Friday, August 28, 2009


One of the things I really looked forward to upon quitting my job was limitless vacation! So, last week the kids and I set off on our first road trip to Tennessee to see the family. (just cuz we could!) I wasn't sure how I would handle taking the kids all by myself, but you never know until you try, right? I beautifully packed up the car the night before -- the passenger seat was organized with movies, snacks, juice cups, paper towels, and a bin of toys. We left out early the next morning and, to tell you the truth, the kids were perfect angels. We stopped 1 time in the 7 hour trip and arrived around 1:30. Honestly, I would not have even known Caleb was in the car. Every so often, I would toss a different toy back to his car seat and he was perfectly content! Now, Eveley took a little more effort -- we played about 4 hours worth of "find a match" -- this is our version of I Spy. But, nonetheless, it was a fantastic trip. (I think I deserved one after our beach trip fiasco...)

My parents now have two donkeys, a miniature pony, pigs, a garden, and -- the best feature -- 3 sweet little cousins living right next door. My brother's family lives there, and it is so fun to see the little ones playing together.




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(We couldn't convince Eveley that she was too big for this swing...)

The girls are stair steps, each born a year apart. And little Wyatt just joined the family in May. Caleb and Wyatt are exactly 5 months apart and will be best buds, I'm sure.

The kids loved the animals and the garden. And then Marmee found the coolest neighborhood park ever.



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We tirelessly tried to get a picture of the 5 grandchildren. After some threats of spankings and some promises of fruit snacks, this was the best we got!


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I think this was the first of many road trips. I pray they all go as smoothly!


Clare said...

looks like a great trip lauren!! love all of those sweet cousins together:)

Kate said...

hahaha..aww..those are 3 pretty little girls and 2 dashing young men..:) so sweet! I love those little boogers. cant wait to see them. thanks for posting pictures

Carrianna said...

O my word! They are so cute! I love the one of Caleb in the diaper swing. I'm coming home next week for a few days to see y'all! Can't wait

Anonymous said...

Those are THE sweetest babies around!

3 Peanuts said...

I am glad it went smoothly!!!