Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Road trip!!!

This past weekend, I had a moment of total insanity and decided to take just me and the 2 monkeys on a road trip.  Our friends Steve and Renee were getting married in Maryland, and I thought it would be a good idea to drive the rest of the way down to Virginia to introduce our friends to Grant and pick up all the baby clothes and toys we'd left in the attic during the move.  Michael was originally going to come, but he needed to stay and take care of a family member who had been hurt in an accident.  Apparently, my brain had completely fallen out of my head when I had the brilliant (and by brilliant I really mean very, very, very stupid!) idea that I could handle 24 hours of driving in the car with 2 kids all by myself.  Fortunately I did have a few scheduled stops.  We spent the first night in New Jersey with my friend Nancy from high school who I hadn't seen in years.  She took us to a fun fountain on Princeton campus where Gabe was in total heaven.  The tantrum he threw when it was time to leave was Oscar worthy.  We got up early the next morning and drove to Maryland where Steve and Renee had a beautiful wedding on the beach beside a lighthouse.  It was fun to see some of our closest friends from Buena Vista.  Then we made the drive to Virginia and spent the night at our house.  Thanks to McDonald's play places and many a stops on the side of the road, we finally made it home in one piece.  If you look carefully in the car, you'll see wads of my hair, most of my fingernails, and the steering wheel which now looks crooked from being gripped so tightly and punched.  I've decided that 12 hours in the car with 2 kids may very well be worse than the 12 hours of labor it took Gabe to get here...

Gabe and Kaden 
Mommy and the monkeys
Nancy and I
Lighthouse wedding
Havre de Grace beach
Gabe on the beach

8 comments:

Lori Sume said...

is nancy from new jersey the one who was in our ward? how is she? tell her hello from me. didn't know she lived in new jersey! my goodness.

very brave and adventurous of you to travel that far with the two little guys. good job!!!!

Rachel said...

Sounds like fun!! Ill keep this in mind if I ever get a brilliant idea to go on a road trip.

Papa and Mimi Eldredge said...

Glad you (and they) survived it. Even more glad that you're back home, safe and sound. Loves all around.

Andrew and Lori Stewart said...

Jenny you are just amazing!! I don't think I could do that!! I'm glad the kids survived, too bad about your steering wheel! lol How was Nancy??

Lisa & Elliott Breinholt said...

Thats quite the adventure! That's neat you got to see Nancy cause you haven't seen her for a long time. I like the pictures :)

Robins Fam said...

Looks like a blast! And I am so impressed that you survived that one on your own!

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

Fun guys!!! You look smokin' Jen! Love the parasol! :)

Anonymous said...

What an adventure - and knowing the roads and traffic - WOW!! Good thing you are young - or maybe you were young!!! Glad you are back safely!!!!!!