Monday, June 18, 2012

What were we thinking... Road trip for 3

Things that don't mix:
3rd shift dad
4 month old
14+ hour car drive
Carsick mom
Mountains of West Virginia

Well although the checklist of things didn't blend well; we loaded up the trunk, packed the coolers and hopped in the car fresh off dad's night shift and mom's not so great sleeping night with G.
Destination: Raleigh NC for Jamie's wedding day

We hit the road at 8:30 (a little later than planned but G's feeding schedule is never how I plan it.)

We made it 4 hrs before the first stop. Time for diaper changes, leg stretches, a little out of car seat playing, lunch, gas, and driver switch.

Greyson is doing as good as he can in his seat under the circumstances. He started the night before out with a runny nose and small cough and it has decided to continue on today.
Enjoying Movies (TL) Hanging in the Big Bed (TR)
Our Breakdown in the Car (BL) Just chilling at Lunch (BR)

We did get a new tablet (thanks to a generous gift from a friend) loaded with Disney Movies and baby Einstein to hopefully keep some of the time entertaining. It did its job, until someone got hungry, wanted to move around, or was sleepy from what I think is a cold. Without it thou I can't imagine what it would be like!

We arrived around 12... 15.5 hrs later. With no hotel booked bc we had planned to stop; I opened the trusty Priceline app and named my price. I ALWAYS low-ball the price (why not try) so for $43 I got the Hilton hotel right where we needed to be.

Friday morning (okay it was 10:30) we were up and moving. A day full of nails, lunch, and rehearsal.

Saturday I was off bright and early to get ready for the wedding. We enjoyed a delicious catered breakfast while everyone got hair done.

Greyson spent the day with the boys. They hung out with our friends Mike and Ryan. Had lunch & watched sports at a  bar  local Sports Bar.

Greyson got tons of attention Saturday. Everyone wanted to hold him and play with him. He was loving every minute of it. They boys took great care of him, and even referenced renting him out to Mike & Ryan... You know how babies attract the ladies.
Hanging out waiting for the wedding (TL) Family at Reception (TR)
Ryan Nick Greyson & Mike (BL) Me and Mike (BR)

We were lucky there were a handful of kids at the reception because G had to hang with us since my mom couldn't come. He was a trooper!
Took a nap even though it was loud
Danced with mom to the Cupid shuffle
Took pics in the photo booth
And finally fell asleep about 10:30 in his stroller while we hung out in the outdoor patio (and lobby bar) (please don't judge! )
Sunday we headed to visit UNC and have lunch with my brothers girlfriend. More on that when I brag about G's daddy in a fathers day post!

If you would ask me if I would do the trip again.. It would most likely be no. Riding in the back seat, car sick, with a crying baby really gets the best of you. But If it came down to driving or miss a best friends special day. I would drive it again nexgt week. Great Friends are hard to come by. Jamie has been there for everything. Shes made the trip to meet G when he was born and we wouldn't have missed this day for anything!

So Here's to a family road trip .. Never again. Just kidding! How about not in another 5 years though! 
Time to save up for plane tickets!

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