Monday, June 1, 2009

Insanity= a trip to PA!

As a counselor, I have come across quite a few definitions of insanity...I would like to add one to the mix: Insanity is taking your 3 children ages 5, 3, and 1 on an airplane across the country from Spokane to Elizabethtown all by yourself!! Actually, for the record I didn't really have any disasters and really the kids could have been MUCH worse I'm sure, and after all the trip was WELL worth the moments when I was sure I had lost my mind, so no more complaining--
It was a great trip!
The pictures above and below are the Ditto kids reuniting with the Thomas kids! They were so happy to see each other, and so sad to leave at the end of our trip!

Addison broke down in tears on the airplane and told me he already missed Claire and Ayden...and Nana (sorry that you were the last one he mentioned Mom, but at least you made the list!!)

Hailey was the life of the party in PA- As soon as she warmed up to the idea of performing for a bunch of strangers, she was all over the idea! She talked and giggled, and played peek-a-boo to satisfy everyone's cute-baby-yearnings! She also went to town on a chocolate-chip cookie in her pretty white Sunday dress-- Thank goodness for bleach!

Addison and Laynie looking at their old house...
Actually, I was a little bit bold and asked the current owners of our old house if we could walk through it (it's okay, we're Facebook friends!!) Anyway, she said "of course" and so I got a glimpse of how someone else would decorate my house (funny that I still call it my house huh?) Anyway, it was adorable and not THAT different, so that was a relief!

Here is my handsome Addison on a walk with Papa (of course, who else could take such a great picture?!?) Addison got to miss 4 days of school to visit PA! But he was excited to go back yesterday-- only 10 1/2 days left and he'll be a first grader!
On the plane ride Addison looked out his window and could see the wing of the plane- he must have seen the symbol indicating that a person should not stand on the wing (i.e. a man inside a circle with an x through it) because suddenly he turned to me and said "Oh no mom, boys aren't allowed on the plane!"

Laynie on the way home from the memorial day parade-- She had a tough time with the time change (or maybe she's just having a tough time in general!) So we re-instituted nap time for our vacation and tried to put up with the DRAMA!

Papa actually let Addison take this picture (that was super brave of you Dad!)

Doesn't the weather look beautiful? Well, this was Monday and then it rained everyday until Saturday when we left! So the big plans to go the Dutch Wonderland and Washington DC were canceled, but I didn't mind- that meant more time to hang out and spend some quality time together!

There are many ways to wear sunglasses according to Addison and Laynie, this is just one of the MANY ways they discovered!
I felt just like I was home being back in PA- I L.O.V.E.D. seeing my family and friends and spending time catching up. I loved going to yoga with Tiffany and having playdates with Amber and Kirsti. But perhaps the most meaningful thing for me about this vacation was being strengthened by the faith of my friend Ellen.
Ellen and I were pregnant last year at the same time, her little Daniel was born just a few weeks before Hailey. On Wednesday night Daniel died of a brain tumor. I had the cherished privilege of visiting Ellen and hearing her talk about the experience. Her testimony of forever families and of a Plan of Happiness was amazing to me. She knows that she will be with Daniel again someday and she counts her blessings in the face of perhaps her most difficult trial. Thank goodness for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for eternal families, and thank you Ellen for being an incredible example of a woman of faith.


Ditto Family said...

I've been hoping you would post about your trip. Looks like you packed it in with lots of fun. The flight sounds exhausting and like a perfect definition of INSANITY!

jaime said...

So fun to see you again, Annie! :)