottle (full) onto the plane.
We fielded questions the night before. Why do we have to wake up at 4am?! Why is our flight at 6:30am?! Why can't the plane leave later? What do you mean 'go through security'? How many people will be on the plane? Why do we stop in Atlanta if we want to go to Phoenix?
Our 4AM Wake Up Call
We love to travel. Although our roaming souls often come back to the same places.