Yup, you read the title of this post correctly. Vivian had TWO back-to-back daddy/daughter trips. First, she traveled to Oklahoma City for Easter, and then, last weekend, she flew up to Oakland to spend the weekend with Dan’s parents and brother. This last flight occurred just days before she turned two years old, at which point she no longer qualifies as a free lap infant. In the first two years of her life, she flew on 15 different trips and a total of 45 separate flights (takeoffs and landings), not counting the one helicopter flight in Hawaii. Amazing, especially considering that I was nearly 16 years old the first time I ever flew on an airplane! We certainly took full advantage of traveling with her while she was “free” and now that she’s no longer free, and there is a new baby soon to join our family, I’m sure that our travel frequency will decrease. It sure was fun while it lasted, though!
I dropped Vivian and Dan off at the Orange County airport. As they were flying up to Oakland, I was dealing with this:
Snoopy had gotten into a small altercation with a disabled pigeon in our backyard and got a cut on his snout. I took him to the vet to make sure it wasn’t infected (thank goodness we invested in Banfield’s Wellness Plan) and he came home with some medicated pads and The Cone of Shame. The vet said that he should leave The Cone of Shame on 24/7 for ten days. “He’d get used to it,” he said. I was very skeptical and reminded the vet that this is the dog who jumped out of a second story window. After returning from the vet, I dropped Snoopy off at home in the backyard and went to join friends at the park for a Friday neighborhood happy hour. When I returned home, two hours later, Snoopy’s collar and The Cone of Shame were both off of him and on the ground. I told the vet it wouldn’t work! He probably had that thing off of him in under five minutes. [I called the vet the next morning and politely requested that they refund me the money that I spent on The Cone of Shame, which they did.]
While I spent the rest of the weekend prepping baby items around the house and attending Book Club (to discuss a book that I did not finish and do not plan to finish), Dan and Vivian spent quality time with his parents and brother and also got to see a few nearby family friends.
They walked around downtown Livermore and saw the new Disney movie, Zootopia, which they all loved.
They also went bowling with Alex.
Vivian started her second birthday celebrations early and opened many presents from Grandma and Grandpa and enjoyed cupcakes at the bowling alley.
Before flying home to Mama, Vivian also enjoyed a few good jumps on Grandma and Grandpa’s bed.
Although it was hard to be away from Dan and Vivian for two weekends in a row, I am so glad that they got to spend quality time with family. And now, we’re all settled in back at home and staying put until Baby Girl Chambers #2 arrives in a month or so!