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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Family visit

Since we obviously hate spending any time at home, we traveled to Louisville to visit my brother and his family this weekend. We hadn't seen our niece and goddaughter since she was just ten days old, and we'd never met our new nephew! Now they are 18 months and 6 months.
This handsome kid! He wanted to do the slide like his big sister!

She always wants to hold my hand!

It's hard to visit them, because there are no direct flights to Louisville, and all the flights are insanely expensive. The drive is about 11 hours (last time, we drove). However, there is a new flight to Cincinnati on a budget airline, Allegiant, so we took that instead. It was brilliant. Our fights were just $64 each, and we rented a car for $56 total all weekend and drove 90 miles to Louisville. The total travel time was less than if we'd flown into Louisville, and about half the price, too.
These budget airlines charge extra for everything, so you only get one personal item - but that was fine. It was a lesson in packing light! And the very few carry-ons means that boarding takes about half the time. Altogether a very positive experience, and we're happy to have that option for future visits.

More cute baby pictures once I cull through the bazillion we took!


  1. The 'fly to the nearest large airport and drive the rest of the way' strategy is a smart one. Now if only there were algorithms to automatically figure out which city to fly into... And oh my goodness, what cuties your nephew and niece are.

  2. Sweet! Good thing to know as my family lives in Louisville, so we'll be wanting to make the trip home several times over the next few years. Oh, and as a sidenote, you should plan a family visit sometime and run the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon (or half). It's an awesome event! You get to run around the Churchill Downs track and channel your inner horse. Lol.

  3. I am glad you got to visit! They grow so fast.. won't be babies at all next time. Smart trip planning on your part. That's a steal!

  4. My husband has the same problem visiting his Mum. You can't get a flight to where she lives - just a regional airport about two hours drive away. You also can't catch a bus there. The only real option is to drive the eight hours so visits are few and far between.

  5. So, so cute! I love the six-month baby age. And score on those flights! I need to find some cheap ones to Cleveland soon to visit my mom on her birthday--may look into that airline.