Been around the world

It’s been a little quiet over here at Loobylu for the last few weeks but that’s just because life got really busy and really interesting and updating got really hard. So we packed all our stuff in boxes and moved into Mum and Dad’s and then we packed all our clothes in suit cases and headed North — how far North? As far as Toronto via San Francisco! Four days in a hotel in Union Square (new friends, china town, jet lag, cable cars, sushi in Cole Valley, tours of Berkeley and the Golden Gate Bridge and yummy mexican food in Marin County) followed by lots of family fun in Canada. I couldn’t mention a thing about it here because the idea was to turn up as a surprise for Big-P’s parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary so they could meet little Amelia J and they sometimes drop by And were they surprised? Oh yeah! It was a wonderful vacation.

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18 Responses

  1. says:

    What a good baby. Glad to see you back safe and sound.

  2. Wow! That is quite a trip to make with a tiny baby…
    I wonder if as the web becomes more and more pervasive, bloggers will need to be more careful about what they put out to be read by anyone.

    Some people have already been fired (, for instance) for writing things online about their work.

  3. It was quite a trip to make with the wee babe… but she impressed me so much with her adaptability which I had never given her credit for in the past. I was spending too much time being careful and sticking to a routine. But she did fine with weird new food and upside down sleeps. She got a cold but kept smiling and waving to everyone regardless.
    If ever planning to travel with a small child, give United Airlines a miss. Their customer service was incredibly disappointing.

  4. Welcome back Claire, Big-P and Amelia J!

  5. When I flew to Australia, I noticed that the babies were handling the long flight better than the adults! Welcome back!

  6. Very happy to hear that SARS did not deter you from visiting Toronto. It’s been such a strange year for this city.

  7. How exciting to hear that you were in my neck of the woods (San Francisco)!
    Glad to see you back online 🙂

    Sigh of relief…

  8. Claire,It’s great to hear your trip overseas went well, with li’l babe and all. I’m in the midst of planning a trip overseas with husband and baby girl in December and would like to know how you coped during the long flight. My little girl will be less than 2 years old by then. Did you bring Amelia’s own car seat? Or did the airline provide a bassinet? I don’t think a bassinet would work for my baby who likes to get around yet the car seat is too bulky to tag along on a long trip. We are taking a four hour plane ride next month to Chicago so I guess that will be our test run for the overseas trip. Any tips you may have will help. Thanks.

  9. i know what you mean, i’ve surprised family on one of those trips once and it was worth the 24 hours in flight. glad you had a good vacation, welcome home!

  10. Hello!!any good baby picts from the trip???

  11. So glad you made it to Toronto and made good on the surprise. Looking forward to the holiday stories.

  12. says:

    Yes, pictures pls!

  13. I stop by after a long time away from your blog, and this is the first thing I read?? OMG! The infamous Loobylu was in Toronto and I didn’t know about it until after the fact?! I’m so, so deeply disappointed. Well, that figures.
    I hope you thought more of the Tronna (T.O.) hospitality than you did of the airline’s. We do so love to host guests in this city. You will have to post about your favourite part of being in my city. 🙂

  14. Lilly, we didn’t actually spend a bunch of time in T.O. as P’s family leave about an hour away from there. We went through the airport and that’s it… I love Canada though, it’s really similar to Australia.

  15. Yeah, my friend is from Perth, and she lived in a flat above me in the east side of Tranna (Toronto in slang). We had loads to do together in this town, and we had lots of laughs… till she went home for a visit one year and promptly announced that she met someone on the last leg of her trip in NZ while visiting her Aussie mates and that she was packing up to move to his farm down there. I was shocked but happy for her. One day she will be married into one of – if not *the* – wealthiest farming families in that country. (His family owns something like all of the middle and half of the top portion of the country’s agriculture land.) Needless to say she is deliriously happy. 😉
    So, if you didn’t stay in T.O., where did you go instead? Was it some small hick town? We have loads of those here just on the fringe of the GTA.

    I hope you had fun!

  16. suprise trips are the best 🙂

  17. says:

    hi So glad you got home safely. You are probably enjoying the calm again after the chaos. It was so so wonderful seeing you all. til next time

  18. Welcome back, Claire!