Earlier this year, we decided to visit NYC over Labor Day Weekend. It worked out perfectly because my brother had a football game on Long Island so we decided to go to the game and then spend a few days exploring NYC. We had everything booked and then about a month before we were supposed to leave, my sister and I asked ourselves why we would even want to take 5 little kids to NYC?! We cancelled our trip and were so relieved. Instead, Manny and I decided that I should go to Chicago for 3 weeks and that he would join us towards the end of our trip. We would then go to Ohio for my brother's football game to take the place of the NYC game we missed.
I flew for the first time by myself with both kids. They did great! Madden slept most of the flight, and Gabriella played or watched a movie on the iPad. She even slept the last hour of our flight. They both lost it once we were parked at the gate and it took people forever to get off the plane (we were in the back).