First a word of warning: If you are flying to Vancouver this Christmas and are planning on sitting in economy on the daytime flight on 19 December with BA you might want to change your flights.
(voice of doom)
Because we are going to be on it.
And when I say "we", let's not forget that that includes two just-one-year-olds and a partially potty trained toddler.
By way of background, and before you think I'm insane or ridiculously extravagant to be even thinking of doing such a thing, my brother and his wife now live on Vancouver Island. We haven't seen them (obviously) since they went in August and I'm missing them. Plus (and here's where the not ridiculously extravagant bit comes in) if we go now, when S and A are under 2, we don't have to pay for them. This is a big deal, so with trepidation and gritted teeth, we've booked.
It's going to be amazing. Be prepared to be jealous, because my lovely parents have booked a chalet in Whistler for the first week and then we've got a few more days with S'n'T (brother and sister-in-law) in their house.
But first we've got to get there. I think that I've done everything right so far. I've pre-booked the seats, so that B, L, I and my very long-suffering sister are in a block of four, with S&A on the drop down bassinet/bouncy chair things in front of us (my parents, wisely, are flying business). I've checked whether I can take "proper" milk through security (I can't, so I think I'm going to have to come up with some scheme involving empty water bottles and a rather odd request at Pret). I've got L excited about the flight and being able to watch lots of telly (all normal rules clearly out of the window). My friend KH is going to lend me her flying bag of goodies (she's South African and has done this lots with her 2-year-old). I've got a shopping list of stickers and new books and colouring pens...
So that's L sorted. But what about S&A? They'll be just one. Very active, very mobile (though not walking) and very likely to get very bored very quickly.
I've already decided I'm going to have to
a) dress them identically in the hope we can play on the cuteidenticaltwins thing and
b) apologise in advance to the entire plane in the hope that that draws their fire.
But what else? How on earth do you entertain two one year olds for ten hours....?
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