Texas Field Trip – Rodeo

When visiting Texas, if at all possible, go to a rodeo.

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A few things to remember

  • Go in the evening – it’s much cooler.
  • Bring water and snacks or money for the concession stand.
  • There are down times followed by periods of high intense action.  Enjoy the show!

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One of the things that I loved about the rodeo is the character of the people.  When the American flag came riding by to start the show, people stood up – there weren’t even asked to, they just stood up because they felt it was right.  The best part was the flag is presented by The Glory Riders.  The Glory Riders are a Christian ministry drill team that lifts up the name of Jesus and promote God and America.  Learn more about The Glory Riders by visiting their website.

I am going to try to post more rodeo pictures later on – it’s a bit harder to post from here as I am using a borrowed computer.  :-)

Airplane Travel Tips #2 – #7

So we have arrived in Texas, but we were so busy yesterday that I didn’t have a chance to post the rest of the tips we learned from yesterday air travel.  After all, upon arrival we got to see Grandma and Granddad, travel back to their house and they have a POOL!

So to catch up -

Airplane Travel Tip #2 – Establish an order

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Before getting on the plane we established an order – that was everyone knew how to get onto the plane and we (hubby and I) knew where the kids all were.

Here is our order – yours of course may be different:

Hubby –> Princess –> The Oldest –> Bug –> Me

This may not be necessary for some, but it helped me to make sure everyone was where they were supposed to be.  Princess gets a little nervous sometimes, so she is close enough to grab daddy’s hand when needed.  The Oldest was in the middle that way he could help keep an eye on Princess and Bug if necessary.  Finally Bug and I brought up the rear.  Bug could walk in front of me – following The Oldest, but if he needed to he could get a hand too.

Airplane Travel Tip #3 – Bring a new toy for each child

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These don’t have to be expensive toys.  In fact, it is probably better if they are not, as there is always going to be the chance of losing them on the plane.  We hit the dollar store – Princess found a new doll, Bug found a little mixer with road signs and The Oldest picked out a deck of cards.

Airplane Travel Tip #4 – Electronics are ok

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Before leaving home, we made sure to charge various electronics to bring on our trip.  The children learned quite quickly to figure out if the “electronics” sign was on or off.  I’m not saying that you should plop the kids in front of electronics constantly or even for the whole plane ride, however occasionally they can come in handy.

Airplane Travel Tip #5 – Take a walk

I don’t have a picture for this one as I was trying to hold a child’s hand, walk down the aisle and not fall down, so I didn’t have an extra hand for the camera.  Bug started this by saying he had to go potty.  By the way – I highly recommend visiting the lavatory.  Yes, I know this sounds crazy, but how can you say that you got to go potty at 36,000 feet.  After Bug got to go Princess decided that she had to go, until she realized that if she gave up her window seat it would be Bug’s turn at the window.  During out 3 1/2 hour trip we all got to walk up and down the aisle – some more than others as I took each of the little ones on their trip to the potty.  However, the point here is that you get to get out of your seat and wiggle for a few minutes and that is always good.

Airplane Travel Tip #6 – Use the call button

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At one point we had a chat about the buttons on the ceiling.  As the kids played with their toys it was daytime and nighttime a lot so I had to turn their lights on and off.  Plus they liked opening and closing the window shade.  When they saw the button that looked like a person with a drink Bug immediately decided that was the button that you used if you were thirsty.  Luckily the kids were too short to push the buttons themselves, but I was asked more than once to push the call button.  Here’s the thing, I didn’t want to disturb the flight attendants every time Bug wanted something so I told him that we really didn’t need to push the button.  I knew he was thirsty so we asked for an extra juice during one of our bathroom trips.  We did use the call button when his ears started hurting.  A flight attendant came over and he showed bug how to hold his nose and blow, plus he got him a drink to help him out.  You don’t want to push the button every time the kids ask, but using it to help them out – not a problem, plus the fun of having someone come over and check on you helps to entertain the kiddos too.

Airplane Travel Tip #7 – the baggage carousel is pretty cool – you can do laps while waiting
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After we got off the plane (in our order) we found our way to the baggage area where Grandma and Granddad were waiting.  After a happy reunion Bug wanted to know how we were going to get our bags.  Bug, Princess and I walked over to check out the baggage carousel.  We stood watching for a little bit, but whenever it seemed to be taking too long we took a walk around the carousel.  This helped to stretch little legs and as a distraction to keep from getting tired of waiting.

When the bags finally started coming out - it was like Christmas.  The kids were so excited.  Bug’s car seat came out first – he was so happy to see it – “Look, Look – it’s my seat”.  Our other two bags came out shortly after – Princess was happy that she was able to help spot them so everyone got to play.

This weekend we are planning to go to a rodeo, see a movie and I am not sure what else.  So far this has been a great trip – As we have more adventures I will share them on here as well as more travel tips – for traveling with kids.

If you happen to live in the Dallas area – or an hour or so North of Dallas – and have field trip ideas, feel free to let me know.  We’ll be here all week!

Talk to you soon

mcrooker – homeschoolerontheedge

Airplane travel tip #1

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#1 – Find a window seat
This is before you get on the plane.  As you have to get to the airport at least an hour early finding a seat near a big window is awesome!  The kids can be happy for a while as they watch the planes, little cars, conveyor belts and people.
Quote for the morning — we saw one of the small “golf cart” airport vehicles driving along and not to far behind it was an airplane.  Bug’s comment, “Look at that little car running for it’s life!”

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO – K – lahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plains

Oh wait – we are going to Texas!  Phooey – I don’t know any Texas musicals, just the Oklahoma one.

Oh well – that’s ok.  Guess where we are going?  Well, it isn’t really a surprise now that I have given it away.  Yes, we are going to Texas.

Did you know that the distance between Gilbertsville, PA and Pottsboro, TX is 1,451 miles.  According to Google Maps, it would take us 22 hours and 14 mins to drive a car, it couldn’t figure out a route for a bus.  Google Maps did inform me that we could shave off 13 miles by walking, however it would take approximately 474 hours – as that translates to about 20 days of walking – I think that option is out.  Biking would only take 146 hours (around 6 days), but since Bug still uses training wheels that probably won’t work out either.

So – we are flying!  We have done the drive before (in the summer while very pregnant I might add), but this time we decided to fly!  airplane

So travel tips for flying on an airplane with 3 kids aged 13, 8 and 4 will be coming in my next post later this week.  Odds are, I will be telling you what not to do, but here’s hoping there are some things I do right too!

See you soon – next time from CST!

I am not a Princess – I am a Mom!

I came to a realization this morning – I am not a princess.  Well, I am and I’m not.  Let me clarify -

I am not a princess in the sense of the fairy tales – in particular – the story of The Princess and the Pea.  For those who are not familiar with the story here it is, in short version.

The prince is looking for a princess.  In order to find out if the ladies who are presenting themselves are “real” princesses they participated in a variety of tests.  These tests ranged from table manners and etiquette to the final test.  The final test was they were given a room for the night.  In their rooms the beds were piled with mattresses and feather pillow tops, but under the lowest mattress was a single pea.  All of the princesses that slept well were sent on their way.  The one princess who did not sleep well was the “real” princess, because the a real princess would have such sensitive skin and would turn black and blue from a single pea under all of those mattresses.  

While it is a cute story I find it hard to believe that someone would have trouble sleeping because of one little pea, however here is how I know why I am not that kind of princess.

Here is what I found this morning when I got up.

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Somehow this wooden pine tree was under the bottom sheet.  The thing is, I found it this morning, after I got up.  Which means it was there all night while I was sleeping -

The thing is I have always told Princess that she is a princess – and so is her Mommy.  How does that work?  Well – our Father is the king!  So basically, since God is King – she and I are both princesses.  Just not “that kind” of princess.

As a mom, I have stepped on Lego blocks, little tiny animals, beads and various other toys.  I have been covered in anything and everything that has come out of the various holes on my children.  I have had to go to the eye dr three times for a scratched cornea (one of them got me with a piece of paper, one of them with a domino and one of them with their fingernail).  I have cleaned up stuff from the floor, beds, and children that it is probably best not to mention.  I have slept curled up in a child sized hospital bed when my oldest was sick, I have slept in the woods while camping with the kids, I have slept in my recliner with a sick baby who needed to sleep upright because of a cold, I have slept on a little wooden pine tree because one of the kids left it in the bed.

I am a princess because I am the daughter of the King.  But I am not “that kind” of princess and that is OK.  God made me to be a Mom.

What kind of a princess are you?