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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

We survived!

Our first time traveling as a family of four and I'm happy to report that we survived! Whitney and Ryan's engagement party was last weekend in Chicago so the entire Mailloux clan (and most of the Cohens - we missed you Pa!) congregated in snowy - well, more rainy - Chicago for a long weekend of festivities. 
Ready for the Chicago cold...
We arrived Friday evening to balmy 35 degree temperatures, thanking our lucky stars that the party wasn't the weekend before when Chicago experienced record breaking lows. A good friend of mine has a lovely apartment at the Drake Towers that her family graciously offered to us to use for the weekend so after a quick pit stop there to drop off our stuff and freshen up, we headed over to Whitney and Ryan's for a casual pizza dinner with the littles. Hayes loved seeing his cousins, whom he hadn't hung out with since Montrelolo last July. Gussy Goose is walking now and Hank is fascinated by all things pooh (my favorite part of the evening was when he looked at me and said, "Auntie Chanel? Do you know how cats clean their butts?"). Being an immature 30-something, I still appreciate a little potty humor now and then ;-)


Three...
Little...
Monkeys!
Saturday morning, the family met for brunch, then the boys went to a museum and the girls (and Grey) headed out to the burbs to partake in some dress shopping for the bride-to-be. Whitney quickly found what she was looking for - a gorgeous dress that is exactly the kind I pictured her in - and although I fear Greyson's relentless crying may have served as a good dose of birth control for the various brides trying on gowns around us, it was a successful trip, celebrated with a round of champers for everyone in attendance (which, of course, I can't show you pictures of because then the  top secret gown would be exposed!).

Saturday night found us at the engagement party, celebrating Whitney and Ryan's big milestone amongst friends and Ryan's very large (50+ people!!) family. My amazing mother-in-law served as our babysitter for the boys so Grant and I could go out on the town for a couple of hours and it was nice to let loose a little with our sisters and best friends, who also attended the party.
We intentionally booked our returning flight for Monday morning so we could hang with said best friends and their two gorgeous girls who are conveniently Hayes and Greyson's age (there may or may not be some arranged marriages in their future). And Sunday night, we laid low and after finally getting both boys down, enjoyed some take-out Italian while watching the Globes.

Take it easy, Hayes...
Kensi & Grey...
Hayes & Collins...
Doubling the odds...
It was a great weekend and although the weather was relatively kind to us, we were happy to return to our perfect 85 degree weather in LA - we really are spoiled!

This little guy is two months today and him and we started our weekly Mommy & Me class this morning. It's a smaller class of about 7 moms, all to second or third babies and I think we're going to really like it - and will hopefully make some new friends in the meantime. Like the instructor, Elyse said, even if we don't learn anything from her or even if we don't make any friends beyond the class, it's at least an hour and a half per week that we can come and stare at our second baby's face, because lord knows there isn't a lot of time to do that at home with a busy toddler running around!

We're here for the next ten days and then are off to our favorite trip of the year, 7 glorious days and nights on the Big Island in Hawaii with Nana and Papa. Cannot.wait.

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