My mom was going out of town so we offered to take my aunt to the airport the night we were going to leave. We packed the car, gave the kids hair cuts and got them ready for bed. We left late at night so they would sleep through the night. I swear, driving with two kids, I totally recommend driving at night. There is less traffic and they will sleep! It's heaven. Anyhoo. We arrive at my aunt's house in GA the next morning. Our plan was to stay there for the day, let M sleep and leave that night around bed time again. The kids had a GREAT time playing with their favorite Aunt. She of course loved spending all of the time with them. They were allowed to run around and be loud, play on tractors and such. We were also able to set up some cans and shoot our .22s. I've never been able to do something like this and was looking forward to it. I must say, I'm a REALLY good shot. First time, got all 5 cans without missing one! How cool am I??? I think M was pretty impressed. :) Made me feel pretty good.
|Kids playing in my Aunt's barn with the tractors and Pretty Girl being silly|
After we ate dinner, we got the kids ready for bed again and headed out. We made it to the Kentucky border before Pretty Girl decided to wake up and start screaming. Literally screaming. We had to stop at Exit 11 (the same exit as M's college) and get a hotel room for the night. We weren't planning on that, but you have to plan for the unexpected when your little one won't sit in the car without screaming. The next morning we headed out again. Stopped for lunch and hit Cabela's when we reached Michigan. Every trip up there we have to stop at least once. Even if it's just to look. We arrived at my dad's around 8pm. It felt great getting out of the truck for more than an hour. :)
|Top left Pretty girl trying to get comfy in the car, Bottom L and top right at Cabela's, Bottom right Pretty girl mastering the stairs and of course my daddy and the kids|
|Left- Pretty girl at the park and sitting in my dad's seat at work. Right-Pretty girl being silly and Booger asleep in the truck|
While visiting with my dad, we were able to visit Greenfield Village. It is run and owned by Ford. It's really cool. It's set up as an old time town. You are able to ride a train around the village as well as a Model T! How cool is that???? M and I could have spent an entire day just walking around and seeing everything, but my dad wasn't that big into it, so after the Model T ride, the train ride and lunch, he was ready to go to the Museum. It was interesting, but not as interesting as the village. Ah well. We will just have to go back another time.
|TRAINS! M and the kids on the train and M and the kids in a life size doll house at Greenfield Village|
|Left- HUGE train, Booger and I on the Carousel. Right Wiener mobile and Booger on the carousel|
While up in Michigan we were able to see some of my family that I don't get to see too often. I got to visit with my Aunt Sandy, which made me super happy. She hadn't met Pretty Girl yet. We also got to see my cousin, who is like a brother to me. We also just relaxed and enjoyed time with my dad. It was a great trip and of course was over WAY too soon.
On our way home we stopped in Tennessee to visit one of M's really close friend from college. It was great getting to finally meet him and his wife. I had heard so many stories that it was nice to put a person with the stories. They also have two kids who are about the same age as our kids. They took us to their pool, we ate lunch and Pretty Girl passed out on their floor she was so tired. We left around dinner time and headed back home. We made it back to FL by early morning on the 4th. M went straight to bed and I unpacked the truck.
|At the pool (please don't mind me in a bathing suit) and bottom is Pretty girl asleep on the floor|
It was a great trip, too much driving for my taste, but I'm still glad we were able to do it. Maybe the next time we will be able to fly. It's just soooo expensive as a family of four. :( I wish I could see my daddy more. Maybe I can convince him to come visit more. I got spoiled while M was deployed because my dad came down about every two months or so to stay and help me out. It was awesome seeing him so often.
Anyhoo. I love being home and around my own stuff, but I do miss living up there. Then I remember the winters and I'm happy where we are, plus my mom lives here I'm not sure I could move away from her again.