22,431 Miles Traveling With a Toddler

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January was the time to take Jordi on his first big trip.  Two weeks to be primarily spent in China and Burma. Nothing we wouldn’t do before Jordi, so why change things now?

Breaking down the flights makes it look daunting.  22,431 miles flown around the world on 13 flights and 9 different airlines.  But don’t worry, we did it in as much style as possible.

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Now lots of folks thought we were crazy taking a 17 month old on a trip like this.  While there were no doubt many unknowns, in the end it was a beautiful thing.  While we missed Zizou, it was fantastic to spend a solid two weeks together without work and daycare in the way.

This kicks off the trip report for this jaunt…

Voting Day

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I posted a photo of my ballot four years ago, but I don't think anyone will be surprised at what I'm up to this year on the Presidential front.  What I am excited about this year is voting in support of Referendum 74 that would legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state.

Two related points...

One.  While I credit Scouting for so much in my life, I am disappointed by the Boys Scouts of America's continued policy excluding openly gay members (which I certainly acknowledge to be within their legal rights).  I'm not the first to do this, but today I'm dropping a letter and my Eagle badge in the mail back to the BSA.  Hopefully they will have matured by the time it is Jordi's turn to be a Cub Scout.

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Two.  There was a time when I used to work for warm and fuzzy nonprofits, but I have unabashedly since sold out.  This video makes me proud to work for the world's largest online travel agency:

 

Forward!

Palouse

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What almost ten month old doesn't want to go on a vacation visiting wheat and legume fields?  For the long Memorial Day weekend, we headed off to the southeastern corner of the state to visit the Palouse.  Big shout out to Aunt Alex for coming from eastern Idaho to meet us.


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On the way to the Holiday Inn Express Pullman, we made a stop at Palouse Falls State Park—it's a ~45 minute detour but well worth a quick look as this waterfall is seemingly in the middle of nowhere.  Completely unexpected. 

 

Outside of Colfax, WA we started to get our first looks at the fields of green:

 

Washington State Cougars will recognize where Jordi munched on some breadsticks:

 

The next morning we hit up Kamiak Butte State Park for an excellent 3.5 mile loop trail with some nice views out to the fields.  This was the longest/steepest jaunt to date with Jordi riding in the backpack.

As is standard after any Klugusamy hike, we grabbed some burgers and shakes after our descent.  This time from another Pullman mainstay—Cougar Country Drive In.

Final destination of the trip was Steptoe Butte State Park which provides some nice 360 views after a steep drive up.  If you poke around online for photos of this area, you'll see just how spectacular it can be in the early morning sunrise and sunset hours with nice light. We weren't quite nimble enough on this trip to work around those hours, but this will at least give you a flavor.

Thanks to Alex for wrangling one or the other of our two boys most of the weekend.

One Quarter of One Year

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Yesterday marked three months with Jordi Leif, so to celebrate, we weighed him.  This boy weighs a whopping 16 pounds, 2 ounces and measures 2 feet 2 inches!

 

He christened his frequent flier account (6,440 miles in the bank to date) and passport last month with a visit to our friends in Toronto followed by a lovely week with family & friends in Michigan. 

 

 

The trip also resulted in colds for both of us (another first for Jordi!), so it’s been a pretty quiet week since our return.  With less than a month of maternity leave ahead, we’ll hopefully get back to the fun tomorrow. 

Jordi

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It took 41 weeks and 5 days, but at 5:49pm on August 5th Jordi Ponnusamy was born.  For those keeping score: 8 pounds 9 ounces spread across 21 inches.

After a couple days and sleepless nights filled with contractions, we arrived at Puget Sound Birth Center at 1pm yesterday and were back home with Jordi precisely four hours after his birth.  Amazing.

First, we'll say that the Eastside Midwives team at PSBC were amazing—can't recommend them enough.  Second, Penny Simkin's birthing classes were invaluable.  Lastly, I'll shout out Lillie.  She popped a couple Advil when it was all said and done, but that's it.  Super proud of her for going the all natural route.  It was quite an experience to be a part of.

We'll be spending the next few weeks hanging out as a family.  And in two weekends, it's Jordi's first vacation—we'll be meeting up with our University of Chicago crew in Ronald, WA.  Should be an adventure.

We promise not to turn this into a baby blog, but please allow us to indulge for a little bit with some photos below!