Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Easter Road Trip

It's been awhile since the while Higby Gang hit the road together.  We haven't all gone anywhere overnight together since Christmas, when we went to visit my folks up in CT.  Since that went so well...we figured we'd head there again for Easter!

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.


Helen said...

Sounds like a fun weekend! We haven't done any long trips with the boys since last July... I have no idea how they would do now! The longest they ever ride in the car is 20 minutes!

Amy said...

Looks like you had a great Easter weekend! Love the bunny cake! My mom still makes one EVERY year (same exact one as yours) AND makes us all pose with it, even though we're all in our 20s & 30s! :)

beth said...

great bunny cake! we did a two hour drive on saturday to the shore and back. it was not too bad. it's so funny that you show all the car seats. whenever family members look in my car, they crack up because of all the carseats!

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from SITS to say hi! My mom makes the same bunny cake every year! How cool!