Tuesday, November 10, 2015

We all missed each other like crazy.

This month we spent a week apart, while John John was attending a conference on the East Coast. It was his first experience away from Jack too, and my first week long experience with the babe alone. 

While dad was away we kept ourselves busy and on the go. Swings, parks, shopping... we did it all.

We all survived. We all were very productive. We all missed each other like crazy. 

It was an interesting phenomenon though. When John John passed through the security point, my heart immediately ached for his safe return, but my love for him grew x 10 at the same time.  I don't feel like I take our relationship for granted. 

I feel like true love magnifies when your environment and routine change. 

Our routines completely changed and there were millions of cities in between us. So, we made every effort to continue our progression as a family - millions of Jack photos were sent - prayers were spoken over the phone - Facetime was initiated - and kind words were the focus of our conversations. 
Though we were over 2000 mile apart, we figured out a way to actively participate and appreciate the other all week long, and in the end we were even happier to be the Donaghy Duo with our babe, Jack.

Cheeks for dayz.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Donaghy Duo and their babe in Utah.

We ventured to Utah a few weeks ago for a wedding and fun as the Donaghy clan, party of three. Jack was quite the traveler, cooperating with us on our flights, car time and wedding shenanigans. Our vacation was beyond fun and rejuvenating. Breathing air beyond your own city limits is a wise practice. We recommend it.

Alaska Airlines... we love your new planes. Thank you for adding more leg room.  

Our trip had some sweet elements with the introduction to the newest member of our extended family, James. He and Jack are only 6 weeks apart, so needless to say we talked about babies and all their funny quarks frequently.

Utah held the Winter Olympics many years ago, and Park City continues to share those landmarks with tourists. We were intrigued with the Alpine Olympic Park, its activities and history. Snow is the "White Gold" for the state of Utah.

Our initial plan to fly down to Utah was to celebrate our dear friends wedding, Briggs and Becca. They are two of our favorite people. Since they were married in the Salt Lake City Temple, we were able to see our beloved missionary, Carly, and introduce her to Jack. He's a new addition to our family since her departure, and the pictures capture a fraction of the sweet surprise he was to her. You could say he had her at hello ( : tears and all. 

 We may not have convinced Jack that this whole traveling thing is for his own good, but we hope he'll learn that supporting people you love and making efforts to celebrate with them on grand moments like their wedding day bind your friendships even more and create lasting memories.