November Snow

23 11 2010

Our return trip from Texas was… interesting? Yeah. Interesting. Carter screamed the entire flight. Which took well over 4 hours because of head winds. A four year old girl (singing Ke$ha — look it up if you don’t know) kicked my seat the entire way, so each time I got Carter calmed down, he would startle awake to this gem behind me.

When we landed in Seattle, the airport was pure mayhem. It had been snowing all day and (per usual, get on it Seattle) the city was caught off guard and all routes into the airport were at a complete stand still due to car and bus accidents. It took Scott 7 (yes.SEVEN) hours to get to us at the airport. I sat on the floor of baggage claim to nurse CJ because there wasn’t an empty¬†seat to be found. When Scott finally got to us, Carter was completely wiped out from his screaming insanity earlier in the evening. Fortunately, he slept the entire 4 hours it took us to go 19 miles to the house.

We woke the next morning to a beautiful 2″ of snow. Amazing what 2″ of snow can do to a city built on hills.

stiff baby unsure of the cold

He didn’t seem to notice, except for the take-your-breath-away-cold he felt when we took him outside. Next year, he’ll be all over the snow.

i'm sorry, why is my first snow so cool? it's cold.

This is a La Nina year, so I expect we’ll see some more of the white stuff before it’s all said and done. Let’s just hope it’s NOT on a day we are traveling (ehem, Christmas 2006 repeat, no).

seriously, guys. let's go inside.

Frequent Flyer Miles

22 11 2010

Most of you know Scott and I traveled on business for many years. Between the two of us we had close to 1,000,000 miles before we were married. We really want CJ to start earning his own as well. I mean, a kid’s gotta earn his travels, right? Ok, fine. Not quite yet.

Carter and I flew to Texas when he was 6 weeks old. I wanted to take advantage of my leave and see family and attend a dear friend’s wedding. It was slightly terrifying to travel alone with a 6 week old, but we survived. He did really well, actually! He slept most of the way there and only cried when he got bonked on the head with an armrest (my first entry in the¬†‘mom of the year’ contest). Twice (does that make two entries?).

The first night we were there, sweet Jessica pulled together a group of amazing women to come meet Carter. It was a blast to see everyone in one place!

carter joe, pam, sam

one of my oldest friends, sweet jessica

Reid made a brief appearance. Is he not a dead ringer for his mom? They even have the exact same hair texture. He’s a doll and has the same bubbly personality as Al.

reidsta and sweet al, my college roomie

We took a quick picture of the boys on the couch. Ryan was super thrilled to be a part of it.

ryan, cj, and reid

We were all laughing so hard at mr. toe picker. Reid played along. Carter just hoped he didn’t fall over.


I’ve known almost all of these women since I was 3 years old. I think it’s incredible that they came to meet CJ and visit with us. We’re blessed to have such special moms!

my mom #2

sandy and cynde

Sharla had to work, so she came over to Jessica’s to meet Carter for the first time. The 4 of us got some quality time together on the floor. It is one of my favorite memories of 2010. Thank you Jessica for pulling together such a fun gathering!!

three generations

The next day, Abby & Katie got to meet Carter. Abby’s first question used to be “Where’s Cott?”. Her new first (and repeated) question is now “Can I hold CJ?”.

carter meets his cousins

His cousins just wanted to love on him the whole weekend.

so sweet

Abby got her wish. She’s so gentle with him. It must be all the practice with her dolls.

can i hold cj?

We tried to get a picture of the grandkids for my mom’s Christmas card. Yeah. Impossible. Carter looks exasperated at his female cousins.

katie's expression is priceless. so is piper's.

We also got to have lunch with Scott’s family. Carter got a chance to meet his Grammy, cousins, aunt and uncle!

hugging grammy

I’d say Grammy was pretty happy.

grammy and her grandkids

There’s someone missing from this picture! We had a great time at lunch, how great that it is so easy to get together when we’re in Texas.

missing scott

We’ll be blazing that road (jet stream?) between Seattle and Texas quite often in the near future, what a great little flyer we have on our hands.