Kellisa - Orlando to Chicago Midway
May 17, 2000
We were flying home to celebrate Kellisa's 1st birthday with family and friends.
Egypt - Jacksonville to Las Vegas
November 19, 2010
Our trip to Death Valley National Park almost never happened. It was booked before Egypt was placed in our house on October 13, 2010. Needless to say, our entire lives had changed for the better, but everything was up in the air. As our departure date approached, we didn't think it was a good idea to fly across the country and then drive for hours with a 17 month old baby that had been in our home for just over a month. After going back and forth, we decided to "go for it". Since Egypt was not a legal Kain at the time, we needed a judge's written approval to take Egypt out of Florida. We received permission the day before the trip was to start. I will add that Egypt was already a Kain in our minds and hearts!
The trip was almost cancelled at the last possible second. After passing through security in Jacksonville, I placed Kellisa on a bench as we waited for her wheelchair to pass the TSA screening. In a split second, Kellisa fell face first off the bench, landing on the tiled floor. Blood immediately started to flow from her nose and mouth. Kellisa was crying as I held her trying to figure out how bad her injuries were. I used my shirt to wipe some of the blood to access her teeth and fortunately, none were broken, chipped or cracked. I could see Kellisa's nose swell before my eyes. I was fairly confident that she had a broken nose.
TSA called for a medical response and they were there in less than a minute. As the paramedics checked Kellisa, she stopped crying and started to smile and flirt. They were able to determine that Kellisa's nose wasn't broken. They asked if we wanted to be transported to a hospital. I asked Kellisa if she was ready to fly to Las Vegas and with a smile, she signed "yes". We thanked everyone and rushed to the gate where they were holding the boarding process for us. A big thanks to our hometown Southwest Team.