Canada, finally…

I usually stray away from spliting up posts into multiple days, it’s not my style or preference; however, we have quite a few photos from our trip to Canada so bear with me for the next few days while I update you on our travels…

At the beginning of this month Jamie, Jay and I made the 8+ hour trek to visit my family in Canada and to celebrate my Grandma’s 85th birthday.  I can’t lie and say that the long flight, early departure time and 19 month old didn’t make me completely and utterly nervous- it did, BUT I think I handled it as best as I could (or as best as Jamie could have hoped for).  I prepared like crazy, brought a ton of entertainment for Jay- new toys, new books, pipe cleaners, bags of blocks, bags of cars, new and special snacks, an iPad stocked with childrens’ movies, and we left with a hope and lots of prayers.  He did surprisingly well for his age; this is not to say that we didn’t get a few dirty looks from fellow travelers and have a few difficulties but we made it and really enjoyed our trip.

Most of the trip was spent hanging out with my extended family, we didn’t plan any elaborate trips to the mountains or want to see anything in particular while we were there and that is exactly what happened.  It was perfect and just what we hoped for.

I don’t have any photos from when we were actually on the plane that weren’t taken on my phone (I had no desire to haul our mega camera down from the overhead bin to capture any of it).  So enjoy the phone photos and then a few from our first couple days hanging out at my Grandma’s house.

Our first flight left so early that we just grabbed Jay out of the crib, changed his diaper and took him to the airport in his jammies.  He was wide awake from the moment that we got him up until his short nap on the plane.  He loved looking at the airplanes and even more so the trucks from the terminal.

iPhone photo from the first two flights- watching a movie on the iPad.

Jay loved playing with an old Barn that my Grandma had, he used it like a parking garage for all of his cars.  He also loved the wind-up toys that she had.  Especially the zebra that he called a Z-B :)

While my Auntie Deb was grilling we played outside on the back porch (where I had spent tons of time during the summer as a kid) with some bubbles.  It was so much fun to see Jay run and play in the yard.

a new favorite of my two guys

part of the garden that my Aunt and Grandma have... I can't count the number of things I have eaten out of there over the years

the return plane trip via iPhone…

crashing after watching part of the Cars movie
poor Jamie sat like this for the hour plus that Jay slept- both of us worried that if he moved an inch Jay would wake up...
fun with cars and painter's tape roads
Jay fell asleep on the very last flight as we were landing. He stayed that way while everyone deplaned, as Jamie moved him to be able to pick up a bag and all of the way through the airport until we got to baggage claim. We can only think of one other time he has crashed this hard- I guess the trip really wore him out!

one last photo of Jay sleeping on Jamie in the airport- taken with the big camera

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