Anyway, back to catch-up mode. Due to the aforementioned photo loss, all pictures on this post, aside from the few from my phone, are borrowed from Kelly.
My precious niece Parker turned one on October 3 so my parents, Jack, Charlie and I made the trek to Rochester to help celebrate. Jason held down the fort at home. There are no direct flights to the Roc, so we had two flights and a layover in Chicago each way. The boys did mostly great during all the travel. This was Jack's first flight since he's been old enough to get excited about it (last time he flew was to Aunt Kelly & Uncle Greg's wedding in October 2010 when he was 14 months old). He looked forward to it for weeks!!
Word World (side note: this might be the cutest show I've ever seen and I highly recommend checking it out on PBS). It was really the only entertainment he needed on the plane and most of my bag of tricks went unused.
We arrived in Rochester on Friday afternoon and had a low key evening getting ready for Parker's party, which was Saturday. Jack tried and tried to help us blow up balloons and eventually succeeded - boy, was he proud of himself!
The party was lots of fun. They rented a bouncy house, so Jack was excited to wake up from his nap to see that in the yard! The big kids had a blast in it! Parker got lots of cool stuff and it was nice to visit with their friends and Greg's family.
|Birthday girl in her party dress, custom-made by Grandma!|
|We attempted to capture Parker with all of her cousins (Cate and Clare are Greg's sister's daughters), but Charlie wasn't interested|
|And then Parker wasn't interested|
|Charlie sporting his Halloween shirt|
|Jack's ready to go|
|At the petting zoo|
|Ready to go down the slide!|
|Different slide - this one was super fast so he had a crazy landing!|
Monday we ventured home. Grandpa left for St. Louis Saturday night, so it was just Grandma, the boys and me on the way home. We were a little nervous how it would go when Jack, Charlie and I didn't get a lot of sleep Sunday night and we were all pretty crabby Monday morning. Luckily our travel day went pretty well!
|Charlie snoozing on our layover|
|Jack's cool rocket suitcase that Grandma Clayton gave him for his birthday|