I am in the car at this moment sitting in the back with an 11 week old and an almost 2-year-old (tomorrow is his birthday). We are on the way home from North Carolina where we visited Ben's grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins. It was a quick trip we planned at the last minute. This side of the family are not travelers so we knew for them to meet LB we needed to head up to see them. Since I only have about a week at Christmas, we decided summer would be our best option. I have to admit I was not looking forward to this trip too much. I was dreading the 11 hour drive that would only be separated by 2 days of visiting.
However, it was a great trip! Since it was so short we didn't do any type of vacationing, but rather just visiting with family. Both of the kids were EXCELLENT on the way to North Carolina. I am so thankful. And currently this trip back home as been just as good. No tears, screaming or tantrums. N had me cracking up before we stopped for lunch because we could tell how extremely bored he was as he started making various animal noises in between asking, 'I get out?' in the sweetest persuasive voice he has. He is such a great traveler. I just remembered I had downloaded an episode of Barney to my iPad during last year's tornado season in case we were stuck in the tornado shelter for a long period of time, so he is watching Barney as we speak happy as could be.
stringing beans with DD
We were able to visit with both Ben's grandparents, the kids' great-grandparents. We had N an early birthday party of sorts last night. As usual I was much more excited than him. :) ONE DAY his excitement will catch up.... one day! He wasn't really catching on until we sang 'Happy Birthday' and then he joined along very excitedly... still not realizing it was HIS birthday, ha! They have parties all the time at school for his classmates so he knows the song. Tuesday when he goes to school it will be his day :)
LB got to meet her cousin whom she is named after (middle name). A sweet sweet lady.
We tried to get great-granddaddy to blow a birthday horn with N, but he would have nothing of it. Everyone sing with me, "Every party has a pooper that's why we invited you.... party pooper..... that's you!" ha! Noah loved making sure he had his cane though.
It was fun none-the-less :) Ben's mom came with us and she had a good time visiting her family as well even though she comes up here much more frequently than we do. We've been lucky just to get up there every other year.
LB did NOT like her birthday hat!