This is gonna be a long one...
We all went to Indiana for Thanksgiving to spend time with TJ's family. I was really excited about it, but a little nervous about how Steven was going to do on the plane and how the time change would effect him, etc. We traveled to the midwest with him once before, but he was only 3 months old, and so was still sleeping all the time so it wasn't as big of a deal. The plane ride definitely could have gone better, and worse. He basically starting crying as soon as we got on the plane. We could sporadically keep him entertained, but he would still whine, and I knew he just needed to go to sleep. There was a lady on the plane that even offered to walk around with him for a little while to give us a break. Finally, I got him to sleep, and even though he didn't sleep for very long, it definitely helped! We had been super lucky and the airline people at the gate had moved some people around so we could have a row to ourselves. It was obviously very helpful!
When we got there, he was so excited to see all his family! It was so cute. The Wilson's had only met him once, so he was still pretty new to them. He met Kate for the first time and gave her kisses (kind of) but then got very distracted with her bow.
On Tuesday, we all went to the Children's Museum in Indianapolis. It was super fun for the kids and the adults.
Thanksgiving was so much fun, filled with deep frying a turkey in the rain, making frog-eye salad, Steven's first thanksgiving meal (out of baby food) and opening ornaments from the cousins.
We had our first mix-up with baby Steven and Uncle Steve... Even though I knew Steven didn't have an ornament (it was from the Detro's and we didn't bring it with us), without even thinking, I watched while he opened a gift addressed to Steven. When he opened it to find glass bottles, we were all a little confused. Then, I used my head, and realized he must have opened something for Uncle Steve. I'm sure this won't be the last time they get mixed up...
He was still very happy though! All he wanted to play with was the wrapping paper.
On friday we got some family pictures taken. It was short and sweet since the kids (and Uncle Steve) were not too happy with the chilly weather.
I had helped Katy and Kelly make pajamas for the little kids and they turned out super cute! I was just sad I didn't get a pair... again! ;)
I thought it was the cutest thing that Dylan was holding Steven's hand!
And then we did the circle game! Even the Detro's got to join us via google chat. And there was some awesome stuff this year too! I guess all that black friday shopping really paid off, even if TJ and I did almost die and everyone was very sleep deprived...
So that was Thanksgiving! We were so sad to leave and come home, especially because that meant being in the car that Jill and Randy are lending us (how nice is that??) for 30 hours! The drive wasn't horrible, though, and Steven did a lot better than expected. He slept most of the time, and only spent about 3 hrs total crying. Hopefully that means that he'll do well when I drive to CA with my sister Jennie and her two kids in a little over a week.
The last order of business is that Steven is now 8 months old! I seriously can't believe how fast he's growing!! He's getting better and better and crawling every day, is getting into everything, makes the funniest noises, and has starting pulling himself up on things. It's so much fun to watch him discover new things. He is just the best little guy :) It's getting harder and harder to take picture's of him with his sign though. I've resorted (as you can see) to just putting it off to the side and trying to get both of them in the picture. oh well.