"Well, at least it can't be as bad as our last trip," I said again as we got in the car to head to the airport, and we both laughed anxiously, wondering what could possibly make this trip worse.
Over the past two years I've spent an entire five-hour red-eye in the bathroom with a virulent flu, while my pregnant wife cares for our similarly-ill 14-month-old. We've been delayed 8 hours in the Atlanta airport with a three-month-old and an 20-month-old, almost but not quite running out of diapers. Stranded in the Charlotte airport at 1am with the same kids (now a year older) and no baggage, spending 4 hours in a hotel (at our own expense) and then waiting almost 3 hours to get back into the airport while non-delayed travelers are ushered past us. Arrived in Myrtle Beach without bags or car-seats, but still making it to the beach on 4hrs sleep because we'd been promising it for so long.
We keep thinking we've seen the proverbial elephant - rock bottom - that things just can't get worse. And each time, to our dismay, Fate (also sometimes known as the airline industry) manages to prove us wrong.
No not the show (although we hear it's great), nor us fortunately, but our digital camera (a Canon SD-450 Digital Elph, in a black leather case).
On our return trip from Boise (a post on that coming soon) I filled up the last bit of space on our memory card with a short video of the girls nicely sharing a seat in their pajamas. It was a short-lived moment (fighting over the seat soon broke out), and I had to pack the camera away quickly: from what I remember (we didn't sleep much the night before, and it was an early flight) I put it in the case and dropped it in the seat-back pocket, and didn't think of it again until the next morning.
We flew on US Airways from Boise to Phoenix to Philadelphia to Binghamton: if anyone is randomly surfing the web trying to match up photos on the camera with images from our site (I know, slim chance), please contact us! There are some great family memories on there that we're really devastated to lose.