When Flying on a Plane with Boys…


  1. When they shout “shotgun” and start pushing each other—it is NOT because someone has an actual gun on the plane—please know they just are fighting over the window and aisle seats.

  2. Selfies will be taken. A lot of them! (What’s the point in traveling if you can’t post it on Instagram!)

  3. Expect the “who touched me” game to be played. You know when someone reaches between the seat and grabs your hair or shirt…then you turn around to see who it was and everyone looks clueless like, ‘it wasn’t me!’ Yes, that game… it drives every Mom crazy!!

  4. It will be hard for them to understand why the flight attendant says you are only allowed one bag of pretzels, one bag of peanuts, and one small cup of soda. What! No seconds?! (Nevermind the fact you just spent $183.17 at the airport Chili’s feeding them dinner…of course they’re still hungry 30 minutes later.)

  5. You might smell something toxic. Don’t panic & reach for the oxygen mask, it’s ok! One of these boys either passed gas, burped or took off their shoes. I know it smells like something died, but trust me, Mom is quickly trying to handle the situation for the safety of all nearby.

  6. You might be in range of a trash fight. I apologize in advance if the balled-up pretzel or peanut bag lands in your lap. 

  7. Dad might forget he’s an adult and participate in the trash fight shenanigans. If this happens, please pray for the Mom…it’s not easy trying to tell four teenage sons and a husband to behave in public.

  8. Just because the flight attendant turns the lights off does not mean the horse-playing, loud talking and giggling ends. In fact, it will get louder.

  9. People will stare. Either they are:

    • Wondering if all these boys are related.

    • Reminiscing how they used to have this much fun driving their parents crazy.

    • Amazed that the little girl in the middle has all these big brothers.

    • All of the above.

10. Accept the adage to be true that “boys will be boys!”

We take family vacations often, but it never fails that the minute we step onto the plane, my four teenage boys get extra silly! They horseplay around, giggle nonstop, crack stupid jokes, and take at least 50 pictures! And while most times, I’m shushing them, telling them to settle down, or trying to keep them from getting on everyone else’s nerves, I realized this last flight, that all they’re doing is making memories!

And truth be told, most people would rather see love,  laughter and family fun than hear people arguing, babies crying or sitting by grumpy passengers. Like every flight before this one, and every flight after this one, we are proof that large families have more fun!

Matthew 5:8-Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.



Author: One More Than Six

Welcome to my Happy, Loud, Crazy, Fun, Loving Blog! I am a Wife & Mom to Four Teenage Boys & a Little Princess. My life is full of adventures, misadventures, chaos and just plain busyness! There's never a dull moment! So follow me as I navigate through this uncharted course of motherhood! It’s definitely going to be entertaining! Believe me, with five children, I’ve got plenty of stories to tell! XOXO

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