Off on the road to Rhode Island

We recently took a family trip to Rhode Island to visit Lori and Sean, while also being able to take in a good friend’s wedding in Connecticut.  Getting ready was a little challenging, since “someone” didn’t want to be left out.

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Each day, we had a lazy morning in the hotel before Sean and Lori met us for the day.

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Our day in Boston was spent in a touristy Irish pub in Quincy Market for lunch and spent walking (or sleeping) around downtown before heading to Rhode Island.

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Our first day in Rhode Island was a little rainy, so we went to a cafe in Narragannsett for lunch, had some Brickley’s ice cream, and hung out at Sean and Lori’s before having seafood in Wakefield.

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Sunday morning we started the day off with breakfast in Wakefield at the Bluebird Cafe, and then Cory and I got ready for a friends’ wedding at the Mansion at Harkness State Park.  Aunt Lori & Uncle Sean babysat while we went to the wedding, and we were relieved to find Carter sleeping peacefully when we came back.  Based on the pictures, he had a blast, too.

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Monday, we took a picnic to Beavertail State Park and enjoyed the scenery.  We also managed our second trip to Brickleys in 3 days…because Carter wanted ice cream!

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We had a wonderful trip and were all sad to leave!

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Summer Recap

This summer has been super busy…hence the lack of posts. To fill you all in on our summer activities, without you having to read a novel, I thought I would do a post with mostly pictures.  And really, why else do you come to the blog, but to see pictures of Carter?!

Carter and I started Father’s Day off by making breakfast in bed for Cory and later celebrated with the Burnside clan:

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Papaw Bart came out for the 4th of July and we took Carter to the Dallas Zoo for the first time and then followed that up with fireworks at Kaboom Town.  Carter was a trooper, as ALL of that was in one day.  Poor baby finally fell asleep during the fireworks and missed the grand finale!

Zoo with Papaw Carter and Mommy on zoo turtle Carter hanging in his stroller

Sitting with Papaw Kaboom Town Airplane Loving the fireworks

Carter has had friends over to swim, gone on dates with Sara, and  learned to play the piano.

Swimming with Truitt Date with Sara Play it again, Carter

Carter also learned to express his own opinions and started to eat table food.

Carter’s little cousin Emma finally made her debut on August 12, which also happens to be Mimi’s birthday.

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Oh, and most importantly, he’s learned to walk independently with his lion:

All in all, a wonderful summer full of adventures!

Beach bums

Last month, we took our first family beach vacation.  We rented a house in Ft. Morgan, Alabama, just outside Gulf Shores.  It was a full house.  Cory, Carter and I were joined by friends Annette, Marty and Frankie, and Cory’s parents, Janie and Dave.  Taking vacations with built-in babysitters rocks.

The house we rented was beautiful.  It had four bedrooms, four baths, a hot-tub, and it was right on a private beach.

Beach house Ft. Morgan, AL

It takes 12 hours to get to Gulf Shores, so we started the drive just before midnight.  My speed demon of a husband made great time while the rest of us slept.  Once we got to Alabama, we had to take a ferry from Dauphin Island over to Ft. Morgan.  Since it was nap time – and hot – Carter wasn’t all that impressed with the ferry.

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Carter enjoyed the sand, but wasn’t crazy about the ocean.  The waves freaked him out.  He also enjoyed our dolphin cruise, despite the life jacket that swallowed him.  Well, we say he enjoyed it, but he actually screamed for the first 30 minutes of the cruise.  We were definitely NOT the favorite passengers on the boat. The rest of the week was spent eating meals on the porch, walking on the beach, and relaxing in the sun.

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All in all, it was a wonderful week.  And thankfully, Carter shows no lasting effects of me allowing him to roll off of the bed onto the hardwood floor!

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Returning to Baltimore

Last week, Carter returned to his roots. This meant he also made his first plane ride when he and I flew to Baltimore. Cory had to work in Baltimore last week so Carter and I joined him mid-week for our first family vacation. I was a little apprehensive about traveling with him by myself, but all turned out fine. We sailed through security (after they tested each of the seven bottles of milk), and were fortunate enough to be able to snag a better seat. When we booked the flight, the only thing available was a middle seat in the back of the plane. Fortunately, I was able to talk the gate agent into giving us a window seat. Before getting on the plane, I ran into a friend from college. I haven’t seen Beth in nearly 10 years, despite the fact that she lived in Baltimore while we did and now lives less than a mile from us. Carter handled the flight really well and made friends with the guy beside us. My treat of Oreos and ear plugs for the other guys on the row probably helped. I also had a stroke of genius: I tied all of Carter’s toys together on a ribbon so that when he tired of one and threw it, it didn’t hit the floor and we could move on to the next. Anticipating that I might have had a bad flight, Cory met us at the airport with a dozen roses. My boys missed each other.

Thursday was spent visiting friends at Cory’s work and at Hopkins. Carter easily met 40 new people and received dozens of raspberries on his cheeks. He handled it like a pro. That night, we had a wonderful dinner in Columbia, MD with friends Wil and Elisa.

Cory took Friday off, and after a leisurely morning at the hotel, and lunch at the “gas-ateria,” we headed down to Washington, DC for some site-seeing. While Cory and I enjoyed the sites, Carter seemed to be more impressed with the throngs of people. It was Memorial Day weekend and DC was packed. Crowds were everywhere, so we chose to do something that didn’t require standing in line. We parked outside the Dept. of Commerce and walked around the ellipse and up to the White House where Carter got his first look at his future home. He also got to see his first political demonstration. Native Tamils from Sri Lanka were petitioning President Obama with a chant that we still haven’t gotten out of our heads. Friday night we met my friend Susan for dinner at the best Italian restaurant period: Sabatinos in Little Italy. Cory practiced his right-handed eating while taking care of Carter so that I could catch up with Susan. A good time was had by all.

On Saturday, we visited our old neighborhood and stopped by to see our neighbors. Thankfully, Carter didn’t meet any Baltimore rats. However, we did climb Federal Hill so that he could get a good view of the Inner Harbor on an absolutely gorgeous day.

The flight back was uneventful, even if Carter didn’t sleep as much as we would’ve hoped. He was more intrigued with the baby across the aisle and the man sitting behind us making faces. We’re so glad Carter was a good traveler and we hope this is the first of many trips.

Carter’s first Easter

Carter celebrated his first Easter last weekend, and it was one of the busiest of his life. His Papaw Bart and Uncle Will drove in from Arkansas on Friday to stay the weekend. Carter hung out with the boys all day, visiting a Starbucks and a book store.

On Saturday, we all got up early and drove to the Dallas Arboretum, where we met our friendEmily Mulkey for a photo shoot. Carter, all decked out in his linen shirt, sweater and blue jeans, did really well. We had lunch at Ojeda’s and then went to his Mimi and Papa’s for an early Easter dinner with my family.

Sunday, we had lunch at Cory’s Uncle Randel and Aunt Sheila’s in Dallas. Carter put on quite a show, even if he was dressed like a redneck. He got lots of loving on the floor with his Aunt Sheila.

Despite short and infrequent naps, he was a trooper. Cory and I, on the other hand, were ready to drop by Sunday afternoon.

Emily’s pictures will be posted soon, but here are a few moments from last weekend.



Two of Carter’s three grandpas.



Yummy Easter basket.



Getting cheeky with cousin Lauren.



Floor time with Aunt Sheila.

Carter’s Big Day

Carter’s had a exciting week that culminated in a huge day of activity and fun today. My brother and his wife, Carter’s Uncle Sean and Aunt Lori, visited this week from Rhode Island. They spent a couple of days in Arkansas and Louisiana, and my mom went with them. This meant Carter got to spend a couple of days with Lisa’s parents, Mimi and Papa Jack. Everyone had a great time, with lots of smiles and laughter. In fact, he’s been extremely happy all week. After being sick and teething for the last two weeks, we think he finally started feeling well again, and was quite happy about it. The week included lots of family dinners at Ojeda’s, The Cheesecake Factory, and here at the house.

This busy week was all a build-up to a big day today. We started out the morning by taking Carter in for his 4 month checkup. He weighed 15 pounds and 11 ounces (60th percentile), measured 25 3/4″ (75th percentile) and his big ol’ Reed noggin measured in the 85th percentile, which is expected considering all of the brain matter that has to fit in there. The doctor gave him a great report. He’s meeting all of his milestones and will likely start cereal within the next month or so. She was a bit surprised to hear about his teeth. One has broken through and another is right behind it. That’s a bit unusual for a 4-month old, but again, he’s just so advanced. However, he did have to get a couple of shots, and that didn’t please him at all. He started wailing as the needles were coming out, but was quickly settled with a bottle.

Shortly after we got home from the doctor, we left for the Dallas Arboretum.

It was a beautiful day to be outside, and Carter loved it. He got to nap.

He got to sit with Mommy and Daddy.

He got to stand in the grass.

He got to sit in the grass.

He got to lay in the grass.

He got to roll in the grass.

He got to chew on a tree.

He got to hang out with his Aunt Lori and Uncle Sean.

He got some playtime on the ground with Mommy.

And he got carried around by Daddy. All in all, a pretty awesome day.

Holiday happiness

This was by far the best holiday ever! We did the usual holiday celebrations with family but there was an added bonus of knowing that we were exposing Carter to all of the love and support that Cory and I have been lucky enough to be given. Words don’t mean as much as pictures, so here’s a brief showing of what the holidays held for us.