Sunday, October 26, 2008

Kansas City

Kansas City Trip
October 8-15
The Departure
Our flight to KC went WAY better than I could have dreamed. Carter was so well behaved and was quite content to just do his thing. We bought a portable DVD player and the only thing I regret about that is not doing it sooner. In the two pictures below Carter looked like such a teenager to me.

So as we were flying in to KC I thought about all the many things that went our way and what a positive trip we had and thought I couldn't remember when that had happened...well, just minutes if not seconds after thinking that Carter started coughing hard from his gut and then decided to toss his cookies. Luckily I grabbed him fast enough that all the throw up ended up all over me and himself. So needless to say, we didn't have the magical reunion of running into Grandma and Grandpa's arms that I had dreamed of.

Grandpa Craig in KC!!

Carter and I had the luck to see my Dad in KC (I am originally from Salt Lake City). He was in KC for a work conference and was flying out later on in the same day that Carter and I flew in so he came over to my in-laws for some lunch and playtime with Carter. Since Matt's parents and my parents are from two different places in the country it is very rare to be with both families at once. It was the coolest feeling to have two people representing two families that I love so much together with me and my child all under one roof. My Dad was so cute with Carter as they shot Nerf guns off a good portion of the afternoon.

We love you Dad, it was so good to see you!!

Riding, Cleaning, and Swimming

Grandma Bonnie has been waiting a long time to be a grandma and now that she is, she is determined to be the funnest, cutest grandma ever and she is achieving her goal!! Carter had a blast playing with all the toys she's collected from back when her kids were small and from garage sales all over Kansas City. She has found some AWESOME stuff!! This bike is one of those finds.

Then of course after you are done riding you have to clean the bike up. Actually, Grandma keeps a pretty clean house so after riding the bike outside Grandma wiped the wheels off and left the towel at Carter's level. Grandma and I walked away and next thing we knew Carter was cleaning away and was saying the word "cleaning" as well. It seemed like overnight that Carter hit that "helping" stage. Just about every morning Carter helped Grandma sort the clean utensils back into the drawer.

We also went swimming a couple days to a warm water therapy pool at the community center. The pool is very shallow so it worked great for Carter. We were always the only ones there so we had a ball every time. Carter got to be very brave and walked into the water till it was up to his chin all by himself.
Uncle Cory even came down from Minneapolis for the weekend. His birthday was coming up so we also got to help celebrate it with him.
Zoo Time

We spent a day at the zoo with Cory and Grandma. Carter got to feed the deer and he LOVED it!!!

Friday Night Football

For just about as long as I have been a part of the Nielsen family, Friday night has been spent watching the Liberty Blue Jays play football and listening and watching the marching band during their halftime show. Matt's lil sis Whitney played flute in the band. So why not keep up the tradition when we go out there? Carter totally enjoyed himself. He cheered when people cheered. Watched bits and pieces of the game. But most importantly was the center of the show in our little section. There were several older people sitting around us and they thought Carter was pretty funny. Carter also found some bigger boys to pal around with.

Random Pictures

Carter like any little boy (or big boy for that matter) loves to flex his muscles for you:

Carter has a good buddy who just doesn't return the love, but puts up with him anyway. Carter LOVES Kitty with all his heart, but Kitty is getting up there in age and finds Carter somewhat annoying. She was so good at putting up with him all week, so thanks a lot Kitty the Dog.

The other night Carter said dinner prayer and Matt who was helping said, "Say please bless our Grandmas and Grandpas" which Carter then said "Bless Pampas and Kitty." So you can see Carter's priorities.
Another one of Carter's favorite things that week was feeding Kitty every morning and night.

Always lots of fun toys to make messes with.

Grandma is an excellent pianist and Carter enjoys sitting on her lap and hearing her play. This particular time she was playing primary songs and they were singing them together.
I will post a few videos of some of Carter's songs he likes to sing:

"I Am a Child of God"

"Wheels on the Bus" A MUST see!

"Do As I'm Doing"

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"

While in KC we also went to a pumpkin patch but I will save that for the next post because it deserves a post all it's own.


Matthew said...

Great job on the post honey! I was sad that I didn't get to go along to KC with you guys but with all the pics and video I feel like I didn't miss as much

Chris H. said...

I loved the picture of Carter feeding the Deer. The expression on his face says it all. I also loved the cleaning the bike video. I gotta find the wheels on the bus video. Keep it up.

Chris H. said...

OK. The wheels on the bus was so cute and entertaining. I have got to start capturing some of my kids moments like you. You are going to be so glad you have photo journaled so much. I gotta get on the stick on do it.

Rapp Family said...

What a fun trip! I'm so glad you got to spend time with the grandparents here in KC. It's so fun to watch their relationship grow isn't it? Carter is adorable as always. What a great mom you are! Take care!

mm said...

The picture of Carter's face and fingers peeking through that hole has got to be one of my favorite of all time. You MUST frame that.
It looks like an awesome trip, but we're glad you're back. Hope your adjustment is complete. Transition is the worst.

Whit said...

haha, bless grandpas and kitty. hahaha, way to go C-man.!

Anna-Lisa said...

Cute pictures. That's so fun that you could meet up with your dad and Matt's parents.

I remember going to football games in Alabama, Joseph was in the marching band. I wish more people did marching band in Utah because it's just so dang cool!

Dan and Jen said...

Sounds like you guys had a fun trip to KC. I'm glad that you got to see your dad. The pictures are great and I love all the videos. That's so great that you have such a special relationship with Bonnie.

Mark, Holly and Boys said...

Looks like a great trip! (other than the airline-barfing, of course) I love the picture of Carter peeking through the hole, and the singing clips are super cute. I liked the head, Noah watched them with me & he INSISTS that those are videos of HIM (he got upset when I tried to tell him it was actually Carter). Anyway, thanks for sharing!

Becky T said...

OK, wow! Now that is one serious blog post!! Kansas City brings back some great memories for us as well. I love the pictures of Carter on the plane. He does look SO grown up!! And how cool to see your dad for a bit too, that's awesome! Wheels on the Bus was awesome, such a classic video! Sorry about getting puked on, that stinks bad! And I think we have some very similar pictures of Tyler and Kitty as well. I love it, love all the pictures, love your family to pieces!!

Alison said...

AAHHH!!! Both Jack and I LOVED the videos. Infact, he is still crying because I wouldn't let him watch them AGAIN!!! I am totally impressed :)

leah said...

What an adorable little kid you have. Oh, the fun memories from KC. I'm glad you had a good time.