Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Where y'at?

November quite literally slipped away.  After the election, the days flew by.  I started sewing and knitting again.  I spent the week before Thanksgiving trying to get my house in order.  We were leaving on Sunday morning to go to Louisiana and there is nothing worse than coming home to a seriously messy house and loads of laundry.  So I did my best to pick the place up, catch up on the laundry, clean out the refrigerator, and take out all the trash.  It doesn't sound like much, but it took a lot of time on top of getting Scout packed up.

A few months ago when we started planning our trip, we thought a lot about whether we should fly or drive. Each option has its benefits and its downfalls.  Even after pricing both options, I was ready to fly.  But then when I went to book the tickets, I realized that on the way home we would have to fly from New Orleans to Charlotte to Chicago to home.  When you factor in getting to the airport early and layovers, it was going to be as bad as driving.  I used a fly or drive calculator that showed that it was better for the wallet and the environment to drive.  The downside is that the travel time does eat up a bit of your visit and we were all pretty exhausted by the time we got home.

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At Lambert's Cafe in Sikeston, Missouri.
If you've ever driven through this area, you've seen the signs.
We planned to take our time, stop when we needed to, and spend one night on the road each way.  To say that I was stressed about the drive would be an understatement.  But with a little help from Elmo and the pacifier (which lives in the crib at home), Scout was an amazing traveler.  We drove two-thirds of the way on the first day (Memphis on the way down and St. Louis on the way home).  We actually only made a couple of stops on each leg.  She was a little fussy on the way home as the week caught up to her, but otherwise there were very few tears or tantrums.  There was also very little napping in the car, which added to the general fatigue of her week.

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Chillin' in the car.  
Rykert's sweatshirt served as a curtain and she loves to play with her shoes.

But we made it.  And had a nice visit while we were there.  I'm so surprised by the resiliency of a toddler.  She really took it all in stride - new people, new surroundings, new schedule.

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving.  We did.  I even took an extra day off of work and managed to get some Christmas "elf work" done. (My dad always calls it elf work.)  We just don't have the space for a huge Christmas tree, so I settled for something smaller and far more toddler-proof.  The Christmas cards have been ordered, and the shopping, the little that I'm doing, is nearly done.

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Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said...

I am so impressed by y'all! 2 1/2 hour trip to Austin with both kids just about killed us - so I don't know how y'all did it, but congrats!!! Oh and happy belated Thanksgiving & anniversary : ) btw, from the side view, that is totally Quinn in that pic above. Could have been taken last week.

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