Girls' weekend! What what!!
We spent a long and relaxing 3 full days at my parents' home in Jacksonville, Florida, where I grew up.
Travel was pretty decent, considering she is a 15-month old child. Eileen has flown several times now, however it is harder to keep her occupied and comfortable the older she gets.
Highlighting our trip down was Eileen's colorful puking incident on the taxi ride to the airport. She hurls like a lady, I'll give'r that. It didn't even smell bad. Since our driver did not understand a lick of English, he didn't know what I said when I politely and calmly told him, "Excuse me, my daughter just threw up on your back seat." ::silence:: .... Begin mission: clean-up.
Considering that any time spent pulling over to tidy ourselves would have delayed our arrival to the airport (getting to JFK on a Friday afternoon is not exactly quick), I calmly began
I can proudly say I made it to the airport with a calm baby and didn't smell too too bad. We were good on time and made our way to the nearest Delta lounge to change, and hopped on the flight.
Also, score for me bringing only a carry-on. I can't remember the last time that happened, and with Eileen comfy-cozy in her Ergo, it was easy-peasy. Two thumbs up.
I *love* spending time with my parents and was so excited to see them waiting for us in the airport rocking chairs. My brother (Eileen's Godfather) came to Jacksonville to see us, too. We visited some friends, and then some came over to my parents' on Saturday night for food and fun.
[ No pics! What?! Bad Sarah. ]
My girlfriends didn't tease me too badly about the diet that prevented me from eating their delicious food. Instead of going out for tapas & 'tinis with the girls, we did hair and laughed a lot. No, seriously-- Check out this bodacious hair wand that has me totally geeking out.
And if you think that sounds like a middle school sleepover, you're right; it was very similar. Not complaining :)
My parents were ecstatic to see and hang out with Eileen. It's always amazing to see how much kids grow in a few short months!
This trip, Eileen showed off several new[-to-her-grandparents] skills, including:
- Running and playing with big kids
- Eating "real" food in big pieces
- Pointing to her facial features, especially showing her teeth (still holding at 5)
- Flashing everyone when asked where her belly is
- Flashing everyone when not asked where her belly is
- Completing puzzles like a boss
- Exclaiming "mo-mo!" when Sesame Street is on (a.k.a. Elmo)
- Stacking blocks
- Serenading us with her rendition of "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
On Sunday evening, my mom made me go through all my boxes of
Here's one of my best friends, Sonja, and I ... circa 1998. Crazy that we've known each other for 20 years now, that's most of our lives! Apparently we love each other:
Jacksonville never disappoints, and I'm glad that we'll be back soon for a friend's wedding.
Fortunately, our return trip was less eventful than arrival. All except for the non-existent storm that canceled flights arriving into the NYC airports, forcing us to hang out one extra night. That didn't cramp our style too badly, and we had dinner with parents and friends again!
Lots of fun traveling with my wee one :)