It's December and that means I got to go on my first VACATION with my parents! We are in Hawai'i and having a great time. After a great Thursday night Civil War game (Auntie Feather came over to watch...Go Ducks!) I got to sleep in a little and instead of going to daycare I went with Moms and Pops to the airport. I met some of their friends who work for the Port of Portland Police, we boarded our flight, and off to Maui we went at about 10:20 am.
While generally my parents agree I have a pretty good disposition, they both confessed to me that they were very worried about how the plane ride to Maui would go. For one thing, everyone warned them about the ear popping thing. For another, I'm a horrible napper and the flight is almost 6 hours long so they didn't know how they could keep me entertained. On the plus side, I still don't know how to crawl or walk so I wasn't as antsy as I'll no doubt be on future plane rides.
My "Uncle" Mike...thanks for the escort onto the plane and our VIP treatment!
Naps on a Plane
Pops slowly recovering from our second diaper change of the flight
I am proud to report I was a CHAMP on the flight. I barely fussed at all. I was most annoyed by the facilities on the plane for diaper changing. For my first diaper, the fact that there is a pull down tray over the toilet barely fit for a preemie was not a huge big deal. However, I decided for my second diaper I'd really test their resolve and require a wardrobe change as well (I wish I could have seen Moms running back to the seats for a new onesie...would have been hilarious! Instead, I was entertained by Pops' dry heaves in the bathroom. Also hilarious.)
I fell asleep on Pops for takeoff, but that nap lasted only 15 minutes or so. I took a better nap of about an hour on Moms, but then didn't sleep again. This was fine for the flight, but spelled trouble by the time we met up with Jack and his parents. Normally, I would have found Pops' and Mr. John's struggles with two carseats in our rental minivan to be comedy gold, but by that time I had had enough already! I really lost it in the car around Lahaina so Moms had to pull out old faithful--a little JT and I was calm for a while, but I didn't really settle down until we were out of the car and walking around the property.
Aaaahhh...the Westin Heavenly Bed
Saturday morning meant a bath in the kitchen sink...
...and then I got to try some fresh Hawaiian bananas! At first I wasn't quite sure what to make of them,
but once I got the hang of it I couldn't help but think, "This stuff is bananas, b-a-na-na-s!"
After my healthy breakfast and morning nap, we all hit the pool. Jack and I had a great time swimming and the chilling poolside with our parents. Here are some pix of our first time in the pool.
After the pool, I had a delicious Lava Flow
While Jack indulged in some tasty knuckle
Then I posed for some photos
After we got back from the pool, Moms and I took a nap and she started complaining about not feeling very well. Pops did not believe her, even after she threw up for 6 hours. That is, until Pops started throwing up too.
Needless to say, Sunday was a pretty lazy day around the room. Special thanks to Jack's parents for getting my parents soup for dinner. They were pathetic!
Monday morning rally: Breakfast at Castaway during a little sprinkle of rain
Monday was another lazy day hanging out by the pool. After that, Moms did the grocery shopping she was supposed to do on Saturday before she felt sick and then we all watched Monday Night Football.
It was an early night for all so we could continue the partying on Tuesday. Surf's up! More to come later....
A few fun facts:
Pops often buys more than one of the same clothing item for me. Sometimes in the same size, sometimes in different sizes.
Before I was born, he bought me some Small Paul stuff--the first shopping he did for me, in fact!
Moms gives most of my hand-me-downs to my pal Jack.
They didn't know they'd both packed matching Small Pauls when they left Portland, but Moms and Miss Kirsten decided that such a coincidence was a photo shoot waiting to happen.
Jack did NOT want to be seen matching in public
Once he chilled out we were ready to go
Tuesday afternoon Moms' cousin Lindsey and her boyfriend, Mr. Dru came over to hang out at the Westin. It was such a great visit it extended to sushi dinner at Sansei in Kapalua. Lindsey and Mr. Dru snuck ahead and got in line so we babies didn't have to wait too long.
While we were at sushi, Pops fed me some rice cereal, which I ate under protest. (I did have my styling Sushi Bib on while I ate, though...)
I'm ready for dinner!
Billabong Surf Competition, from afar
On Wednesday morning, we got up and headed out just north of Kapalua to check out the Billabong Women's Surfing tour (despite Mr. John's "policy"). Jack and I stayed in the air conditioned minivan while our parents stepped over a guard rail to check out the action.
In truth, this was a "consolation prize" for our parents, because while we were in Maui, there was an offshore storm that resulted in HUGE waves. (You can see some video shot this week below.) On the other side of the island there is a place called "Jaws" and surfers from all over the world showed up to surf there. Our parents wanted to go check it out, but some quick internet research revealed that there was no safe way to get to an observation point to see. Moms even double-checked with Mr. Dru who pretty much laughed at the thought of Jack and I being driven over an hour each way, then carried through the slick mud of sugar cane and pineapple fields.
Never let it be said having a baby doesn't change anything. Hee hee.
I can't quite put my finger on it, but it feels like something's missing from this picture
After breakfast at the Plantation Club, it was back to the Westin. Jack took his parents down to the beach, but I wanted to swim some more in the pool.
Pops tries to feed me to the koi
I know it's a good idea to keep a baby out of the sun, but the pool is a lot colder that way...
Moms, this is WAY more fun than a bath!
After pool time it was time to feel the grass between my toes (for the first time ever)
A little more time at the koi pond--these are almost as entertaining as my pets back home!
You should have seen the sooty fingerprints I left on Pops after checking out the tiki torch
Later we joined Jack and his parents on the beach
Moms insisted that I HAD to put my toes in the water, but I think I'll like that a bit more when I'm older
On Wednesday night, Lindsey and Mr. Dru came back to babysit Jack and I so our parents could have one night out to themselves. I decided to go easy on them, so I went to bed before my parents left. Jack got to stay up and party, which I think is unfair! It's MY cousin after all!!!
Thursday morning our parents spoiled themselves a little bit. Our Moms went and got massages and, after that, our Pops went and played the Plantation Course in Kapalua. (One set got a bit more time away from us than the other...)
While the dudes were out playing golf, Jack and I took our Moms into Lahaina for lunch and a little window shopping. The dual stroller was good for our brief naps, but then they had to put us in our Bjorns because we had had ENOUGH of being strapped into that thing.
We had dinner in on our last night in paradise, and our parents played cribbage after we went to bed.
Miss Kirsten took our Pops to the golf course
Leaving Moms and her camera alone with Jack and me
And I thought the Monkey Shirt pictures were humiliating! Please don't show this to my prom date in 18 years!
Family photos on the last day of the trip
With Grandpa Jeff updating us on the Winter Storm Warnings in Portland, I enjoy my last bottle on vacation. How depressing.
Glad SOMEONE remembered to take a few (thanks, Miss Kirsten!)
The winter weather here in Portland is quite a change from the temperate tropical climate we enjoyed in Hawaii.
Moms is dressing me in some pretty weird clothes these days...she laughs and laughs but Pops is less amused....
Merry Christmas, everybody!
Wow. What a great holiday we have had here. Moms has been in a trial, but because of the timing of things they were not in session on Christmas Eve, so she was in a happy, relaxed mood. She had big plans to sneak out of work early, pick me up at daycare, and pop over to the mall for a photo with Santa.
These plans changed dramatically, though, when she and Pops arrived at St. James to find the doors locked and the lights out....ummmm....apparently, they were closed, but somehow this fact escaped my parents' attention. This meant I started the day at the office with Moms and Pops. Moms took me around to visit with lots of people in the courthouse, but Pops insisted that I couldn't stay all day.
Moms realized the wisdom of this when she and I rode in the crowded elevator and a lady with her toothbrush and cigarette lighter grabbed my hand and started talking to me. Moms didn't know what to do, and was relieved when the lady's friend scolded the lady saying, "Don't be touchin' other people's babies!"
So, off I went to Grandpa Jeff and Granny V's house....
With Hawaii and the trial, Moms didn't do a Christmas tree this year. Good thing I had an unplanned visit to my grandparents' house so I could get a picture with a tree for my first Xmas!
My great-grandfather made the tow truck for my grandpa when he was little. I think it was nice of him to share with me. And the Christmas Bear was cool, too!
I don't want to brag, but I think I figured out the whole wrapping paper thing pretty quickly!
Cousin Ava, Aunt Allison, me and Moms
Cousin Ami, did you put this ridiculous bow on my head?
After spending the day at Grandpa and Granny's, Grandpa brought me downtown to Moms and Pops and we went to get my picture with Santa. It was not my cutest picture ever. The elf looked at my Pops, shrugged and said, "At least he's not crying." If we scan it for posterity, we'll add it to this page later.
In the meantime, you can be entertained by all these pictures of me at my first Novinger Family Christmas Eve at Amalfis! It was super fun to see all of my family members and get passed around from one auntie to another, cousin to Granny, and back to Moms. I got a super cool book from Cousin Lindsey, and Ken Ken got me the coolest hippo piano toy and onesie that says, "What Happens at Daycare Stays at Daycare." She must know about Pops' love of Vegas.
Hangin' with the cool kids, Miranda and Katy Jo
I stayed up past my bedtime, and was OUT by the time we got home
Playing my Hippo Piano--no autographs, please
On Christmas, I let my parents sleep in an hour later than normal (but apparently not long enough for Pops who realized this morning it will be years before he can sleep in on another Christmas morning!)
Uncle Bob, Auntie Feather, Granny V and Grandpa Jeff came over around 9:00 for Christmas breakfast and cinnamon rolls (can't wait until I can have one of those, they looked gooooood!) Then I got to open all of my presents! I got cool clothes from Gram, Uncle Steven, Aunt Tracy & my cousins, Uncle Bob & Auntie Feather, and the Stimler-van Klaveren family. I also got a book from Great Aunt Susan and Great Uncle Ray plus a cool Christmas stuffed animal from them too! And toys from Uncle Bob & Auntie Feather, Granny and Grandpa. Even Santa stopped by. Guess I've been "nice."
Uncle Bob and Auntie Feather left early to go spend time with Uncle Bob's side of the family, while Grandpa and Granny stayed behind and spoiled my Moms and Pops with a delicious Christmas dinner. When Auntie Feather and Uncle Bob were here, I couldn't figure out how to pick up with one hand the ball they gave me...but by day's end I had it down pat. Pops thought that was pretty cool.
Enjoy these photos of me opening my presents and modeling some of my loot.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!
Pops and Maxer join me for some songs
Is it really all over???? NOOOOOO!!!!
Pleez can I haz cheezeburger?
The week after Christmas was eventful!
Moms and Mr. Rod finished their trial and after a day-and-a-half the jury returned their verdict of guilty. Moms was pretty happy.
Before their trial was finished, though, we had a little snowfall here in Portland. The weather forecast called for snow over 1000' overnight, so imagine Moms' surprise when she looked out the window on Tuesday to see the snow falling downtown during her closing argument!
Meanwhile, Pops heard from our neighbor, Mr. Norm, that unless we had chains for our car not to even try to make it home. So, while the jury was being instructed, Pops was making reservations at a hotel downtown. After her trial Pops came to get me at daycare and Moms went to the mall to buy us all pajamas, then to the drugstore to get diapers, formula, etc. It was the fanciest campout ever.
They were really glad Pops got the room...even though they were in the same suits the next day at work, they were consoled by their co-workers' stories of 3-5 hour commutes home.
Little did Moms know how handy this vest and hat would be as Pops and I walked in the snow!
I love a high threadcount against my bare skin
I didn't think it was fair I had rice cereal again while Moms and Pops enjoyed room service
We celebrated Moms' verdict and the end of the year at a party up the street at Mr. Norm and Miss Tida's house. Mr. John, Miss Kirsten, and Jack came over before and we all went together.
I got to see some of my parents' friends from work. Miss Lucy and her family were there, and Miss Traci held me for a while in her pretty sequined dress. Moms says she's very brave. I loved pulling on the shiny dots!!
I didn't make it to midnight to ring in the New Year. Mr. John says that means I take after my Pops.
My last bath of 2009! I now sit up by myself and play with my froggies!
In my "What Happens at Daycare" shirt from KenKen--I wore this my last day at St James!
Moms and I get ready for the party--and our last picture of 2K9!