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