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Thursday, December 29, 2011

It's Worth Sharing

Hello Blog Readers.
I plan on blogging about Christmas very soon, and how awesome it was celebrating with June, but before I get to that wonderful holiday I feel its worth mentioning the HELL (pardon the language) we went through to get to Canada and back to Texas.

We booked our tickets on Cheaptickets.com in July to make the expense of flying international a little cheaper and so that there wouldn't be any problems when it was time to fly. We wanted to make traveling during the holiday's a little easier since we would have June and Ranger with us.

(Call #1) December 12th comes and in order to fly with a dog you have to call and make a reservation for the pet. Our flight schedule was fly up to Canada with Continental airlines and fly home with American airlines. I called Continental on the 12th to reserve a spot for Ranger. The agent on the phone told me that there was a problem with our tickets, that they have June and me as an adult and Dan as the infant. The Agent said it shouldn't be a problem?!?? Really?!?! So she said we can book your dog a ticket, but I didn't have my credit card at the time so I had to call back.

(Call #2)December 13th: I call Continental with my credit card number for Rangers ticket and the agent then said there was a problem with the tickets (Same story I heard already), but this time she said that there was nothing Continental could do and that we would have to call Cheaptickets.com to fix the problem, and we would also have to call American airline to fix the problem for the flight home.

(Call #3) December 13th: Call Cheaptickets.com they said that their records show that all the names are correct and that it is a continental issue and that they couldn't solve the problem themselves.... (I said a swear word at this point)

(Call #4) December 13th: I call Continental and they say the exact same thing... (I Hung up on the agent)
-Dan takes over at this point-

(Call #5) December 14th: Dan calls Cheaptickets again. They call Continental. The agent from cheaptickets said that the problem is solved and that June is now the infant and Dan and I are shown as adults... FANTASTIC.

(Call #6) December 21st/22nd: 10:30p.m. I first Call American airline to confirm that the information shows correctly on their side. It does... I also book a reservation for Ranger. Confirmed. I then call continental to confirm and make a reservation for Ranger. They said I couldn't because June is showing as the adult and Dan the infant and they can't solve the problem. I said another bad word.. or two...or three... I am on the phone with continental until 3:30 in the morning. We got a free ticket and everything it resolved.

(Call #7) December 22nd: I call American airlines again to CONFIRM Ranger and that our tickets are correct. The agent GUARANTEED ALL information was correct.

December 22nd: Go to the airport. Our tickets can't print because June is the adult and Dan is the infant (SHOCKER!!) Good thing we arrived early. Took an extra hour! Get through security.
Flight is delayed 15min.... 30 min.... 1 hour.... 1 1/2 hours.... Its finally here. We fly on the WORST and LOUDEST PLANE EVER! I made a video of how loud it was. I can't wait to share it.

We arrive with about a half hour to make it to our connecting flight. The gate agent tells us that we wouldn't make it and that she rebooked us for the next flight out. Great! That gives us an extra hour to get something to eat and stretch out legs. She said we just need to go to the gate agent at the other flight to get our tickets... About six of us go over there and that agent hadn't heard a thing. At this point we had missed our flight with no connecting flight in site.
3 Continental managers later everyone gets a ticket but us.... Why you ask? Because our child is showing as an Adult and Dan as a child. They re-worked out tickets, hand wrote one of them and we made the flight...
4 hours later than we should have.. We arrive in Canada. We go to get the carseat from cabside check in... They haven't seen a carseat. (They accidently checked it.) Had to wait.

We watch all the luggage come out. Of course none of ours. Our luggage was lost. They said it would arrive on the next flight... Our luggage missed that flight and didn't arrive in Canada until about 8:00pm the next night. My Birthday. With a baby you can't just go without things so we had to go buy Everything!!!


COMING HOME:
Go Check in. Oh what? June is the Adult and Dan the infant? I haven't heard that before. Remember I called to confirm that it was all correct. We are holding up the line and American Airlines computer goes down. We have an hour before our flight leaves and we still have customs and security to go through. We FINALLY get it all worked out and then they tell us that Ranger might not be able to fly because there are to many pets on board. I MADE A FRIKIN RESERVATION!!! I had to walk away and Dan took over because I was embarrassing him. FINALLY! with ANOTHER hand written ticket and ANOTHER delayed flight we made it.
Thanks goodness we had a direct flight. Range had enough and wasn't so good on the plane. June was an angel and slept the whole time! That helped. Our luggage did make and we are now home safe and sound.
I have never been through that horrible of an experience. I feel really bad for the rude comments and bad language but I was in the heat of the moment and I am hoping that I'm forgiven.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

June hits 2 months


Dear June,

You have hit your 2 months old mark. Say what?!? Oh how you have changed just in the past two months. I love it and hate it all at the same time. It’s so fun watching you grow and see more of a little personality come out, but it’s hard to not have you be a newborn anymore. You are still in some newborn clothes, mostly the onesies. You’re practically in 3-6mo pants because your legs are so long. Even the pediatrician can’t get over how long your legs are.

You’re so funny at the things you do. We bought you a swing this month because your dad and I both got so tired of bouncing you so hard in your bouncer that we needed something that would move you automatically. Though you prefer your bouncer the swing keeps you moving. You LOVE to move. We practically hit the floor when bouncing you in your bouncer and the swing has to be going full speed in order to keep you happy. We think your going to love roller coasters and crazy rides when you get older just because of how vigorously you love to move.

I think that it’s safe to say you officially sleep through the night. You will take a nap around 8p.m wake up at about 10p.m for one last feeding frenzy and then your out until about 7 or 8a.m. You do still have a random fussy time for about an hour at night, but its alright, it gives me an excuse to just hold you without having to worry about anything else.

You’re really lazy when it comes to tummy time. You really don’t try at all. I would be concerned about your neck if you weren’t already holding it on your own, but you seem to be doing just fine. Tummy time just makes you fall asleep, or you start getting upset, so tummy time doesn’t last that long.

The pacifier still isn’t happening. You will take it if your hungry and I keep holding it while in your mouth, but as soon as I let go, you spit it out. I know you really hate it because you are gagging on it any other time I try to give it to you other than when your hungry. So, no pacifier success.

You are smiling so much more now. Your Dad can get you smiling so much. I no longer think it’s the gas bubbles. I really think you are a happy baby. I’m glad you are smiling more now, before you had a natural frown on your face and you were always giving people dirty looks. I prefer the smiles.

Your Dad and I are so excited for your first Christmas. You have your very own passport and we can’t wait to show you off in Canada. You are only 8 weeks old, but we wrapped your gifts and got you stocking stuffers. We couldn’t resist. It’s going to be so fun!! We will see how you handle the freezing cold. I’m just praying you don’t get sick.

Well that is really all I wanted to share for your 2-month update. Time is flying by way to quickly, but I’m trying to capture as much as your life as I can to remember my favorite little things. You’re my favorite little person. I love you more than words could ever explain.

Love you my 2 -month old Juniper.

Love Mom.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Blessed

A little late, I know, but I am finally getting to it.

We blessed June over Thanksgiving weekend in Idaho. The reason for doing it in Idaho is because all my family was there for Thanksgiving and it was easier for Dan's family to drive from Canada rather than fly. So we got permission from our bishop here in Texas and permission from my homeward back in Idaho.
It was such an amazing day. It is a day that really makes you realize the blessings you have in your life and how powerful it is to have a husband who holds the priesthood and that he can give our daughter a blessing. Dan did a great job and spoke from the heart. It was so amazing sitting in the pulpit surrounded by family and friends and hearing him bless our little girl. We were able to write down her blessing and plan to give it it her when she is older. I'm so grateful for all those who came and thankful for my in laws for making the drive all the way down to Rexburg.

By the end of the day, June was worn out. It's so true how cranky babies can get when they get out of routine. She was completely pooped! I don't blame her though, I would be too after being passed around so much. It was kinda nice though because she slept through the night.

We had a lot of family traditions for her blessing. The dress she wore was from the Lancaster side. All the granddaughters have been blessed in this dress and than Grandma Lancaster embroiders their name and the day they were born in it. Such a fun tradition! Than she wore the booties that every granddaughter on the Cheney side have worn. My aunt and uncles were blessed in these booties and now the grandchildren. I love that we have all these traditions that I really hope it continues.


4 Generations.


It was an even greater day because of all the hard work of my mom. June loves her grandma. She really knows her.


The great men in June's life. I love how June is curled up in Dan's arms. She is just way to precious!

I love her. I love her dad. I love the gospel. The end.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Welcome to Parenthood.

I feel like tonight Dan and I experienced parenthood for the first time. June has been such a good baby and pretty easy that we feel our lives have gone on as normal, so we thought that we would push our luck and attempt going to a movie. We planned ahead and I fed her right before we went to the movie so that she would be so drunk on milk she would fall asleep and be snuggled in my arms for the movie. Well like I said, Parenthood happened. Dan was a trooper and took me to Twilight, Breaking Dawn. We sat at the very top and sort of on the end so we could stand and bounce June if necessary, but right at the last minute a stupid couple came and sat at the very end, like the worst seats in the show house so we thought no one would sit there. We figured it would be ok though. June slept through all the previews, but as soon as that opening scene started... eyes wide open and grunting. I am super paranoid about June making noises in places that babies really shouldn't be because I remember what it was like to have a baby being loud and rolling my eyes saying "why bring a child to a movie?" I now understand.

I felt bad for the couple sitting next to us, Dan was the best and took June out hoping she would fall back asleep.
He came back in...
She woke up...
He went back out...
I went out....
I came back in....
Dan came back in....
She woke up....
Dan went back out....
Dan STAYED OUT.
I watched the entire twilight movie by myself. I smiled and thought yep this is now our lives.
I came out of the movie theater and there was Dan just sitting there with June passed out in his arms and a smile on his face. We were thinking the exact same thing.

Welcome to parenthood.

*On a good note. One of the theater workers saw Dan out in the hall. She felt bad for Dan that he was out in the hall the whole time and gave us a free movie pass for the next time, which I'm not really sure when that will be.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

My Newborn

June's Newborns brought to you by Brooke Rasmussen and Megan Porter, Staring June Lancaster.
When I uploaded them some photos changed color weirdly. Not sure why. I'm struggling with the blog lately.

I HEART HER!