Surprisingly, the car wasn't all that packed. Suuuuuuuuuuuure...we were only going to be gone for 24 hours, but still, the van had room to spare!
And just for kicks and giggles, I thought I'd give you a glimpse of what five kids in five carseats looks like.
We had a blast with my folks. The ride up went really well. We stopped at McDonald's and ate in the parked car. Eli ate 3 1/2 nuggets. My picky eater! The one who only eats pretzels and animal crackers. He even chowed down a bunch of french fries!
Sunday morning, after Zoe & Ty dug through their easter baskets (which I forgot to take a picture of), we got all dolled up (also a missed photo opportunity) and went to church. The service concluded with a two baptisms which my Dad did (he's not the senior pastor). Both kids loved seeing that, Ty especially - each time someone came up out of the water, he cheered like they'd just hit a homerun! Too precious!
My older brother's birthday was the 7th (Happy Birthday, Uncle Tim) and my mother's birthday was the 11th (Happy 35th Mom *wink*wink*). So lunch was Tim's choice (moms always sacrifice, don't we?). Tim made some GREAT choices and Mom cooked a GREAT meal. We ate WAY too much lamb and then sent the big kids outside for an egg hunt. FINALLY, I remembered that I had my camera...
(Those would be the random neighbors my mother invited mid-egg hunt!)
Back inside for birthday cake and presents.
(Yes, a bunny cake!)
(Ty helped Uncle Tim blow out his candles)
Then we did nothing but play and relax (and entertain 3 20-month olds.) It was the perfect Easter afternoon.
The ride home wasn't quite as smooth as the ride up, but we survived. It's a 2-hour drive. We left at about 7:40p. How, then, were Zoe & Ty the first to fall asleep? Eli didn't sleep until Zoe & Ty were out (he likes to watch them play and listen to them talk.) Ava didn't sleep until the Tappan Zee Bridge (hello...that's 1/2 hour from our house!) And Cole fell asleep 10 minutes later. Of course, Ava then WOKE UP about 10 minutes from our house...SCREAMING. I guess that's the problem for a "Tummy Sleeper"...carseats aren't all that comfortable.
I only hope this weekend, our road trip doesn't require any driving during bedtime.