WOOHOOO! I’m officially on summer break for the next month and a half and I’m. so. excited! And while I thought that time off work would mean more time for sewing and crafting, I was terribly mistaken! I seriously thought it would be a great time to catch up on neglected projects and tackle a few big ones that I’ve had on my list for awhile. But somehow we’ve managed to completely fill the next month and a half with 4 trips (big and small), which means very very little sewing/blogging. But I’m not complaining! We have some awesome adventures lined up and you’ll be hearing all about them.
While we’re talking about traveling, one of the trips we’ll be taking is to Japan. It’s a big family gathering for Hideko’s side of the family and a pretty short and tightly packed trip. While we’re excited that we’ll get to bring Yuki to Japan, we’re also really nervous about traveling with an almost 2 year old. The flights are about 10-11 hours, plus there will be shorter domestic flights and lots of train rides, etc. So here is where I was hoping you all could help out. What have your experiences been traveling with a toddler? Any suggestions regarding long flights, jet lag, foreign places? I know that you probably have some amazing ideas and since this will be our first time taking Yuki abroad, we could really use some help!
One thing I’ve heard is bringing lots of snacks for the plane and new toys/activities. Since Yuki has become a huge eater, I think having an arsenal of never ending food will be key. I’m going to be borrowing an iPad for the flights, which I’m hoping will be pretty intriguing to her. Any must have apps for a 2 year old? I’ve also started brainstorming some fun and engaging activities, games and toys for the plane, but I could certainly use more.
A specific concern that I have is that Yuki has recently started to YELL. REALLY LOUDLY. Not necessarily when she’s upset (though she has her tantrums too) – she yells when she’s excited, or bored, and wants attention. And when I tell her firmly that it is too loud and not ok, she does it even more. And when I completely ignore her and try not to give her attention, she does it even more. I’m particularly nervous about this because of the plane rides and being on the trains in Japan (where people are very quiet!). Anyways, I realize this is a whole different issue, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on this as well.
So I apologize if the blog feels a bit empty in the coming weeks. It’s not that I don’t love you – I’ll be thinking of you every step of the way! Hehe I do have a few guest posts coming up still and I hope to be able to share some of my adventures and smaller projects with you. I hope you have some fun things planned for your summer too!