A few months ago my dad told me that my family was throwing a surprise 50th anniversary party for my aunt and uncle…
If you’re new to the blog… I grew up in Massachusetts (Peabody to be exact) and moved to Florida when I was 11. Most of my family still lives in MA – with the exception of my parents and my brothers.
I was still pregnant when my dad mentioned this, but knew that I wanted to try to make it up for the party. The thought of traveling with an infant was daunting BUT I know that traveling with an infant is 1800000 times easier than traveling with a toddler (aside: traveling with the 5+ crew it pretty fun). Word to the wise – if you like to travel, don’t be afraid to do it with a baby. The more you travel with them, the easier it is.
So, a month ago I booked the trip (my dad sponsored me – thanks dad!). The original plan was for the whole family to go, but the party was on August 18th… the day before the first day of school. Yeah, that was not going to work with my kids. So it ended up being just E and me. We left after work on Thursday and got back LATE Sunday night.
What are you talking about? TSA at MCO is SO FUN!!!
The flight up was full of parental mistakes (the biggest included accidentally leaving the pacifer in the car seat – derp!), but it was relatively uneventful and I arrived at my cousin’s house around 11… and then crashed.
Prior to the trip up, I sent a Rock ‘n Play Sleeper up to my aunt (the one who DID know about the party) for E to sleep in. Luckily, one of my cousins is expecting her first baby in just a few weeks (!!) so E was able sleep in something he was familiar with AND I was able to leave it for her as a gift. This ended up working out great because E slept like he does at home and I didn’t have to cart anything extra around. I already had my luggage, huge carry on, stroller, and car seat!
So, back to my weekend…
We ate a lot of seafood…
Baby’s first lobster bib.
I drank A LOT of Dunkin…
I was AT a Dunkin Donuts when I took this picture.
Saw A LOT of relatives (a huge chunk of my relatives live within 20 minutes of each other – so jealous!)….
This is my godmother/great aunt. She was a midwife/lactation consultant/doula back in the day. It’s STILL her passion. I just love her.
I talked A LOT about babies (my cousin AND my sister-in-law are pregnant — Did I tell you I’m going to be an AUNT?? :))….
Babies are cute, yo.
She’s a natural 🙂
Yay for babies – and cousins — 9 months apart 🙂 PS – This was the exciting news I learned about a few weeks ago!
And surprised the hell out of two wonderful people – celebrating not only 50 years of marriage, but 50 years of family.
On Sunday, I was really, really sad I had to leave. Not JUST because the weather was gorgeous (IT WA SO NICE), but because even though I am a true Floridian (it got down to the high 50s and low 60s and I was freezing)… I am a Masshole at heart. I just love that place!
It was SUCH a whirlwind trip, but I’m so glad I went. Seeing my family and being in MA just makes my heart happy. And truthfully? I needed it.
The trip back was relatively uneventful (I learned from my mistakes!). There was a lot of sleeping this time around.
In case you were wondering my arm was asleep in this picture.
And I managed to make it back to send Braeden and Livie off to their first day of 2nd grade and PreK.
Bonus… Evan found his toes.
Wait…how did this happen??? *sob*
This trip and the beginning of the school year ends an insane summer… I feel like I’ve been on the go since May. Fall (whenever you decide to arrive in Florida), I welcome you with open arms. I am ready to slow down a little. Please? There are so many posts I want to do, but I haven’t had time! Look for a 3 month update (yes – E is already 3 months old!) and a postpartum running update (yes – I am really running!) coming soon.
When the last time you were part of a big surprise? Does it surprise you that I cried when they arrived? It was just SO sweet!