24 (The Version Where You See a Baby and Jack Bauer Doesn’t Kill Anyone)

May 13, 2010

On Saturday morning, Bart and I got on a plane and flew to Utah.

It was a bit of a whirl-wind trip (so much so that we checked in for our return flight immediately upon arriving at the airport in Salt Lake), but absolutely worth it.

We picked up our rental car (many thanks to Priceline for making it super super cheap) and began our 24 hour blitz of family, starting with Bart’s dad and stepmom, then on to a Mother’s Day/Family birthday/Baby shower party (so many cute gifts – I could have died. Instead I stuffed them in my suitcase and brought them home so I can continuely snuggle the little outfits), before heading over to Merrick‘s house to see the main reason for our trip:

His Royal Highness, the first grandbaby. 

After spending some 6 hours with Merrick and Philip, I kind of wonder if they ever get to hold their own baby.

We spent the night at Bart’s parents house and at the last minute offered up the extra beds to my parents and Crawford so they could avoid an extra couple of hours of driving (this is not the first time my in-laws have acted more than happy to let us invite people to their house with little or no notice. They are good folks). We stayed up way too late laughing and talking.

And then it was back up in the morning for a breakfast at Merrick and Philip’s place (I . . .  ate a lot), before heading to church where the baby was blessed and after which Bart and I sped back to Salt Lake to catch our flight home, took the bus, the T, and a shuttle home, and collapsed in bed a little after midnight.

Since we don’t drink, we’ve had to turn to jet lag to give us a Monday morning hangover. Happily, though, all the events of the weekend are clear and crisp in my mind. And I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.

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  • Reply Heather May 13, 2010 at 11:36 am

    This is phenomenal! You two sure know how to pack it in. So glad you got to meet his highness.

    Sometimes as a new mom, you have to fight for the right to hold your baby. Helps if you choose to nurse. Nobody else can do that.

  • Reply Chelsea May 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Sounds like you guys had fun! I don't there's any substitute for hanging out with family.

  • Reply Melanie May 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Wow, that's a lot of time in the air! Sounds like fun though.

  • Reply Lexilooo May 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    So, so nice! I flew home at the last minute too, booking a Friday evening flight on Thursday, but I did have 48 hours and no babies or showers 🙂

    I did, however, last summer, do a 24 hour trip that involved flying to Providence on Saturday morning (from Baltimore) and then driving to Boston to pick up my sister, then to NH for my mother's birthday, then back to Boston to stay at my sister's that night, then to Fall River, MA for a bridal shower Sunday morning and then back to B'more/DC Sunday at 3pm!

    Whirlwinds are good, eh?!

  • Reply Life of a Doctor's Wife May 13, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Sounds like so much fun!

  • Reply Lisa May 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    That is one relaxed baby. I can't believe all the stuff you can pack into a weekend.

  • Reply Priscilla May 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    You were in Utah and you didn't see me?!?! I'm letting it go just this once, Janssen, just this once… 🙂 I'm glad you had a good time though!

  • Reply Bean May 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    That's SO great! One day we'll have to meet up while you're in Utah! I'm glad you had fun!

  • Reply Bart May 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Totally worth it. And his highness IS a cute little guy. Even though my muscles are sore from carrying him in one position for so long!

  • Reply artemisia May 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    A "bit" of a whirlwind? Oh, holy cow!

    Congrats on being an auntie! You will always give him his very favorite books!

  • Reply Meredith Shatzer May 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I'm sure that meant so much to Merrick that you were there! I'm so glad you got to be. What a fun trip!

  • Reply Packrat May 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    So glad you were able to get there. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. (I didn't see you in the family picture. Did you have to leave before it was taken? I'm snoopy…)

  • Reply Saskia May 13, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I love the last paragraph, funny and sweet at the same time!

  • Reply Jenny May 14, 2010 at 1:40 am

    I like your version of 24 MUCH better than the Jack Bauer one. I had to give it up 3/4 of the way into season one. I'm wimpy like that.

  • Reply Tamsen May 14, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Are you guys 24 fans too? Nice work on your quick trip, that's crazy!

  • Reply Bethany May 14, 2010 at 4:23 am

    How fun! And sheesh, that really WAS quick! I love that picture of you guys with Merrick's cute baby… you are naturals I tell ya!

  • Reply megan May 18, 2010 at 4:02 am

    It was so fun to see you! That baby looks good in Bart's arms too.

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