One especially great item is a 'learning tower'; an adjustable height podium from which Noelle can observe all of the kitchen action. She likes it so much that she doesn't just stand in it, but hangs out in there as well!
Hanging out in the learning tower
Friday was a recovery/rest day. Since it was raining most of the day, Noelle got to know the inside of her new 'kingdom' very well. Here, she is digging in the pantry for hidden treasure (applesauce was the big find):
Playing pantry survivor
Today was the big, whirl-wind Midwest tour. The plan was to go down to Indian to visit Great-grandma and grandpa Brock and then stop in Illinois on the way home to pickup Great-grandma case for an overnight visit. How does one little baby accomplish this in one day, you may ask? With Grandpa's brand new, super luxurious Piper Meridian airplane, of course!
Getting settled in the plane
What would have been 10 hours of driving time is reduced to less than 2 hours of total flying time. Now, that's the way to travel! Noelle was a wonderful traveler, again. She didn't have a single melt-down all day, being dragged to all of these strange places. She even spent most of the second flight laughing hysterically!
Master Pilot - AKA Grandpa
Once on the ground in Indiana, it was all 'play play play' with only brief stops for lunch and then a nap.
Best of all, she got to meet her great-grandma for the first time, and see her great-grandpa who hadn't seen her since she was three months old.
Great-grandma and Great-grandpa Brock!
The greatness just kept coming. Noelle's Uncle David made the drive from Louisville, KY to meet us in Indiana and visit with her as well! You'd think there was a limit to how much wonderful attention one baby could absorb, but Noelle hasn't hit it yet!
Uncle David, you are tall!
After a quick stop in IL to pickup Great-grandma Case we were soon back home in WI and it was time to say good bye to the very special, very fancy mode of transportation. Noelle is now officially 'spoiled' =)
Bye Bye, airplane