Christmas Travel

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We finally booked our flight to Washington for Christmas! The dates are the 16th to the 29th. We wanted to only go for a week but the tickets were just so much cheaper if we booked on these days. I will be completely honest I have very mixed feelings about this trip.

Don't get me wrong, I am very very thankful to my wonderful in-laws for helping us out with getting the tickets. I really am excited to go home and see our family and friends and to introduce Kenley to everyone. I cant wait for James and Kenley to be side by side! I miss my sister like crazy. Today is her 18th birthday! I wish I could be there to celebrate with her! {Happy Birthday Kimbe I love you!} I also am really excited for Kenley to meet my grandparents.

But on the other hand, I am really nervous about traveling with Kenley and being away from our routine for so long. It's hard to be out of our own home and in someone elses for a long period of time. I am sure it will just be that much harder with a nursing baby.

Maybe I am having all of these feelings just because our last trip back to Washington was less than pleasant due to me catching a cold on the plane ride there and then having morning sickness and then getting snowed in. My goal for this trip is to not throw up on the aisle way of the airplane like last time. lol. The other day Brian said "Wouldn't it be cool if every time we went back you were pregnant and threw up on the plane?" Umm.. NO!

I have no idea what God has in store for us or where we will be living next Christmas. But I really think that after this Christmas we will start doing our own Christmas at our own home. I want to start our own family traditions with Kenley. Somehow wanting that makes me feel like I am being really selfish. Is that really selfish of me?

These are just some of the thoughts swirling around in my brain right now.

11 comments:

Jenny said...

No Keri, that is not selfish. We decided the same thing for our family after the 1st Christmas David was born. You have a "new" family now and it will be more than a little blessing to start your own traditions and memories as a family of 3. Next year Kenley will be more aware of things too, so that will be a great time to start. Wow, 2 weeks is a long time, but we'll be praying for a safe trip and an easy transition back & forth. Having a baby definitely doesn't make life easier, but it is such a fantastic adventure!

Amy said...

YES.

Totally kidding! We're the same... starting next Christmas!

Keri said...

Amy, how are you going to make that work? since you live there? Just wondering since we might be living nearer next year too and would still like to do our own thing

Ashley said...

I dont think it's selfish at all either! You have your little family now, and who wouldn't want to start doing their own things and making their own traditions. I'm just glad your going to washington this year so I can see you!

Tonia said...

Okay, since we are all being honest here...I don't think it's selfish to want to start your own family traditions, but... why can't part of your tradition be to spend some time with your extended family during the holidays? We always spend Christmas day at home and anyone is welcome to come over and join us, but we also try to see the extended family at some point. Especially since we live so far away. It does get hectic some years (ask anyone...we've had our share of hardships trying to get to the family Christmas gatherings!), but in the end it's always worth it. We love you guys and are so excited to see you. The Ronk family Christmas is usually only a one day committment that reaps huge benefits. You will see as Kenley gets older that she really wants to get together with her cousins. As parents we need to foster that cousin bonding as much as we can! Okay, now I'm rambling on. See you soon, Tonia

KMom said...

It's not selfish at all and I can't wait to go to your house for the holidaze, ha ha :)
I am so excited you guys are coming and now I can count the days :) Traveling with a little one is easier the younger they are so enjoy this trip :)
P/S Like Tonia said you can have yours and still see family. I always made sure we stayed home Christmas day like them as well. Much Love!!!!

Keri said...

The staying home Christmas day and then getting together the day after is a great idea but it doesn't really work if you live across the country. And plane tickets are expensive so it doesn't make sense to pay so much for only a few days.

Melissa said...

Your Mom is right... traveling with an itty bitty baby is much easier than traveling when they are older!! Enjoy your trip... Hey, why don't you just catch a flight out to Okinawa while you are out there. That way you can get that tropical vacation you wanted as well!

Amy said...

I'm not totally sure! Christmas morning for sure with just us... Then family later in the day for dinner!

The only problem is that J would rather start our own thing with the "small Ronk family" Christmas night instead of the "small Ford family" at Grandma's. I don't think Grandma would go for that though... Not sure!!

Keri said...

Amy, I think the small ronk family idea Christmas evening is a good one! If we live there next year we can gang up and have it that way. :)

Debbie Anderson (Ronk) said...

Hey you guys..what about the annual Ronk Christmas with all your cousins???? We miss you too! We havent seen you like in forever! And besides the summer Ronk Family Reunion (Which is totally fun) at my parent's place (Paul and Peggy) in Carlton (Ea. Washington) the Ronk Christmas is the only time we as cousins etc can get caught up and see one another! Dont get me wrong Keri...I was married to a marine too and it is hard when you live so far away to travel. I guess I am being selfish because Brian and Amy were so much younger than the rest of our clan that it seems like I didnt see them enough. :( Now we have a new little clan...Logan (Brandon and Michelle's) he is 2 (?) Milea (Miley) who is Mine and James who is now a whopping 5 months! Little Kenley and now baby James! Its so exciting! I am glad you will be here even if it is this year! So we can meet that little angel of yours!...and see you and Brian too of course! :)

 
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