5 February 09
We have a busy couple of days ahead of us, so I’ve already packed our bags in anticipation of Sunday’s early morning flight to Perth. David will take us to the airport, but I will be flying alone with the three girls. Aisha and Brioni will have their own seats, and Calista will be on my lap. Every time I visit Perth, I fly with one more child than I had on the previous trip, and this will be the first time that I’ve flown with three kids.
To combat airport boredom, we’ve invested in two trunkis. These ride-on toys/carry-ons fit the dimension requirements for hand luggage, and I’ve packed the girls’ clothes into them. Aisha and Brioni have loved trying them out, although I have been trying to keep them in storage so they’ll still be novel when we’re at the airport.
The idea of the trunki is that a child can sit, ride or be pulled on their own hand luggage. The clasps on the side can be locked with a simple plastic key, keeping the contents intact from inquisitive hands. David wasn’t impressed with the size, so the jury is still out on whether they’re an asset or just more fantastic plastic.
When we’re going to be in public as a family and possibly drawing attention to ourselves by our noise level, I like to dress the girls very “cutely” so we may gain sympathy for beauty when we would otherwise offend. I also like to dress us all in the same colour. I tell myself it’ll be easy to keep track of everyone, but really, I think it’s part of my obsession with matching items.