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traveling with kids: we’re CRAZY

Posted by on June 8, 2011

I’ve chuckled to myself over the last few weeks as some of my favorite American mommy bloggers have talked about their summer vacations.  Many of them have admitted that they don’t travel very often with their children.  They’ve steered clear of it with toddlers.  They don’t want to be that mom- on the airplane- with the screaming kid.

This is my life.

I am a missionary.

I am a mom.

I am where I want to be.  And who I am neccisitates that I learn how to be a professional traveler with small children.  By the time my youngest is in school, it will all seem easy.  These toddler years, however, they require all my best skills.

Practice makes professional, and practice is what the Johansson family is about to get.

Between now and mid August the five of us will travel…

7,072 miles by plane passing through…

Algeirs, Algeria

Paris, France

Biarritz, France

Rekyjavic, Iceland

Boston, MA

Houston, TX

We will travel 415 miles by train from Paris to Biarritz

We will travel 5,403 by car passing through

Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia

Yes, we’re crazy.

And yes, this blog might very well go from the stories of a missionary family in Africa to the stories of a crazy family who is tired of traveling.  Or, if you’ve been around here long, you may know that when I’m stressed and tired I just stop posting all together.

If beautiful pictures and cute stories continue, you’ll know we’re having fun.  If it’s silent, we’re not.

Let the fun times roll!

7 Responses to traveling with kids: we’re CRAZY

  1. helen

    well i appreciate the effort, of your craziness in traveling means i get to take part in the love of your family (b/c your coming for a visit).
    And deep down inside of my heart, i say to myself, this will be me one day.
    Thanks for being an example that says… yes its possible, not always easy, but def. possible… vive l’aventure! 🙂
    luv you!

  2. Gma

    Love you and love the craziness. Am hoping for long and great stories about all your adventures in the Marney spirit.

  3. Laura

    I saw an ad today for toy story II – it comes out the day after my B-Day… can i request that my present be to see it with some certain nephews i adore when they are here? i don’t even mean they have to wait to see it with me, i am content to be in on a second or third (or, let’s be honest with those guys, twentieth) viewing. Can’t wait to hug your tired, travel weary necks! loooooove, Auntie La

  4. Laura

    And by Toy Story II, I totally meant Cars II… wow, it’s time to go to bed!

  5. phil

    as i say.. “there’s always the baby on a plane”, and he usually cries… and that might not make you feel comfortable, you might know that..
    and at the same time, a baby is a baby!
    Would you rather be a baby that cries and that you know that is alive (and babies bring you fun and joy), or an adult that doesn’t talk to anybody and seems dead?
    I choose the baby situation, cause it means there’s life and hope 🙂
    So be crazy, continue to be alive and well, and we’re definitely praying for you, see you soon! 🙂

  6. Randy Egliht

    LOVE YOU, LOVE YOU, LOVE YOU ALL! Can’t wait to see all my favorite people– glad to see you smiling seetie!!
    Love to all- Your Dad

  7. Beth

    i see mo listed above!!!! but i assume that’s just a pass-through state… if your feet are on the ground, i’d like to meet your husband and children, who I’ve never met!!! even over mcdonald’s or any fast food locale… you name it!

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