Last Friday morning, at 2:30am, we loaded the sleeping boys in the van, and drove to Georgia to visit my family. I like to get most of our driving done while the boys are sleeping if possible. Greg ended up coming down with a cold the night before we left, so I drove the whole way. Thursday evening about 8:00pm, we weren't sure if he was going to be able to go. I thought it might be just me and the boys, but Greg felt a little better when I woke him up at 2am and decided to make the trip with us. The long car ride was rough on him, but he was able to sleep when we got to my parents house and was feeling better within a day or two. I don't know how nobody else got sick, but I'm so thankful we didn't.
We try and stop at rest stops or restaurants with indoor playgrounds when we take long trips with the boys. We stopped at Chick-Fil-A for breakfast and they had the biggest indoor playground I've ever seen at a Chick-Fil-A!
My parents bought the boys the best blow up pool. It was huge!
We ended up moving it to the deck so it wouldn't be right in the sun. It was easier because we didn't have to worry about sunscreen on the boys or their bathing suits, they just played in their swim diapers.
In the evenings, after the boys went to bed, we'd sit on the deck and talk. The weather was perfect while we were there. It actually got a little chilly after the sun went down. I love the view from their deck. They moved into this house after I had the boys, and we've only been down twice since then and both of those times were in November. This was the first time that it's still been light out after we put the boys down.
My parents had the best house for the boys. They are holding a couple of things for us, like the boys play kitchen and this play house, but they have a lot of toys that they've got for the boys. I brought a bag of toys from our house for the boys and I never had to get a toy out of it for the boys. We got there Friday at noon and left Wednesday at 3:30 and we have TWO 2 year olds, so that's saying a lot that they had enough stuff to keep them busy.
The boys didn't keep their napping schedule while we were there. They skipped naps and we would just put them to bed early. One day, me, my mom and sister, were sitting at the kitchen table talking while the boys were watching cartoons and we peeked in and saw them both sleeping on the couch. Evan and Carter have NEVER fell asleep like this. Ever. I always see pictures of toddlers sleeping in weird places, but my boys have never done that, they only sleep in their beds and the car. I couldn't believe that they both fell asleep on the couch. It was so cute to me. I just could not get over it. Greg was taking a nap and when he came down, he was making as big of a fuss as I was about how he couldn't believe it and how cute it was!
This was the easiest trip with the boys so far. They're just at an easier age now, they don't try and get into everything, they're able to entertain themselves with toys for longer periods of time, they're only on one nap a day and while we're on vacation--they're manageable if they skip a nap. They're still two year olds and they have their tantrums and fights, but compared to our other trips with them, it was so much easier and pleasant.
I'm going to break up our Georgia trip into a couple of blog posts. And I'll also be including little random tidbits and things they said or did just so I can look back and remember all of it.