Some of our good friends, Alex and Jenn, got married this past weekend in Sedona, AZ. We decided to make a family trip out of it and drove across the country. I stayed in Phoenix and spent time with Granny and Grandpa in their winter home. My mom had already planned a trip down at the same time so it was extra special to all be together for a few days.
The Highlight List:
- We really don't mind long car trips. Doug and I have done several in our relationship. We are hoping our boys figure them out and learn to enjoy them as well. There were some rocky moments but we did it. And Doug and I were able to enjoy lots of good long car conversations. It is for sure the best thing about driving for 20 hours.
- Watching Henry love spending time with Granny and Grandpa and Gram. I loved hearing him laugh with Granny as she chased him around the trailer trying to kiss him, watching him play games and go on walks with Granny and Gram, seeing him make Grandpa a burrito out of play dough and sharing it with him, pool time with Gram, hearing him ask each morning at the hotel to go to Granny and Grandpa's house. I have so many precious memories like these from my childhood and I love thinking about our kids having the same memories with grandparents.
- Henry and Grandpa watching Henry's favorite digger and dozer movie together.
- The king sized bed in our hotel room. There were many early morning moments and naps where we were all four cuddled in.
- One morning we went to a park that had a few rides and games. The look on Henry's face when the cars started moving around was priceless. He was in awe.
- A trip to Trader Joe's with Granny and Mom.
- Church on Sunday. It is always a treat to get to go to church since our life here at camp prevents us from going regularly.
- After church we tried to visit a Fire Truck Museum but we never made it thanks to a marathon downtown that had all the roads closed. But mom and I did have some great car conversations and Henry had a great car nap.
- The simple things like walks around the RV park, watching football with Grandpa, Henry helping Granny and Grandpa scoop ice-cream for dessert, sitting in the AZ sun, conversations on their porch, drive thru Starbucks, kisses on the head from Grandpa, and a really good lunch at a Mexican restaurant.
There were (many) moments when Henry was being two or stressful times in the car trying to find gas stations or when we were fighting trying to get naps when I thought that we were just out right crazy for making this trip. But it was so worth it. It is much harder to do things with a toddler and a baby but I would not want to miss out on these times and memories just because it is harder. The sweet moments make it all worth it.