In about a month I will be traveling to California to visit my grandmother. She is turning 90 years old. Yeah. It is kind of a big deal. I want to celebrate her during this time.
What is an even more big deal is the fact that all my children are going with me. All five the kids will meet their great-grandmother, four boys and one sweet girl. They will celebrate her with me.
But wait! There is more.
We are all flying there to visit her. On Frontier airlines. Yeah. That means only a carry on each. No checked luggage or extra bag. They all can only bring one backpack. We will be there for two weeks.
That is where this series comes in. I thought it could be helpful to document my strategy of traveling with all five kids on a budget and with an airline that allows only the bare minimum at a low cost. And for visiting southern Cali for two weeks.
My three youngest have not flown before. And when I did the math it was cheaper for us to fly on Frontier then to drive for 2 days, spend money on 2 nights at hotels and all the gas and food to get us there and back. I am thankful for the minimalist option to fly with Frontier. This is what has allowed for my family to make the trip on a plane versus a car.
I did pay extra for myself to have one checked bag. That should be sufficient for most of our clothes. My concern is my oldest has man sized clothes. But it’s Cali and I am hoping shorts and hoodies and flip flops will be efficient enough clothing for the boys. Ruthie and I can wear dresses the whole time.
And everything washes. We will be staying with family mostly so a washer and dryer will be available.
But should I pack the clothes on their carry-on's or should I just pack stuff for them to do?
I am thinking I will pack a few backpacks with just clothes and few with stuff to do on the plane. And if I roll everything and use my space wisely it should all work out.
But then what kind of things should I pack for them to do? I know my little girl will need screen time. The boys will love looking out the window and the business of the airport. But what else is best for being busy on a 2.5 hour flight?
Check out the next post to see what I decided to bring in the electronic carry on and how I packed all their clothes in 4 backpacks.
Small towns are becoming a thing of the past. Metropolitan communities are becoming the normal. Suburbs and hipster downtown areas are the fad of the millennials. And as much as I act like a city girl millennial, I am small town girl with dust on her feet and the wind in her hair.
With the longing of that in mind, I hit the highway to visit the quaint small town of Fredericksburg, Texas in June. I was able to tour the city and enjoy the German 19th century architecture along with relishing in great food adventures. I acquired a taste of the “hill country” that the San Antonio city people are always talking about.
First off I made way to a charming breakfast in an home-turned-diner off the main drag. The City Cafe hit the spot with eggs and coffee with an all american backdrop.
Rummaging around into the gardens at the main square and stealing a trip down this antique alley were just the tip of the charm-iceberg that Fredericksburg holds.
This main street is full of life and bustling with tourists and locals who practice window shopping along with the gathering of local souvenirs. I loved this little general store with all their ephemera and classic toys. I made sure to pick up some taffy and a whoopie cushion for my kids.