1. We love road trips. We really do. Even with four kids, 6 and under, I had a great time driving from Omaha to Ponderosa (located just north of Colorado Springs). There are several keys to road trip to success for our family. 1- good snacks. 2- no schedule. Seriously- if I feel pressure to be there by a certain time, I get all wigged out. Instead, we just meander and take our time. 3- make the best of stops. Since Tessa eats every three hours, we stop for about 45 minutes and feed her, do diaper changes and potty breaks, and then Garrett chases the kids around for awhile. They love it. Not only does it expend energy, they get back in the car all breathless and happy. 4- friends who offer you their DVD players. Woah. Awesome. 5- A good book for me to read to Garrett as we travel. Which brings me to...
2. We read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins on the way out here. I'm into it. Like way into it. We actually finished it yesterday and started the sequel, Catching Fire, after bedtime last night. I want to write on and on about the story but I am afraid that I will ruin it if you have not read it and plan to. Because you should (read it, I mean, not just plan to.) Something about the story has been almost addictive, I find it running through my head when I am just sitting around. Read it, people. (Also you can follow me on twitter under the name "IheartPeeta." Just kidding, though I am considering both Katniss and Peeta as names for future children...that we aren't really planning to have but you never know. Still kidding- about the names, not the kid planning part)
3. I had a moment of postpartum
4. Yesterday we were chatting with Grandpa Ed (Garrett's grandpa) and Drew asked him how old he is. Grandpa replied he is 78. "Wow, almost a century," remarked Drew. Thankfully, Grandpa Ed thought that was very funny.
5. So today is the wedding day. Garrett's brother, Chad (referred to in our family as C-Diddy) is marrying Jenna and they invited five of their nieces and nephews (ages 6,4,3,2 and 2) to join the wedding. Yesterday's rehearsal went great and will hopefully lead to a smooth wedding debut for our kiddos (yes- my three oldest are all in there). It occurred to us (me and my sister-in-law, Shelbie, who is the mother of the other kids) that we would have our hands full today since our husbands are both in the wedding- and will be attending to their wedding duties at 11:00. Which leaves the two of us to feed,nap, dress, transport, and corral the wedding kids (and we each have a baby), and somewhere in their get ourselves ready- and have us all in place at 2:40! What a day! Our plan includes strategic meal times, early naps, and a lot of fruit snacks at the actual wedding site. Wish us luck!
There is a storm howling outside and my I-man just wandered out. Off to take my station and get this day going. Hope your Labor Day weekend is festive.