Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dad and Addie Visit Cali pt. 3/3

A real highlight of our trip was spending time with the Beaubiers. My best friend growing up was Aaron, we did everything together. I spent a good chunk of my childhood with his family and they're very special people to me. it was great to see them twice on our trip, it had been a few years. Aaron's older brother Josh has a great family and they had us over for lunch on our way to the airport to fly home. Josh and his wife have been blessed with 4 little girls, the last 2 being a set of twins and they're so cool.

Here's Aaron showing he has a tender side:

Timlyn made us a great little lunch, and Addie got to play with a bunch of toys/dolls. Here are Addie and new friend Brooke getting some food and playing with dolls.

After hanging out with the Beaubiers we headed to the airport. Addie was definitely ready to go home, and i was exhausted. I don't know how single parents travel, but i pretty much failed. Outside on the walkway i was towing 3 suitcases, 1 car-seat, carry-on bags, and an exhausted 2-yr old. We had a crash and Addie bumped her head, which basically turned into chaos. Thankfully a kind gentleman picked up my bags and helped me get to the counter.
After we survived check-in we headed to the gate. I was able to get us on the plane with no problems, we always sit in the last row to stay out of people's way. I got Addie setup and about 10 minutes into the flight she was out.

And she's out:

At this time i apparently looked like death. The steward asked if he could use the vacant seat next to me for his gear, of course i said it was alright but i joked that i wanted "free drinks" for the flight. He turned and said "okay" and went on to do his pre-flight stuff. I put on my headphones (listened to Meese and Glorious Unseen) and tried to relax. The steward, after taking everyone's drink orders was approaching my seat.
"what would you like?" he asked
" um, i'll just take a coffee" i replied
"you can have anything on the plane and you want coffee?"
"uh, no, um, do you have beer?"
"yes, would you like a Heineken?"
"yea, that'd be great" i said.
Then he proceeded to go down the aisle and charge everyone for their drinks, but not me, he gave me a free beer! i know this isn't really amazing or whatever, but it really impacted me ya know, i was exhausted and he was being such a great person to me. I said thanks and enjoyed my beer.
After about 15 minutes he came back and asked me if i was ready for my 2nd?!
Of course i said, now completely relaxed, excited to be home, and enjoy the quiet rumble of the plane. Southwest totally made me their customer after this trip, they were awesome!

This trip was great, i was so thankful that we could see some great friends, and hang out with my family so much. Folsom is growing so fast i hardly recognize it when i go back, we even have an In N Out now! I'm so thankful for my parents and their hospitality, they really took care of us and let us do pretty much whatever we wanted. Addie was really good too, even though she was homesick and was asking for mommy, she stuck it out with dad and didn't have any major breakdowns. She was so good that i picked her up a new pair of DC's from the outlets in Folsom, so now she has puffy white skate shoes just like her daddy!

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