the best-laid plans

Hi friends! Happy Monday! How was the weekend?? Hope it was fun and relaxing!

Ours was… nothing like we had planned or expected.

Remember how I said we were leaving to Georgia on Friday? Well, I TOTALLY JINXED US. Our flight was supposed to leave in the afternoon, so we kept P awake in hopes that she would nap on the plane. We checked our many bags, went through security, made it to the gate, and sat… waited… and sat some more while our flight continued to be delayed. Turns out our flight didn’t have pilots. Minor details, hahah. They tried to find reserve pilots to fly our plane, but no luck, and it was eventually canceled.

Mom hung out with the girls (poor P was sobbing because she was so tired), while I waited in the enormous line to reschedule our flights. All of the flights out of Tucson were booked for the rest of the weekend, and they were booking people out for this morning. Our household goods (aka our entire house of stuff) is arriving today. So, we ended up having to drive to Phoenix yesterday to catch a flight out to Atlanta.

What’s the saying? “You make plans and the flight gods laugh their faces off at you?” Yes, that’s it.

But, we made it!!!

With the girls and all our travel stuff

We survived the drive to Phoenix and flight to Atlanta, and we’re here. I was pretty nervous about flying with P, especially since she loves to be into everything and climbing around. The thought of her as a lap baby was seriously laughable. Both of the girls did awesome. 

There were a couple of things that helped a LOT:

-Buying P a ticket and bringing a carseat. It was my only hope for keeping her in one spot, and it worked like a charm. She stayed in her carseat the entire time. (A friend recommended this carseat for travel purposes since it’s FAA-approved and super light. It was awesome.)

This toy and this book. P is obsessed with buckles and this toy kept her entertained for a huge portion of the flight. I also had some surprise toys and books for Liv in her backpack, which she loved.

-Lots, and lots, and lots of snacks.

P with her snacks

Livi watched Moana on the iPad and we read a Ranger Rick kids’ magazine, and in between, I was playing silly games with P and getting snacks for everyone. Madre was in the row in front of us (she’s here helping us get settled and unpacked for a few days!) so if chaos ensued, I had backup. The good news is that it ended up being pretty easy and breezy, which was so welcomed after such a crazy canceled flight experience and weekend.

On the plane with the girls

We’re driving to Valdosta today to begin the great unpacking extravaganza. Let’s get this show on the road. 🙂

Even though the travel snafuu wasn’t my favorite, we got a few extra days in Tucson! We were able to see some more family and friends,

Livi and kyle

Me and Everly

(Everly is getting so big!!!!!)

and enjoy some extra Tucson things. 

Barrio bread


(Went back for one more *last* OTF class)

It was also a blessing because Liv wasn’t feeling well on Saturday (likely from being so overtired and spending all day Friday at the airport), so she could relax and recover a bit.

Today’s the big unpacking/unloading day. I’ll share some pics soon (+ some pics of the new place! I LOVE IT), and don’t forget that the Barre Bootcamp fun starts one week from today! You can get your spot tomorrow – I’ll have all the details up for you in the am post.

Have a happy Monday and I’ll see ya soon!



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  1. Lisa D. on April 10, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Welcome (back) to the east coast! I’m a USMC brat (well, I’m 41 years old but once a brat, always a brat :)). My two most favorite states we ever lived in were CA and GA. Most of my dad’s side of the family is in north Georgia and 2 of my 3 boys were born there so it has a special place in my heart. Thanks for sharing your adventures. Truly one of my favorite bloggers!

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      thank you!! and thank you so much for reading for so long <3

  2. Christina @ on April 10, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Oh goodness, that sounds stressful! Thank goodness your mom was there to help. I’m glad you made it and can get started on this next phase of life!

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      thank you!! i’m excited for the next adventure

  3. Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth on April 10, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Oh goodness, what a crazy start to your trip! All things considered, it sounds like everything went well. So great that you guys were so prepared! (And heck, snack are how to keep me happy, too… so I get it!)

    Can’t wait to see your new place!

    XO, Jessica

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      it was INSANE. thank you, friend! and yes, snacks are always the answer <3

  4. Andrea on April 10, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Welcome (back!) to Georgia! Would love to have you guest teach a class or have some other fun event up here in Atlanta…

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      i wold love to do that!

  5. Amanda on April 10, 2017 at 7:06 am

    What a way to start the adventure! Hope today goes smoothly for you. I’m glad you’re happy with the house!

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      thank you, friend! we are loving it so far <3

  6. Brittany Taylor @ The Gourmet Financier on April 10, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Oh my goodness! I was looking at your IG pics and was wondering how the trip went. Poor P:(

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      thank you, friend! she’s doing much better now <3

  7. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 10, 2017 at 8:26 am

    For 3 years, I flew out of Tucson as a consultant every week. They flight weren’t always getting delayed out of there! I’m glad you made the best of it and eventually made it there safely.

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      oh man, the flights are always delayed out of tucson.
      thank you!!

  8. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 10, 2017 at 8:26 am

    OMG nightmare! Glad you made it safe and sound! 🙂 Goooood luck with the unpacking.

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      thank you, friend! hope you guys are doing well <3

  9. Nathaly Abrahan on April 10, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Wow! Mommy work is the most admirable and honorable one. I remember when my mom had to handle me and two babies on 9-hour flights. Thank god you and the girls made it safe:)

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      oh my gosh that sounds intense haha.
      thank you!

  10. Jamie @ madrediem on April 10, 2017 at 10:42 am

    It can only go up from here, right?! Sounds like the actual flight itself ended up going well (days later), so that’s all that matters. Welcome back to the east-side!

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      hahah! that’s what i kept telling myself 🙂
      thank you!

  11. India on April 10, 2017 at 10:58 am

    You are amazing! You are so strong for going through all these changes with two kids. I’m so glad your mom is able to stay with you for a few days. Hope the week goes smoothly and begins to feel like home soon.

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      thank you! we’re so lucky she can be around for a little while <3

  12. Lorna on April 10, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Moving is beastly, but it sounds like everything went well overall! GL with your remaining drive, and all the unpacking. Welcome back to the east coast!

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      thank you! it’s so nice to be back out here 🙂

  13. Emily @ Pizza and Pull-ups on April 10, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Yikes, that is stressful, especially with the babes. Glad you guys made it there. That is so nice your mom was able to go with you and help out!

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      it was terrible, but we made it work. i’m so glad madre is out here with us!

  14. Julie on April 10, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Glad you finally made it & the flight went well & you love the new place! 🙂 Good luck w/ all the unpacking.
    P.S. Your mom is a saint!

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      she is THE BEST

  15. Julia on April 10, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Atlanta was seriously screwed up this week (hubby’s a pilot here and everything was going wrong), so I’m glad you finally made it!

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      oh man. it was such a crazy travel week for everyone!!
      thank you!

  16. Carrie on April 11, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Travel nightmares are the WORST! At least you had snacks, which i always need since I get the hangries….hah. I haven’t seen Moana yet, but its on my list!

  17. kelli @ hungry hobby on April 11, 2017 at 6:57 am

    I swear you have the WORST travel luck! Then again, I don’t do quite as much traveling so maybe I’m just getting lucky when I travel. Sent that carseat recommendation to a friend thanks for sharing!

    • Fitnessista on April 11, 2017 at 11:40 am

      RIGHT?! why do the flight gods hate me?? hahahah
      i hope your friend likes the carseat. it was seriously clutch

  18. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on April 11, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Ah what a travel headache!! I’m sorry you guys had to go through all of that. But, like you said, at least you got to spend some more time in AZ! Can’t wait to see the new place! xo

  19. Bethany on April 11, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    awe……flights can be the worst!

    I had to travel round trip from Japan to Memphis due to a family emergency with my then 5 month old.
    On the way back our flight was delayed, delayed then cancelled. Luckily my dad did not leave the airport so we have to drive an hour plus back to our family’s home after waiting over an hour for our luggage only to do it all again at 5 am the next morning. We survive though =)

    • Fitnessista on April 11, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      that sounds SO INTENSE. traveling with littles is hard enough, but flight probs can definitely make things more interesting

  20. Colleen on April 11, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I’m always amazed at how STRONG moms are! Looking at you wearing the baby, pushing the stroller, hauling all the bags, and keeping a level head in a stressful situation, WAY TO GO mama.

    • Fitnessista on April 11, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      thank you, friend <3 my mom was returning the rental car, so i had to lug everything through security and to the gate by myself. people were so nice and helpful to us; it was awesome
      hope your week is going well!

  21. Maxime Kumler on April 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Snacks are the only way I survive a flight too! Nicely done mama, kiddos look like they actually enjoyed the travel 🙂

  22. DC on April 12, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I’ve always been intrigued by your blog/life/ “the Pilot” – but even more so now that my significant other is also military – and works on the aircraft! he’s been stationed in my state for awhile now, but I always wonder what/where/if/etc – even though he bought a house here!

    Looking forward to more of your adventures 🙂

    • Bethany on April 12, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      It is an adventure for her! My husband is also works on aircraft. We’ve been married for 7 years and are on our 4th 3rd station and 3rd continent. =)

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