Wednesday, March 19, 2008

we made it

Finn was so excited to see all of the airplanes. I'm not sure if he understood what was happening. I tried to explain that we were going to get on the airplane & go up in the air. Sometimes, he would point at the airplanes on his shirt & then look out at the airplanes on the ground. He seemed to be putting some of it together...

(We bought a new point & shoot camera for our trip & I'm still learning how to use it. A little disclaimer for why some photos are grainy or blurry...)

Way cool!

Our first flight was pretty rough. Finn didn't understand why he couldn't get off of my lap. He also was very tired because he'd been up since 4 am without going back to sleep (our flight left at 8 am). He finally fell asleep for the last 30 minutes & that was his only nap until we landed in Austin. :\

Our second flight was much better, against all odds. Finn was still without a nap & our flight was delayed by about 45 minutes; the difference was the window seat! We were in a tiny plane that had only 2 seats on either side of the aisle. This proved to be a blessing, because we didn't have to keep him away from another passenger & he could stare out the window the whole time! :) Which he did for a solid 20 minutes as the plane taxied & took off.

I was so happy to see him stuck to the window - I was really hoping he would get excited about the airplane & be amazed by the view. He did great & only fussed a few times. Unfortunately, lots of planes were delayed & when we got to Austin, there wasn't a free gate for us. We waited on the plane for a gate to clear for an entire hour. Needless to say, I was losing patience. Finn was amazing & managed to entertain our fellow passenger, despite being deliriously tired. Such a champ! He fell asleep in the stroller before we made it to baggage claim & stayed asleep while being transfered to the car seat.

After 50 minutes of waiting to get off the plane.

The guy in the background was pretty nice to Finn & kept playing silly games with him from across the aisle. The irritated look on his face was probably all in good fun, but we were all feeling that way by then. :\

But we arrived. 2 hours late, but who's keeping track?!

And Finn & Charis are becoming such good friends! She's so sweet & outgoing, so excited to have a buddy, & very loving to all of us. She has so much to tell us & Finn is already trying to copy different things that she says. We all went for a bike ride to the playground today.

Finn wasn't too sure about the helmet, but was happy once we got moving.

Such a pro at the slides!

Not shy! :P

So much fun & it's only the first day!

We have lots of plans for our time here: Children's Museum, the Zoo, canoing... I'll probably post more pictures at some point so that I don't have a ton of catch up to do when we get home. But no promises. I'm just so thankful we're here & that we have a week before we have to fly again. :)


The Millers said...

Hurray! I was worried this morning when I saw the news about how bad the weather has been. I'm glad that you guys survived the airports..sheesh! I hope that you all have a wonderful time playing with friends. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Yay! So glad to see you made it and also the fun 'playing in the warm outdoors' photos! They're all great and Charis is so adorable! Hi Elkintons! So happy you get to play with the Henry family this week!
love ya!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness, Charis is sooo cute! It's so fun that you guys get to hang out with your friends and watch your kids buddy around together (:

Sorry about the rough day of travel, but it sounds like Finn was a trooper!

Hope you continue to have fun!