In April, Bob knew he would have a couple of trips back to back. When he realized that, my wonderful husband suggested that the boys and I take a trip back to Texas. I was so excited by the prospect, but a little nervous about going cross country with the kids on my own. My biggest fear was how to use the bathroom on the road with the kids. I know that it's ridiculous, but being upon the throne is a very vulnerable position to be in public with three kids running around inside a tiny stall aching to break free. It's a frightening prospect. Believe me.
The first leg of our trip was 12 hours. Bob and I got up around 3 a.m., loaded up the sleeping babies, said goodbye, and the boys and I headed out. We drove over six hours before we made our first get out of the car stop four miles from the Mississippi state line. The boys did great. We stopped at a small gas station next to a busy travel plaza. I changed diapers and immediately realized we were no longer in Florida. We had packed a Florida wardrobe - shorts and sandals. I dug out the one pair of jeans I brought for the kids and the one long sleeve shirt. The bathroom went well. We held hands, walked into the store, I peed really fast, and we headed back to the car. We were back on the road in 45 minutes. I think I'm still patting myself on the back for that one. The next time we got out of the car was at Momo's house
Since I wasn't 100% sure about our trip, I didn't want to tell my mom and get her hopes up. After keeping it to myself for a while, I decided to tell the rest of the family, but surprise mom. Luckily she's really gullible, so I called while I was on the way from Grandma's to Mom's and told her that I was just leaving playgroup in Jacksonville. When we knocked on the front door, she was so shocked that the kids just pushed past her and went directly to the toys in the living room.
Uncle Joseph came up from Waco, Uncle Zach & Aunt Mandy came over to visit with us, and Grandma, Aunt Faith, & Papa Joe were so happy to see us. Almost as happy as we were to see them. Aunt Mandy & Aunt Faith both did an excellent job of keeping our arrival a secret. They were quite proud of themselves.
Uncle Zach and Uncle JoeJoes introduced the boys to the controller fake out as they played Mario Kart. James adores racing games (shocking, I know). He and Ryan were both so happy to get to play with the uncles.
Uncle Stephen teaches the boys how to ride "bear" back.
Before we left Haslet, our good friends Riley and Mykayla (and Lainie) came to see us. It was so great to see them. I think Riley grows a foot every time I see him.
Mykayla showing off. She is so precious. It's hard to believe that between Lainie, Anne, and I, Mykayla is the only girl we've managed to produce. She is the undisputed princess.
We spent most of our time at Grandma & Papa Joe's either fishing in the living room (Papa Joe is determined to get someone in our family to care about fishing) or playing outside on the trampoline or tractor. I had such a great time seeing my family and friends. Poor Bob missed out, but he'll be making the next trip with us, and maybe we can convince Grandma to keep the kids while we go see some major league baseball.
We spent Tuesday hanging out with Momo (who looks so much like my Momo - her mother - in this picture that I have to do a double take every time I see it). On Wednesday, we got up at 4 a.m. and drove home. The ride went well but it was not as lovely as the first leg of our journey. We were so happy to be home. I'm pretty sure Duke & Emma missed us almost as much as Grandma & Papa. Bob was still out of town when we got home, and the boys were not too keen on that even though we'd talked about it several times on the ride home.
On Saturday, Daddy came home, and our little family was reunited once again. It's always good to go on an adventure, but it's even better to come back home. I was so happy to see our crib tents that I kissed them.