26 September 2008

Crisis Averted

No, not the financial kind- the travel kind.

We were scheduled to leave on a flight from Gainesville at 7 am. Rules say you have to be there 30 minutes in advance to check bags. We were checking 5. The airport is 30 minutes from our home.

We woke up at 5:45.

As we do the math we realize that we have to get up, get dressed, get the kids up and get in the car (not yet packed) in 15 minutes if we want even a chance to make our flight.

15 minutes.

2 kids. 5 bags. 2 frazzled parents. 15 minutes.

I'm in Atlanta, so the short answer is that we made it. It ws a bag-hauling, kid-dragging, prayer-giving, speed-limit exceeding melee that got us to the Gainesville Regional Airport at 6:29 (!!!) and to the counter just moments before the cutoff.

15 minutes later we were in our seats. Now we are waiting in Atlanta for our 10:50 flight to Phoenix.

Now it is 4 hours on a plane with a 3 year old and an 18 month old. After this morning? Piece of cake.


Anonymous said...

Quite impressed you guys pulled that off! Talk about stress.

Nothing gets me more frazzled than flying with my little kids.

Jlowryjr said...

There was significant frazzle, but also dazzle.

Lillie said...

What a great post. I can feel every moment of stress that you didn't even write in this concise post. We've been there far too many times. Don't know that we've ever made it out of the house within 15 minutes of waking up.... ever... but been there in OTHER ways. :)