One of the best parts of my trip was getting to see a ton of the kids in my life who I miss dearly living so far away. My trip started in Dallas with a visit to my brother John, his wife Jamie, and their 3 kids, Elsa-age 4, Eric-age 3 and Alexandra-age 1.
These kids are at the funniest ages right now. Everything is “so cute” to Elsa, or “adorable”. She has the most wild imagination and could talk for hours about dress up, princesses, people in the neighborhood, how to behave, kids at school, acorns, the easter bunny…..you get the idea. Eric loves to mimic things you say. I said to him “nope!” and he would not stop saying “nope!” for a whole day. Sweet Alex is just an easy going baby. She LOVES their dog, and you could pretty much guarantee that you would find her toddling after the dog no matter what.
My next stop was in Chicago to visit my friends Chip and Maggie, and meet their 6 month old twins, Keira and Marla, for the first time. It was amazing to me how much Keira (Kiki for short) looked just like Chip, and Marla (Marlee for short) looked just like Maggie! The whole time Maggie was pregnant we brainstormed baby names, and she insisted on names that could have nicknames. When they were named Keira and Marla I thought “well you can’t shorten either of those”, but Maggie managed to find a way! Chip and Maggie used to live in San Diego and we miss them a lot. It was great to be able to catch up!
The next day was dedicated to my 4 year old nephew, Luke. He is the son of my oldest brother, Scott, and his wife, Kelly. Kelly, Luke and I went to Pump It Up on Weds, which is essentially a warehouse filled with inflatable bouncey houses. Of course, Luke wanted Aunt Betsy to jump on all of them with him, and go through the all the obstacle courses. I’ve never felt so old in my life! After pump it up we went to Chuck E Cheese for lunch where we earned enough tickets for Luke to get a plastic frog and shark. Oh the thrills of being four!
The rest of the trip was spent with my friends and their kids.
My best friend of 25 years’ son, Cole, who is almost 2. My mom says “it looks like Katy had a baby by herself” because Cole looks so much like her.
My friend Heather’s kids, Austin-Age 4 and Avery-age 6. Heather has two older daughters too, but they are at the age where A. I’m not cool and B. its not cool to have your picture taken by your mom’s friend. Sigh.
And finally sweet William. He’s the son of two of my friends from high school who are now married, Katelyn and Kenny, ahem, Ken. William would not hold still for one second for me to snap a close up! He LOVED this leaf pile and rolled around it in for a while!
All these kids wore me out!!!! I’ve been home two days now and I’m still recovering. Hats off to all you parents out there!