Our first airplane trip and cross-country excursion was a success! Last week we traveled from San Diego, CA to Scranton, PA (and back!) to celebrate the quadruplets' great Aunt Kathy's 50th Jubilee as a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary order.
By the time Molly was 6 months old she had probably been on 10 separate plane trips. But due to the entourage required to move this broadening brood, the quadruplets' first plane trip didn't happen until they were almost 6 months old.
We were fortunate enough to have my parents and our aunt Tia Carmelita travel with us to help transport 5 kids under the age of 2 across country. Packing took the better part of the week - but when we were ready to hit the road, things went pretty smoothly.
Before Molly's first plane trip our neighbor Sandy bought her a onesie with an airplane picture that said, "Congratulations....you get to sit near me". It was a good luck charm so we passed that on to Claire and Aunt Erin rounded it out with 3 more onesies of the same for the boys...so our kids were well attired for their trip across the country.
Although there were many highlights, two of the best parts of our trip were getting to pre-board ahead of everyone on Southwest and the incredible pizza party we had once we finally arrived in Scranton (16 hours after our journey began!)
On Day 2 of our trip, the guest of Honor - Sr. Kathryn Kurdziel, IHM escorted us to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Center to meet the Sisters in their rehab center. These are the ladies who have been praying for the quadruplets since their conception - and it was so amazing to finally introduce these little miracles to these ladies in person. We took the babies at lunchtime to the nursing home and were overwhelmed by all of their love and affection for the quadruplets. Here are just a few highlights of a most emotional and incredible afternoon:
On Saturday we celebrated Sr. Kathy's jubilee with a beautiful mass, followed by a luncheon at the IHM Center and a serious after party at my Uncle Brian and Aunt Margi's house. The quadruplets enjoyed being held by everyone under the sun (...ok their parents enjoyed this :) and meeting many relatives and friends from western and NE Pennsylvania.
Other highlights of our time in Scranton included (kind of) sleeping through the night, traversing bucolic Lake Scranton, and partying hard at our first hotel stay.
Our trip also coincided with what was the one year anniversary of when Charlie and I first found out we were having quadruplets. That first ultrasound seems like yesterday: four little (super scary) dots on a screen that now are incredibly healthy and vibrant almost 6-month old babies. Never in a million years did we think such a miracle was possible - and every day we are grateful for what has happened to our family.
After all of Sr. Kathy's 50th Jubilee celebrations in Scranton were complete - we drove with Charlie's mom Grammy Ann to the New Jersey shore to see some of her family. The drive took us a little longer than expected - what with my driving-induced narcolepsy, Molly barfing her breakfast all over herself pit stop, needing to stop to feed the babies, and so on...but when we eventually got there, we had a great time with our Butler, PA side of the family - and hope we get invited back again, soon!
All in all it was a great trip! We had so much fun celebrating Sr. Kathy's 50th Jubilee and getting to see family from both Scranton and Butler, PA. We are thankful for safe travels in both directions - but pretty much assured we won't be taking too many cross-country trips with 5 kids under two years old anytime in the near future!