Friday, August 22, 2008

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

And we are back.

"That was the BEST vacation. Ever." Jay exploded on the plane.

"Yes. The BEST, ever!" Lola reaffirmed.

This morning we had a 4:30am wake up call in Warsaw (10:30pm EST time). We flew to Paris and made it into Cleveland at 9:00pm European time, but in Cleveland it was 3:00pm in the afternoon. We have been on the go for just over 17 hours and I assumed the kids would be asleep by 4pm, perhaps even 5pm. For sure by 6pm (midnight in Warsaw).

They are rock stars. All three of them. As soon as we got home, Jay raced to the stereo and pumped out some tunes. They raided our pantry for some "Cleveland" food and had a party before their baths.

Rock stars. I tell you.

They were awesome travelers. Each city we visited soon became their new favorite. As we said goodbye to cities and villages some tears were shed. We road planes, trains, and automobiles through four city changes and not one tantrum surfaced.





The kids are asleep and it is nearly 2am in Warsaw and only 8pm here. In Cleveland. And this mother of rock star travelers is editing over 800 pictures and slowly uploading onto an album. No, I won't bore you with all 800. However, I will chronologically document our trip.

First stop. Paris. And our ride in a French ambulance.

72classy comments:

Rachel said...

Do tell my love.

Darling pics. I'll sit through all 800, but I love ya like that :-)

So glad you're home. You have been sorely missed.

Krystyn said...

Totally rockstars! That's amazing.

You have been missed...have fun with the editing. I can't wait to see the results.

Naomi said...

You're already editing photos?? Have you slept at all???

So glad that was the BEST trip ever!

LceeL said...

Welcome home sweet lady, and hubby and lovely children. You have been missed, OHmommy - you have been missed.

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Kelly said...

So happy to hear you made it home safely. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it. It sounds like your children have the travel bug too if they did so well on the trip. AWESOME

Ellyn said...

Can't wait to hear about your trip but good grief get some sleep first.

Glad to hear you have such good little travelers. I am sure the made the trip easier and more fun for mom and dad.

anti-supermom said...

Happy to read you are back. I can't wait to see all the eloquent posts you will put together with equally eloquent photos of your trip!

The Big Piece of Cake said...

I just showed my husband these pictures and said, "look - these kids went to Europe with their parents." His response was, "I don't think that this would be a good idea for us." (actually said something completely different - but that's my PG translation)

Looks like a great trip - look forward to hearing more.

Kelley said...

so what is the secret? Valium milkshakes? Chocolate or strawberry?

Glad your trip was totally awesome and looking forward to catching up classy lady ;)

Karen MEG said...

Your kiddies are PROS!!! What a wonderful experience, cannot wait to read more and see what I know will be awesome pix.

But first, get some rest!!!

Shannon said...

How awesome that it went so well and the kids were so terrific - they really pull through for us when they have to, don't they? Can't wait to see pics and read all the delicious details!!

Hailey said...

Yahhh! I am sooo excited that you are back!

Kate said...

SO nice to see you made it home safely. I love the pictures you posted already...and since I won't be making any European jants anytime soon...wouldn't mind taking a gander at the other 795!!

Rock stars beget rock stars!! :-)

Tena said...

they most certainly are rock stars!! Welcome home!! Great pictures so far, can't wait to see more!

Elaine A. said...

You're home? Already? ; )

Glad to hear the kiddos traveled well.

Did you say ambulance?

Glad you're back. We missed ya...

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

What's a vacation without some stitches and a French ambulance, anyway?

KEEP BELIEVING

Megryansmom said...

Welcome home. I'll sit through 800 pictures too.

Christy said...

Welcome home! Glad to have you back for sure.

Can't wait to hear all the detail and see the pictures. But really don't stay up too late with those photos, get some beauty sleep too ;)

Jill said...

Welcome home! Glad to hear you had a great trip. I look forward to hearing about it!

Ambulance in Paris? Do tell!

Chelsea said...

So glad to hear you got home safe and had a wonderful time.

Not gonna lie - My heart skipped a beat when I saw Chatelet-Les Halles.

CC said...

they are obviously rock stars if the 1st thing they did at home was party hardy!

Amy said...

Welcome home girl! Can't wait to read all about it!

maggie said...

Yay for a great trip! I'm so glad you had a good time and that the kids did, too.

Wait. Did you say ambulance? As in ambulance, ambulance or as in a fancy French word that means something other than ambulance? I look forward to pictures and stories!!

Ashley said...

Can't wait to hear all about your travels and the little rockstars!!

Helen E.M. Wright said...

I'm glad it was a successful trip! I only have to deal with one...and a husband when traveling. Well done!

Flea said...

Wonderful pictures. A French ambulance? Excuse me?

Indy said...

I can't wait. I knew you'd have something up here tonight. Get some rest girlfriend.

lattemommy said...

I remain in awe of your ability to travel with 3 kids. Taking my two to the mall is enough to kill me. Looking forward to the photos and stories - I'm sure they'll be doozies!!! (You travel like we do - nearly every trip involves a visit to a hospital. We're collecting hospital cards as souvenirs!)

Kellan said...

Welcome home! So glad you all are home safely and had such a good vacation! Your children are so darling and that is a cute picture with them all sleeping around their mother. Have a good weekend and get some rest. Kellan

Mr Lady said...

Welcome home, Classy fam!

A Whole Lot of Nothing said...

Welcome home to YOUR bed on YOUR pillow!

And high-5s all around for your good travelers.

Jolyn said...

that. is. awesome.

Do I see Chatelet Les Halles? The HUGEST metro stop ever? My girlfriend from college lives right by that stop(s), with her frenchie husband and toddler/baby. wish I were there now...

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Welcome back....and see you worried for nothing....perfectly behaved children....sometimes they really do surprise us!!

Can't wait to see your pictures!

Lisa

carrie said...

Welcome Home! You are all rockstars and I can't wait to hear all about it -- now get some much-needed rest!

Wendi said...

What an amazing adventure!
Welcome Home!!!
Can't wait to see more of your photos!

Cecily R said...

SO happy you all had such a wonderful time. I'm so glad the trip fulfilled all of your expectations!!

I'm excited for the pictures...and for the ambulance story.

XO

justmiss said...

The HO is home *dances* Of COURSE you guys did the whole ambulance thing... because you guys are cahrazy like that ;-)

JCK said...

And YOU are the biggest rockstar of them all! So glad it was a good trip and the kids enjoyed it, too.

THopgood said...

Can't wait to see the photos and hear all about it. I'll have to catch up when I return from my own vacation.

Mandy said...

Glad you are back!!! The trip sounds amazing. I would love to see more pics. :)

vincent said...

For those of us who have never traveled afar, I admit- this has been a fabulous journey for me also! Thank you for sharing. And I would look at all of the pictures too. Beautiful family, and beautiful trip...

mommynotes said...

So sweet! I cannot wait to hear more and see pictures.

Jo said...

Witam w domku!!! Glad you are home safe and sound! What an adventure you had!

buzki
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Tracey said...

Oooh la la! A FRENCH ER. That is CLASSY. Did you ride in the ambulance with a long cigarette and your pinky held up?

Glad you had a good time.

Belle said...

Glad you made it back safely and that the children were such troopers. Looking forward to the photos.

Happy Days said...

It sounds like you had a great time. I can't wait to hear more! It is always good to come home too!

LaskiGal said...

Excited to hear about all your adventures!

Rest up and fill us in when you are good and ready :)

April said...

I was beginning to experience w/drawal, so I'm SO glad you're back! Can't wait to read all about it.

haniaski said...

OMG.WELCOME HOME !!!
I can't wait to talk to YOU !!!

chris said...

Good to hear you had a great trip! Can't wait to see the pics.

Kash said...

OMG, that first picture is PRICELESS. CANNOT wait to see the rest.

Irene said...

Welcome back!!! It sounds like a wonderful trip!

Looking forward to seeing all your great photos!!!

Immoral Matriarch said...

I cannot wait for the recaps and the PICTURES! Welcome back - and now I have a place to say thank you thank you for the camera! AND the girls think you're the best person ever. I had to come to your blog and show it to them, and then go through my BlogHer photos and show them your photo and we talked about you. They wanted to know everything they could about this wonderful woman that sent them treats. :)

Allison Says said...

Welcome home! Glad you had a safe trip. And glad to hear the kids were so well behaved. That's wonderful! Love the first picture of them all passed out with you smiling. Very sweet :)

Can't wait to see all the pictures!

kittyconcerto.com said...

Oh I'm so excited to see all your lovely pictures. Glad everybody is home safe and sound.

Kirsten said...

Delurking to say I'm so glad your family made it home safely. Looking forward to hearing/seeing more from your trip.

Blessings From Above said...

Welcome home!!! Can't wait to hear all about your trip.

P.S I LOVE Lola's outfit with the stripped leggings. Too cute!

P.S.S Did you know that you were nominated for the Hottest Blogger calender? You sexy MILF! http://hotbloggercalendar.com/gals/

Lisa said...

Hooray! I'm so happy you are all back safe & sound and that your trip with your rockstar family was so fabulous! Already looking forward to the pictures and the stories!!!

Lisa said...

Did I tell you how happy I am that you're back? You surely were missed!

Tom said...

Tak, pamietam te Polskie pociagi.

Steph said...

Sounds like a blast! So happy your kids were little rock stars the whole trip tell me how do you do it??

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

Yeah! You survived with 3 kids - int'l travel!! Gla dyou had a fbulous time!!

the dragonfly said...

Oh, looks fabulous. What great kids!! It's so great that you got to go on a trip like that with them. :)

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

Welcome back! Loved the mini-Plurks.

Eloise said...

Welcome home! Can't wait to see and hear more about your trip.

Courtney said...

So glad you are all back safe and sound and so sorry to hear about Jay's stitches although it is an awesome story!

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

I'm so glad you all had a good time! And I'm glad you're back.

Tiffany said...

Oh, can I just say how jealous I am! In a good way of course, but oh how I want to do traveling like this with our family. It is one of my biggest motivations to build my Arbonne business, so that we can do this. Oh, I love Europe!

Rhea said...

Your kids do rock, the little world travelers!

ww said...

So glad you had a great time and that the kids were rockstars! Can't wait to see/hear more details on your fabulous trip. Will you tell us your secrets and tips on how your kids were rockstars? My husband and I need to go on a vacation badly but I've been nervous about taking 2 little kids so would love to hear your tips! Thanks, Wendy

Bento Addiction said...

I loved seeing your vacation pictures ! Paris does look amazing. how did you ever plan a trip to vacation there? That is always something I dream of doing but chicken out because I'm afraid I'd be booked in a horrorific hotel. Did you use a travel agency or did you do it all on your own? Amazingly beautiful children btw !

 

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