Are we there yet?
Some Special Moments
Jordan - Nikolas drove his first car in Wadi Rum, Jordan.
were also offered 5 camels in exchange for Danika in
Sept, 2004 – “I don't want to go on this trip. I want to stay at my school and hang out with my friends. I think my parents are only thinking of themselves when they planned this. It's not fair and none of my other friends are doing anything like this.”
Oct, 27 2004 - We have sold our home and getting ready to move to a rental, lots of boxes everywhere. Nikolas came home from school and saw we were packing things in boxes. "I can't believe we are leaving this house, I love this house and I don't want to move. I can't stand the rental place we are moving to, why are we doing this trip?”
Nov 5, 2004 - A friend of ours asked Nikolas if he was excited about his big trip, and he replied, "Please don't talk about that, it is making me feel sick to my stomach."
Nov 10, 2004 - "The trip is too long, I just want to go
for an hour and that's it. Even though that would not even
get half way to
Nov 30, 2004 – We moved from our home into a little B&B in White Rock, and put almost everything we own in storage. Nikolas was very upset and anxious just before the move but there was no turning back. He told us that the B&B we were now living in was pretty cool, but the trip we are about to go on, is still the worst thing to ever happen in his life.
Dec 26, 2004 “Why do we have to move out of our B&B and into a stinking old hotel, I love this place”. Nikolas was very upset about leaving after only a month of living in our little B&B
Dec 29, 2004 - “I don’t want to go on a plane. You said you wanted us to have fun, and we
are, so let’s just stay at the airport, I don’t want to go to
Dec 30, 2004 - Times Square, New York City, in the Toys “r” Us store - “ I love this city, it’s so cool, it’s just like watching Third Watch”. Being in Toys “R”Us when Nikolas made that statement may not have hurt.
Jan 1, 2005 - We were walking through a tougher
Jan 27 - After a day being in a bad mood and talking back to his parents, I (Steve) told Nikolas to go into his cabin and cool off. He stormed off and said “why did we ever have to come on this dumb trip anyways” I went in after him and said to him that if he really felt that way, I would look into ending it and we could maybe go home and then I walked out of the room. After a few minutes he came out of his cabin and said “I’m sorry I said that dad, but you don’t understand how hard it is for me to not have anyone to play with”. For the 3rd time on this trip I again questioned myself about this trip being such a good idea for the kids.
After that argument we had one of the best father and son talks I can ever remember.
Feb 23 - We have decided to leave the ship early and get off
Nikolas overheard us talking about it and was actually begging us, “please Mom and Dad, can we please not get off early. I want to go to the end, please”. Every time we bring it up he does the same circus act, begging us not to get off early.
Mar 3 - “If I could go on this trip again I would most definitely go to more theme parks. I am still having a good time though.” (Nikolas)
Mar 3 - We were sitting at a Chinese restaurant and Nikolas said, “ I love those green onions in the Won Ton Soup,” so I said, “well eat them if you want.” He replied, “It’s O.K. Dad, I have my whole life to eat them.”
Mar 11 - After
touring the poorest part of
March 22 -
We are sitting
in a cab and two kids about the same age as Nikolas
come up to the window of our cab and start asking Nikolas
for food, and for him to give them his hat and shirt. They were wearing rags
and looked very poor, I was terrified of what he was thinking. To break the ice
I (Steve) said, “people sure are poor here aren’t
they?” Much to every ones surprise Nikolas
said, “Not really, we have seen poorer
people”. His comment caught us off guard and I asked “what are you talking about, who has less than these people”? He
replied “Do you see all the new buildings
here, and how many nice cars there are? We don’t have cars this nice at home. The
March 22 - at Sea, off the coast of
We are eating dinner and I asked John, who sits beside us, if U.A.E was the richest country in the world. He said that he thought it was, if not the richest, it was very close.
overheard us and said “I thought the
Nik’s first time driving (Wadi-rum, Jordan)
April 8 - Nikolas finished book 1 of the Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events a while ago, and in the section he was reading the parents both get killed. So he turned to Helen and Myself and asked “Hey Mom, if you and Dad died, who would take care of us” and Helen replied “Well if your old enough, maybe you could live together.” She then asked Nikolas if he would take care of Danika. Nikolas replied in a very excited voice “Ya Dani, we could buy a house together and you could live in the basement!”
April 25, 2005 -
are walking home from the beach in
May 7,2005 -
We are walking down the street and Danika asks me (Steve) if she can pick who is going to be the boss today? I said, “No, Mommy or Dad always are the boss until you get older”. Danika then asked “who is the boss of the whole world, is it god?” And before I could reply, Nikolas blurts out aloud ‘NO” I asked Nikolas who was boss of the whole world. His reply was with complete certainty, “George Bush, who else”.
(June 8th 05)
Nikolas – We got the kids up early and got on a subway
(July 3, 05)
Nikolas- After a depressing day touring a concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, we were sitting in McDonald’s having lunch when Nikolas said, after taking a big sip of iced tea, “Thanks for taking us to McDonald’s dad, this is so refreshing after you dragged us through that desert of horrors.”
(July 1, 05)
Nikolas- We were driving to
(July 9, 05)
Nikolas – We were sitting in a restaurant in
I sure love driving my Dad crazy
(Aug 16, 05)
Nikolas – I (Steve) am not a big drinker, but I never shy
away from a glass of wine at dinner, but I usually don’t drink beer. I used to
love beer when I was younger and I always drank Guinness or Bass, those were my
two favorites. I thought I may as well drink Guinness when I get to
(Aug 20, 05)
Nikolas – We are in
(Aug 20, 05)
Nikolas – we are just walking across the tar mat towards our
If I could have got my hands on him at that moment, Arggggggggggggggggggg!
(Sept 7, 05)
Nikolas – We just returned to our little hut in Skukuza Rest camp in
(Oct 10, 05)
Nikolas- We just got an email that they have a new Amazing Race and it is all families. Helen looks at Nikolas and say’s “how would you feel about us being in the Amazing Race”? Nikolas replies “would the cameras follow us into the showers”? Helen say’s “of course they would” Nikolas ends with “No thanks! I would have to change my name, cut my hair and sell tomatoes for the rest of my life, my life would be ruined”
(Nov 9, 05)
Nikolas – We over heard a joke from a comedian on T.V. that went like this: I once dated a virgin Stewardess and she worked for British Airways. Helen and I laughed and Nikolas said, “that’s not funny” Helen replied “do you know what a Virgin is” And Nikolas rolled his eyes and said “Mom, of course I do, it means Non-alcoholic!”
Sometimes we are best of friends, and sometimes we are not!
Aug, 2004 – “I really want to go on this trip, because we might find a swimming pool, and I want to meet new friends in the swimming pool and somewhere else.”
Oct 21, 2004 – “When we come back to this world, can I have my birthday at Chucky Cheese?”
Nov, 10 2004 – “I am very happy about going on this trip because when we come back to this world we are going to be in a new house. And my new bedroom is going to be a princess room with a high bed.”
Dec 29, 2004 - “I don’t want to go on a plane, they hurt my ears!”
Dec 30, 2004
Jan 20 - We were walking home from the kids club one evening, when Danika looks up and says, “It’s fun being a kid you know Dad? You know if we did not have any parents we could do what ever we wanted”. That’s all she said and she just skipped all the way back to the cabin without another word.
Feb 27 - I was putting Danika to bed when she said in the most serious voice, “Dad, would you ever sell me or Nikolas?” I replied, “No.” and asked why she would ask that. She said “You know, if you sold us, you and mom could do what ever you wanted” I looked at her and said, “we are the bosses, and we can do what ever we want now”. She smiled and closed her eyes and went to sleep.
April 27, 2005 – Danika
had just arrived at our Hotel in the
Danika - We were walking up the Champs Elyssee in
(June 10th 05)
Danika – On our way back from the restaurant we took the
kids to the front gates of Euro Disney even though it was closed. As they ran
up to the gates, both kids got on their hands and knee’s and started bowing to
the gates as if it was some kind of temple of worship. Danika was bouncing all over the
place and screaming, “
(June 10th 05)
Danika – We are eating at one of
(June 14th 05)
Danika – We were all on the ride “Pirates of the
(June 30, 05) Nurmberg
Danika- We were walking down the street in
(July 9, 05) Nurmberg
Danika – Danika was giving out good night hugs, and when giving Helen a big good night hug, she said “I am going to miss you mom” Helen looks down at her and says “Is one of us going somewhere?” Danika said nothing else and went to bed.
(Aug 30, 05)
Danika – We are in Aquila Game reserve and they have 3 lion cubs that are located right next to our Hut. On the first day we were there, Danika went to see those cubs about 20 times. She kept saying “I love those little Lion Cubs, I just want to give them a big hug”. The funny thing was, those cubs followed Danika’s every move. No matter where she was they were always watching her. I asked the ranger there why they watched Danika so closely, and the ranger replied that the cubs were stalking her. The next day Danika was really down and would not come see the cabs so I (Steve) said “What’s wrong Danika, don’t you like the cubs anymore?” Danika replied “I do like them, I just wish they did not want to eat me.” She just dragged her sorry little butt around for the rest of the day.
(Sept 5, 05)
Danika – We are driving through the back roads of
(Sept 9, 05)
Danika – We are sitting in
(Sept 15, 05
Danika – So we are still trying to get over the jet lag
thing from our long flight from
(Oct 13, 05)
Danika - On a ferry out at the Great Barrier Reef,
(October 21, 05)
Danika – We just spent 5 days driving through the Australian Outback to get to Ayers Rock. On the day we drove out to see the rock, Danika was in a really bad mood and did not want to go. When we pulled up to within 50 feet of Ayers Rock we were all amazed but Danika blurts out, “Is this what we drove a week for?” “This is just a big rock, what the heck is the big deal!”
(November 9, 05
We are walking down the street getting the
last few things for our return to
(Nov 27, 05)
Danika – We are in our Hotel back in
There were too many bubbles in the bath tub.
Great old kid quotes
We were just about to go swimming aboard our cruise ship when the two kids decided to play near the railing of the ship. I yelled at them to stop! and said, "If you two fall over, that will be the end of you"!! My daughter stopped, put her hands on her hips and said, "Don't be silly dad, we have our bathing suits on".
We were walking
down the street in
When Nikolas was asked what his favorite subject was, he replied, “Is lunch a subject?”
Just about to leave our hotel room when Nikolas looked out the peep hole of our door and said, "We can't go out there, I see a bunch of cheek pinchers". For you parents who have never heard this term before either, it means old ladies.
Passenger quotes from the ship - received April 2
“Does the crew sleep on board?”
“Is the T.V. signal on this ship satellite or cable?”
“What time is the Midnight Buffet?”
“Do those stairs over there go down?”
A question asked to a crew member “So you are married, are your kids on board with you?”
This traveling thing is not all fun you know!