Let The Adventure Begin…….

Easier said than done…..

You would think after doing this for so many years, that I would have the routine down by now. Nope! The process is never dull from beginning to end. I absolutely love our adventures over the years. Honestly, it is totally worth all of the sleepless nights of packing. The sheer joy on my children’s faces is priceless. So, please come along for the ride…….

The Chapmans’ adventure this year is taking us to different regions of Switzerland…. for the moment. Every summer, we try to explore with Jordan and Alexandra some different fascinating part of the world. We consider this a big of part of their education. They need to know and understand how they fit in this great big world. Fortunately, the little people enjoy traveling just as much as we do.

The planning for the family vacation usually starts in September. The children tell us where they would like to go and why. All of their ideas are listened to. But then, we explain why we can’t go here or there. This year, Jordan wanted to go to Australia. Alexandra had her heart set on Argentina to go visit her Uncle Pollo and Auntie Val. Both wanted to end up in France with their cousins Jibril and Noe. So, the compromise was Switzerland. They pretty much dictate where the next adventure will take us. Of course, Christopher & I will always have the final say because wherever we go, safety is a big concern.

They know that we usually leave the last days of July or the beginning of August. As the days get closer to our departure,  the children become more excited. I don’t have to tell how much work goes into planning vacations with little people. I was exhausted just thinking about it. I have to tell you, I still have not mastered the ‘art of packing light’. It’s a work in progress. Seriously!!!!

 

Today is the day. Yeah!!! Both children are literally bouncing off of the walls. They are so hyper and excited. 7 pm can’t come fast enough to go to the airport. We decided to let Alexandra go to cheerleading practice. She Which would have ended at They/we love to fly. Since the fly to Zurich is eight hours long, we tend to fly at night to go. They play for a while. Then it is lights out for everybody but me. I can’t sleep. I’m too nosey. You know I just spent the past 36 hours packing, organizing and cleaning. I’m now functioning purely on adrenaline.

Flight Disaster……

This vacation would not be a Chapman Adventure without some glitches along the way. Remember last year, I forgot my license at home. Jeanine had to drive me back home and we almost missed the flight. Well, this year, a little different, but same drama.

You would not believe our start to San Francisco! We were all ready to walk out of the house by 4:45 pm for a 7:26 flight. 3 pm, Christopher received the text that flight was delayed until 9:26. 10 minutes later, another text stating that delayed was ’til 10 pm. 6 pm, (while I’m cleaning kitchen again), text that the flight was delayed until 10:59 pm. No, I’m not joking or happy about the delays. You see, I was done with cleaning, laundry, packing, feeding little people, the fish etc….. The more delays, the more work I still had to do at home. I couldn’t honestly ask my two little angels to sit still until we walked out of the house. Well,….I could have, but they weren’t going to listen. Flight was delayed three times! By 6:30 pm, children were bouncing off of the walls. They wanted to get their vacations started. It seemed, every two minutes they were asking, “Can we go now?” “Is it time yet?” “When are we leaving?” “I’m hungry!”

No more text came, so finally we left the house by 8:45 pm. I’m hoping that I did not forget anything important. Flight did not take off until 11:35 pm. Don’t ask me why! One highlight, the crew on the flight was great throughout the night. They were very attentive to all of the passengers. The children were invited into the cockpit to talk to the pilots and take pictures. IMG_4964 IMG_4963 IMG_4961 IMG_4960 IMG_4959 IMG_4958No complaints about the flight itself. Looking forward to a smooth ride to hotel…….not so fast. We landed in SF around 2:44. The shuttle we reserved said they had no one available to pick us up this late. Baggage claim: 30 minutes later, we were still missing our bags. I wish I was making this up.

United left two pieces of our luggage in Newark. I’m not kidding! I packed extra clothing in the carry on for everyone else except me. Guess which bag was missing? You guessed it. Yours truly! Jordan’s luggage was also missing, but I had clothes for him. Now we’re talking 3:30 SF time ( but really 6:30 am). They all slept on the plane. I did not. Why? I’m too nosy. And because Alex was using me as her pillow. I was afraid if I closed my eyes she’d fall. So how did it all turned out?

United provided transport to the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel. The room we reserved was no longer available because of our late arrival. I saw Christopher almost lost it. That was the last straw for him.  The front desk heard Christopher ‘s frustration and they quickly handled the situation. We would keep the small room just until 3 pm.  Needless to say the flight delays had serious impact. It made our first impression of SF not so exciting. OHHHH, did I forget to mention how cold it was. Now who in their right mind felt the need to leave Jersey with 87-90 degrees to come to SF only 47-50 Definitely not me!.IMG_8416 IMG_8412 IMG_8406 IMG_4966 IMG_4968 IMG_8419 IMG_8420 IMG_8421 IMG_8422 IMG_8423

San Francisco: The Golden Gate City

San Franscisco, here we come!!!!

  1. We are heading on the road once again, ready for a new and exciting adventure. Jordan and Alexandra have been counting down days since July 2nd. They are so WIRED about this upcoming trip. I honestly did not think that they were going to sleep the last night. I finally was able to make them relax long enough to go to sleep by 10pm. The work then continued for me. Vacations are wonderful, but so much work goes into every little detail. And if I could learn just one thing……LEARN TO PACK LIGHT….. Of course that’s never going to happen! I’ve tried. Granted, my two babies look absolutely adorable. No matter, I have to do better. Needless to say, I barely slept because I was still packing. Vacation didn’t even start yet, and I’m exhausted.

Homeward Bound……

The Last Hour….

Time to go home! We were leaving Vermont and heading for more snow in NJ. I can deal with that. After a scrumptious breakfast (Christopher cooked), Val took Jordan and Eddie to snowboard one more time. Thank you Val! You know I was done with the snow and the cold. Actually it was 11 degrees. Much better right…..lol! We would not drive in the dead of the night.  I packed while the children played dominoes and had fun.

All in all, the children had a fantastic time. The adults did as well. We enjoyed being together.

A special Thank you goes out to Joyce and Diego Visceglia for sharing their beautiful winter home with us. The two of you are simply the best!!

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