So about four weeks ago we embarked on our first major road trip with Callum. We started by driving to Jordan's Aunt Susie's house in Dallas.
*Callum swam in Susie's pool, and had a blast, even though he was a little cold and terrified of the dog.
*Their dog would bark and he would CRY!
*LaToya made a great fish, and was amazed at Callum doing things like standing up and EATING.
*Callum really really really liked LaToya.
The second part of the trip was supposed to be from Dallas to Bernice, OK where we were going to camp. (We didn't want to travel more than 6 hours of driving a day to make it easier for Callum.) However...
*It was 105 degrees when we hit Pryor, just outside of Bernice.
*Callum slept like a champ
*So, we drove on to St. Louis.
*We made stops for Callum to crawl around at Austin College, the Wal-Mart at Pryor, and the Missouri Welcome Center rest stop.
*Once we left the rest stop Callum slept the entire rest of the way, AND when we got to Gary and Gale's he went right back to sleep in the house. I love my child.
Highlights from St. Louis:
*It was over a hundred degrees every day we were there. This was supposed to be vacation!
*Callum swam just about every day.
*I taught him to swim some in the pool, and to hold his breath some, but we need to work on holding his breath more and also kicking so he can go somewhere when he swims.
*The guy at the St. Louis Art Museum who let his child in a backpack knock over a painting ruined it for everyone else.
*Callum went to his first Cardinals Game (104 degree afternoon game while it was 90 in Austin). He spent half the game in the air conditioned Cardinals Club where he crawled around until his hands and feet were black.
*Callum made friends with another little kid at the game who gave him a cookie that he ate with his black hands.
*We went to an awesome Chinese lantern festival at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens where we saw all the enormous lanterns during the day and then after they were lit (apparently no one has ever knocked over a plant with a child in a backpack).
*When Jordan carries Callum in a backpack, random people frequently ask for rides too.
*Callum and Kaiser (Gale and Gary's dog) both wanted to investigate each other, but neither one wanted to be investigated. Callum was also afraid of Kaiser's bark, so Kaiser spent a lot of time in Gale and Gary's room.
*Callum slept through the night most of the time, but also liked to wake up at about 6 for the day.
The third leg of the trip was to Candace's apartment in Hobart, IN.
*Callum wanted to explore Bella, Candace's (much larger than Kaiser and Romeo, Susie's dog) dog, but her bark was loud and low and also scared him.
*Callum did also want to play in the dog's water and try out his food, and play with Bella's toys. Bella retaliated by playing with Callum's toys.
*Candace had the AC up really high and it was COLD. Jordan was very comfortable. Callum woke up around 5 in the form of a Callumsicle.
*We started to watch the Goonies but Jordan (who had never seen it before!) was too tired to finish it. It still remains unseen by him.
*IL has installed a lot of new windmills. They freak Jordan out.
The next leg was to my mom's new place in Clinton Township, MI.
*Jordan was disappointed to find out that like my mom's old house, her new one still had no air conditioning.
*Mom and Kelsey did however have a pool in the backyard.
"Callum could stand in the pool while he was in his floatie, just for a few seconds, and when he would fall over he would look like an orca whale doing a backflip.
*Callum loved the pool even when he was cold and his teeth were chattering (but he wasn't blue so he could stay in the pool).
*Callum ate nearly every meal on the breezeway and made such a mess of himself it was usually followed by naked baby time in the washtub.
*When you give a baby taco meat, he will look like an orange bearded hobo.
*Callum really wanted to investigate Koko (mom's dog) and Koko would have none of that. Mostly Callum followed her around as she moved from place to place to get away from the baby who kept smacking her belly instead of petting her. Occasionally she tolerated being pet on the face.
*Since Koko didn't bark, Callum started to get over his antsiness around dogs.
*We went with Melissa to the Henry Ford Museum, ($60 for both of us). But it was really great. We saw the cars, we saw the Titanic exhibit, some of the trains, the history of Freedom Movements in America (including Rosa Parks' bus), we saw airplanes, and Jackson saw a lot of the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile. Callum was really good, but at a few points he had to get out and crawl. Also, a Gillette safety razor nearly identical to Jordan's was recovered from the Titanic wreck.
*Afterwards, we went for dinner at Melissa's mom's house, where Callum chased a softball around a LOT and crawled under very low areas to try to get it, and also ate A LOT of meat.
*MI had just changed the laws to allow more fireworks and everyone was shooting them off nearly every night we were there (around the 4th of July). Callum slept through ALL OF THEM. Amazing baby.
Next we went to Port Sanilac.
*The lake was nice and Callum liked it the first day when it wasn't too windy.
*You could go out really, really, really far and it was still only waist/chest high.
*We ate three meals at Mary's Diner and Callum ate from the adult menu (and ate most of the entire meal) all three times.
*One time he was so good and had nearly no food on the floor...until he was done and bored waiting and swept everything onto the floor with one hand.
*We spread Daddy's ashes in the lake on Saturday night (July 7th, the day after his birthday). All his siblings were there, plus Mom, and all my sisters were there, plus my cousin Freddy, and Jordan and Callum, and Rita's John. All four girls, Marty, and little Freddy, and Margie helped to spread the ashes.
*Tim Hanley was also there but didn't stay for the ashes.
*We stayed in some cabins at a campground in the next little town over from Grandma's trailer park. Jordan's favorite part was the AC.
*Callum slapped Jordan awake to show him a sock.
*We went star gazing and watched the neighbor's fireworks. We saw Cassiopeia, the Dolphin, Scorpio, Ursa Major and Minor, and many more.
*Some family drama occurred between my Uncle Marty and my Aunt Jeanne, but was resolved to a point.
*We left early and Mom and Kelsey and Michele stayed an extra night.
We drove to Sara LaFrance's house to swim in her pool next.
*Jordan remembered to bring the camera to the pool, forgot he had it, then remembered again...about 10 minutes after getting into the pool.
*Callum had a blast and Sara loved playing with him in the pool.
*Sara's pool floatie looks like a giant red condom.
*Suzy and Chase joined us late and then we all went to a build your own burger place. It was gooooood.
Next, we went back to my mom's again.
*Went out to dinner and Katie Priebe, Sarah Herman, and Melissa and their respective kiddos. Katie's kids are ADHD crazy. We went to a park afterwards. Sarah and Melissa talked about their divorces and I told Jordan I was really glad he was awesome and that I wasn't divorced before I was 30.
*Played Waterfall and some other games with Michele and her friends.
*Michele and Kelsey got into a HUGE FIGHT, more family drama.
*Mom blew off work on the day we were leaving, it was nice.
*To help Michele calm down after the fight, Mom let her go through a box of Dad's stuff. I went through some of it too.
*I also went through all my old boxes of things my mom still had. Threw away all my notes from Confirmation, Spanish 1, 2, and 3, and New Testament. Kept all my Sweet Valley High books.
*I found a German family Bible from 1902 in my stuff and gave it to Jordan.
*Sara LaFrance came over for dinner one night too and it was fun.
*Michele gave me a convertible dress that I get tons of complements on when I wear it.
*We were supposed to go to Canada but I was too tired and I slept too late and we didn't have time.
We started home, stopping at Candace's again first on the way.
*Candace had a horrible flight back from her interview in Austin and was really tired.
*Callum was much less afraid of Bella even when she barked.
*Jordan got White Castle.
*Jordan was exhausted and went to bed early. We did not finish the Goonies. I was sad.
We went back to St. Louis again.
*We went to the zoo. We pet stingrays, saw lots of reptiles and lots of birds. One of the reptiles we saw was ENGANGERED, but most were just ENDANGERED, according to their signs.
*Callum was less afraid of Kaiser, even when he barked right near him.
*We went to St. Charles, and got awesome coffee, shopped for clothes (Gale bought me a pink dress), Jordan got a lapel pin, a bowtie, shaving brush stand, and yummy English edibles. We also got awesome strawberry balsamic vinegar. We need to learn how to infuse our own. We had really good beer and okay food at a brewery there.
*Callum loved to throw his ball down the stairs. Of course he didn't have it anymore once he threw it down, but then he would just go and find something else to throw down the stairs, like mom's sunglasses, a water bottle. The beach ball wouldn't fit through the rails, not for lack of trying.
We did stop at Bernice, the smallest State Park ever, to camp on the way back.
*Jordan was still too hot. He didn't fall asleep until three and had to take two cold showers.
*Eventually moving to a colder part of the tent and sticking cold cans of juice all around him worked.
*Callum's one desire in the morning was to wake Daddy up and play with him!!!
We stopped once more at Aunt Susie's.
*LaToya made all sorts of crazy good food, but ended up not feeling like cooking dinner and kept apologizing for it, even though we insisted that all the appetizers were great and that we were full.
*We ate Conch fritters. Jordan loved them, me not so much.
*Callum ate a whole chicken breast (and he ate it whole. too) at Braum's. It took so long I took a nap in the car. Also, Braum's ice cream is awesome.
*Callum was still not too fond of Romeo, who probably had the loudest bark of all the dogs despite being the smallest.
*Callum's (first) cousin (once removed) Warren liked him.
*On the way home from Susie's we went through Waco and Jordan finally got to take me to the Clay Pot which was very good.
Then we came home. And unpacked just about everything right away. And went out to dinner one last time with leftover gas money at a really neat vegetarian restaurant here in Austin. We didn't know it was vegetarian until we got there but it was very good. And, that was our trip! It was mostly awesome, Callum was so good, and loved by all. It is good to be home though, especially since Cal sleeps so much better (especially napping) in his crib.