Wow, time really flies when you have a kid. RB40 Jr. is almost 3 years old now and he is growing so much every day. Long time readers will remember when he was just a 6 lb 4 oz ass kicking machine. Now he is running around and getting into all kinds of trouble. He is getting more independent and it’s easier now to take care of him.
At this age, a couple of months make a huge difference. In September, we tried a preschool and it didn’t work out. He cried nonstop and the small school couldn’t handle it. He just wasn’t ready for preschool back then. Two months later we tried a bigger preschool and it is working out much better. He cried a bit the first week, but he is doing quite well now. His new teacher also seems to be more in tune with his needs, so that’s really great. Sometime it just takes the right person to get it done.
He also flew for the first time earlier this month. Mrs. RB40 went on a 2 week business trip so we took the opportunity to visit my brothers in California. He had the window seat and he liked the take off. He especially enjoyed having orange juice and peanuts served. We did have a little issue on the descent, though. We were in the restroom when the captain told everyone to get back to their seat. He finished “making water” and then we went back to our seats. Of course, a couple of minutes later he wanted to go “make poopoo…” I told him we had to wait until we finish landing and he cried a bit. I think the ear pressure was also a factor. Anyway, we made it to the airport restrooms and didn’t make life difficult for our poor flight attendant.
So now that we know he can handle flying, we want to travel again. I’m thinking about taking a family trip to Hawaii with my mom and brothers this winter. I want to check out the Big Island to see if it’s a feasible retirement destination for us. We visited Oahu, Kauai, and Maui when we were childless and we liked them all. Kauai was our favorite destination, but I think the housing price is really crazy over there. I heard that the Big Island is more affordable, so I’d like to check it out.
We used to travel internationally almost every year when we were younger, but we haven’t done a major overseas trip since 2009. Over the last few years, I have been hearing more about travel hacking and I am fascinated. Many people are able to travel for a nominal fee or free by taking advantage of reward miles. Airlines have partnered up with credit card companies to offer some great sign up bonuses. I have been ignoring travel hacking so far because we didn’t really want to travel with a baby. Now that RB40 Jr. is ready to see the world, I want to get in the game, too. Who wouldn’t want to travel for free?
Well, there is a downside. We’d have to sign up for more credit cards to get these bonuses. Currently, I only have one personal and one business credit card. This is great because it’s so easy to keep track of all my expenses. If I sign up for more cards, then I’d have to spend time and energy to manage them. It wasn’t worth it when we couldn’t travel. Now that we can travel again, I’m all for this.
I’m trying various reward cards to see if I can get some miles.