Naturally, my poor husband had to work all weekend and couldn't make the trip with us. So, Tyler, Caroline and myself headed north on Friday night to stay at my mom's house before leaving out on Saturday morning to drive to Raleigh. The drive up was uneventful as I timed it perfectly with their afternoon nap, and as soon as we got there, they were able to play for several hours and relax. Our good friends Kathy & Amy were in town from Nashville and stopped by to visit, so it was great to just kick back and hang out all evening before the big trip occurred on Saturday.
Have I ever mentioned the fact that my mom and her husband own an RV? It was nearly bought on a whim after they'd planned a great adventure "out west" this summer. They were going to rent one, but when this one came across their path it was just too good of a deal to pass up. I'm thinking it was the best move so far, though... they LOVED it on their trip and we LOVED having the luxury of taking two babies, one mom, three grandparents, and one spoiled rotten yorkie (I say that with love :) on a whirlwind trip across the state of NC in 24 hours.
On Saturday morning, Nathan's parents arrived and we began packing up the RV to hit the road. Tyler & Caroline got strapped in their car seats, we loaded both pack n plays and enough food to last a week, then headed out. My mom drove, I sat up front (but turned around to talk the whole way - imagine that!), Grammie & Paw took the couch, and the babies slept for a good portion of our five hour drive. It was seamless and easy and honestly, the only way to travel with this many people!! We made a pit stop to eat lunch half way through, but otherwise, no one got uncomfortable (even T & C) and we made it to Raleigh without hardly a cry. That, my friends, is success.
Once we parked at the hotel, mom and I started getting ready for the wedding and Tyler and Caroline got to explore. You wouldn't think there would be so much to look at in an RV, but trust me, there is. My children can entertain themselves with just about anything, I believe. We had to constantly pull them off the big console up front... it must've looked like a magical mountain of sorts.
Girlfriends! (Carol, Mother of the Groom Jennie, & Mom)
Photo Booth pics for their guest book. We had way too much fun with this.
The next day, we enjoyed breakfast overlooking the city and visited with family we rarely get to see before heading back to good ol' SC. The babies were asleep for about two hours the entire trip, but believe it or not, stayed content in their car seats the whole time. Maybe it was their fun and silly grandparents that kept them entertained??