Brian’s work needed him in NC at the end of May and this business trip, Arlo and I tagged along so that we could visit with Brian’s sister Susan (who happened to be celebrating a birthday during our stay) and Jon and our 4 nephews and niece!
A couple of short ups and downs on planes got us there we even had enough room to have an extra seat in our row which is always nice when traveling with a “lap baby” aka super squirmy toddler. Arlo had fun looking out the window of course and even in buckling himself in the middle seat. He is really becoming a pro at flying.
We arrived in the afternoon and after getting settled into our hotel we went and met up with Susan and the family at their community pool where they were having a pot-luck dinner to celebrate the start of pool season. It was very warm almost 90 most the time we were there, felt like summer had surely arrived in NC already.
Arlo got to take a dip in the kiddie pool and had a lot of fun checking things out and hanging with Emma. We had a nice time visiting and catching up with Susan and Jon and watching all the boys play. (Except for Alex who was working his part time, after school job at Subway!) I still can’t believe he is so grown up to have a license, a car, a job. Wow! Sadly no pictures of pool fun, too busy keeping my hands and eyes on my little swimmer.
The next day was Susan’s birthday and Brian didn’t have to go to the office until Wednesday and Thursday. So we met up with Susan and Emma for a nice birthday lunch out, courtesy of Ann (thanks mom), after Arlo had a morning nap. Emma and Arlo enjoyed causing trouble together. Being loud and checking out the windows of the restaurant. Later we went over to their home and hung out and had a delicious meal with the whole family, including a yummy strawberry shortcake that Kyle helped make for his Mom’s birthday. Arlo’s favorite feature of their house was the staircase.
Emma wanted to have a special “little” table for her and Arlo set up. It was perhaps the cutest thing I have ever seen.
After dinner a little music session broke out and Arlo was loving the piano playing too!
The next day Brian went to work and Arlo and I spent the whole day hanging with the Hansen’s. :) It was good fun. Susan and Emma took us to a place called KidZu. A fun little children’s museum. Where there was giant puzzle wall, building room, arts and crafts room and more. I think we all had a good time.
Back home for an afternoon nap for Arlo. (No more naps for big girl Emma, I am not looking forward to that loss of “me” time to come.) I got some work done while Susan and Emma went off on their bike to pick up the two younger boys (Kyle and Evan) from school. Then we all played together. Overall Emma and Arlo had fun with each other but they had their moments. Like when Emma was sitting on my lap and Arlo decided he wanted his Mom back and Emma wasn’t so willing to give in. Ha! They are both not used to sharing things very much yet.
Little miss Emma insisted I take a video of her singing songs, over and over again. :)
When Brian arrived after work, we headed out and on our way back to the hotel we made our ritual stop in for the best doughnuts ever, Krispy Kreme to have (snack &) breakfast the next morning. Arlo even got a doughnut hole for free.
On Thursday after Brian went to work, Arlo and I had breakfast and played, he loved playing in the hotel room with the french doors opening and closing them, and the sliding mirror closet doors opening and closing them. And of course jumping all over our bed. The poor thing rolled off the bed that morning as he was getting tired for a nap. I held him after and laid back on the bed and he fell asleep on my chest almost instantly. I never wanted to move, so sweet. We took a little snooze together and then I had to get us moving to be out of the hotel before our check out time.With all my bags and of course Krispy Kreme and things I had my hands full, so, Arlo, who is starting to walk short distances at this point, would have to be a big boy and go it alone. It worked out great actually, we went slow and he helped “push” the suitcase from one side as I pulled it on the other all the way to the elevator and down and to the lobby, the people working the front desk got a kick out of us as we strolled in to wait for Susan to pick us up.
We took the kiddos to a park to play outside and it was lots of fun.
Later Brian came to join us and we all hung out until we had to say our good byes and get off to the airport for our evening flight home. I sooo wish we lived closer to these guys, it was a lot of fun having the kids together and spending time with Susan.
The airport was busy, we got there early enough to have a quick bite of dinner, we checked out the planes and the crew loading the bags and Arlo enjoyed carrying his snack bag around. It was quite cute. Like his sunglasses say… “he’s awesome”. :)
Bye Bye. NC.
Buckle up Arlo.
The trip home was a little tougher. It always is isn’t it? You had your fun, you’re worn out and going home and just kinda want to be there already.
Arlo was very tired but had a really hard time actually falling asleep.There was a lot of passing him back and forth and keeping him entertained and trying to control the krankiness. It was exhausting for everyone. Finally of course with like 20 min left of the second flight he fell asleep.
He stayed that way as we got off the plane too, for a while until we hit the bright lights and noises of baggage claim. Then back out again in the car of course. It was nice to be home again.