Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"I foat'n"

It has been UG--LY the last couple days. Today especially. Yesterday after Dane's physical therapy appointment we were going to meet the Gonzalez gang at her sister's to go swimming. But, the weather just didn't look like it was going to hold up so we ended up canceling. 11:00 came around and we still hadn't gotten any rain, it was just very overcast. So, I decided to just chance it so Dane and I headed over to our neighborhood pool. Kevin decided to chance the rain as well, and he went to the golf range to hit some balls. I had gotten Dane a life jacket, since the floaties were not successful. It was actually perfect at the pool. We were the only ones there besides the life guards, and I didn't have to worry that the sun was burning him to a crisp.

The life jacket was so much better than the floaties. He still did face plants in it, but he just seemed to have more control. I wasn't sure how he would do since the last time we went swimming was a total freak out session. But, surprisingly enough he did so much better!! He wasn't confined to the stairs this time, and he would actually float in the water, and push off the sides. He would let us let go of him in the water. I was totally impressed. He was like a whole new kid. The life jacket didn't keep him upright though, so I had to be psycho watching him with my hands right there. Because sometimes he would lose control and the jacket would either flip him forward or flip him to his back. For the most part when it flipped him forward he would be able to keep his head up so he didn't go under, but there were times that it would face plant him and he wouldn't be ready for it. Dane did panic still though when he would seem to lose control and become a rollie pollie, but it was nothing like last time. No death grips around our neck, or piercing screams. There was a lot more laughing this go round. I think maybe he isn't heavy enough to keep his feet underneath him in the water. I thought life jackets automatically kept you upright, but I guess with little kids it doesn't. So that was a lesson for me!!! It showed me that even though he was in a life jacket he could easily be trapped on his stomach, not that I would ever leave him alone in the water... but it was good to see that.

After Dane's nap it was still petty overcast, and we had nothing going on so we went back to the pool. Kevin wanted to see his improvements. He was really impressed with how much courage the lil man seemed to have this time. Dane kept saying "I foat'n" "I foat'n"!! He had a great time swimming, and actually would kick his feet if Kevin was holding onto him on his belly. I was able to get some pics of him in his life jacket swimming the 2nd time around, since I had extra hands.
Yeah for life jackets!! And yeah for getting more comfortable in the water!!

Bye Bye Baby Bed

While Dane was away he slept in a big bed the entire time, and had absolutely no problems. He took naps, and went to bed at night just fine. Usually during nap time it would take a little while to actually fall asleep, but he would stay in his bed and wouldn't try to come out of the room. So, this actually worked out perfectly for us, and we thought there would be no better time to go ahead and change the crib into a toddler bed. Our crib can be changed into a toddler bed, and then it can also be transformed into a real twin size bed. I was thinking that we might just go ahead and skip the toddler part, and just make it into a regular bed now, but the side rails for the twin bed did not come with the crib, and has to be ordered separately we found out. So Dane will have to be in the toddler bed for now, until we can get the rails. But, we didn't waste any time. Sunday morning Kevin changed the crib into the bed. It took Kevin like 5 minutes to do it, because the only thing that changed was the front. And I ran to Target and bought some new toddler bedding for it, and Dane was ecstatic to have a "big" bed. He loves it, and has been doing wonderfully with it. No problems what so ever with nap times or night time. We will hear him babbling, but he eventually goes to sleep. And (I'm knocking on wood) he hasn't tried getting out of bed and coming out of his room during these times. I hope that I didn't just jinx it. The funny thing is when he wakes up, he doesn't even get out of the bed. He will just yell for us, and then once we come in his room then he will climb out of the bed. I'm thinking that this will only last so long, it will eventually hit him that he doesn't have to wait for us anymore to come get him. My little baby is no longer a baby. :( Bitter sweet moment!

Isn't his bedding cute? They didn't have any that went with his baseball theme room, but I didn't think it was that big of deal, and he likes trucks so it will work until we get his twin bed set up.

Look how excited he is!

I snuck in during nap time... OUT LIKE A LIGHT

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Boston Part 2

Saturday morning we got up early so we could drive to Cape Cod and spend the day there before we had to catch our flight home. We had planned on driving around and seeing different cities in The Cape, along with several lighthouses and beaches. The day didn't go as smoothly as we were hoping for. I was under the impression that these neat things were going to be easy to find, and that we could just pull over and ask locals where the hot spots were. But, they were not easy to find and every local that we asked had no idea how to get anywhere. We drove around for hours, and I think we drove through every neighborhood in The Cape, and didn't see anything. It was very frustrating. The neighborhoods were very cute and quaint though, and the houses resembled little cottages. We did enjoy looking at all the homes...we saw hundreds of them. So, after hours of nothing we ended up finding a little town called Falmouth. It had a strip of little shops and restaurants so we decided to just pull over and walk around for a little bit. We were pretty frustrated by this point, and felt like we had wasted so much of the morning. I saw a little store that sold Cape Cod shirts, and not sure what made me want to go in it because I didn't want a Cape Cod shirt, but something pulled me that direction. Maybe God knew that we needed this. ha Anyway, the lady that worked at this shop gave us some great information. She let us know about a lighthouse and beach that was literally right around the corner. We headed that direction and I don't think we could have been any more excited to see this part of the beach and lighthouse. It was a gorgeous area.

We were really disappointed that we didn't get to see more of Cape Cod. So, the next time we visit Boston we will go back there and see everything we missed. We found a great restaurant that we were able to sit outside. The weather was awesome, and the scenery was so pretty. The restaurant was on a boat dock, so Dane had a blast looking at all the boats. He got to see fish and ducks also which was right up his alley.

Walking back to our car we saw a real life pirate...arrrg matey
just seems like everywhere we go we see a pirate. They are everywhere, not just on cruise ships! And this is really an inside joke for one of our know who you are :) so my friend, avoid Cape Cod

Anyway we started heading back to Boston. We wanted to go to the Constitution boat real quick, so I could take some pictures of Dane by a couple things that Kevin and him had visited on our 1st trip to Boston. Just thought it would be neat to have the same pictures from when he was 7 months old and now. Plus, it is a big boat, so we thought Dane would have a blast on it. I was planning on putting some of the older pics to compare, but they are on the computer upstairs, and I just don't feel like going up there. It was only like 5 miles from the airport, so it was suppose to be something quick and easy to do to waste time before heading out. The ride ended up taking MUCH longer than we had wanted. We got stuck in a major traffic jam, and were wanting to pull our hair out by the time we reached the Constitution Boat. It was just another frustrating event that took place. But, we got there and Dane was so thrilled to "ride" the boat as he kept saying. He loved running on it, and looking through the windows.

We headed to the car rental place to drop off our car. We had plenty of time, or so we thought. We were thinking that this would take 10 minutes to drop off the car, and we would get to the airport in enough time to grab some dinner before getting on the plane. Kevin had already done this before I had gotten to Vermont, and had no problems. Well, we should have known that it wouldn't be a smooth transition, just because of how the rest of the trip had gone. Somehow the worker screwed up something in the system so when we went to pay our credit card got declined. At first, it was no big deal Kevin thought it was weird because that card shouldn't have been declined, but he went ahead and gave another card. Same thing. So, by the 2nd card Kevin started letting the girl know, who was not friendly, helpful and was just plain rude by the way, that something had to be wrong with their system, because neither card should be doing this. So third times a charm right? He gave them a different card, and by this time Kevin was getting very frustrated and annoyed. Denied. All while this is going on Dane is running around the rental place like a crazy man. And none of this was a quick process. The lady was taking her sweet time, trying to be ugly on purpose. So, Kevin tried our debit card- same thing. Another guy came over, and no one was being helpful. Kevin started getting pretty ticked. I mean it's common sense that if a customer tries 5 cards, and none work wouldn't you think something is wrong with the computer? And while this is taking place time is ticking. An hour passes, and we really need to get to the airport. We let the people know that we had a flight to catch at 5:00, and if we didn't catch this flight, there are no more connecting flights to Houston. They didn't care. They would just shrug their shoulders and say "I don't know what you want me to do, the bill has to be paid, and your cards are not working". It was bad. Very bad. After an hour and half of fighting with the workers, and Kevin and I stressing completely out finally a guy says there is an ATM right next door. So, Kevin runs to get cash, and I get a shuttle guy to take us to the airport. He was actually really nice, and said he would drive really fast for us. He was the only helpful and nice worker there. Oh by this time it was 4:10!!! We had less than an hour to get to the airport, get checked in, go through security and we hadn't even paid yet. So Kevin gets back with the cash, and guess what they made him wait in line to pay!!!!! After all this, they made him wait in line!! and then when it was his turn the lady typed in the computer o-n-e le-t-t-e-r at a time just to slap him in the face. I have never seen Kevin so mad. But he kept his composure for the most part.

So, we get out and the shuttle driver drives like a bat out of hell and gets us to the airport in like 2 minutes. literally. The airport crew saw us coming, we were sprinting as fast as we could with our luggage and Dane. And thank you Jesus they were so helpful. The guy checking us in told us that we were really late, and that there would be no way we could make the plane if we went through the main security. So, he let us bypass the main security, and just do security at the gate. He told us that they don't normally let people do this. But, I think he felt sorry for us since we had a baby, and there were no other connecting flights out of Houston if we missed the one, and he could tell we were totally stressed out. He couldn't believe that we had so much drama at the car rental place. And, I think God was on our side with this one. In any other airport there is no way we would have made it. But, we made it praise God! But, we didn't have time to get anything to eat, so we were starving by the time we got to Chicago. Dane was a little toot on the 1st flight, he wanted his 2 favorite cars and we couldn't find them anywhere. We had 14 other cars, but his 2 that he wanted were M.I.A. So the flight was a FRUSTRATING experience. Just like the rest of the trip :)

We got home after midnight, and were totally exhausted! It was good to see Boston again, but it was even better to see my bed again!! AMEN!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Boston Part 1

After graduation we headed out of Vermont and drove to Boston. With the tickets we had we either had to fly out of New Hampshire or Boston because South West doesn't fly out of the Vermont airports. Neither Boston nor New Hampshire had flights that we would be able to make after graduation on that Friday. So, since we had to hang out til Saturday it was a no brainer which city to fly out of. Kevin and I went to Boston a couple years ago when I had a work conference, and we had a blast.

Let me start by saying that I still love Boston! It is a great city, with so much to do and so much character. And Kevin and I will definitely visit again. But, if Kevin and I had just one word to describe this visit it would be frustrating. We enjoyed ourselves don't get me wrong, but a lot of frustrating things happened. And so we were both ready to be home by the end of it.

We stayed in a hotel that was about 20 minutes outside the city, so we had to drive to a parking garage to park our car, so we could use the subway to get around. Dane was so excited to ride a "choo choo train". He was smiling from ear to ear the entire time we were on the subway. He would talk to other people that were on board, and tell us to hold tight. He was a happy happy lil man, and he just looked so big sitting there in the seat. He was adorable!! We rode the subway for a little over an hour to find out that the subway did not take us to where we thought we were going. **sigh**

So, we ended up walking around Faneuil Hall and the Quincy Market looking around at all the street entertainment and shops. This area is a neat place. Lots of shops and restaurants, pubs, live music etc.
This was one of the street entertainers... Dane was intrigued, but timid at first. Kevin gave him a dollar to give her, and the lady bent down and started motioning him to come to her, and he crossed his arms and said no no. It was too funny, but then he eventually walked up to her and dropped the dollar on the platform not in her hand and then walked away as fast as he could. These street artists who wear all this crazy body makeup and stand in these statue positions are just crazy! But, they are definitely interesting to watch. We watched a guy balance all sorts of stuff including a dolley on his chin.

You can't go to Boston without making a visit to Cheers... where everybody knows your name. Kevin got to see his friend, Diane again. I got this same picture the last time we were there...she hasn't changed at all from 2 years ago. :) We waited for a table while 3 other couples that came in after us got seated first. Little confused we asked the hostess what was going on, and she was baffled that we would ask her. She said "oh I didn't realize that you were wanting a table" um duh... anyway, Dane enjoyed a oreo shake in about 3 minutes and he refused to let us have any! The weather felt great, as we sat outside and Dane was entertaining the tables around us. He was being extra chatty and playful while we were there.

There was a hockey draft going on that night, and so all of Boston gathered together in the middle of Quincy Market to watch the draft take place. It was crazy to see so many people obsessed with hockey. I guess hockey is like Texas football! gotta love it! We went to The Union Oyster House for dinner. Kevin was planning on having a lobster to celebrate. We got there to find about an hour wait in the fine dining area. So, we had to settle with the light menu in the not so fancy section. So we didn't get the true experience of this place we had heard so much about. Kevin still got his lobster, and I settled with chicken... ha even if it wasn't a light menu I would still have gotten chicken. No seafood for me! We actually ran into Kevin's classmate there (the one standing next to him in the pic at graduation). We thought that was just crazy... to run into someone we knew in Boston at a restaurant. We walked around a little more, and then we decided it was time for bed and headed back to the hotel to crash... just like I'm about to do now...

To be continued...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Graduation Day!

Friday morning was Graduation!!! We were very excited to be a part of this. Kevin worked so hard for a year and a half, so it was nice to see him walk across the stage and get his diploma! I'm a very proud wife!! Graduation lasted about 2 hours, and it only got hot towards the end of the ceremony. I know Kevin was so glad to be done, and I think he liked walking across the stage as much as I liked seeing it!!

Dane actually did better during this ceremony. I was nervous, because he had a meltdown about 30 minutes before it started. But, he behaved pretty well and wasn't too talkative during the ceremony until the end. During the closing remarks Dane loudly announced "I pooped mommy", not just once but probably 100 times. I just about died! He just kept saying it over and over no matter what we said to him!! Little Stinker! I will make sure his girlfriend's know about this when he is a rebellious teenager!!!! Just wait!

Happy Graduation Day My Love!!

these guys are the guys Kevin met and hung out with all week. Funny bunch for sure!

Thursday Tour and Hooding Ceremony

Kevin had graduation practice early on Thursday morning, so I took advantage and slept late in my comfortable bunk bed. I couldn't believe when I woke up and saw that it was 10:15 (Vermont time). I can't even remember the last time I have slept in that late. I'm sure it helped that I had no sleep the night before, and we stayed up at the Karaoke night until midnight. I probably could have slept a couple more hours honestly, I still felt tired when I woke up. Once Kevin got back we toured the campus, and then headed to Montpelier to check into our hotel and have lunch. There isn't much to do in Vermont. In Montpelier there is one strip of shops and restaurants, and that's pretty much it. We were both anxious to hear from Kevin's parents to let us know that they had arrived in town with our little man.

We met Barry and Jackie at their hotel. Dane was very excited to see us, he kept going back and forth between the two of us not sure who he wanted to hold him. I felt like he had grown a foot taller, and his vocabulary seemed to have grown by 1000 words. He was saying all kinds of stuff he hadn't said before he left. I was so HAPPY to have him back. We found a nice Italian restaurant to eat at before we headed back over to the University.

Thursday evening we attended a hooding ceremony for the graduates. The hooding ceremony is a special recognition ceremony for doctoral degrees and for graduate degrees students where the faculty advisor and the Dean of the Graduate School place the hood over the head of the graduate, signifying his or her success in completing the graduate program. It was a neat ceremony that took place in the University's chapel, but it did not have AC, so it got pretty hot halfway through. Dane got bored pretty quick, and Jackie and Barry took turns taking him outside so he wouldn't disturb everyone. He did enjoy though anytime that we had to clap. He would get excited and clap with this big smile on his face. If only we would have clapped more, he might not have gotten so bored.
It was neat seeing Kevin get "hooded"!! Very proud of his accomplishment of getting his masters!!

Dane wasn't to interested in taking pictures... he just wanted to play with Kevin's zipper on his robe! And we were so glad when it was over and we could go outside. It felt wonderful outside with the breeze, we were pretty hot and sweaty inside the chapel. So, on our way back to the hotel we stopped and got some ice cream!! yummy!