South of the Mason Dixon Line

Grey and I just got back from spending a week in South Carolina visiting my sister and her family.  It was all nice, except for the travel, but we’ll get to that later.  Every time I see my redheaded nieces, they are a couple inches taller and a wee bit smarter.  It’s always moments like that that make me realize how fast time really does fly.

It was sure nice to have a change of scenery and to have a shopping buddy.  I’m super jealous they have a Home Goods store AND a TJMaxx there!  It’s probably a good thing the airlines charge you to check a bag or else I would be in trouble.

Amber and I got to celebrate our birthdays together again.  We’re sometimes lucky like that.  32 and 28.  I don’t know about Amber, but I’m starting to feel old.  In a good way, of course.

Grey loved it there.  He had all the entertainment an 8 month old could possibly ask for.  Even chickens, cows, a dog and a cat!  On the last day, Grey stood up to the activity table for the first time.   On to bigger and better things I guess….. and trouble.  He also eats cereal (with his fingers), mashed potatoes, avocados and oatmeal.  He cut his first tooth on the day to travel back home.  Not recommended!

Let’s talk about traveling with an infant on an airplane.  Alone!  There’s an ecard that says “I don’t know which is longer…. a microwave minute or a treadmill minute.” …..well,  I’ll tell you what is the longest minute.  The longest minute is traveling on a plane with a (overtired) baby on your lap.  As everyone else around me is watching movies, playing games, reading books (sigh), sleeping (sigh) or just doing nothing at all (sigh), I am watching the flight status on the screen in front of me.  The longest flight was from Atlanta to L.A.  5 hours.  Those minutes were the longest minutes of my life.  I sat next to some great people on that flight though.  The Indian man sitting directly next to me talked baby talk with Grey the duration of the flight.  I don’t even do that at home.  His Chinese girlfriend said they were having a political debate.  Ok then.  Let’s keep this debate going for 4.5 more hours please.  It’s not that Grey did terrible, but it’s just not that easy especially when it’s that long.  Grey gets sick of my face and voice in about 2 minutes.  Anyone else can make him smile or laugh though.  That little turkey!  There was an old man that sat behind me.  There was also an old man with a cane that sat next to me across the aisle.  At different times, they both offered to help hold Grey.  I politely declined, but that was the nicest thing anyone has done for me!  I gate checked the stroller on each flight and there was always someone to offer their assistance setting up the stroller and carrying my bag.  There are still some nice people in this world.  If you are looking to do a good deed, offer to help a single parent traveling with an infant.  Those moms will never forget you!  Cody greeted me at the airport with a Qdoba burrito and some more birthday presents.  Yes, I traveled home on my birthday.  Not the “best” birthday ever, but we’ll celebrate this weekend to make up for it.

Now it’s time to think about Thanksgiving.  My favorite holiday…. mainly because it’s simple, and I like simple.  This year we are celebrating with my side of the family at the Murray’s house.  My first Thanksgiving with Gpa and Gma J.  I am bringing a green bean casserole.  I was thinking about signing up for the Turkey Trot Run in Boise, but then I got to thinking, why would I want to pay and drive downtown to run 3 miles with a bunch of other people? No thanks.  This year I am bundling up and going for a run by myself.  Amidst the silence, I can reflect on things I’m thankful for.  I am very thankful that I am home from traveling with an infant 🙂

I’ve got mountains of laundry to wash, a very lengthy grocery list, a stack of bills and starving animals to feed (and not to mention, but my hair to comb, face to wash, teeth to brush… and yes it’s 10am) so I better get on with my day.  I’m not sure if I will be posting before Turkey day so if not, I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving!

Love, Rach

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Grey loved listening to Auntie play the piano!
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Excellent babysitters

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