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Oh man, it has been a non-stop past 10 days…Last weekend we headed down south to Edwardsville, IL for a family wedding.  Huge congrats to Simon’s cousin Robbie and his beautiful bride, Stephanie!
On Friday night we embarked on a family road trip.
We thought it would be a great idea if we went through the usual dinner/bath routine then start our drive right around the time the girls would normally go to bed.   And it would have been a good idea, I suppose, if Hazel had actually fallen asleep in the car.  But she did not…well, not really.
Long night story short - the ride was rough and my little family did not get to sleep until well after 3 am.
And lest you say I only share rainbow stories here on le blog, let me just tell you that a surefire recipe for Toddler disaster is as follows:3 hours of sleep in a strange bed at the Comfort Inn + 2 meals from McDonalds (so terrible) + 1 nasty tumble off the church pew while waiting for the post-ceremony extended family portrait
It was not a great weekend for my oldest daughter.  One of the hardest we’ve ever had with her, actually.  (And I know, it was totally our fault.  Sabotaging her schedule is the quickest train to crabbytown.)
Thankfully the weekend did improve. (We had nowhere to go but up!)
A beautiful wedding and two very attentive grandparents to help keep the kids quiet during the service.A playdate for the girls with cousins Gus & Cece (thank you Beth for watching my kiddos!)A reception where we got to spend adult time catching up with extended family members.And the highlight of the weekend might have been our breakfast with Great Grandma S.
We don’t get down south as often as we would like….but when we do, I cherish the time with the extended H side of the family.
Weekend trips with two little nuggets take an incredible amount of effort, but if you can ride out a meltdown or two - they are worth it.

Oh man, it has been a non-stop past 10 days…
Last weekend we headed down south to Edwardsville, IL for a family wedding.  Huge congrats to Simon’s cousin Robbie and his beautiful bride, Stephanie!

On Friday night we embarked on a family road trip.

We thought it would be a great idea if we went through the usual dinner/bath routine then start our drive right around the time the girls would normally go to bed.   And it would have been a good idea, I suppose, if Hazel had actually fallen asleep in the car.  But she did not…well, not really.

Long night story short - the ride was rough and my little family did not get to sleep until well after 3 am.

And lest you say I only share rainbow stories here on le blog, let me just tell you that a surefire recipe for Toddler disaster is as follows:
3 hours of sleep in a strange bed at the Comfort Inn + 2 meals from McDonalds (so terrible) + 1 nasty tumble off the church pew while waiting for the post-ceremony extended family portrait

It was not a great weekend for my oldest daughter. 
One of the hardest we’ve ever had with her, actually. 
(And I know, it was totally our fault.  Sabotaging her schedule is the quickest train to crabbytown.)

Thankfully the weekend did improve. (We had nowhere to go but up!)

A beautiful wedding and two very attentive grandparents to help keep the kids quiet during the service.
A playdate for the girls with cousins Gus & Cece (thank you Beth for watching my kiddos!)
A reception where we got to spend adult time catching up with extended family members.
And the highlight of the weekend might have been our breakfast with Great Grandma S.

We don’t get down south as often as we would like….but when we do, I cherish the time with the extended H side of the family.

Weekend trips with two little nuggets take an incredible amount of effort, but if you can ride out a meltdown or two - they are worth it.

Notes

  1. socalledlife said: Hotels and kids care the bejeebus out of me!
  2. adriennewrites said: Emilio was the same way when we’ve tried that manuever. But lately it is starting to change - will pass out in the car on night trips and stay asleep for the transfer. I think he’s 8 months older than Hazel… maybe it will change for her too!