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We’re Leaving (for) Las Vegas

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After a lovely, albeit short, visit with the fam.. We took off this morning from Orange County, with my mom waving from the front yard and Ruby peering longingly through the front screen door.
Mason is trooping through this road trip so far, cross your fingers for us that his mood stays this good the remaining few hours!



And The Beat Goes On

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((Above is last night’s sunset))

It’s hard to believe how much we’ve done already in just two and a half days. Harder still, to believe we’ve done all these things and covered all this territory while still feeling like our pace is rather relaxed and spontaneous.
We’ve all been enjoying each others company quite a bit!


We spent the last couple nights in Hannibal, Missouri, surrounded by Mark Twain quotes and Huck Finn references. We packed up in the morning and stayed out till the evening.
We hiked through the Riverside Park


We stopped for a picnic lunch under the trees. Let me tell you the contents of a veggie sandwich in the Midwest (or at least in Hannibal)… Fried green beans, pesto, spinach, wild rice pilaf, and spinach artichoke dip! I felt like I had cleared a Thanksgiving table of all it’s side dishes and placed them between two pieces of bread! But let me tell you… As odd as these contents were… they tasted absolutely delicious!


On the two block street of downtown Hannibal, we squeezed in a couple geocach hunts, one in a pretty little butterfly garden.


We strolled the city, paused for breaks from the heat, and made some new friends.


And we cruised along the water on the Mark Twain Riverboat.


Of course, traveling with a nine month old adds its own special mark onto the traveling experience. But Mason has been a true trooper. While the different time zone has left his naptimes a little wonky, he’s been able to nap on the go, in the Ergo carrier. Which means we aren’t confined to the hotel room a couple times a day.


His inner clock is still on California time it seems. He wakes up in the morning around 8:30 or 9am, and seems to settle for sleep around 8 or 9pm. Everything shifted over a couple hours.
When we laid him down to sleep tonight at his normal 7pm bedtime, he kept popping back up to chat with us. We finally tried barricading his line of vision from his crib to where we sat, winding down from the day… But he managed to pull himself to standing several times and find us through the pillows. Hard to resist this kid’s giggles!


But now he’s fast asleep, and Mark is nearly so next to me… So that means it’s time for me to surrender to the pillows myself. Looking forward to seeing Grandma Gable and everyone else in St Louis tomorrow!


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We’re on the road to Mount Pleasant, Iowa for a little lunch stop and stretch, providing the perfect opportunity for a little show and tell of our trip so far.

Although, yes, the roadside quaintness of our previous SB airport will be missed… The newly redesigned airport, I have to say, was quite gorgeous. Murals on the ceilings and tiled staircases led us into a couple of incredibly successful plane rides with the babe. Mason was a little flirt with the stewardesses and sought out smiles from the other passengers while he was awake, and napped for about an hour on both flights. Simpler than we could ever have hoped for!


We were greeted by Bob and Linda at the Des Moines airport and whisked off to bring a late lunch to with the Watson’s. We enjoyed visiting and Mason got to meet Jack and Jo for the first time.


We said our goodbyes and gave our hugs and got on the road to Pella, a small Dutch-style town (a little flashback to Solvang). A dinner in town and a little walk around was a nice, relaxing way to end the day


This morning, we were greeted by a happy, giggling, rambunctious kiddo.


And when our morning walk helped coax our happy baby into a quite tired baby, we hopped back into the car.


So on we go, driving some Iowan highways and gazing out over some wide open spaces. Enjoying our easy pace and excited to continue seeing family!





Feeding Fun & Misc

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One of the great joys of a six month old is that every day new things are happening. It’s hard to keep up with the new developments but he is sitting up for long periods of time, regularly eating our homemade baby food, occasionally clapping with excitement (no noise but his hands touch), and maybe I’m projecting but it looks like he is starting to wave. From one day to the next Mason’s skills are refining themselves and it is exciting to watch.

I’ve includes some photos of recent eating.  On the left is peas and the right is zucchini. He is a great eater, even though the photos show food all over his mouth. In my opinion it would be a boring eating photo if it wasn’t a mess. Mason’s eating schedule is rice cereal in the morning and vegetables in the afternoon and evening. We haven’t found a food that he hates yet, but it is easy to say that avocado is his favorite. It’s funny because I don’t think I knew what an avocado was until I was 21. Oh California influences!

I’m making carrots next so he’ll get another taste and color soon!

Here are a few more photos from this last week…

The last photo is in honor of our friend Juliana, who recently began an adventure of moving to Washington DC. Her blog can be found by clicking here. I’ll miss your friendship, jogs around town, and your glowing personality. You are going to do great, travel safely and look forward to seeing you in August!