Yes, that has officially become their names since we arrived at my parents house in Australia. I think mum thought I was joking when I told her just how active they are. Well after just a few hours at the house she's almost ready for a vacation ha ha.

Our flight over was really great. I don't know what I was scared about it because the kids did so well.

So I have a funny story to share. My friend Jane (who I would link to her blog right now if I could figure out how to use this computer ha ha) drove us to the airport. We pulled up to the terminal so we could offload everything. Me in all my glory (probably a little butt crack showing and some serious cleavage going on) was on hands and knees on the ground attaching the wheels to the carseats when I look up and notice photographers kind of aiming in our direction. I look around and we notice that there's a limo (to make most limo's hide in shame) parked alongside our car and out of it pops a high profile celebrity (do you think we can remember who he was NO, we seriously went through all the big names but both of us drew a blank … sad isn't it. I don't think I've read a People magazine in ……yep, I can't remember how long). Anywho, there I am surrounded in bags and kids and on my hands and knees and paparazzi are EVERYWHERE. Jane and I are there unpacking everything on our own and they've got PEOPLE to help them out. There's a couple of security guys there to escort the celeb and entourage into the airport and we are left there still pondering who this star was and I'm left on my hands and knees on the ground. Yep, that's my life. No limo's or security for my grand entrance to the airport. I think secretly they were waiting for me, but then this showboat stole my thunder. Seriously as if he's not photographed enough. Damn him!''

UPDATE: Jane remembered who it was … Dennis Quaid, his wife and their twins. No wonder the paparazzi were all over them. What about me and my twins, huh?!

So after 18.5 hours of flying plus a layover in New Zealand we arrived in the blistering cold weather down under. It's the middle of winter people and it was 9 degrees celcius when we touched down this morning. Brrrr, my poor frozen me. I don't do well in the cold. I'm a big sook.

Oh and the security staff at the airport in Australia loved us. Seriously, they really did. They even wanted to look for a video camera to tape us arriving to show other parents coming in how it should be done. Apparently I had a SYSTEM to beat all systems LOL. It was so funny. I won't be defeated by something as silly as 3 kids, 2 carseats, 2 strollers, 2 pillows, 5 suitcases and 4 carry-on bags ha ha. Seriously people were just staring at us and I wish so much I had've had someone take photos of us.

Anywho, here are a few photos so you can see just a little of the mayhem that took place today.

Check out these sweet kids on the plane

What happens when you are at Grandma & Pa's and a certain little boy won't stop standing in his highchair (which I'd like to point out was mine when I was a baby and hand-made by my dad)? Pa clamps his pants together to prevent him from standing ha ha.

Grandma purchased this for Jay. Jay loves it. I'm still a little speechless.
Flynn, okay okay you can have all the candy you want.
Grandma showing Jay she can still take him

Marisol put on a little performance for us. Well actually she put it on for her Grandpa who she can't stop smiling at.

Mummy being a goofball. Marisol looks thoroughly impressed bored.

This is what we fed this afternoon on the back porch

When all of my family came over for dinner tonight, the kids toasted marshmallows and we sat in front of the fire. Just lovely.


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Harris Boys August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

glad to hear you made it safe and sound! have a great time!!

Terri August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Gald the flight went well. And those birds! I remember them from last time you went. They are beautiful! Can’t wait to see/hear more about your trip.

the schirano triplets August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

glad to hear you arrived safely!

{Anissa} August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Oh the fireplace did me in — we are suffering with 100 degree weather and a tropical storm woohoo — and you are sitting by a nice cozy fire — I wish it was cold over here. Looks like everyone is having a good time. Have fun enjoy your vacation.

TUTU Monkey August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

So glad the flight was good and that you made it safe. Enjoy your family.

cat August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

So glad the flight went well! Enjoy the visit. I am sure the grandparents are just in awe of the little folk.

Sonya August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

I’m so glad your trip went well and you arrived safe and sound!!! How beautiful those birds are and can I say…please write a book about how to juggle all you do! :)Much love…SonyaP.S….your Mum….is just as beautiful as her daughter! 🙂

MamaBriggs August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

So happy to hear that the plane ride went well!! Have a blast visiting your mum and dad! I look forward to all the pictures!!!

Amy August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Glad to hear you made it over there ok. I would LOVE to visit Australia one day!

Jenn H August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

So glad you arrived safely and are having a great time. LOL about clamping Flynn’s pants together, what a great idea!!! That’s awesome the actual traveling went so well, YAY!!! I am still trying to figure out what exactly it is that Jay’s wearing, I was like, where’s his face, lol.

The Burger Blog August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Glad you make it there in one piece, you are a brave girl!I am cracking up ath Flynn in the high chair we have a similar one at my mom’s house and Liam did the same thing….and there was the tray that just slide with no latch, if you solve that one let me know.Sounds like you are off to a great holiday! Enjoy!

Anonymous August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Seriously, I need to learn your system. I’m glad the flight was good and the kids did well. Have fun and stay warm. The only good thing about taking the kids into cold weather is that I can buy all the cute cute winter stuff. Nicole G

Shannon August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

So glad you all made it there safely! And glad that the kids were so good on the plane, amazing! Great pics so far too. BTW, Miss M looks adorable in her little orange outfit 🙂 And what kind of bird are those?? So pretty!

The Romero-Schroeder August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

WOW i´m impressed with the kids behaving so well on the plane, and again have a great tiem!

Erin August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Glad your trip went so well! I dont’ know how you did it!! I heard all about the celebrity spotting from Jane. I’m looking at your pictures of all of you all bundled up in front of a fire…and I forgot…it’s winter down there now isn’t it? Have a wonderful vacation!!

Jane August 3, 2008 - 5:00 pm

I realized who it was as soon as I drove away from LAX-Dennis Quaid and his twins!! Crazy…Anyway, glad you made it and the kids did so well. I’ll see you on the 2nd!! I will make sure and pick you up around some celebrity vehicle!!

Dave and Jenn August 4, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Yeah!!! You made it! So glad the trip over went well. Love the picture of Marisol on your shoulders…’re right…she does look bored!! haha Too cute. Have a great time! Miss you already!

Kj August 4, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Yeah. Glad you made it over there without any misshaps. Looking forwards to reading more about your visit. So far I’m loving the photos.Kps planning a wpff: tuesday 19th. i’ll keep you posted.

Sharlene August 4, 2008 - 5:00 pm

alright T I am looking forward to that guest post explaining how you did it! Yes, I am holding you to it. Glad you made it there without major disaster.

Jaime August 5, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time! And I bet your parents are so enjoying your kids.I had a good laugh at your airport story!:)


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