First Flight

Just hanging out in Momma’s lap.

Little miss took her first round trip flight last week!  She and I flew down to California for a sad event that I won’t post about.  Instead I want to share all the things that we did to distract ourselves from the sad event.

Like visit with cousins.

My 19 month old nephew deemed little miss his and showed his love and affection in many, many hand pats and kisses.

Cousin’s hands are almost as big as her head! (Photo by my lovely sister in law.)

Aw. Kisses. (Photo by my lovely sister in law.)

Little miss of course ate up every second of the love.

For having her schedule (such as it is) interrupted for eight days, she did so well.  There were only a couple of meltdowns and it was usually because it was past her eating/sleeping/changing of diaper time.  Or because she was just sick of her carseat.  I can’t blame her.  I’d hate being strapped in a carseat too – in 100+ degree temps!

Let’s talk about the weather in central California, shall we?

It’s hot.  Miserably hot.  And it’s only June, folks.  We usually don’t travel down to California until August which is an even better time to visit (note the sarcasm.)  Actually, I take that back.  It is a great time to visit because it reinforces our good decision to get the heck out of there and move up to Washington where a HOT day is in the 70s.

Really.

Sorry, friends and family.  We love you but the weather alone is enough to keep us up here where it’s cool, the water is plentiful, and there are no state income taxes.

Momma attempts selfie with baby. Baby is having none of it.

Back to the trip!

Because of the heat, we hung out by the pool.  Neither little miss nor I actually got into the pool because really she’s too little to be in it or wear sunscreen BUT we were splashed a number of times by everyone else while we stayed in the shade.  Little miss is modeling a lovely lavender hat her daddy bought for her.  Note that she isn’t screaming.

Unlike the hat that grandma bought her.

Pretty sure she doesn’t like the hat.

But grandma redeemed herself with this festive piece of headgear:

It’ll be perfect on the fourth of July!

Besides modeling hats, little miss hung out in her birthday suit most of the time. It was just too dang hot. Even with all the fans and A/C going.

Two seconds after this picture was taken, she attempted to launch herself out of the buzzy seat, giving Momma the first of many panic attacks.

Speaking of fans, little miss LOVES her grandma and grandpa’s fans.

Hi, Mr. Fan!

The fans are EVERYWHERE in their house.  She could see them in every room she was in.  They captivated her like nothing else I’ve ever seen.  We only have two ceiling fans and they’re both in the dining room.  We might just need to find one for her bedroom…

I brought one of my baby carriers with me on the trip thinking that I might use it like I do at home.

That was stupid.  There was always someone more than willing to carry little miss around.  And there is nothing she enjoys more than Auntie Lolo’s rockings.  She falls asleep.every.time.  Auntie Lolo is the Baby Whisperer.

The magical Baby Whisperer

Here she is at Auntie Lolo’s house while Momma ran off to get her hair cut… by herself!

And yes, little miss fell asleep in that scrunched up position.every.time.

We saw many friends last week.  Retiring friends, road tripping friends, friends with twins, friends with dogs, friends from across the country.  We visited with family, soaked up all the hugs and love to save until next time.

Then it was time to hop back on the plane where the depressurizing of the cabin caused just a little bit of screaming but the white noise of the engine put little miss right to sleep.

Finally.  She took a nap.