We took a trip down to Phoenix for the weekend to celebrate the life of Tim's Grandma, Elaine Ireland who passed away unexpectedly the beginning of May. She was one amazing woman who had the kindest heart out of anyone I know. It was difficult to hear of her passing but she lived a great life.
I lived with Grandma Elaine and Tim's aunt for 3 months back in 2009 when I had a clinical rotation in Phoenix. She always had a kind word to say and helped me through a few stressful situations during my course work! Tim will never forget all of the scrabble and sorry games he played with her, and after she would win or bump someone off the board, she would always apologize so sweetly! We are so glad Lucas had a chance to meet such a wonderful Great Grandma!
Lucas did surprisingly well during the plane ride. He really enjoyed watching all the planes and would wave goodbye to all the planes flying away. He didn't sleep the whole way to AZ, but stayed busy with all the activities I brought for him to do. Tim was able to sit with us too! Once we were got there, we were able to spend some quality time with Tim's family and extended family. It was great to catch up with everyone and get all the cousins together!
On our way back- I traveled alone with Lucas, and he slept for a good 3/4 of the flight home. Everything was going so smoothly and I was thinking its not so bad to travel alone with such a busy toddler! BUT of course it couldn't be that easy, I get off the plane and grab our relatively new stroller, set Lucas in it and notice the stroller was completely warped, ugh! As I start to push Lucas the wheel completely falls off (the metal was severed) with no reattaching! So i had to carry a suitcase, backpack, super heavy broken stroller that won't wheel, and a cranky toddler that won't listen through the entire MSP airport, into the light rail, on the tram, into elevators and finally made in the parking garage. I think my arms were about to fall off! NOT fun DELTA! :)
Here are some photos from our quick trip!
|Thank goodness for screens on the back of seats!|
|Lucas out walking wondering what the heck a cactus is (his second trip to Phoenix in 16 months!)|
|Favorite new pose-- followed by Where'd go?|
|Loving his cousin Esther!!|
|in the fancy rental van that fit the whole family!|
|tough to get all the cute cousins to pose all at the same time!! but pretty cute all the same!|
|cute little nephew--little Owen!|
|Lucas has this awesome love for dogs! He will hug any dog he comes in contact with, which might be a bit scary, but still so cute!|
|Playing by the pool with Daddy|
|family photo op|
|Back to Hutch-- time to put on the jacket and mow the lawn|
|Spent a rainy day in MSP at the Mall of America! Lucas now says Fish!|
|Favorite pose, now asking where'd go to the Monkeys that pop up and hang down from the trees at the Rainforest Cafe…such a fun restaurant for kiddos!|
|First ride on a ferris wheel! Wasn't even scared!|
|We took the big jump and switched to forward facing, recommended at 2 years, but we figured he was ready-- weighing in at 28#! Time to see the world little man!|