Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hello Arkansas!

We made it! Yep, the boys and I are in Arkansas. And I have to send out a great big THANK YOU to all of the people who prayed for us while we were traveling on Monday. I was nervous about traveling with Kade and Ryne all by myself....there are only a million things that could possibly go wrong in a situation like that....but guess what: not even one thing went wrong!!! Well, aside from our flight out of Dallas being delayed for 2 hours, nothing went wrong. The boys were fabulous! I was pretty tired by the time we got to Little Rock but I was happy. I had Ryne in a front carrier and Kade in the double stroller with our bags being the second passenger in that double stroller. Kade never complained about being in the stroller and Ryne only cried a couple of times (and was quickly consoled). Kade was a little squirmy on the plane from Seattle to Dallas but finally settled down for a nap the last hour of the flight. The only challenge of that flight was taking both boys to the airplane potty! I can't even describe how crazy that was but we did it. Then in Dallas we had time to get some lunch and then they called us to board the plane. Just as they took our boarding passes someone came out and said there was a problem with our plane and it would require maintenance. Delay! Thankfully we had met a nice couple from Little Rock who were also on our flight from Seattle and they really had a good time visiting with Kade and Ryne. About two hours later they found us a different plane and were ready to board. This plane had been sitting in the Texas sun for two days and was like an oven when we got on it. It was so hot that Ryne was crying and Kade and I were both sweating like crazy. That honestly was the worst part of the trip....but once we got in the air it finally cooled off and we made our way safely to Little Rock where C.G. and Monk Monk were waiting for us. Kade was super excited to see them and here we got our first picture of the day....
C.G. let Kade ride on the suitcase to the car!
And then C.G. took us to meet our family from Oklahoma that drove over to see us. Granna, Paw, Aunt Kim, Uncle B, Brandon and Taylor were all waiting for us at the restaurant and we got to have a little family reunion. Here are some pics:

Brandon was glad to see Kade and got a great big hug.

Uncle B gets hugs, too!

And Taylor got to hang out with C.G. for a bit.

Aunt Kim had a new little puppy dog for Ryne.

Granna and all the boys!

Paw and the babies.

Ryne getting some Aunt Kim and Uncle B time.

Granna and Paw with their grandkiddos.
Thanks so much for making the drive to see us Granna, Paw, Uncle B, Aunt Kim, Brandon and Taylor! We had a great time getting to see you.
We left Little Rock at about 8:30 Monday night heading to Junction City. Now for the BEST part of the trip.....remember how we started potty training with Kade last Monday, well we left our house in DuPont at 5 am and arrived in Junction City at about 11:15 pm two plane rides and two vehicle rides later and KADE WAS ACCIDENT FREE!!!!!!! That's right ladies and gentlemen, I think I can declare Kade potty trained! He even asked to stop twice on the way to J.C. to potty on the side of the road. I am so proud of him for being such a big boy.
We got home and got to see Grandaddy and play for a bit before we hit the hay. Spent all day yesterday hanging out at the flower shop with C.G. Kade loves to help her work there. Then we went home to see Grandaddy when he got home from his long day at work.

Ryne was happy to see Grandaddy and I think Grandaddy was glad to see him, too.
Then came Kade's favorite part of the trip to Junction City so far. Look what he got:

A firetruck! This is a picture of the reveal...does he look excited or what?

He climbed right in and started checking it out.

And Grandaddy started giving him lessons on how to work it.

He got the firehose part all figured out! I think we might get him a job watering yards in our neighborhood! Ha!
And here are a couple of videos of Kade's first ride in his new firetruck:

Somehow, I have missed getting any pictures of Monk Monk but she is here too (for proof, you can see her holding Ryne in the firetruck reveal picture) and we are having a good time with her....will be sure to get some pics of her for our next post. Gotta go have some more adventures in Arkansas....we'll check in later!


Amber said...

So....are you leaving the fire truck in J.C., or are you adding that to your carry-on luggage!?!?!?

Glad that your flight was so smooth. What a blessing!!

And HOORAY for potty-trained boys!! :)

Kristen and David said...

Hope you enjoy your visit! Looks like the grandparents are having a wonderful time already! Those smiles are precious - thanks for sharing!!