on the 11th we flew into Portland to meet up with the bus.
portland was super cool. no pics though.
next day was Seattle. it was as rainy as it's supposed to be
that night little man threw up all night. it was so sad and scary. poor guy.
the next day the other bus babe turned one! we had a small bus party:)
that day we also went to Vancouver! if you've heard how amazing this city is, just know that the rumors are true. and best of all, i got to see my other 'brother', who I haven't seen in 9 years! he's getting married in May so I got to meet his sweetie, too. He took a half day off of work and spent the whole day with me, walking around the city, eating sushi with our family, and then they went to the show.
next day, i woke up with the virus little man had.
vomit & diarrhea & nausea all day + huby had it too so i had to take care of a baby + stuck on a bus driving 16 hours through mountains + bus toilet with no water, using water bottles to wash it all down + 4 other people got sick too = absolute worst day of my life. i can't even explain the magnitude of how awful it was, so that's all that i will write about it.
it was, however, the most beautiful drive i have ever experienced. drove from Vancouver to Edmonton through breathtaking views of mountains and rivers and waterfalls...
from Edmonton we went to Calgary, and then to Saskatoon. it has been cold, but not ungodly cold. 20s, but i was expecting worse. here is proof that babies can stay warm in the cold.
first, make the first layer 100% merino wool, add layers of clothes, wool mittens, winter jacket and hat. put inside of stroller blanket..
then add shield from the wind and cold air.
voila. take 'em out later and they are toasty as a hot bun fresh from the oven
BUT, i'm not going to lie, i can't wait until spring when i can throw a onesie on him and head out the door.
we had a two day break and spent the first one in Minneapolis. we took munchkin to the Mall of America and let him ride all the toddler rides. so much fun, and highly impressive place. too bad all malls don't encompass indoor theme parks, underground aquariums, miniature golf, and who knows what else...it would make rainy days easier on mothers everywhere
today we got the day in Chicago, and i truly love this city. took the blue line down to millenium park and experienced the tangible definition of "Windy City". then we met Rachael and Fletcher and Sarah for tapas and sangrias. what a treat!
took a shower tonight...oh the luxury of a shower. and tomorrow it's back to Canada, and the twilight zone of no phone and no internet. we'll go to Kitchener, Toronto and Montreal, and then on the 25th we'll wake up in the Big Apple for 2 days:) that makes it all worth it