All of my family lives in Washington. I miss them a lot. I miss Washington, too.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my Arizona home and wouldn’t give it up for anything, but the distance between me and my mom, dad and siblings is brutal.
Allan bought me a plane ticket to Washington last year for my birthday. He surprised me with it and I was thrilled. But within a week I found out I was pregnant with Ember and the closer it got to the day I was supposed to leave the less I felt like traveling. I was so sick and exhausted and moody in that first trimester that I ended up cancelling my trip at the last minute.
So we had a voucher to use and that voucher expired this month. Allan’s parents were willing to babysit our older three crazies for a few days so Allan could come with me. I’m thankful he did. He took care of everything. The flight, the rental car, he drove, he parked, he payed, he carried everything everywhere. All I did was take care of Ember all weekend. It was awesome.
We got to Washington pretty late. The rental car counter was closed so we took a shuttle to another location.
Ember and I waited while Allan took care of all the rental car stuff.
After taking quite a while to get the car we headed to our hotel.
Ember slept really well that night. She even slept most of the morning while Allan and I got ready.
We met up with my dad, my little brother, my mom, and my little sister. We all ate lunch at my dad’s restaurant.
Here is my little brother, Kyle, holding Ember. Ember adored Kyle. She smiled and giggled over his smiley face and silly voices/sounds.
After a delicious lunch there we decided to walk around the shops a block away. I changed shoes since I was in heels and walking while carrying a baby in rain and heels just doesn’t work.
My little sister, Jeena, and my mom.
Ember wasn’t happy about the cold, windy weather. She was fussy during this part of the day.
We stopped at a bookstore. My beautiful little sister, Jeena.
Me, my mom and my little brother, Kyle, in the background.
This was taken in a kids’ clothing store. That’s my mom, my sister, me, Allan, and my dad in the background.
There were lots of stops for nursing. I’ve nursed Ember in public more times than I can count now and it never gets less uncomfortable for me. It was so awesome that first night home when I sat down on the couch to nurse her and didn’t have to use a cover!
We stopped in a candy store.
We went to Starbucks to plan out what to do for the rest of the day. I nursed Ember again in there.
My parents are divorced so I went back to my mom’s town an hour away with her and my little sister. I had to say goodbye to my dad and brother after only seeing them for a few hours for the first time in 4 years. That was rough for me 🙁
That’s my dad. I’m a lot like him, and I look a lot like him.
Ember had a first while we were in Washington. Her first (and hopefully last) car accident!
We got rear ended on the highway on the way to my mom’s house! It was a horrible moment when I felt the other car hit ours and that second my entire body was flooded with adrenaline and fear about Ember in the backseat. I probably would’ve broken down in worried sobs if I hadn’t gone straight into protective mom mode. I am a shy and passive person but at that moment I wanted to jump out of the car and go curse out the other driver. But I didn’t because it was an accident and I was far too worried about making sure Ember was ok.
Which she was. She was laughing and having the best time in her Aunt Jeena’s car while we waited for the police.
The other driver was a college aged guy from Vancouver driving his mom’s car. I felt a bit sorry for him for that. He probably got an earful when he got home.
The only injury from the crash was Allan’s finger. It got bashed into the steering wheel when we got hit. Luckily it’s not broken, probably just sprained or bruised or something. It was swollen and still is a little bit but feeling much better now.
We got to my mom’s house and had pizza and played a game with her and her husband, Milo, before going to bed. At 1am, or was it 2? Ouch. I slept in until 10am the next morning!
Allan went out and took this picture of the rental car. Thrifty brought us a new rental and towed this one away.
My older sister, Kelly, came over and she, my younger sister, my mom, Ember and I went shopping at Fred Meyer.
We got home and my grandparents came over for dinner. In these next two pictures are my older sister, Kelly, her two kids, Ember, and my grandma.
I have the most gorgeous sister!
Ember was loving everyone. I always knew she liked people but during this trip I realized how much. She is a total people person. She loves everyone! She loves staring at them and figuring them out. She loves when they do silly voices and smile at her.
My grandma wanted a four generation shot with Ember.
My step brother and sister were over, too. Ember smiled and giggled at them, too 🙂
This is my mom and her husband. She married him two and a half years ago and I’m so glad she did. We all really like him a lot. He’s a really nice guy, a great dad, a fantastic grandpa and an awesome cook. haha, had to throw the awesome cook in there because he made me and Allan some amazing meals while we were there! It was heaven.
And a shot with my step siblings in there 🙂 I really enjoyed seeing them this trip, I wish I had longer to visit with them, the last time I saw them was four years ago and they were so much younger!
My grandpa and grandma with Ember.
The next day- me and my little sister, Jeena.
Our flight left at 3:30pm so we had to go to the airport fairly early. I was so sad to leave since it had only been two full days with them, but at least they promised to come visit me!
Allan filling up the rental.
We conquered feeling sad about leaving by having a lot of fun together. It was like a date. haha
A date with a tag-a-long. A tag-a-long who needed to be changed at random times and in random places.
I mentioned that Allan carried everything, right?
Allan took this of me ordering us a breakfast bagel for lunch, I like that Ember’s bald spot has been captured so well “on film” now. haha
The flight went really well. Ember is a really easy baby as long as there is milk around. She nursed, slept, woke up to smile and giggle at us and then started that cycle again. Lots of people, all weekend, commented on how she was such a good baby.
The man in the seat next to Allan was saying how she is the best baby he’s ever seen. He said it a few times and everyone else stared and smiled and pointed at her. It was fun… I hate being the center of attention (like when pregnant) but having my baby be the center of attention is lots of fun! lol
We got home and stopped for pizza and cake to bring home because it was Allan’s mom’s birthday!! Yeah, she spent the entire day watching my kids on her birthday.
Being away from Allan the first few days after getting back has been hard. I miss him!
And that was our weekend in Washington. And oh boy am I tired of typing. haha