Friday, September 11, 2009

From the Northeast

This is the longest I've ever gone between posts. Part of the reason is that I wanted to write about something besides my relationship, but that was all that was dominated my mind over the course of last week. I have one more post on that, but not now. Then next thing I knew it was Tuesday morning and we were on a plane to Maryland. My in-laws don't have wireless internet and I've had a hard time writing - apparently my creative process becomes stunted when I'm sitting at a desk rather than on the couch, on the floor, or in my bed.

Tuesday's journey went surprisingly well. We drove to the airport, took a bus from offsite parking, flew on a plane to Dallas, rode the airport train to our terminal, flew on a plane to Baltimore, and then drove an hour and a half to my in-laws house. Landon has never been on so many forms of transportation. He was so good, and immediately put himself to work pulling my laptop bag. We elicited lots of smiles all over the airport.

He was delighted by all the planes and kept yelling "A PLANE!! A PLANE!!" as we walked through the airport. I'm not sure he understood that he was actually on one of those planes, but he was very good during both flights.

My in-laws live on several acres in Potomac. The property is stunning and Landon has loved running around in their yard. A neighbor has cattle and every time Landon sees them through the fence, he races over, hands outstretched yelling "Pet! Moooo. Pet!" They run away if he gets close, but it's still very funny to watch. The stables of a member of the Saudi royal family are directly behind us and Landon got to meet a few of the horses yesterday. Despite what most people think about Texas, Landon had never seen a horse and I had never touched one. It's been a good trip for the little guy. My father-in-law cleaned off JP's old big wheel and Landon sees no reason why he should have to get off it. Ever. It fits in the bathtub just fine, thank you very much.

We haven't been to Maryland in three years- the last time we visited I wasn't even pregnant yet. JP hates it here, but having Landon around has made the visit infinitely more enjoyable. He makes me appreciate the property in a way I hadn't before and my in-laws are so completely besotted with him that even as I constantly grit my teeth and kick JP under the table, I'm glad we're here. It's going to be a wonderful place to continue visiting as he gets older.

Also wonderful? 50-degree weather and long sleeves. I almost forgot what weather under 100 degrees felt like. It's even better than I remembered.


  1. your in my hometown! Live a second from where I grew up!

  2. I'm in DC this week too! Isn't this weather nuts? I dont remember ever having weather this cool over labor day.

    Good to hear you're enjoying your visit!

  3. Oh my gosh LL! Landon has become a little boy already! At least more boy than baby now... and of course he just gets cuter every post! So glad he enjoyed his time in MD.

    By the way, I made the "fluffy pancake" this past weekend from your archives. Loved it. I also knew that recipe as "dutch baby," but whatever it goes by, it's de-lish!

    Anyway, it's good to have a post from you again... I definitely had Lag Liv withdrawals while you were away. :-)

    Best, MJS

  4. Several acres in Potomac??!!? Wow.

  5. I have a hard time being creative when I sit at a desk too. Landon is such a good helper pulling your laptop bag! Jacob likes to push big shopping carts in stores- he thinks it's a giant walky toy! How neat that JP's dad kept his old bike- of course Landon should take it in the bath!

  6. Ok, Landon's backpack is like, the cutest thing I've ever seen. He has changed so much in the past few months it seems!

    I'm glad you're enjoying your trip there! It's so nice if you can coordinate trips to the east coast when there is nice weather. And it sounds like they have a great place to visit!

  7. I agree with LEO...that little penguin backpack is the cutest!

  8. He looks so grown up in that last picture! Glad you enjoyed your trip and welcome back to rainy Central Texas!