If anyone wants to know how a two month old baby flies on an airplane this is it. You have to pay an extra $100 to $200 dollars for the baby's ticket, but the adult tickets get the bulkhead seat upgrade for free (more leg room), and the baby gets his own bassinet type structure that hooks onto the wall! Since Everett slept the whole time, and we had more leg room, it was definitely the nicest flight to China we have ever had.
When we traveled to China, we first arrived in Qingdao (also named "Tsingtao" on some maps) for visa and registration purposes. While we were there, we frequently ate at this small restaurant. The food was great. Our favorite dish was "tieban niurou", which means sizzling steak. It included most things that a typical fajita would include: onions, bell peppers and steak. The waiter would bring it out sizzling and we would eat it with rice. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it :). The picture below is all three of us in front of the Qingdao Ocean University sign.
On our move from Ohio to Nevada we stopped by Nauvoo, IL for a couple of days. We really enjoyed our trip, and both agreed that just two days were not enough to see it all, so we want to go back sometime. Two highlights for us was seeing the Browning home (James loves to hunt so naturally enjoys guns) and Carthage Jail. Can you spot sleeping Everett in the picture?
I really felt the spirit in Carthage and it reaffirms my testimony that the Church is true and how grateful I am for Joseph Smith and for the sacrifices he went through.
We cloth diaper Everett most of the time, and occasionally potty him. Before, I was pottying him several times a day and changing 3-4 cloth diapers a day. But now, I occasionally potty him and change several cloth diapers a day. He is in disposable diapers when we go out on day trips, and at night. He is a heavy wetter, I have tried cloth diapering at night but always have to change it in the middle of the night because it is so soaked, so I put him in disposables at night for my sanity. I would love to potty him more, but it really just depends on what we have going on that day, and how much homework I have. Anyway, we think he does look super cute on his potty!
This is what I looked like on July 11, 2010, just two days before we had Everett. The picture was taken on the back porch of our house. It was one of those moments, oh no, I am going to have a baby and I never took pictures of my belly!
Introducing our very cute baby Everett in his blessing outfit. I did sew his blessing outfit (pants vest and tie). If you look at them from far away, they are cute, if you look too close, they have a lot of mistakes. He was so tiny!
The baby booties were made by a friend's mom, they were super cute, and went really well with his blessing outfit.
I love these pictures of our hands and feet, it reminds me of how tiny he was!
I also love this picture of Everett and I, every time I look at it, I think of how happy I am to be a mom!