I have been on vacation since Saturday, and have totally enjoyed every second so far. I was able to spend quite a bit of time with my older brother who currently is living in Rome…. I also have had the opportunity to switch up Liam’s nap schedule a bit and get him to a point where he has slept through the night for the last two nights!
Everyone should now stop reading to do a happy dance with me!
So Tuesday started the halfway point of my vacation and I was feeling pretty darn good. So good I decided to tempt fate by packing up Liam and the three dogs for a road trip to Grammy and Grampy F’s house!
I am still not sure I wasn’t totally insane to take this on, but we did it! So let’s start at the beginning of the story.
On Monday my husband and I became an aunt and uncle for the 18th time! A little yet to be named boy joined our extra large family. So Tuesday’s road trip was with purpose, I drove across the state to bring Liam to visit his grandparents and so that I could visit the new little guy (and put in my two cents about what his name should be). I packed up the night before because I have found with one (and sometimes two) young children the only way to keep my sanity is to plan for every possible scenario ahead of time and pack accordingly. So we packed up one bag for Liam and another bag for the dogs. The dog bag had surprisingly similar items in it to Liam’s:
- Food in both bags
- Treats for the dogs and snacks for Liam (and Momma)
- Favorite toys in both bags
- Changes of clothing for Liam, leashes and collars for the dogs
- Diapers for Liam and poop bags for the dogs
Tuesday morning we woke up an hour late, but that couldn’t put a damper on my mood… Liam (and therefore Momma) slept through the night!
We left the house for our 2.5 hour drive without stops at 10 am, and arrived at the Grandparent’s at 1 (yes.. there ended up being stops). One of my favorite things about the drive to my husband’s parent’s house is the scenery. If you haven’t had the time to visit New Hampshire you should take a vacation here someday. While we are lucky enough to live in the seacoast area, which is beautiful in its own right and certainly has plenty of activities for young families to enjoy, the Lake’s Region of the state is probably my favorite place. While I wouldn’t necessarily want to live there away from so many conveniences (I really can’t fathom living more than 5 minutes away from Target) it is one of my favorite places to visit. I also strongly prefer swimming in a lake to the (freezing cold) ocean. So we stopped for snacks for Momma at a New England staple… Dunkin Donuts, and then stopped for snack for Liam at a scenic overlook to enjoy the awesomeness that is the Lake’s Region of New Hampshire.
Now I will admit that I did not take these pictures, my SIL who drove up the day before with my camera took these. I am so happy she did! I always go up on sunny days (there are a ton of hiking trails in the vicinity that lead to even more awesome overlooks of the lake) and I never get a chance to capture the haunting beauty of a rainy/foggy day on the lake. The drive itself was surprisingly uneventful. My sweet boy played with his dolls in the back. The dogs took turns playing musical chairs. Momma actually got to eat breakfast… or something like it (I couldn’t quite stomach the egg and sausage on a croissant…. took one bite and decided the picture looked much better than it tasted… I had an uninterrupted cup of coffee though, which was heavenly). We made it the grandparent’s house in one piece where we were promptly served lunch and the dogs made a significant effort to mark every corner of Grammy and Grampy F’s yard (it’s mine!).
I got to hang out with some of my nieces, Liam got to play with different toys…. and then my husband surprised his parents by dropping in on his way home from work (made possible by the fact that his job requires traveling and he just happened to be traveling in the area that day). We then packed up all 4 adult and 3 kids to go visit the new baby in the hospital. He is all sorts of adorable in the way that only a fresh baby can be… and seeing his older sisters (even the one who “hates babies” looked at him lovingly and just about made my heart completely melt)
Me and the Hubs with the new guy
Me snuggling up with Miss K
Me with the new guy
All the kiddos
All in all a very successful trip. I love spending time with the girls, and loved being able to share in their joy in their new baby brother. Now that I know I can do the cross state trip with an almost toddler I suspect there will be more traveling in the future for us.
I am totally pumped for a summer of fun!