What a whirlwind tour we just had. I'm afraid to even start talking about it b/c I might miss something! :) The trip out was pretty good... Lily didn't nap AT ALL on the plane or at Karen's, but she hung in there pretty well. I was definitely ready to be done by the end, but I think we succeeded in not annoying too many people in our travels. She got to run around in the airport in MN and walked in the aisles of the plane quite a bit. There were quite a few other babies on the plane too so I wasn't worried about being the only one w/ a melting down kid.
Lily got to sit in her very own seat on the first short leg out to MN.
( I am going to apologize in advance for my lack of photos.. I'm horrible )
We got to Portland and stayed only one night before jumping in the car to head to Woodinville. Lily decided NOT to nap in the car on our almost 4 hour drive. She was a 'joy'. Really she wasn't THAT bad, but did require quite a bit of entertainment.
We spent Sat, Sun and Mon at Lynda's and left on Tuesday to return to Portland.
Sunday afternoon the whole fam damily came over for a shower for Mr. Charlie - the newest Mount.
It was so great to see the family again - it had been WAY TOO long! Lily loved running around with her cousins Connor, Evan, Liam and Riley. She took a huge liking to Grandpa Pat as well.
She also got to play outside (her FAVORITE) with Grandma Lynda!
On Monday the coffee girls came over for some coffee / mom / kid time... and Karen P and Fiona were able to join us (they left before the group shot though.. )
And here is Fiona.. she is so cute. Though she wasn't excited when I tried to pick her up. :)
It was so great - and so different - to see the girls and chat about what motherhood is like fohttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifr ALL of us now. It is certainly harder to carry on a conversation! ha ha Miss you guys!
Lynda, thank you so much for hosting us and for accommodating all my idiosyncrasies! We had a blast and can't wait to see you in the Spring!
Back to Portland we went on Tuesday a.m. w/ a stop off at Pat and Joan's for some lunch and more running around outside! Oh how I long for some outdoor space - oh and less freezing temps! It was great to see you guys! Thanks for letting us 'cruise by'.
Karen and I were able to spend a surprising amount of time talking - the kids played pretty well together - catching up, talking about parenting and working on our business.. keep your eye out we are getting some new exciting styles of bags - to include super cute kid's bags! www.greengirlsguide.com
We even got to play outside MORE! Lily and I took a trip to their park down the street and they kids played outside after some time at the coffee shop. We couldn't have had better weather!
Lily took no nap the day before we were to leave to come home - which had me quite worried about how we would fair, but she did pretty well. She slept for a whopping 30 mins on the first (3hour) leg of our travels and luckily we got two seats next to each other (thanks to the pitty of another traveler - though he was probably thinking more about himself and the other business people on the plane than he was of Lily and I.) which allowed her to play a bit better and look out the window.
Here's shot of her on the last flight... she looks so exhausted compared to her starting the trip shot!
We made it home safe and sound and both kids seem to be tired... doing things like falling asleep in the car. Jason was a wreck one evening and I took him in the bedroom to try to calm him down (we're talking 20 min flailing temper tantrums) and he fell asleep at 4:30pm for TWO HOURS! I think he's taken a two hour nap one other time in his life! He then was back in bed by 8pm and slept through the night.
So getting back in the swing of things has been a bit tough, but I'm back at the gym (twice now) and we're working on getting them back on routine - only to disrupt it again. When they fell asleep in the car yesterday (both w/o a fuss) I thought maybe it would be better to keep them tired. HA!
On a sad note we have decided that Phoebe has come to the end of her trail. Tom ran out of steroids for her when I was gone and she went one morning w/o her pill and declined RAPIDLY. It is apparent that the drugs are the only thing keeping her ticking and that's just not the way we want her to spend that last moments of her life.... Tom is calling today to make the appointment. It is very sad for us... she was/is our first baby, but on the other hand we feel that it is the right time and don't want to drag her life out only to suit ourselves. It's time and we have accepted that.