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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Houston we have a problem.....

Two years ago Christmas we had a horrible trip home, and as we get ready to fly out again for Christmas I really hope we don't have the problems we had then. The following story is from my previous blog, so it is a repost. But when you read it you will know why I hate flying.
We have finally arrived home. We left my parents home on Wednesday night and stayed at a hotel across from the Buffalo airport. Our flight was to leave at 7:07 on Thursday morning. Now bare in mind that M. is extremely sick, Mi. is sick and I am coming down with whatever germ they have. We got up at 4:30 to get every one ready. Went through all the security and boarded our plane at 6:45. We left Buffalo airport and landed in Cleveland with only enough time to get in line for the next flight. We boarded our plane and we sat on the plane for close to 2 hours, as there was a mechanical malfunction. We weren't allowed out of our seats so it was a lot of fun entertaining three kids who didn't understand why we weren't moving. On top of the two hour delay our flight is another 2 1/2 hours to fly from Cleveland to Houston. Our plane in Houston was leaving at 11:45 to take us home. Needless to say we missed our flight. We landed in Houston at 12:30 hoping that the other flight had been delayed, but no such luck. So we got to wait in line hoping that they could put us on the next flight out. We were given the run around and we were told we would be put on the first flight out on Friday. You can only imagine how upset I was. The kids were sick and I was afraid I was going to run out of baby formula and diapers. We then tried to get on stand by on the next couple of flights out, but they only had one or two seats open each time. We waited till 7:00 p.m. that evening before giving up. We then went to the Continental desk where they said that because we missed our flight due to mechanical problems they would put us up in a hotel. They put us in the Hilton Inn and gave us vouchers for dinner and breakfast. We also got a little bag with toothbrushs etc. So we arrived at the Hotel and decided to go right to dinner. What a joke! The hotel only had one waitress and she was also in charge of room service so she would take an order and disappear for awhile. It ended up taking 2 hours to get our food and eat. Now its 9:30 and everyone is dirty, tired and very grumpy. I put M. in the tub and my hubby says" You are never going to believe what is behind this chair." I went to look. There was a pair of men's dirty underwear sitting there! I am not making this up. So I called the front desk and they said Oh, did you want a new room. Of course I did. So we got a new room and went to bed. Got up again very early and went to the airport for our flight home a day later than planned. We finally arrive home, and went to get our luggage. The luggage comes and goes, ours in not there. We went and asked about it and the man said it had arrived Thursday, and they had locked it up for the night. So we go to retrieve it and naturally one was missing. This is an important one. It has all our bathroom toiletries in it, and my makeup which I have been without for way too long! We find out that it is in Mexico! And we are hoping it arrives sometime today-Saturday. The trip was a crazy one, and I hope to never repeat it. We are home now and I will hopefully be able to put Christmas pictures up soon. Things are crazy after being gone for almost 2 weeks. We also went to the Doctors after getting home and M. has some new virus- a Herpes type 6. she also got a shot to cover her in case of strep throat. Both her and Mi. are on medicine. ( we are assuming Mi. has the same thing) So hopefully they get better soon.




16 comments:

Eve said...

Oh NO! What a terrible trip! But I hope you don't really let one bad experience stop you from flying! I've had a few bad trips, but I've had hundreds of great ones too! :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a trip! It just got worse as it went along. The underwear in the room is just gross.

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

I'm glad I do not have to fly anywhere--it seems like a big hassle!

Congrats on your SITS day!

elastamom.com said...

Ok, that sounds awful!!!

The Mommyologist said...

That was definitely the trip from hell!!! I would've freaked at the dirty underwear!

Mellisa Rock said...

This is why I am terrified of flying with 4 kids too - everything is so unpredictable except someone getting sick - always happens at the worst times. I am glad that you survived and hope that the next trip you take goes better!

pixielation said...

The dirty underwear was a horrible surprise to get!

chele said...

I absolutely don't blame you. Everytime I have to fly I pray to God that there will be no delays. The thought of it just makes me miserable. Maybe your family can visit you next time!

Kim said...

What a hassle, it almost makes driving seem like a good idea.

Jessica Anne said...

Oh. My. God. That is exactly why I have never flown with my children.

The Grasshoppa:Triplets Plus Two Momma said...

I am terrified of flying---to the extreme. I just had to do it this past January and I though I was going to have an anxiety attack mid-flight.

If my youngest would just stop hating the car rides so much, I would so be driving every where!!

Jill said...

What a nightmare! It sounds like you were really in the middle of a bad dream.

Blissful Babe said...

Oh my stars!! I say this a lot, but in this case, I totally mean it...

THAT WOULD SO HAPPEN TO ME!

I'm sorry you and your family had to go through all that! Horrors!

I wish it were easier to travel with kids in tow! They should have also given you vouchers for formula and diapers!

And maybe a tube of lip gloss. ;)

CoconutPalmDesigns said...

Don't you just love airlines? Sorry you had to go through all of that!

Happy SITS Day!

Cheers :-)
- CoconutPalmDesigns

Miz Dinah said...

Aww...what a crappy trip!

Young Wife said...

Wow. That definitely tops our worst flying experience. Happy SITS Day.

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