Last Saturday, I took the kids to an airshow at Luke Air Force Base. I had never been to an air show in my life, so when I found out about this one, it sounded too good to turn down, in spite of the fact that my husband already had plans for the day and couldn't come with us.
My friend who told me about the air show had warned me that there would be a huge crowd - thousands of people, long lines, lots of walking. At 31 weeks of pregnancy, I wasn't sure if I could handle it, no matter how much I wanted to. The kids all promised to be good, the older ones offered to help, so I decided it was worth a try. We arrived early enough to beat the worst crowds on the way in, although it was still a long walk to get onto the tarmac at the base (probably 2 miles from where we had to park in a field off-base).
The kids were all wearing matching bright orange shirts. We brought two double strollers: one for Anna and Stephen, and the other one for Becky and, if she got tired, Miriam. This also gave us tons of room to stow enough water bottles, snacks, and sack lunches for everyone, as well as diapers, wipes, and other gear. In addition, we brought the Snap 'n Go base loaded with nothing but four folding lawn chairs, so the kids who did not have a stroller seat could sit in those and watch the air show.
John was pushing the stroller base with the chairs, Isaac and Solomon were taking turns with one of the double strollers, and I was pushing the other. Being "tied down" this way and having such a large caravan, it made it easy not to lose track of the kids or each other.
But oh, did I mention how much WALKING there was???
Both before the air show, as well as during it, we toured a lot of the stationary airplanes on the ground. The lines were long, but we figured we could watch the airshow while sitting on the tarmac, or we could watch the air show while waiting in line to tour an airplane, so why not wait in line?
As usual, the sky was cloudless, and even though the temps were "only" in the 80s, it felt pretty sizzling being out in the bright sun from 9 AM until 4 PM. The kids all had a great time and were really happy that we got to go, so it was definitely worth the trouble and walking (did I mention I walked MILES and MILES that day?).
To reward the kids for not getting lost, being on their best behavior and having good attitudes, helping with all the little kids and the strollers, and never once asking me to buy them any food or treats out, we had ice cream sundaes when we got home late that afternoon.
I love all these sweet little faces!