Monday, April 18, 2011

*trip to minnesota*

So, a couple weeks ago, Makayla and I headed up to Minnesota to celebrate her cousin/my nephew(Noah) turning 2 and her turning 1.  Sadly, Cornell didn't get to join us :(  The price of a plane tickets is just too expensive these days! 
Flying with a 1 year old...I knew it wasn't going to be a relaxing flight, but she did pretty darn good on the way there(the way home is another story).  Beside the guy in the seat across the aisle from us huffing and puffing whenever she cried a little, we made it to Minneapolis in one piece.  But- ended up landing late and missing our connecting flight to Duluth.  Mom didn't want us to have to wait 6 hours in the airport so she hopped in her car to just come pick us up :)
While waiting, we found a wonderful area for kids to play in...Makayla had a great time...

That little red package she is holding in all the pictures is a pack of airline cookies. She likes to carry stuff around, not any of her toys, but things that are much more interesting. 
Packs of cookies. get the picture.
So we made it up to Duluth that night safe and sound.  It always feels so good to just be home and around my family.  Oh how I miss them.

Makayla sure had fun with this little guy...
Noah seriously could not get any cuter!  He is going to be the best big brother.  My heart just melts when he goes up real close to her and says, "HI Kayla...hi!"  So sweet.
I think they took a bath everyday together...hehe.

We headed up to the Aquarium one for the kids.  Here's Makayla with Auntie Kelly...

 Me and my 2 favorite little ones(Makayla wouldn't give up the keys)!
 Grandma and Makayla...
 Practicing walking with a little help :)
One way to Makayla's heart is with food.  The girl loves to eat!!  So grandpa and grandma were all over that!  Here she is feeling like a big girl at the counter.

 Doing "soooo big!"

Then it was time for BiRThDay PaRTy day! Wonderful to have our family and friends there! 

My mom got Makayla her birthday girl was so adorable!  Ruffle butt cupcake bloomers...seriously!!

The paparazzi was even there taking pics...

jk Jord :)

Time for cake. 
 Makayla wasn't really sure about it at first but she ended up digging in...

More family, and my girlfriends came the next day too.  Here's our awesome soon-to-be cousin in law, Cassie...

 My wonderful girlfriends...
 Auntie Cathy made the long trip from Wisconsin to spend the night with us :)
 Auntie Lu and Cassie...
And then a little time outside with Grandpa.

Sad to leave, but we will be back soon(August) plus we were missing Daddy!  The flight home was HORRIBLE, or maybe I should say horrendous.  Makayla had a tantrum while we were taxing on the runway before take-off.  Which means I couldn't move or do anything.  She was screaming, thrashing her body all around, sweating, etc.  It was great.  She has NEVER done anything like that before?  The flight attendant even got out of her seat and came over to say, "is there anything I can do to help?", no.  She just didn't want to sit still. 
Then after I got her calmed down...just to add a little more excitement, she peed all over my lap.  Diaper must have gotten out of place with all the thrashing around during her episode.  Good thing I had black pants on because I just ignored it and pretended like it never happened.  
Calm baby or sitting in pee pants?  I went with not disturbing the calm baby. 

MOM of THE YEAR award

And just like that, it's been over a month since I blogged! 
I have lots to catch up on...our trip to MN, Makayla's birthday parties, Cornell preaching...but, I need to update on Makayla first!  I fear that I will blink and we will be on to the next stage with her :(

So, all you moms know how busy busy busy a 1 year old is.  She isn't walking yet, BUT, she is pushing things, pulling herself up on everything, crawling as fast as she can to her new destination, etc.  Here she is today pushing her baby stroller from Grandpa...
{thanks Kim B. for the cute dress and jeans!}

After today, I now know why God has children go through each mobility stage...not for the child to slowly gain independance, but for the PARENT to prepare for the chaos their life is about to turn into!  Take today for went down in the books for me and my mothering skills. 

First, Makayla almost rolls off the bench at church(I caught her mid-air).  Second, she trys to stand in her stroller WHILE we are crossing one of the busiest streets in town.  Third, we get to the ice cream shop and I take her out of her stroller...only to find her chewing on a old cigarette butt 3 seconds later.  Eew, I still want to vomit thinking about that.  Lastly, she falls off the couch(with me sitting right there by her) and hits her head on the walker and then the floor. 
All in one day!  Nominate me for mother of the year please...

And to think I want more kids...yikes!!  I can barely handle one!  How do moms do it?

All that to say....Makayla is SUCH a joy in our lives.  I love her little giggle.  Her kisses.  The way she hugs me, Cornell, or any of her stuffed animals and says "ohhhhhhh" while laying her head on our shoulder.  She is so loving.
She says BALL, HI, BYE, and of course KEEEEY.  She loves keys.  Not fake plastic keys, only the real thing.  Also enjoys carrying socks around(?).  I have found her numeorus times during the day crawling around with just one sock in her hand.
Yesterday she was touching my feet and saying some type of baby gibberish.  I realized after a couple times of her doing it that she was trying to say "tickle tickle."  Her daddy is always tickling cute to see her try and re-enact it with me :)

Here she is a few days ago playing peek-a-boo with me...


Hehe :)  Silly girl.