Just like her mama, messing up sayings and mixing up white knuckling and nail biter as we embarked on our first flight.
Boarding passengers shrank from the sight of us…suckers, she was more agreeable than any adult flying the unfriendly skies.
Without exception, no less than 1/3 of every airport purchased meals is unworthy of ingestion.
Air travel can suck, fixing stuff at the airport can suck way harder.
I knew San Francisco was going to be cool, but I had no idea the airport bathroom stalls would look like a Studio 54 flashback.
Lost car seats, canceled and missed flights, late bags and general rudeness – Thanks, Southwest.
BART had a narcotic effect on Fin.
The streets of San Francisco (How could I post without getting in some Karl and Michael lovin’?) had me rubbernecking.
I will cop to a bit of vanity in that I am generally loathe to post unflattering shots of myself, but good god, we look like we both had collagen injections on our lips by a back alley plastic surgeon…wtf?!
I am so small town, this picture was taken solely because the shoes were $600. If that’s your ass, I am sorry, wasn’t trying to shoot it.
We got all dolled up for the last night of BlogHer–see the necklace that less than 24 hours would be stolen from a plastic security bowl. (Deb, I am just devastated, please know I loved it for every second that I had this incredible new-mama gift you gave me!)
It was neither sidekick nor alcohol that made me think as I rode the Macy’s escalator, “Is that really how the face of a mannequin meant to represent a young girl should look? Really?”
Pedi, despite not being girlie, after four solid days of exposed heels and toes, it needs to become a part of my routine, if not necessarily my lexicon.
I shared a wild night I barely remember in Baltimore with…Fin.
As I left the Baltimore airport scant hours after having arrived, I stopped at a non-goddessy espresso bar.
“Could I have a skim iced latte?”
If that’s skim milk I’ll eat my hat.
Luckily I found the goddess shortly thereafter and got my fix on, despite it being an “airport Starbucks.”
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that, yes, I really considered it. See ’em? They’re tic tacs. I had no toothbrush people, I was sporting chenille on my front teeth.
Made it home. Everything looked this blurry thanks to so many days in contacts.
The girls were so happy to have their lil sis home they insisted on sitting just so with her.
And apperently I aged like ten years in the time I was gone.
Did they bathe at all while I was gone??*
You made it to the bottom of this? Way to hang in there. I was gone for five days. It was good, I met great people that I failed to take pictures of, I cemented friendships, trembled too much to introduce myself to some, yet I spread my wings and really had a magical time. But coming home? There are not words to describe how fiercely I love this little family I have created.
*Sean not only bathed the girls, he took them to the farmer’s market,
an aquarium, a 3rd birthday with a bounce house and more. You are an incredible husband and dad, babe. I love you.
Even my bathtub is 'crunchy' since I have been gone….
I'm really sad that I totally saw you and thought "My, that is a cute baby" but didn't actually talk to you. This means that we might have to hang out in real life because you live so very far away.
I am still laughing at that skim iced latte, although I am sure not very funny to you at the time.
Aren't people funny/annoying. If I would have saw Fin boarding that plane I would have melted at that sweet face.
OH and those purple shoes are hideous!
Bah – so you aged 10 years? From what? 15 to 25? Because you look pretty damn good to me.
I'm sorry someone stole your necklace. How completely sucky.
Fin is gorgeous. Glad you had a great time. Someday I may screw up enough courage to go myself.
Those girls were *squeaky* clean when you got back from San Fran. Maybe some of that big-city dirt rubbed off on them?
Glad you're home.
your life, Amanda. It is beyond beautiful
Next year? I am SO THERE with you babe!
OK, you said some really sweet stuff about coming home and your girls and your husband but I just can't get over the rolls on Fin's legs. They are so freakin yummy. They actually got me teary. It all goes by too quickly, it does.
She's a doll.
First of all, I cannot believe how much Fin appears to look like Avery in the photos. Is that the case in real life?
Second, despite how dramatic your trip ended up being on the way home, I'm envious of the delightfully decadent "alone" time you got to spend with your newest little angel. Never got that with my second. The first was and still is much too demanding….but I love every inch of her because of it.
Glad to see you're properly caffeinated and home safe.
I'm sad I couldn't make it to BlogHer. But I would have to loved to have met you.
More sad than yesterday that I missed it; meeting you.
Wow, I am exhausted FOR you!
Your hus rocks to go solo for that long! I think mine would call 6 hours into the trip and beg me to come home.
Forget everything else, I'm trying to get over all that Sean did while you were away. I'm swooning over here.
Airports. Just gross, and not necessarily in a germy-way . . .
I must ask, where did Fin's sweet little red hat come from?
such a sweet, sweet little traveling buddy 🙂
glad you had such a great time and glad that the welcome home was even sweeter!!
SWEET pictures of the kiddos – but those SHOES?? OMG, $600 for those tranny looking kicks….. well, I guess in San Fran anything goes!
How did I miss the mannequins that look like blow-up dolls? Must have been when I spilled my drink on the $600 shoes. 🙂
What a journey you had! Glad you're back home, in the warm glow of your lovely family.
Big points for traveling alone with a baby! While I am not a great traveler – I am a bit envious – it still must have been nice to have some one on one time with Fin. What a sweetie!
And family time when you got home? The best!
If I could pick a baby out of a catalogue, I think I'd choose Fin. Nomnomnomnom
Oh my word, your babies are GORGEOUS. Lovely photos!
Your baby is just too cute–love that hair! What a fun sidekick to bring along.
I wasn't able to say hello to you, as I'm weird about approaching people with small children lest they ward me and my grown up germs away, but your child is gorgeous, as are you and you looked extremely friendly. 🙂
That was the most random and obnoxious comment ever, I'm sure, but I wanted to say it anyway. 😀
Can I just apologize for not being able to talk to you longer? Perhaps it was just speechlessness and awe that you made the trek and looked so super composed lugging that adorable babe around.
Great photos…Fin has gotten so big! Such a cutie, like her big sisters. SF is my favorite city – glad you enjoyed it (mishaps and all).
wow I am so sorry someone STOLE your necklace.. how lame can people get??
Your photo documentation of your trip are super fun.. you can really live it through the shots!
looks like fun for you and your wee babe!
i am not sure what blogher is though.. i am off to explore..
Thank you for leaving such a kind comment on my site! 🙂
I loved these pictures and the funny comments. It is perhaps one of the best BlogHer summaries I've read so far. "Chenille" on your teeth??
Oh, my heavens! LOL
how did i miss you there?