Monday, January 5, 2015

Mommy and Son Trip to Wisconsin

At the end of August Mickey and I flew to Wisconsin for my Cousin Amory's wedding. It was supposed to be just me going. Tickets were expensive, but last minute the prices went down so I thought I would surprise my mom by bringing Mickey. Tommy was going to be watching the kids while I was gone so I thought it would be easier on him to have 1 less child and the truth is I didn't want to leave any of them. I hate being away from my family. If I could at least bring one, I knew I would feel better. So, I chose the easy one at the time, my son. Notice I said "at the time" because this is always changing. The easy one at this point is Jolynne but it is ever changing. So, good timing for Mickey - he gets to go! We left very early Saturday morning. Our flight was at 6:30am and we have to drive to Richmond from Palmyra which takes about an hour an half to get to the airport. It was so weird having only one child! On the way there, I had to use the little girls room badly. Normally with three toddlers, I would have to hold it (or worse) because I cant leave them in the car and getting them all out of their car seats and into a public restroom, back out again and into the car would take a good 30 minutes. With just Mickey, I stopped at a rest stop, quickly grabbed him, ran in, back out, and we were on our way again.

Mickey was so well behaved on the plane, He had his lion and seemed so excited to be on this adventure with mommy. I gave him his sippy cup as we took off the ground and shortly after he was asleep. The lady next to me said she was taking notes because she would be traveling with her toddler in just a few months. I was honestly so proud of Mickey. He didn't cry, he didn't yell, he didn't squirm, he just sat in his seat and played with his lion. We changed planes in Atlanta and again, with only one kid it was a piece of cake to get from one gate to the next. We had just enough time for a potty break. So far - Mickey had no accidents.


We got to the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport around 10:30am I knew my mom would not be there until about 1:30pm so we grabbed our bags and left them with the baggage claim attendants so we could grab some lunch. There wasn't anything to eat that side of security so we took the train to the Mall of America. Mickey absolutely LOVED riding the train! We decided to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch. Mickey was happy. We headed back to the airport to wait for Nana (Mom).

While we waited, Mickey of course was talking to all the people in the airport. He is my little social butterfly. When Nana got there though he froze and didn't run up to her. She saw him eventually and was so happy to see her grandson. I'm so glad we decided to surprise her. We rented a car and headed to Wisconsin and got there about 3 hours later. We had just enough time to quickly check into the hotel and change. Mickey continued to be so good for mommy. He was loving being the only child for once. We met up with my cousins and Aunt Debbie and their friends at a arcade/restaurant where we had some appetizers and drinks and Mickey got to run around with the other kids and even go in a bounce house. He was loving life and mommy got a chance to visit with everyone.




The next day we had a yummy breakfast at the hotel by the river, then we decided to go for a swim in the indoor pool and my cousin Alicia and Aunt Debbie met us there.
It was a little chilly in there so we couldn't swim long and we had to get ready to be at the wedding reception by 3pm. It was a beautiful reception and the food was awesome. They had three babysitters there and a table for the kids to color and eat so, again, we got to mingle and visit with everyone. Mickey was running around, he was sweating, be he just had the biggest grin on his face and I could not keep him away from the cupcakes. I thought for sure he would be sick.




The next day was a little rough for Mommy. We had to get up pretty early to drive back to Minnesota and head home and I may have been a little hung over (or a lot)...luckily by the time we got on the first plane I was feeling better and again Mickey was being so good, he made it easy on me. Unfortunately we had to say good bye to Nana, which was especially hard for me as always. But I was so happy that Mickey and I were able to be there to celebrate with my cousin Amory and his new wife Taylor and that Mickey got to play with his cousins who we don't get to see very often. It was so much better than going by myself to have my little man with me. I wish we could have all gone but at the same time, I think it was good for Mickey to have that one on one time with mommy where he wasn't fighting for my attention. I decided that I was going to have an outing like that with each of the kids. It was definitely good for all of us.

 

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