Friday, July 10, 2009

Family Vacation and Update

We just got back from a week and a half long vacation to Utah and Idaho and did a ton of stuff! It was Carrie's first time meeting a lot of cousins, aunts, and uncles. There will be a LOT of pictures in this post, but they're all so cute...

Mon 29- Drove allll day to Utah. Poor Carrie stuck it out for about 9 hours, but then it was bedtime and she was done being in the car. The last couple hours were no fun for anyone.

Tues 30- We went to Lagoon. Carrie hung out wiht Grandma Lori all day while Justin and I enjoyed the rides.

Wed 1- We visited a few friends in Rexburg who hadn't ever met Carrie. We moved away a month before she was born.

Thurs 2- Hung out all day with family. Carrie started to get a yucky cough and we were worried because two of my little cousins had just found out they had bronchitis the day before. We bought a humidifier and some baby Vicks. Luckily it only lasted a few days and we never had to go to the doctor.

Fri 3- We visited the Museum of Idaho: Titanic Artifacts. When we started the tour, they gave each person a 'ticket' and the name and story of a real person who was on the Titanic. At the end, you got to see if 'you' survived or not. Justin was the only one who 'died'.

Sat 4th of July- We had train wreck breakfast at my Grandparents', a BBQ and little home fireworks in the afternoon and then watched the big fireworks by the Snake River. Carrie slept through all the loud firework booms.

Sun 5- Church, more hanging out, big family dinner and a matching-outfits-photo-shoot with the other great-granddaughters.

Mon 6- We had a daytime camping trip at my Aunt and Uncle's lakeside property in the mountains. Complete with smores, and dutch oven dinner. We set up the pack-n-plays about 20 ft away from the main circle under the trees for baby naps.

Tues 7- Another long day in the car, dinner at Denny's, and a night in a hotel. Carrie slept under the bathroom counter. (We didn't bring our own pack-n-play, we had borrowed one in Idaho).

Wed 8- Finally came back home!

In other exciting news, Carrie is sitting up! She'll last between 30 seconds and a minute by herself and then loses her balance, but she's learning really fast. She is now grabbing at EVERYTHING. If you have something that she doesn't, she'll leap out of the arms of whoever is holding her to try to get it. Or if she's playing on her tummy and can't reach something, she's actually started to scootch a tiny bit (worm style) to try to get it. She's also getting pretty good at holding her bottle. We're in the middle of the shift from breastmilk to formula so as soon as we make sure she doesn't have any reactions to that, we'll be starting rice cereal! I know we could have started a lot earlier, but we just didn't ever get around to it. She's started to watch us eat and try to grab our food, so I guess she's ready. :) Keep an eye out for pictures and video of her trying out cereal in the near future. She's flown past the newborn stage and is ready to plunge into adorable high-maintenance movin, cruisin, big baby!

Cheesy grin
Just practicing for a cell phone
The three great-granddaughters, Elli, Crystal, and Carrie
With Elli
Carrie with Elli, (Elli's mom Emily is my [Rebecca's] cousin and we have a picture just like this from when we were babies)
She loves to color, and is actually pretty good at holding a pen
A little light reading to pass the time on the long drive
Her new stuffed mouse named "Denny". The waitress at Denny's got it out of the claw machine for her.
Grabbing for the bottle
Carrie's bed in the hotel on the drive home
Riding 4 wheelers. Vroom vroom!
Borrowing a cousin's Bumbo chair
A day of camping
Her favorite new face... We're not sure where it came from
Waving hello
Sitting up all by herself!
Patriotic shirt
At Lagoon
Sucking on her own foot
She rolled under the coffee table


Jenelle said...

She is so cute- I think she is even starting to look like you- definitely your smile!

Coleen said...

I love love love all the pictures. She is growing so fast.
Her eyes are beautiful. I am going to have a really hard time sharing her in Ramah. Maybe I won't. :)

Haylee said...

Love the post and the pictures are really cute too.

Henderson Family said...

She is TOTALLY adorable. Sounds like you've been having a lot of fun!!! I love her favorite new face. Cute.

Stephanie said...

I just wanted to thank you so much for stopping by and showing us carrie!! She's darling and my boys loved seeing her!!!! (Maybe next time you really can stop by and see us, you know we are family too!!!)