Friday, August 6, 2010

Visit to Mia's ~ 2010

So, this past week, Aiden and I went to California to spend some time with my Mom. We had such a great time. I had to adjust to the cold weather after coming from a heat wave in Houston and also to Aiden playing and getting dirty enough for a bath every time we went outside. The first day, we spent inside waiting for my suitcase to arrive. Our flight out of Houston left 30 minutes late, which left us running through the San Francisco airport trying to catch our next flight to Eureka. We barely made it, but our suitcase did not make it. Upon arrival in Eureka just after midnight, we were told that our suitcase would arrive the next morning and be delivered by 9 am. 9 came and went. The suitcase did not arrive until almost 4 pm and two phone calls to United Airlines to complain. I was told that maybe our delivery guy got stuck in traffic, but what they don't realize is that there is NO traffic in the tiny town of Eureka or Fortuna! Once we got a our suitcase, we changed into our warmer clothes and went outside to play.

One of the first things Aiden found was a bucket of dirt! He had great fun throwing it on top of his head. He was covered in dirt and so was the hood of his sweatshirt! One of the other times he played in the dirt, he started eating it! He also loved to eat the blackberries and plums that were growing on Mom's property.

We went for a hike the second day. The hike started by a field full of cows. The cows were very curious about us. The came over to the fence and followed us all the way down the road. After the hike, we went to the beach. Northern Cali beaches and Aiden don't go too well together. The waves are HUGE! He thought he could play in the water like he does in Texas, so we spent a few minutes chasing him before he got wet before we decided to leave.

One of the other fun things we did was go to the zoo in Eureka. It was very tiny, but they also had a petting zoo full of sheep and goats. At this point in Aiden's life, he says "guh" for dog. He says it everytime he sees a dog. At the petting zoo, each 4 legged creature quickly became a "guh". He would start saying, "Guh, guh, guh" and run to the nearest sheep or goat. Then repeat and say, "Guh, guh, guh" and run to the next sheep or goat. He liked the zoo, but he was most interested in the goats and sheep. Oh, and the only water puddle in the zoo, he decided would be fun to play in!

Overall, it was a very fun week that went by pretty quick. I think the most fun we had was playing out in the backyard in the dirt! Oh yeah, Mom had 2 small Agapanthus flower shoots in the front yard. Aiden decided one day to grab both of them and start swinging them back and forth! Then, he grabbed the flower head on one and started pulling. The flower head finally pulled off and then he brought it to me. One thing you have to know is that in the front yard, Mom only had the 2 single Agapanthus flowers. It wasn't that she had a full bed of flowers. She graciously allowed Aiden to single handedly destroy those flowers for this season. I'll leave you with a video of him pulling the flower off.