We are home and back in the swing of things after a quick trip to Indiana. This will be our only family vacation this year and it was plenty. I won't need to fly for a while...not with Kaylin on my lap, anyway!
Mike's grandmother is 89 and we haven't visited for a couple of years. His grandfather passed away last summer and he was concerned that she might soon follow, as married couples often do. As it turns out, she's in excellent health, so this may not be the last time he sees her. If all goes well, we'll return again with the kids in another few years.
Ryan stayed with Mike's parents while we packed up and took Kaylin with us. That doesn't sound like much of a chore, but for 3 days before our trip, Mike and I both had a nasty stomach virus. Mine was about a day behind his, so he was responsible for frantically packing up all 4 of us and planning things like long term parking, road maps and itineraries. He felt better long before I did...my stomach still isn't completely healed. I've only had a meal or two without feeling nauseous right afterward.
Flying for 4 hours with a 2 hour layover with a 1 year old is tough. When you're sick, it's awful. Completely awful. Poor Kaylin slept a total of 15 minutes (normally takes 2 naps that are 2 hours each) all day on Tuesday. She was overtired, bored and squirmy the whole flight to Cincinnati and Mike had to deal with it almost all on his own.
Overall, the trip was nice. We visited the Notre Dame campus, enjoyed spending time with Mike's family, had some great quality time with Kaylin, soaked up the beautiful 75 degree temperatures, saw a few autumn-leaved trees scattered around and Mike got to visit his grandfather's grave site. Ryan did very well without us for 5 days, but we missed him like crazy and the kids missed each other SO much. They've been inseparable since our return. I guess it's nice to get away from the daily grind every now and then, but this ol' Kansas girl will be the first to say, "There's no place like home!!!"