Wednesday, July 18, 2012

JJ Travels

JJ - always ready for the next adventure

Dear JJ,

Today you and your mom come back from Canada- your last trip on a lap. The good news is that you are coming home- and I'm excited to see you and your mom.  Whenever you are away it is always wonderful to have you come home.  The bad news is that when you turn two on Friday the airlines will want you to have your own seat.

We have been lucky, only a few times have we had to pay a bit for you to travel with us, but now you will be getting your own seat - and the hardest part of that isn't the airfare, its that you are getting older. 
Your first trip at 6 weeks
As you can see, you have traveled over 93,000 miles by air.  You've been on three continents: Europe, Asia, and North America, and in six countries: USA, Mexico, Canada, China, England, and France.

So here are a few photos of your travels around the world - starting with your first trip at age six weeks when you flew to Oregon to meet your Grandma and Grandpa.

You have always enjoyed flying - and one of your first words was "jet." So, son, as we start the "two's" with your own airline seat -- here is to our next adventure, whatever place it may be.  Before I met your mom I always liked to travel alone -- now the only way to travel is with family!



Finally Grandma and Grandpa Simpson meet their first grandchild
Your First Birthday party- of course it was on the road in Canada

And even though Grandma was in her 80's she still knew how to hold and sooth a baby
A couple of weeks later we flew to Ohio/Kentucky where Grandpa had a reunion of his WW 2 group
They required a printed ticket for you at Security- here was your first

In Anchorage - from our hotel The Captain Cook

We would go back to see the grandparents often
I finally learned why hotels had ice - to keep the formula cold!
Soon we wouldn't have to help you look out the windows - you'd be able to do it all by yourself
Our first trip we made with GiGi- she wasn't there to calm you, she was there to calm us!
We discovered you liked water in Cabo
As you grew you still liked Grandma

Sometimes in hotels we would have to go to lengths to entertain you- but mostly we love to hear you laugh

I think you are wondering what I am doing in your seat

And you get to meet uncle Ron- and he is wearing the hat he wore as a child that now you wear
And you got to meet one of mom's close friends EJ

In Park City Utah, looking at snow

A day on the slopes always wore you out
You are enjoying this place in Mexico! Oh Lay
Finally standing- one of your first words is "JET"
Always ready for a trip- you like to help us pack

In Oregon we find that not only pools- but water parks are fun for you

In September 2011 you come to your dad's hometown of Ketchikan, Alaska

One of your favorite songs is "Got a whale of a tale to tell you lads." And you saw the whale's tail

As you grow you see more of Anchorage

That is one big teddy bear
You love it when Gigi flies with us
So we had to visit them in China

Grandpa loves taking you for morning walks
Then in May Grandpa Simpson says lets go to France

Checking out British Airways, Seat 1A

In England Dad and I share a pint

And you and mom have to get into the action too
You love dogs - and in Atlanta you get to walk Aunti Kim's dog

Then two weeks later you get to see your favorite Aunt in Canada

Aunti Kim and Uncle Bob taking their favorite for a walk

At the cottage in Canada your favorite food is Grandpa's oatmeal, that you call "MealOat"