breakfast for horsies dog toy love morning light cousins staring contest end of day
farewell horse bye chicago missed you daddy
We had a truly wonderful trip to Chicago last week to visit my cousin and her new baby. The plane rides went (relatively) smoothly; videos were a bust and seemed to irritate more than entrance, but books and snacks did the trick. Navigating the airport with a toddler and luggage was a bit of a juggle but most people were super helpful (except for the few who were shockingly rude and cut in front of me struggling with bags while almost dropping my kid barefoot in the security line).
This trip was all about family and animals. We spent our time thoroughly enjoying my cousin's 'farm' of horses and dogs and cats; this visit happened to coincide with Little Smith's burst of fascination with animals (heaven!) and of course soaking in the new little lady who is the most chill baby I have ever met- seriously. I've got some good pictures and thoughts to sort through and share.
As blissful as the trip was, getting home to Big Smith was pretty exciting. We don't usually spend long stretches apart and this was Little Smith's first chunk of time away from dada. My cheeks still hurt from smiling when he picked us up at the airport, and it wasn't just relief that I could sleep in this morning (oh yeah... did I mention that Little S decided to wake up at 4:30 in the morning every day of our trip?!).
We certainly miss the animals and our favorite ladies, but there's no place like home.