Friday, March 24, 2017

Road trip to Springfield!

In February, we started missing our Cousin Whit REEEEEEALLLLY bad. So we decided to take a road trip! It was a long drive for a less than 24 hour stay, but we were so glad we went! Me, Tommy, Tessa and Nana loaded up on a Saturday morning and took the 4 1/2 hour drive to Springfield. The kids did SUPER great--I think we only stopped once and the complaining was fairly minimal! Once we got to Whitney's house, we rested for an hour or so and then set out to meet a few other family members for dinner.

We went to Lambert's and when we got there, we almost left because the line was so long. But we ended up staying and it really wasn't too bad. Maybe 25 minutes or so. We were able to wait outside and the weather was BEAUTIFUL, so the kids had fun running around and looking at everything. Once we got seated, the food started coming and it didn't stop. At Lambert's, they throw rolls when you want one! Tommy loved it--it was every carb lovers dream, so we were in heaven! They also brought around big bowls of potatoes and pasta and okra. It was a food free-for-all.

The kids got pretty restless, but overall did good. Obviously, Tommy was thrilled to be there....
 I can't get this next picture to turn, but all of our meals were SO huge that they were served in literal frying pans. We got about half way through them and then couldn't take another bite! But everything was SO good! And the company was even better.

After dinner, we went outside to get some fresh air and talk a little more. The kids were being super crazy and not listening at all (so basically, being them normal selves). I was getting really frustrated because they were being naughty and I couldn't really visit very well. And then I look over and see this....

Darn kids--they suck me back in and make me love them even more EVERY TIME I'M MAD! They're just so stinkin cute when they're getting along. At least their desire to drive me crazy brings them closer together. After dinner, we headed back to Whitney's and hung out for awhile and stayed up way too late.

The next day, we had to head back home in the early afternoon. We did get to sleep in a bit, so that was nice! We ate breakfast and got around and then went to find a park for the kids to run around in. They were so happy because we'd spent a lot of time in the car!
 We found the cutest park that had some farm animals in it and a neat farm playground to play on. The kids ran and ran and ran! We ate a quick lunch there and played for about an hour. They loved it!

After that, we headed back home. The kids actually did really good the whole way home. Tommy had his Nintendo, so that kept him distracted and when Tommy's not bothering Tessa, she's a pretty chill kid. So the ride home was peaceful and easy (even though we took a really weird way that my GPS recommended). It was such a quick, fun road trip to see cousin Whit and we had a great time!

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