We rented a minivan (possibly the highlight of Ben's trip) and drove overnight on Friday 11/21, arriving in Texas at around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The kids slept most of the way, and we only stopped for gas and coffee for Mike, who did most of the driving. We brought Dee along too, and she was quiet in her crate, getting out at each rest stop to stretch her legs and go potty.
Here they are as we headed out:
At one of our gas stops, I got them some powdered donuts. Clearly, Liv enjoyed hers. This was around midnight. They both woke up each time we stopped, but stayed happy and went back to sleep fairly quickly.
Once we arrived in Texas, Ben and Liv warmed right up to Grammy and Grampy. Livvie does not have a shy bone in her body, so this was no surprise.
On Tuesday, we headed to McKinney (or some town by there) to pick up the turkey at Whole Foods and the beef tenderloin at Costco. Mom raved about the fried tacos at a restaurant there, so we had to try them out. I was happy that they lived up to the hype--totally delicious!!!
Liv found the queso to be totally delicious.
And she was super excited to be given this huge big-girl cup of water. It is a miracle that it wasn't spilled everywhere. Grammy helped out with that. Let's just say Liv's table manners leave a lot to be desired.
However, she was more than willing to sit nicely when Grampy got her this ice cream cone!
Here is a video of her enjoying it:
After that, we popped over to this cute little park to let the kids play before we headed home (as it's an hour drive).
Since Grampy's foot is broken, he waited it out on a bench.
Here they are watching Mike brine the turkey the night before Thanksgiving.
On Thanksgiving day, we started off with breakfast burritos and just pretty much ate our way through the day.
Pop and Grandma came for dinner and got to spend some time with the kids.
Liv refused to sit still to eat with me. I finally just put her down to roam, and she headed right to Grammy and sat nicely on her lap and ate her potatoes and veggies.
Henry woke up from his nap to see what this Thanksgiving thing is all about.
The rest of the week was spent hanging out. Here Grammy is once again with her little sidekicks.
Liv helped Grampy read the paper. She explained the more complex topics to him, I believe.
Liv LOVED the swing.
Selfie! The only picture of me from the entire trip (except one that Jaimee got).
The next day we packed up and headed home. When we pulled into the driveway Ben cried a bit and said he wanted to be back in Texas. He loved having Lily to play with and being at Grammy and Grampy's. Maybe by next year I'll have worked up the energy to do it again!