I think this was Ember’s third time flying since she was born. We went to Washington for a visit when she was 4 months old. We went to Texas for my BIL’s wedding when she was almost one. And then this time!
She didn’t remember her other flights so it was all a brand new experience for her. Leading up to the flight when I’d tell her about it I could tell she didn’t quite believe me that we were actually going to go on an airplane way up high in the sky.
The day of she was talking about it all morning. She kept talking about our airplane and how we’d “fly, fly, fly, up, up, up, high in the clouds.”
When I pointed out our airplane through the window it got more real and she was jumping up and down talking about it. It was fun for me to watch her so excited!
Near out gate there was this little play area for little kids. There were three little girls playing there when we first arrived and Ember wouldn’t go near it until they left. She was feeling extra shy that day with so many strangers talking to her throughout the airport!
Once the little girls left for their flight she ran over to play, stopping only to make sure I was right behind her!
I was bummed to find out we didn’t get a window seat. I wanted her to be able to watch as we lifted off and then see the clouds. From her seat in the middle of the row (I was on the aisle) she couldn’t see out the window at all 🙁
That didn’t stop her excitement, though! She was really happy about buckling her seat belt, most especially about buckling her baby in!
On the flight she was really well behaved. We played with her toys (her baby doll and some my little ponies), she colored and played with stickers. She played with her wallet with some old store cards I kept for her, and some coins. She played with the iPod a teensy bit but mostly she just wanted to play with her tray table, seat belt, the books in the pocket of the seat in front of her, and everything else on the plane. The seat belt was her very favorite and since the captain said there was going to be turbulence (there was literally none) the seat belt sign was on almost the entire flight and she was forced to keep it on. That’s the only part she didn’t love but besides simply taking it on and off fifty bazillion times, she didn’t throw a fit or whine about it or anything.
The flight was relatively short and soon we found ourselves in the much-more-confusing airport in Seattle!
I finally figured out that I had to take an elevator to the subway.
And then another elevator.
I had some trouble getting in touch with my mom since she was in her car and in Washington you can’t talk on your cell phone while driving. We’d text each other but she didn’t check her phone often so there was a lot of standing around waiting for communication. It turns out in the end she had gone to departures to pick us up and I was at the arrivals pickup place. She drove around to where I was and about an hour after the plane landed we were together!
We rushed over to Jeena’s venue for the rehearsal. It went well, Ember was super shy from basically nonstop meeting of strangers at this point. But she did really well.
We went to my dad’s restaurant in Arlington for a group dinner. That was fun.
Lots of other stuff happened but I’m getting tired of writing so I’m skipping forward to the morning of Jeena’s wedding! (Friday)
I took that picture to remind myself to write down in her scrapbook about how when we got back to the bedroom we were staying in she looked panicked toward the door and anxiously told me, “Shut the door, mommy! Don’t let them see my bum!!”
I don’t have hardly any pictures of the wedding day since I was my sister’s maid of honor and pretty occupied! haha
My mom did snap this of me comforting Ember in the afternoon. Ember handled things so well for as shy as she is but I could tell she was reaching her breaking point. Some mommy time (we took a five minute walk alone together outside) really helped her feel more secure! She didn’t really leave my side most of the day (she was pretty helpful, too!) but just having so many new people talking to her was getting overwhelming.
The iPod kept her busy for a short while. (This was when we were watching Jeena get ready!)
I’ll maybe talk more about the wedding when I have wedding pictures to share. For now I’m skipping ahead to the flight home!
It was a late afternoon flight and Ember was pretty hungry so we shared a McDonald’s meal.
I spotted this sign and asked Ember for a picture. She was happy as a clam because she knew we were going home to see Allan and the other kids!!
Waiting at our gate.
Ember kept putting two of her chicken nuggets in front of her eyes to be silly.
So then I joined her.
Once we were being boarded we thought we were getting on the plane but for some reason we ended up waiting in the passageway for a while.
Ember was visibly excited to be going home. haha!
This time Ember got the window seat!!! I was SO happy about it and so was she!
Except when we got to our seats another couple was sitting in them and I told them they were ours and they acted so confused.
Then the woman of the couple sat right next to me and had her arm in MY seat space the WHOLE time!!
Ember was unaware of all of this 😉
My mom had sent a HUGE suitcase full of Christmas presents with me. She’d never shipped them because for the past 8 months we’ve told her we’re moving close (which we’re still trying to do!) and shipping is expensive. Since I was there and had no bags of my own to check I took them all back with us. SO, Allan had to park and come in to get us because I couldn’t carry everything to the car myself!
He and the kids were walking toward us when I spotted them. I ran over a bit and hid with Ember (who was giggling like CRAZY because she’d caught a glimpse and was excited to jump out and surprise daddy!) and when they walked past where we were we jumped out and said, hi! Everyone was really excited to be reunited… it felt like Christmas 🙂
Allan showed Ember how to hold onto the suitcase for a ride and she loved that.
I was 100% exhausted once we got home and ate (pizza) but the kids knew about the gifts coming so we did that before bed!
Brooklyn was cracking me up with her excited faces! haha
Ember’s really obsessed with dishes, food, and anything cooking or kitchen related so all of the new play food and tea sets my mom sent were a HUGE hit.
Sierra’s old bike helmet has never fit her so my mom had bought her a new one.
The girls got lipglosses and nailpolishes.
Allan took pictures for me while I handed out gifts. We wouldn’t have typically taken photos but of course we wanted to show grandma 😉
Group photo! The cutting board Allan’s holding is a gift my stepdad MADE for me. I love it so much!! It’s gorgeous and I really can’t believe how amazing it is in quality and appearance and how long it must’ve taken him!
Payson posed like this and begged me to go get my camera. (I’d put it away)
Oh and Brooklyn and Payson got birthday cards, too! They both had birthdays this summer.