Tuesday, September 17, 2013

We survived our trip to Iowa/Illinois!

{I might never drive again}

We had grand plans to drive through the night.... but the kids had other plans.  We left at 10:00pm, Gavin was passed out and was transferred into his car seat without a problem.  Emily, was wide awake when I picked her up out of her crib and would not fall back asleep in the car.  We finally stopped to get a hotel room at around 1:00am.  Except Emily didn't like this particular hotel (I don't blame her, it was creepy) so we got our money back and left.  We drove for a couple more hours and at that point, Emily was crying and had woken Gavin up so we tried another hotel.  This one was much better and we got E to sleep at about 4am.

The second half of the trip wasn't the best, but what can expect with two little ones in a car for that long?

The actual visit with my family was fantastic! 

Emily had a blast playing with her cousins....

throwing an airplane off the deck was the best time!

they got lots of loving from their Aunts and Uncles....

too many kisses!

Aunt Niki

Aunt Julie

Aunt Kelsey
Uncle Randl

and their Grandparents

Grandma Regina

Grandpa Mark

and even great grandpa!

Great Grandpa Joe

We went to an apple orchard and had a hay rack ride

My brother Randl and sister Julie had everyone over for a bonfire and cookout and we had such a good time. 

We celebrated all of the September birthdays

Happy birthday Hannah, Kelsey, Steve, Niki, and John!!

I even got to sneak away with my sisters for a pedicure!

The trip home was much like the trip there and we were all happy to be home last night.  G was so happy to be home that he started crawling!!

We are in trouble now!


  1. Well, we won't be driving at night since Aiden and Em have similar car riding personalities. I'm just so excited you had a great time. The kids looked so excited happy with all the attention. Glad you are home safely and amazing that Gavin waited until you got home to crawl! I think he will be walking/running soon!

  2. Honestly the drive there sounds like a straight up nightmare. SO sorry my friend.

    But it looks like such a fun time once you got there! I am glad the kids got to play with their cousins and you got some sister time.

    And crawling?? I don't even know about that...

  3. Oh man, I don't envy you one bit with the drive. BUT I do commend you for even attempting it! I'm glad everyone had a great time, and it looks like you got a lot of good, quality family time in. And I can't believe that boy is old enough to be crawling! This time nonsense needs to slooooow dowwwwwn.

  4. I am happy that the awesome time you had while there hopefully made up for an insane drive. I am guessing you won't be making the trip again next month? Your pictures are all great!

  5. Holy moly, you are so brave for making that drive! I was nervous about the four hour drive we made recently with just one toddler. I'm glad the trip was worth it!

  6. Oh my gosh, that drive!!! Like others said, you are BRAVE. We struggle once we get over the two hour mark... or even 1 1/2 sometimes! :/ I am glad that everything was fantastic when you got there though. It looks like Emily cheered up quickly once she was with her cousins and other family. So many beautiful photos of your trip!

    Cannot believe Gavin!! When did he grow up!?!?


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