Andy's favorite parts of grandma's and grandpa's house were having a giant house to explore and run around, getting really good at going up and down stairs, grandma's puzzles (he's a puzzle fiend!), Josie, the trampoline, going on walks around the block (my dad correctly assessed they should actually be called "runs"), and most of all, being with family!
I wasn't very good at taking pictures, but we did a lot of fun things. Our first day there, we went to visit my Grandpa Winterton, who had recently relocated to an assisted living center. It actually turned out to be a tender mercy that we went that day. I guess it was a particularly good day for him--my mom said he was more alert and capable than most other days. A couple days later he took a turn for the worst and eventually passed away on May 7. (I actually went back to Utah for his funeral. Separate post to follow.) It was a sweet experience to sit and visit with him and my Uncle Vern. He was pretty much blind, so he didn't really get to see Andy, who was napping in his stroller. But we had a nice chat. He was particularly excited about all the food they were serving him there! It was a hard visit for me, because I hadn't realized how much he'd deteriorated. I hadn't seen him for many months. Still, it was so good to see him. He gave me a kiss and a hug. I told him we're expecting another baby. We took a picture together. (Which I am devastated to realize somehow didn't save on my mom's phone?) I'm so glad we got to see him one last time!
Greg and Kathy generously took Andy for a day! I'm sure he was in heaven. They took him to an aquarium and did all sorts of fun things with him. My mom and I had lots of fun baby-free time getting pedicures, buying chocolate, going to Costco, and browsing City Creek. Later, my whole family met up with the Lees for dinner at the Dodo. Yum!
My whole family went to the zoo for a day. If you don't know, my family is pretty much obsessed with the zoo. We have a pass and go all the time! Andy was more excited than in times past to see the animals, but still wasn't as into it as I thought he'd be. However, he absolutely loved the carousel (couldn't stop smiling) and loved running around while I chased him, after I was foolish enough to take him out of his stroller.
My mom and dad were sweet enough to make me a "real sunday dinner," because they know I love it! Roast, mashed potatoes, etc.
We visited my Grandma and Grandpa Messick. They loved seeing Andy all grown up! Surprisingly, he didn't break anything in their house. My favorite comment was by Grandma: "Wow, he's sure a live wire." Yes...yes, he is.
We also got to visit some more friends and family while we were there. We got to visit Andrea and Addy and see their beautiful new home! We got to visit the Halford clan and see Nichole's beautiful new baby, Jacob. We got to visit my friend Amy and her darling two boys! We also got to go visit Monique and see her beautiful new home. It was so great to see these great friends! I can't believe I didn't take pictures. There were so many other people we wanted to visit too, but time was limited.
We went to the Children's Museum at the Gateway. Andy was obsessed! He loved the ball area and could probably stay there all day. He also loved the "under 3" area.
We browsed Fashion Place and paid the Dodo a second visit because it's just so good.
We had such a fantastic trip! It was so tough to leave. I've never been so homesick after a visit. Thanks to my sweet family for helping so much with Andy and making it the best trip ever!
I was absolutely horrible at taking pictures, but here are a few:
|Andy-size couch at the Children's Museum.|
|More Children's Museum. We need to get this kid a bike or something!|
|Andy loved all my parents' bike gear; I found this cute pic on my dad's phone.|