Michael and I made a trip back east to NC and FL. Just a few highlights of our trip:
1. Michael got to meet my God Parents, The McAllister's, for the first time. He loved them to death! Usually it takes Michael a few minutes to warm up to new people but with them it was like he has known them his whole life. He would crawl up on Dr. Mac's lap for back rubs and he would talk a blue streak with Ganga. Truly, I have never heard him chat it up so much with someone in his life!
2. He also got to see Grandaddy and Grandma Mitchell, his Aunt Sara, and his Great Grandmother Memommie. He also met some other family in New Bern, but he tuckered out pretty quickly that night from all of the activity. I think he was most excited about playing with the dogs: Sam (chocolate lab) and Spike (beagle). I swear we heard him say "Bad Doggie" when Sam was acting up!
3. We miss being so far away from our family in Florida. Michael and his cousin, G, LOVED playing with each other. G was usually up before Michael in the morning so G and I would go in together once Michael woke up to get him out of bed. They both would have the biggest grins on their faces and the grins would not go away until bedtime. It was so wonderful to see. We also got to see a bunch of Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins on one night in Orlando. There were 5 little ones under the age of 2.5 years old so at times it was a little chaotic but it was SO much fun! We miss them terribly too!
4. I taught G a few things. He is at such a fun, impressionable age. I would say: "Who is handsome?" and he would say back "ME!" This was also the first time meeting Baby J. He has such a sweet and gentle soul. Michael would try to rub his head and grab his hands and feet and Baby J would just sit there and watch and take it all in. He is beyond precious.
We do hate being so far away. The east-west coast flights are not fun at this age. Michael just wants to run around. Sitting on 1 plane for 3-4 hours at a time can be challenging, to put it mildly. We have counted, and to date this was our 8th east-west coast flight (round trip) since Michael was born. Most kids don't travel this much in their first 18 years of life! But the pain of the traveling was worth the time that we got with our family. We can't wait to see them all again!
Until then, thank God for the technology like Skype and Flip Video's!