Well we are back from our big trip to visit the Oregon family. We had a wonderful time visiting with everyone and enjoying the charms of small towns. The one tough spot was napping. In five hours down and six hours back (we hit traffic on the way home) the baby did not sleep one skinny wink. Several times we saw her start to nod and rub her eyes, and then she would actually begin pinching and slapping herself to stay awake! I absolutely could not believe my eyes! I guess she really, really did not want to miss one single moment.
Nevertheless, she was a superb travelling companion in every other way. She really seemed to enjoy seeing everybody, and all the new places were clearly very interesting. Perhaps her favorite part was being able to see the train station out the tenth floor window of our hotel. She watched the "choo-choos" with great enthusiasm and would run to pull the curtains back whenever she heard the whistle blow. I even heard her falling asleep one night saying "choo choo choo choo" in the tiniest, sleepiest, limpest little voice imaginable. Luckily we found a wooden train engine at the holiday market to help commemorate our trip.