Trip to Paris!

Last night we packed our bags for a fun impromptu trip to Paris, France!

The girls dressed up in their most colorful outfits, and fanciest …. .sunglasses..?? We left from Washington, D.C., and we didn’t have any delays, problems with airport security, or any turbulence. A very smooth flight!

Well…. the pilot may have taken a snooze or two……

My brother and I used to play airplane with the other neighborhood kids all the time. It’s so much fun!! Plus, it’s great for keeping the kiddos off of the kitchen floor while it dries from being mopped, especially since we moved all of the chairs out of the kitchen anyway.

A short film of our adventure:

Airplane from Valerie Frugal Family on Vimeo.

Wanna play along? Of course you do!! You can print out the templates for the Washington Monument, Eiffel Tower , and the clouds, and luggage tags we made up and make a fun airplane of your own! We attached the windows to the wall using sheet protectors and masking tape.

Have fun!!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    It was a long flight, but the flight attendant was hot.


  2. Ha ha – Mark is so funny. I would be a little concerned about the sleeping pilot!

    Very cute. We are taking a short flight soon so I have a feeling we will be playing airport too.

    • Nothing to worry about, everything was under control… these planes practically fly themselves.

      This would be a great way to prepare kids for what to expect on a plane — how fun! And have a wonderful time on your trip!!

  3. You had me going there for a minute! LOL! But it’s a great idea!! Love it!

  4. These little mini films are killing me, soo fun!

  5. Love the flick! But, was your “pilot” replaced with a stuffed cat? Very cute 🙂

  6. Love it! I’ll have to do it with my boys! They’ll love it! Thanks for the great ideas!

  7. That video is too cute and funny. Looks like a lovely trip. Did anyone have jet lag? 😀

  8. Your videos are so cute. What a fun way to document all your ‘travels’!

  9. OMGsh! The photo of your husband sleeping on the “plane” had me laughing…

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. I think you’re the most awesome mom in the world! So many fun things you do with your kids!! I love reading your posts!

    • That is so sweet, Tina! We definitely have our moments during the course of the day, just like any other family. I love blogging about one thing that I’m particularly grateful for, even if it only lasts for a few minutes! ((hugs))

  11. My kids play trains all the time. Maybe if we play airplane that’ll curb their wanting to ride one.

    • Trains are fun too, and Emily requested to play train next time so we’ll have to give that a go too! 🙂

  12. I want donuts on my next flight! What fun, I also remember playing airplane like this as a kid =)

    Wonder if it would get Johnny over his flying phobia…

    • Seriously, donuts on a flight would be freakin’ awesome! LOL I think it would definitely help with Johnny’s flying phobia… especially if he is the pilot!

  13. LOVE this idea. I did something similar with my entire kindergarten class… we took a trip in a SPACESHIP and even landed on the moon and took a space walk. Very cool – I’m going to do a plane trip too this year – thanks for the awesome idea.

    • That is TOTALLY AWESOME!!! You rock, Matt, and your kids are super-lucky to have you for a teacher! Have fun on your plane trip!

  14. LOVE the video!

  15. That sounds like so much fun! Great idea. My daughter was just talking about the Eiffel Tower this morning. I’ll have to take her there tonight!

  16. What fun! Looks like everyone enjoyed the flight!

  17. What a great idea! You are so creative!

  18. Love this! Clever and fun! I have a couple of questions… does your airline charge extra for bags? And what about those delicious looking meals, are they included in the airfare? And, I am sure all moms out there want to know… do you serve red wine?

    • LOL Let’s see… 1. no, 2. donuts are included but meals are extra, and 3. only the finest vintage. 🙂

  19. Your kids are just so lucky! It’s “almost” like the real trip! Did they get crepes once they arrived?

  20. Normichell says

    Vaaa, that’s so funny! 🙂 Love the idea!

  21. i love your videos!! they are so much fun, just like all your craft and play ideas! :o)

  22. Love the little video. Looks like a lot of fun.

  23. Fun, fun, fun. What can I say, that video is so cute!

  24. Valerie-

    We are kindred spirits. We went to Krispy Kreme recently and the kids loved it. The kids kept asking what are we doing today. So I inspired by your play sets starting cutting out circles and then decorating our donuts. My son even made a set for his friend, hat, donuts, and store sign included. I wanted to share with you your influence in my family. Then when I go to write this comment, your donut set pops up. I thought you would still want to know what is happening in the Watt House in Nashvegas.

  25. Thank you so much for sharing this idea. We went to Paris and China this morning. We used your printables but put our own messages on the tags using google translate. It’s not so easy writing in Chinese! I found a picture to print of the Great Wall. One of the funniest things was that I has some packs of Planter’s peanuts to use for our snacks. I love your blog. Thank again, Kimberly

  26. This is so fantastically creative and smart – I absolutely love it. I was just bemoaning that I haven’t been on a plane in almost a year (a long time for me!). What a great way to bring the world to me!!


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