We’ve returned from our trip out West to visit family in both Seattle and Denver. It was the baby circuit tour of 2009 where we were reintroduced to Bjorn’s cousins Mats (Seattle), Ryder (Denver) and Quinn (Denver). However, there were three NEW babies that we got to meet; all born within eight months if you can believe that. Mats has a little sister, Anikka; Ryder has a little brother, Geddy; and Quinn has a little brother Nolan. One day I will draw a family tree to help everyone keep it all straight…and it will have many many branches to emphasize the size of our growing family. However, there is no way I can draw a tree to emphasize just how gosh darn cute all of Bjorn’s little cousins are.
We have posted a couple of photos from our trip out west (including a few from Ann Arbor) here:
Our trip started on November 20th with a 5 hour flight to Seattle. Bjorn was a total fearless flyer and even though the plane had a pesky “hydraulic leak” that kept us at DTW for an extra two hours, he handled traveling with finesse and pizazz. We ended up at Erik & Jen’s house at around 1am…kind of crashed…but try teaching a baby about time changes and know that our first day in Seattle was a little rough for me (not for Bjorn).
We took in a lot of football (boo to Michigan for losing to OSU….AGAIN!); a little bit of hiking and lots of playing with the cousins. Jen and I were able to sneak away to a really cool place called “inSpa” where we got pedicures in the freezing weather…but ou know what, it was totally worth it. Sitting quietly in a chair with your feet soaking in warm water with a People magazine. Heaven. I also got over to the University District and Green Lake area for a nice walk around the lake and lunch near the University. Seattle is such a lovely and dreary town.
We jetted off to Denver on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving thinking that the airport would be packed. It was not (although our flight was). Our only mishap flying happened en route to Denver when we landed and taxi’d for approximately 8 light years. Zomg just get us to our gate. Also–we booked our car with National because the University of Michigan has a set corporate rate with them that facutly and staff can use—this makes us “Emerald Club” members. Snappy, right? So we got off and picked out our car only to realize once we got to the hotel that IT HAD NO POWER LOCKS. This would be the low-point in our trip. Don’t ever get a car without power locks if you are constantly trying to get an infant in a cumbersome carseat in and out of the back seat. In fact, just don’t ever get a car without power locks period dot. WE ARE EMERALD CLUB, DAMMIT. I DEMAND POWER LOCKS.
Okay, time to be jealous because we had the most amazing Thanksgiving dinner prepared by Kristen’s husband Bentley who is a professional chef. My second “ZOMG” of this post belongs to Thanksgiving dinner because it was effing amazing. All the standards but taken up about a zillion notches. So good. How Kristen is not 500 pounds amazes me.
To work off Thanksgiving dinner, we went on a hike on Friday with my Uncle Rich up the Flagstaff Trail to a summit in the Flat Irons. You will be surprised (proud?) to know that I carried Bjorn the entire way up in the Baby Bjorn. It took us way longer than I think we would have pre-baby but, dammit, I made it. I made Lars carry him down because I don’t trust my agility coming down the mountain. Rich took us out to lunch at the Chataquau Lodge at the base of the trail after we descended. Because we are geniuses, we decided to go into Boulder on the last day of their home football season and Colorado Buffs were facing the Nebraska Cornhuskers just a few miles away. We planned our departure mid 4th quarter because, as many of you know, the last place you want to be with a 4 month old is in traffic on a rural freeway.
Saturday saw us visiting our adorable cousins Quinn & Nolan in Highlands Ranch. Nolan confirmed it for us–the second baby is quite possibly the most easy-going baby there is. Anikka, Geddy and Nolan were all easy peasy…at least to our eyes. Meanwhile we feel like we are always on pins and needles waiting for Bjorn to lose it, but he was on his best bright-eyed behavior!
…and now we are back in Ann Arbor. I start work on Monday (boo) but then we are off to San Diego for another cross-country venture on December 21st. This kid is racking up the frequent flyer miles like nobody’s business.