So - a lot has happened since I updated this thing last time. We loaded up our car and headed west on the busiest travel day of the year right through Chicago at rush hour. HUGE mistake. Our only saving grace is that we were fortunate enough to have stopped right before we hit the traffic for food, potty break, diaper change, etc... That and our laptop which plays DVD's and the movie "Monster's Inc". Yes, 26 miles in 2.5 hours. That is almost but not quite 10.5 mph. It's was lovely. :) However, our child was mesmerized by Scully and Mike Wazowski (he watched it twice) and therefore, we survived. Needless to say, we bought a new movie while there, lest we endure the Monster's yet another time (and granted, I love the movie....but 5 times in 3 days....yea, too much). So, Nemo has entered his little world. And, I must say....this was another good movie, I thought, until I watched it through a toddler's eyes. It can be downright scary! And it's non-stop, too. One bad thing after another happens and they all involve tense music with sharks, whales or other fish with large scary teeth. We truly didn't think Andrew understood or knew the story line, but there are definitely parts where he gets sad or scared and wants to 'hide' but 'peak' in one of our arms. We may not be watching it too often until he is a little older. Or until we really need him to sit mesmerized by the TV for a little while. (like maybe tonight while we try to rearrange furniture in order to find room for our Christmas Tree).
Anyway, we made it to Iowa safe and sound. And Andrew got a long great with Grandma and Papa as if he sees them everyday. And Grandma introduced him to the piano. He would walk over to her, grab her hand, pull her to the piano while saying "deep and wide?" over and over (the only song he knows). She would sit and play and he would sit next to her hitting keys, just swaying and shrugging his shoulders as if the sound was purely coming from his own little fingers.
Iowa was nice. We ate a lot, hung out, did a little shopping, ate some more, play UNO Attacks, took naps and just had a good relaxing time.
Of course Andrew got spoiled, too. Between Aunt Kristin's M&M's and a truck from Papa and McDonald's, etc.... The boy was in heaven. And he did really well, too, considering that we screwed up his schedule royally. I mean, we couldn't have knocked it further out of whack if Casey were at bat. When we finally got home Sunday morning, he took a 3+ hour nap in the afternoon, then slept 12+ hours that night. I think we have him back on track now.
Last night, we met up with the Dressler's for dinner at Chili's for fajitas. I had a couple gift cards that I had been dying to use. (I love Chili's fajitas). Then they came back and we played a little cards before calling it a night. Tonight, as I mentioned above, is rearrange furniture night in order to make room for Christmas decorations. I need pay bills and do some laundry, too. It'll be a good night for some homemade mac and cheese that is all ready and just needs cooked in the oven. Marc may even have it in before I get home (I am working all day downtown today).
Well, I will try to do a better job posting, as I have been slacking here lately. Hope all is well and that all who read (and even those who don't) had a great Thanksgiving!!