Saturday, July 10, 2010

In California


This may be incoherent, since it is now 11:30pm Eastern time and I have been awake since 4:00am. We have made it to California, checked into the Annenberg apartments at USC, and are currently in Oxnard with family.

The flights were uneventful (the coloring sheets, DVD player, Yogos dispenser, and foil stars were the best toys on this flight). Nolan's car seat didn't let him use the tray table because it sat too high, and it pushed him forward so that he could use "kicking the seat of the passengers in front of us" as his main form of entertainment. We gate checked the car seat in Vegas, hoping to abate some of the kicking behavior. Nolan was not thwarted, however, and proceeded to slide under the seat belt up to his armpits to kick the seat in front of him. Luckily the lady in front of us was hung over and just thought the flight had a lot of turbulence- there are some small mercies in life.

Matt went with the grandparents to Oxnard as planned, and Dennis and I drove with Nolan to the apartments. They're only about 20 minutes from LAX, so it wasn't a very long drive. Nolan crashed in the car, and we carried a sleepy Nolan up to the front doors of the lobby. There is a call box, and Nolan drooled on our shoulders as we scrolled through the options to get the John Tracy Clinic and pressed "Call." The housing assistant was extremely nice, and set us up with a laundry card, access cards, and parking permit. Apparently, the access cards aren't working consistently right now, but this shouldn't be a problem since the housing assistant(s) are available to let people into the building as needed. Dennis did accidentally tear the parking permit, so we had to do some "emergency surgery" with tape to fix it!

The apartment looks great- there are two bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen with a full sized oven/stove and refrigerator. There were also two adorable knitted teddy bears- one for Matt, and one for Nolan (complete with a knitted hearing aid)! Honestly, John Tracy is amazing, and we haven't even started the program yet!


I really need to get some sleep, so I'm off to catch some sleep before tomorrow's orientation. I will attempt to update as I am able!

9 comments:

Lucas'Mommy said...

Can't wait to "meet" you tomorrow! So funny about the kicking the seat in front of Nolan. That's all Lucas did too. It was so annoying!!!! We are also settled. The swipe cards are working now! You can get into the parking area too. See you tomorrow!

Kimmy K said...

So jealous!!! Glad y'all made it ok. I got a little tear in my eye when I read about the bears for both boys and the included hearing aids!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Yay! Glad the flights went so well!

Julie

rouchi said...

Love to read all your updates, how do manage it?!! I am trying hard to manage after my return from India.I have to give updates of last 1 month where Prisha's paternal Grandpa passed away.I still am trying to put myself together.Look fwd to more updates and things that we can use too.All the best.

Julia said...

Welcome to JTC! I'm glad the travel was fairly smooth. Enjoy, and keep us posted on everything you discover. I'm looking forward to a personal debriefing once you're back in our territory. Oh, and it's supposed to be hot and humid here all week, so you're in the right place!

Krystal said...

Have a blast!!! Can't wait to hear all the great things to come!

susannah said...

so fun!!! i'm jealous!

tammy said...

Yay! Glad your trip was uneventful too (just left the same comment on Lucas' page). What is it with little ones and wanting to kick the seat in front of them?? All three of mine are seasoned travelers, and each one of them did this each.and.every.time we flew. Not fun for mom. Can't wait to hear about your JTC adventures!!

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

So glad you made it! Let the adventure begin!