Snowbug and her Many Travels

As many of you probably saw online, Zoe and I took a trip to visit Nate's family in Connecticut last week. Nate's parents and grandma were gracious enough to give us this last trip before Zoe turns two. Once she is two she doesn't fly free anymore. The well traveled Zoe will be grounded from flying in less than a month. Flying three people makes my wallet hurt so much I can feel it through my purse. Anyway, we had a great visit to the North.

We flew from Harlingen to Houston to Hartford. The Triple H trip. I didn't realize the triple H factor until just now. That is probably better for everyone, there would have been a lot of highly cheesy hashtags for the Triple H trip. Anyway, with the help of modern technology in the form of an iPad, Annie's Organic snacks, and a very nice gate agent moving us to a seat with an open seat next to it, we survived our flight out there.

Her "cheese" face.

This window was not our friend because it is not easy enough for a toddler to move up and down.

This is how myself and the surrounding adults didn't lose their minds.

We were able to spend a good deal of time with Nate's family on his dad's birthday and throughout the week. It is nice to get to see everyone. It is nice for the family to get to see Zoe. It's hard living far away from family and there is only so much you can do with pictures and video chat. Nate's Grammy Betty learned how she could lure Zoe to her using her iPad. I'm serious, like almost everything in life, iPads are fantastic in moderation. They can give you snuggle time with a toddler, but they also are great distractions from less than exciting situations like medical procedures and 4.5 hour flights. Yes, we had a 4.5 hour flight on the way back. I have had several medical procedures done that were less painful then that flight.

Elmo was keeping us calm.

Nate's Aunt Jenn got Zoe a cute little tea set. She was very serious about setting up her tea time the "right" way.

Zoe loved playing with Nate's parents' dogs. They have an older dog named, Oliver and a puppy named Maya. Zoe loves them both but I think she especially loves Maya. Maya is crazy and rambunctious like Zoe so I think they had a mutual admiration for one another. Zoe's favorite thing was to feed Maya one little piece of dog food at a time. That kind of grossed me out,  but it made her happy, so I let her have at it.

They love each other.

One day we had a great day with Nate's Aunt Lori. We met her and went to Barnes and Noble and to lunch. I didn't realize how Barnes and Noble in the middle of the day is a great place for toddlers to get their wiggles out. Zoe ran around and looked at books. It was a great little break from being in the car and in a cart in the grocery store before we made her sit again at lunch time.

I had two favorite parts of my trip. One of them was going to see Live with Kelly and Michael. It was very cool. You can read about it here.

The second thing was Zoe playing in snow for the first time. It was super cute and she had a great time. When we got out there, the snow was pretty much gone from the storm a week prior, so we thought that there would't be a chance for snow play on this trip. Luckily, we didn't return the snow gear Nate's mom had got for her and there was a snow storm two nights before we left to go home. On our last full day, we got to get Zoe all bundled up and take her out. She sat by the window and said, "It's raining!" in her cute little partially understandable voice.  First of course, we got her all bundled up. She didn't find this to be desirable at all. She was walking around saying, "Okay! Okay!", while she was waiting for me to get bundled. I carried her out to the snow and she was kind of confused. I fluffed the snow and threw some up into the air and she was immediately in love with the white stuff falling from the sky. Nate's mom was kind enough to be our photographer. This was not easy. The snow was a wet snow and touch screen iPhones are not snow friendly. Don't worry. No iPhones were harmed in the taking of snow fun pictures. We stayed out for about a half hour. Most of it was me throwing snow up into the air and putting Zoe's mittens back on when they fell off. Needless to say, it was all very cute.

Seriously Mom...

My snowbug.


She was trying to eat the snow.


There's the mitten. Her hands were too little for the mittens.

Watching Grandpa plow the snow.

Sadly, our trip came to an end and we had to leave early the next morning. It is always great to visit family and experience new and exciting things. I am glad that Zoe and I got to go on this trip. It was a great time. We did miss our favorite guy though.

She was so happy to see him.

Here are a few pictures that tell you that life is good at the grandparents house.

The apple falls way to close to the tree.

She's so cute I can't handle it.

That face.

That's all for now. God is good.

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