The kids love visiting C's family in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and the once a year trek to the Southwest to visit my family. While we travel to PA/NJ 6 or 7 times each year, we only get to the Southwest once a year especially now that we have so many kids. This year we decided to go in April rather than July because we needed to begin our search for a house. The children don't know yet but we are planning to move in mid-summer. They love visiting with my sister and her family and we were excited to introduce Milagro to my mom and the rest of the family. Our flight was relatively uneventful and the kids traveled extremely well. They usually do and we feel blessed that whenever there are screaming or obnoxious kids on a flight or in a restaurant they are NEVER ours. Despite their troubles they have learned how to behave appropriately in public settings and it is a rare occurence when one of them does live up to these standards. The flight crew was quite impressed with the kids and kept commenting on how well behaved and polite they were. It made us proud. Let's hope it continues.
We went straight to the hotel to check in and dropped off one kid at my sister's for the night but since it was the middle of the night we stayed for only a few minutes. The following day my mom arrived and was warmly greeted by the three older kids. Milagro has been in the throws of separation anxiety so I was quite concerned that she would reject my sister and mother's attentions. I should have known the power of grandma. While she has refused to go into anyone's arms for the past 2 months and cried the moment she thinks C or I are leaving her, she totally suprised us with her response to my mom. My mom said "where is my baby?" and stretched her arms out to Milagro. Milagro took one look at her, then at us, went to my mom, nestled her head and body into grandma's arms and neck and they hung in there for what seemed an eternity. It was as if they had known each other forever! True love at first sight!