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Little N,

Last week, you and Mommy embarked on a big adventure – your first trip to California!

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It also marked the first time you and Mommy flew on a plane alone, just the two of us. It was your third plane ride, but Daddy had been with us every time. Therefore, Mommy was a busy, frazzled bee making plans and packing a thousand things to try to keep you entertained while muttering prayers for long naps and cheerful grandparents to sit next to us!

We actually lucked out big time both flights. Even though both of our flights were technically ‘full’, the seat next to us stayed empty. This truly made alllll the difference. You could sit there if you wanted to, I could put your snacks and toys and food on that seat if need be – it was great.

You had great fun reading your new big book.

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And you doodled on a crossword puzzle for a long time.

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I did a lot of research on best tips for flying with a toddler and here are the ones that proved true: 1.) Bring more snacks than you think you’ll need. If you think you have enough, pack more.

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2.) Same goes for food. I usually make most of N’s food at home, but I bought a bunch of organic food pouches because I knew they’d be nutritious and mostly no mess. They were awesome and N ate way more of them than I thought she would.

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3.) Buy new, cheap toys. I bought three new toys/books per flight. I purposefully bought them from either the Target dollar aisle or at the dollar store. New to her, but cheap enough that if they got lost I wouldn’t care. And the simpler the better folks – N was entertained by a little slinky that cost $1 for over 30 minutes.

We landed in CA and immediately began soaking up time with Ama and Papa. They were so happy to see you!

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You loved hanging out with the “woof” Rusty and all the “meows” who were too skittish for pictures. =)

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You also experienced the glory that is In N Out for the first time. =)

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You loved doing coloring and crafts with Ama.

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And you fell in love with Ama’s Raggedy Ann doll, carrying it with you everywhere and cuddling it during your naps. =)

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Then we got all dressed up and went to Auntie J’s bridal shower!

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What a splendid time it was, a fantastically planned party. You very quickly fell in love with Auntie J, especially when she shared her phone with you. =)

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You even got to sit with Auntie J in her seat of honor. =)

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All the decorations and set-up were beautiful. It was an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party theme.

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I have to give a huge shout-out to my Auntie D who moonlights as a cupcake maker. She could seriously be on Cupcake Wars. Her work is so amazing! I was blown away by what she brought for the shower.

For instance, she made cupcake wrappers for one of the cupcakes that had a queen of hearts card motif, but she superimposed J’s face on it.

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I mean, really? How creative!

On the other cupcakes, she crafted these incredibly tiny, incredibly intricate and detailed fondant teacups to go on top of the cupcakes.

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Her presentation is breath-taking. And the cupcakes taste pretty darn good too!

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We played a lot of fun games inside, and then the games moved outside. You were raring to explore, so Mommy skipped out on the outdoor games and walked around the pool with you over and over and over and over. You thought it was so fascinating! You kept pointing to it, saying “Baff?” “Baff”? =)

2013-05-14 10.25.36It was a lovely, lovely party, and it was so wonderful to see Auntie J. Mommy can’t wait for when you grow a little bigger and truly realize what an amazing person she is. =)

2013-05-14 10.27.22The next day we celebrated Mother’s Day. We three ladies were feeling a bit punky with head colds, so we mostly laid low. But Mommy snapped this picture with you.

2013-05-12 13.12.19-2I sure do have a beautiful daughter. =)

The next day, we hopped back on a plane to fly back home to Daddy. This flight went really well too. You slept for an hour! =D

2013-05-13 12.15.51You didn’t really play with your toys this time. You just ate your food, snacked on your snacks, and when you started getting grumpy, Mommy just propped you over her shoulder so you could talk and wave and smile to the people behind us. You loved doing that! =)

2013-05-13 13.38.32All in all, it was a great trip. We’ll be heading back for the wedding in about 7 weeks. Thanks for being my best little traveling buddy, sweet girl! =)

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