San Francisco is a LONG ways away from Knoxville. Wow. The first flight went pretty well – similar to all the flights to/from Idaho. It was fun having Adam there. The flight was about 2.5 hours. We played in the Houston airport for our 2 hour layover and that went pretty well too. And then we got on our next flight. Sigh.
It was supposed to be a 4 hour, 21 minute flight. Between waiting for fuel, waiting for paperwork, a 120 mph headwind, slowing down 200 miles outside of San Francisco, waiting on a gate, and then waiting on a jetway, it easily became a 5 hour, 15 minute flight. And Jace was not happy about that. In fact, he became unhappy at about the 2 hour mark. As long as I was standing in the aisle with him, he was happy – and he loved his reflection in the bathroom mirror on the plane (super embarrassing – people knocked on the door ’cause we’d been in there so long) – but as soon as I sat down, he was unhappy. Add that to the fact that Adam and I barely slept the night before, and it made for a loooooong trip. Once we landed, Jace was all smiles. He loved the taxi ride. We were all happy when we finally made it to our hotel. YAY!
We didn’t do much yesterday. Adam got a Slurpee (no 7-11s in all of Tennessee, but there’s one less than a block from our hotel here!). We did dinner and dessert at the concierge lounge and were all asleep by 8pm. The night went pretty well! We got a room with two beds so Adam could have one bed and Jace could have one bed. Super nice!
Today, we made up for not doing much yesterday. We were up early (5am), got breakfast, played in the hotel room, and Jace took a nap. Then we headed out. We saw a bunch of gingerbread houses, picked up my conference badge, saw a huge “sugar castle” (glorified gingerbread house, but it was 12′ tall), ate lunch at the food court, then rode a cable car for three stops. Jace was NOT a fan. We gave up and walked the rest of the way back to our hotel. After an excessively long nap (oops, Adam and I didn’t mean to fall asleep), we headed out again. Turns out Jace likes cable cars if he’s allowed to sit facing forward instead of riding in the carrier. Good to know! We wandered around Ghirardelli Square, walked down to the wharf, walked around the penny arcade, checked out the sea lions, got Adam some chowder in a bread bowl (he’s been looking forward to that for months!), then rode the cable car back to our hotel. Now Jace is asleep and Adam and I are waiting for the concierge lounge to put out desserts. Overall, it was a really fun – and really full – day!
Cable car, napping
** You can’t tell, but Jace is sound asleep in the second picture. It was great! He fell asleep in the carrier (apparently he falls asleep there pretty easily, actually), but this time he fell asleep right before we got back to our hotel room. I unsnapped everything quietly and laid him down on the bed, carrier and all, and he slept for another 30 minutes!
Playing in the hotel room, Jace’s new trick
**Seeing Jace hit milestones is really fun. One milestone that he hadn’t hit – and that the book kept mentioning – was the ability to “make a wet razzing sound”. Well, he’s got it now! He really likes practicing…. Resulting in a very slobbery face most of the time. He’s so happy when he does it, he smiles and plays with his tongue and slobbers all over!
Now, off to get dessert!