Monday, July 11, 2011

Family, Friends, Cousins, Weddings and Classroom Transitions at School: July 2-July 8, 2011

What a wonderful time we had in NY at my Mom's cousin, Saralyn's wedding!  We got to see so many wonderful people and play and swim and...oh boy, I tell you, it was a FANTASTIC trip.  AND...I was sooo good.  Not only was I good on the plane rides, I was pretty much fantastic all around!  We had a rough start the first day because I was so tired, but after that, it was pretty much smooth sailing!

The first night, I spent playing with cousins at Jodi's house.  In particular, I hung out with my cousin, Luke, who, as you can see, has even redder hair than I do!  (No one's really sure where all this red hair comes from!)
Me and cousin Luke!
The next day, we went to a really nice park called Taughannock Falls for a pre-wedding picnic thrown by Saralyn's new husband, Tom's family.  The park was on a really pretty lake and though it was hot, there were lots of places to play in the shade with my wonderful family...
At the picnic with Uncle Kevin at Taughannock Falls - aren't I lady-like?

Two girls named Kaety and Katie - I love her...she's funny! :)
Though the Falls, themselves, weren't right on the park where we were playing, we did stop and take some photographs of all of us at the Falls on the way back to the hotel. 
Daddy, Mommy, me and BSG (she's in Mommy's tummy!) at Taughannock Falls
The next day, we went to visit my Great Aunt Val.  She's been a little ill for a year or so, but she still has lots of smiles, especially for ME!  She seems to be doing really well.  She is in a place called "hospicare" and the people there are fantastic.  The place is beautiful and she has lots of views of a pond and geese and birds of all kinds, plus many many pretty flowers.  Mommy was really happy to see her and get a chance to give her a big hug.  I just wanted to jump up and down on her lap!
Great Aunt Val and me - LOVE HER!
We played in the hotel in between visits with family.  I got to play in Mommy and Daddy's big bed and got an opportunity to go swimming!  I LOOOOVE the pool!
Mommy and I play kissy face in the hotel...

Out for an evening swim...
When the day finally came for Saralyn & Tom's wedding, it was really, really beautiful, but REALLY hot.  This Seattle gal isn't used to all that sun and humidity!  (Mommy thought it was fantastic :))
Saralyn & Tom - wedding of the DECADE!

At the wedding and the reception, I had the opportunity to meet some exceptional people who are friends and family of my Mommy's.  I had a fantastic time and was extremely good for both the ceremony AND the reception!
Funny Phoebe!
Hangin' w/ my Grammy at the reception...
Grampy and me...
It was a LONG, LONG night for a baby!
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and so, the day after the wedding, we got back on planes to head back to Seattle.  We made a few stops (in Philadelphia and Chicago) and until the very last leg of the trip, I was a tip-top traveller.  (The last leg of the trip, Mommy made the mistake of giving me creamed spinach - a food that has milk in it.  Clearly she wasn't thinking.  As you can imagine, there was a lot of green coloring of blankets and burp cloths before we got off the plane.  Fortunately, I didn't get any on the seats of the nice people at United!)  I very much enjoyed the stops and playing in between flights and I have to say, I really don't mind air travel that much...
Airplane watching in Philadelphia - on July 4th!
Did someone say "Philly Cheesesteak?!"

Day one of my transition to Mrs. Linda's classroom...

When we got back to Seattle, I started my transition from the infant classroom to the toddler classroom at school.  It was a little bit of a hard week, as I couldn't understand why they kept taking me away from my Ms. Audrey.  Fortunately, my new teachers, Ms. Patti and Mrs. Linda are really nice and I'm slowly learning it's ok to be in a new room.  I'm really thankful that my friend Peyton is transitioning with me into the same classroom.  It makes it a little easier to have that familiarity.

Day two of my transition to Mrs. Linda's classroom...
Though I was transitioning, I still got to spend part of my days with Ms. Audrey.  By the end of the week, she had me blowing kisses to her and everyone around me.  AND she fixed my hair like a big, big a PONYTAIL!  When it dried, it started to fall out in back, but Mommy and Daddy didn't even recognize me when they picked me up at school because I looked so much older!  All in all, it was a really good week and I'm learning to like my new classroom and hoping I still get to spend time with Ms. Audrey sometimes! 
Blowing kisses with my big-girl hairdo!

Have a great week!


  1. that looks like a GREAT trip!! always have to love getting all together and celebrating!! I bet the transition is hard for you and ms Audrey...but blowing kisses is to the big girl look!! and Mama you need to rest and relax! smiles

  2. I'm touched I made the photo montage! It was just an incredible event. If we could make it annual, do you think we could find someone to pay for it?? xox

  3. AWWW. Big Girl you are so cute!!