Wow, Jude is 3 months old! Man the time has flown by.
Jared is lucky to have really good paternity benefits so we took advantage of them and went on a month long vacation. Tough life, I know.
First stop was in Reno to introduce Jude to my cousins who live there. It was a quick stop, but we were so glad we could do breakfast with my cousin Fong and her family.
The night before we stayed in a hotel. Jude approved of his first hotel stay.
After Reno, we headed down to Mapleton to spend a week with Jared’s mom.
Jude’s first of many trips to Utah, I’m sure. He did great in the car and handled it like a champ. He even let us take him out to take a random picture on the side of the highway.
While we were there visiting Jared’s mom, we were lucky enough to bless Jude in her home. Jared gave him a beautiful blessing and even made me cry.
Jude got passed around like a new toy and loved having everyone hold him. Lots of family and friends came to support us and we couldn’t have felt more loved.
Jared’s brother Taylor and his son made the trip out from Texas.
From my side of the family we had my mom and brother up from St. George, my sister Amy came out from Texas and then my Aunt’s family came down from the Salt Lake area.
My Aunt helped make some chicken salad croissants, and we had quite the dessert spread put together by Jared’s Aunts. The chocolate covered strawberries stole the show.
The week there felt very busy, and hot! We had lots of friends and family to see and I was pretty exhausted by the end of it to say the least. But it was great catching up with everyone. We celebrated Jared’s birthday as well as his mom’s, saw a couple friends who used to live out in San Jose, spent some time with Jude’s great grandparents and Jared’s favorite mission companion.
After making the rounds, we headed down to St. George to spend a little more time with my family. Boy, and if I thought Northern Utah was hot, St. George was even hotter. Luckily my mom keeps the house so cool you need a blanket 😉
After a busy week, it was nice to just relax and hang out with the family. We got to spend some time with my mom, go to the farmers market, see my sister and her adorable little boys, eat lots of good food and play a few rounds of phase 10.
I even got to go on my first hike sans baby. My mom was nice enough to stay home and watch the boy while the rest of us went to hike the Narrows in Zion’s National Park.
Jared also hiked Angel’s landing with my brother and sister, but I chose the Narrows instead. It was a fun hike, but way different than any other hike I have done since you are wading in water the majority of the time.
I liked this little natural waterfall, and all the caves and crevices along the way.
After St. George we headed over to LA to see more friends and family. We stayed with our friends the Johnson’s. I was a little nervous staying with someone other than family, considering Jude still wakes up in the night to eat and has his occasional melt downs, but they were so accomodating and made us feel right at home. Alondra had a welcome banner waiting for Jude when we arrived, took care of dinner for us when our plans fell through, made us yummy breakfast, and was so sweet to Jude.
Jude got to meet Jared’s dad’s side of the family this weekend and it was so great to spend time with them. Jared’s Aunt Cathy put together a couple BBQs and his Aunt Mary Beth and her family came to meet him as well. Everyone has been so sweet and supportive and I couldn’t ask for better in-laws.
Jude with his great grandma. So precious. She just loved watching him and loving on him.
On our way home, we had to make a stop to say hi to my other cousins who live down close to Long Beach. My cousin’s wife made us the most delicious crepes and I loved chatting with them and seeing their kids.
Their little boy is hilarious and LOVED Jude. He loved Jude so much he would grab on him and want to hold him all by himself. He would just reach for him and try to pick him up like it was no big deal.
After brunch, it was time to make the last leg home (until our next vacation in Aptos).
Family photo in Pismo during our last pit stop.
Here’s our little champ just loving his car seat. 😉
All in all, it was a great trip. I learned to nurse and pump in the car, change a baby pretty much anywhere, and grew an even greater appreciation for white noise makers. We only had a couple major melt downs (mine not Jude’s) and got to spend some quality time as a family. No matter how much I complained, I’m glad we were able to do so much.