Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Hotlanta"... was actually freezing cold!

Last weekend we made our annual trip to Atlanta for Charlie's work event. I have to admit, this was not our best trip. Isaac's behavior has been a little extra difficult lately, and I should have known that traveling with him wasn't a wonderful idea. The first mistake was packing up this little suitcase that we got him for Christmas. He was obsessed with it and insisted on pulling it all through the airport. The problem is that he has a tendency to walk incredibly SLOW and also to not watch where he is going and run into people a lot. At least he looked cute...

Our flight from Orange County to Dallas was delayed, so by the time we landed our connection time was extremely tight. We were literally running through the airport to get to our gate and barely made it on the flight. Unfortunately, we were faster than our bags. We arrived in Atlanta only to find that our luggage was still sitting in Dallas. Ugh. We picked up our loaner car seat and headed on our way. By the time we got to our hotel it was after midnight and we were tired, hungry, and freezing cold! Atlanta had one of it's coldest weekends ever including an inch of snow. It rarely snows there, and the city didn't seem to know how to handle it. The whole weekend we kept finding restaurants and stores closed "due to weather!" Anyway, I think the low that night was 15 degrees and we certainly were not dressed for it. Our coats were in our suitcases, and I wasn't even wearing socks! The next morning we headed out to Target to pick up a few essentials (including socks) and ended up waiting till almost 3:00 for our bags to show up. Charlie had to go downtown for work, so Isaac and I just hung out at the hotel for awhile.

That evening we were finally able to enjoy a little bit of Atlanta. It is always fun to do some shopping while we are there because we hit all of the after Christmas sales. We didn't find much this time... perhaps because our shopping trips were limited by 1) closed stores (due to that treacherous inch of snow) and 2) Isaac's complete lack of patience in any store that does not sell toy trucks.
We met up with our friend Felicia for dinner at the Colonnade. We love this place! The food in Atlanta is half the reason I went on this trip. There is no where in Irvine to find anything like it. Dinner for me was macaroni & cheese, mashed sweet potatoes, chicken fried chicken, country gravy, homemade rolls, and key lime pie. I might have gained a few lbs on this trip!

Saturday Charlie had to go back downtown for work. Last year Isaac & I visited the Georgia Aquarium and had a great time, but this year I decided on something different. (Isaac totally freaked out at the Aquarium in San Francisco in August, and had a similar reaction to the indoor tanks at Sea World last month, so I figured we'd find something else to do.) Thanks to Felicia for recommending Monkey Joe's - Isaac LOVED this place! We paid $5 to enter a big warehouse type building full of bounce houses, inflatable slides, etc. Isaac jumped like crazy for two full hours. I had to drag him out of there after he started laying down on the floor not wanting to get up, but not wanting to leave either. They had a few bouncers dedicated to the 2 and under crowd, but Isaac preferred jumping with the big kids because they made him bounce more. He really was having a great time and it was funny to watch him climb the big ladder and go down the giant slide with all of the big kids.

We had lunch at Chick-Fil-A and stopped by PetSmart to see all the animals too. Isaac actually loves fish, I think the big aquarium tanks are just a little overwhelming to him right now for some reason. The little ones at the store are just fine. He also loves to see all of the birds, mice, hamsters, chinchillas, lizards, snakes, cats & dogs too.

That night we met up with our friend Jeff and his girlfriend Shauna at the Woodfire Grill. I forgot to get a picture, but we had a fantastic dinner. I have found the solution to keep Isaac good while out at restaurants: hand him my iPhone. He doesn't eat much, but it might be the only way we would actually get through a two hour dinner with him! The food was delicious. I had a fillet mignon wellington with snow peas, au gratin potatoes, baked mac & cheese, and Charlie & I shared a pizookie for dessert. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I wonder if I could actually make a decent wellington? I'll have to be on the lookout for a good recipe.

I can't remember if it was Jeff or Felicia that recommended the OK Cafe to us, but whoever it was: THANK YOU! There was a bit of a wait, but it was definitely worth it. The waitresses all had cute retro 50's style uniforms and were of course super friendly (as is most the city it seems), and the food was awesome. Charlie & I had veggie omelets, home fries, bacon, and buttermilk biscuits. I ordered Isaac a rolled pancake with apples & pecans, but since he wasn't that interested in eating it I had to help him out. We joked that we should just sit there for a couple hours and wait around for lunch.

Our trip home was somewhat miserable thanks to a certain 2 year old, but we did eventually make it and our bags made it too this time. Up next is our trip to London & Barcelona at the end of March. We have been looking forward to it for months, so we are praying that Isaac can cut down on his tantrums a little before then. Otherwise we might just have to leave him home with Cracker!

Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 Year in Review

Since I didn't do a very good job keeping our blog updated last year, I thought I'd try and catch up on a few things that I missed. I mostly have to rely on pictures to remember what actually happened! Maybe I'll do a better job posting in 2010.

  • We spent New Year's in Henderson with Chris & Carly and their family.
  • We took a trip to Atlanta. Charlie was there on business, while Isaac visited the Georgia Aquarium, went shopping, and enjoyed room service.
  • Isaac split his head open on the coffee table and we made a trip to Urgent Care.
  • Isaac started a program at ICEC (Intervention Center for Early Childhood).
  • Isaac & I took advantage of the warm weather & our season pass and spent some time at Disneyland.


  • Isaac had a major stomach flu and couldn't keep any food down for over a week. Charlie and I ended up with it too, but we recovered in a few days.
  • Janelle (Charlie's mom) and Cassi (our sister-in-law) came to visit for a long weekend.
  • We all went to Miami for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Charlie was working and hanging out with the Food Network stars while Isaac & I were enjoying the beach and the pool.
  • My parents moved back to Utah. Charlie broke his foot while helping with the move.
Being sick requires extra pacifiers!


  • Charlie & I hired a baby sitter (the only time we've ever done this!) and went to a 80's party for my friend Erin's 30th birthday.
  • We dog sat and spent a lot of time in the yard.
  • This is always Charlie's busiest month for work. I'm not sure what Isaac and I were doing...


  • I turned 29 and Charlie took me to lunch at the Nordstrom Cafe (one of my favorite places to eat, mostly because of their Boston Cream Cake).
  • We celebrated Easter Sunday at my aunt & uncle's house. Isaac got a fun basket from the Easter Bunny.
  • Isaac said his first word: "go."
  • We went to Hawaii! This was our third time to Kauai, where we stayed for most of the trip. We also made a day trip to Oahu to explore the island a bit and see some of the sites there. Unfortunately, we had to cut our trip a little short and come home early because...
  • Cracker broke his back. He lost the use of his back legs and was in a lot of pain. We decided to go ahead and get surgery for him to save his life. We love our dog! Our friends Sam & Sherri took care of Cracker while we were gone and took him in for surgery.

  • We celebrated Cracker's 6th birthday. He had to be on "crate rest" for several weeks after his surgery. Then we had to do physical therapy with him to help him be able to walk again.
  • Isaac was moved from the Infant program at ICEC to the Behavior program. This group is for children with behaviors & signs of autism.

  • Isaac and I made a few more trips to Disneyland.
  • We hung out with my sister & her family in Chino Hills.
  • I don't have many pictures! I guess we just enjoyed the summer and played in the water.

Isaac & his cousins Katie and Ryan


  • We ran the Woodbridge 10k for the 4th of July.
  • We took a trip to Utah for a Wood Family Reunion. We also got to visit my parents, my sisters, and my grandparents while we were there.
  • We started Isaac on a gluten free casien free (GFCF) diet.

  • We went to San Francisco for a week. Charlie had to be there for work. Isaac & I went to the Aquarium, the zoo, the beach, and the pool.
  • We celebrated Charlie's 32nd birthday while we were in San Francisco. We went to dinner downtown with some friends.
  • We also celebrated Isaac's 2nd birthday. We had a fun day at home opening presents and eating cake.
Isaac had fun feeding goats at the petting zoo in San Francisco

Charlie's 32nd Birthday Dinner

Isaac playing with his new birthday toys

  • Isaac & I got to go back to Disneyland after being blocked out for the summer months. (We really don't spend that much time at Disneyland, but I am going off pictures here & I guess I always brought my camera to Disneyland!)
  • We celebrated Labor Day by relaxing at the pool. I think we actually spent a lot of Saturdays at the pool over the summer too.
  • Isaac was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We had suspected this for quite awhile, so although it was not a shock to us, it was still very sad. I could write a lot more about Isaac & autism and all of his therapy and biomedical treatment, but I think most people who read this blog already know what we are dealing with. (If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.)

Isaac, Daylynn & Hudson at Disneyland

Isaac & Daniel get their first glimpse of Lightning McQueen in the Pixar Parade!


  • Chris (Charlie's twin brother) & Carly and their family came to visit. We had fun going to the beach, the pool, and Disneyland. Cracker made friends with their dog Oliver.
  • Charlie showed Isaac how to play games on the computer. He already learned how to use my iPhone several months earlier. Now I can't use either in his presence without him begging for a turn!
  • We went on a field trip with ICEC to the Irvine Regional Park pumpkin patch.
  • Isaac & Cracker dressed up as sharks for Halloween.
Chris, Carly, Asher & Charlie at Laguna Beach

Isaac with Jess, his speech therapist

Isaac LOVED the bounce house!


  • Charlie & I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary.
  • Charlie's parents & his brother Kelly and wife Cassi came to visit. We hosted Thanksgiving at our house, had a bonfire at the beach, ate a lot, and went on a fishing trip.
  • Isaac said his second word: "uh-oh."

Isaac's ICEC School Picture


  • After 5 months and not seeing any major improvements, we took Isaac off of the GFCF diet. Now that he can eat cheese again, he has a third word: "eeeese!"
  • We had a nice quiet Christmas at home. Isaac loved having all the decorations up and seeing Christmas lights everywhere. He loves his new car garage and his tricycle.
  • On New Year's Eve we drove to San Diego & spent the day at Sea World. Isaac had fun seeing dolphins, penguins, whales, sharks, and a polar bear. His favorite thing was the gondola ride across Mission Bay.

Isaac looking at the dolphins at Sea World

Isaac watching penguins

And I think that about wraps it up. I'm sure there are plenty of things I missed. Overall, 2009 was a good year but we certainly had our ups and downs. We are looking forward to a wonderful 2010. Happy New Year everyone!