Unfortunately, traveling light was just not an option for us this trip. We actually had 5 suitcases and 1 box with a stroller that we checked and 6 carry-ons. Oh, and 2 occupied car seats on wheels. If I had seen us at the airport I would have asked myself, "what is wrong with those people?!". Despite the fact that we were escorted to the front of the check-in and security lines (no doubt out of pity) it was not an experience that I want to have again soon.
Additionally, the night before we left, we stayed in a hotel. That was 2 days with no naps, and I was not surprised when Danny lost it. My parents & brother & sister were in the lobby to see us off, and Tom and I were getting the (many) bags ready for pick up. Danny was screaming and crying and had taken his pants and diaper off. He was going berserk. I just carried him down to the lobby half naked, screaming and running away from me. I confess that I was acting out in my own way by making the front desk guy rue the day he denied me a late check out! Not my best moment, but definitely not my worst either.
That all being said, the boys were great on the plane. No ear trouble, poopy diapers or cries that lasted more than a few seconds. And we arrived safely. I consider it a success!