Indiana trips always seem to fly by. We left Lima Wednesday morning and got into Kokomo around lunchtime. Bean decided she did not want to wait to Ahm & Abo's house to eat, so instead, I had to park in a parking lot to feed her. That was a first! The rest of the afternoon was spent chilling with Ahm & Sara (we even made a quick trip to Sara's school). Abo was busy with a crazy work project, but we did see him later that evening.
Thursday was a pretty big day for Bean. She got to meet another one of her "adopted grandma's" -- Mrs. B! Bean warmed up to her pretty quick and cuddled with her while mommy and Mrs. B chatted away. About the time she headed out, Gabbie & Aunt Amber showed up! Gabbie and I dove into playing with all my old Barbies while Bean shared in Aunt time. Later in the afternoon, my friend April came over and brought a friend visiting from Israel! Bean got to meet so many new people this trip!
(Mrs. B! Who would have known the lasting friendship I'd have with my 7th grade history teacher?! This lady is truly a precious gem!)
(We like to call her GranBerry, especially since she now claims Bean as her own!)
Saturday, I woke up early and was out of the house by 7am! My brother picked me up and we headed to a piano contest to judge. When I was younger, I actually participated in the contest. You go in and out of rooms and play prepared pieces according to the event (Hymns, patriotics, etc) and a judge grades your pieces. You acquire points and earn trophies throughout the years. Back in college, my teacher called me up to see if I wanted to help out and judge. I've done it off and on for the past 5 years and love it! It's neat to see the other side of the process and help kids develop their piano skills. This was going to the longest time I was going to be away from Bean. I had it all set up for my mom to just bottle feed her all day while I was gone, but during my lunch break, I decided I needed to feed Bean for my own comfort! My parents brought her and I was able to feed her while my sister filled in my judging room (She was judging, too. She was actually placed with a co-judge, so she was able to leave her room for a bit).
(Bean & Ms. Margie. Margie was my piano teacher and hasn't changed since the first time I met her! She is another one of Bean's adopted grandmas. A girl can't have too many grandmas, right?!)
As much as I did not want to leave my family in Indiana (or drive at night!), it was good to be home and out of the car. Especially since Bean felt the same way the last 30 minutes. She made her presence known in the car by lots of whining. Once we got home, she was all smiles with daddy. After some playing and cuddles with him, she got a quick bath and bedtime! Woooooohooooo!!