Our trip to Nashville was something we'd been talking about all summer long. Whenever people asked us about going on a vacation, we'd be like "oh yeah, sometime in August or September probably we're going to go down to Nashville."
Well, it finally happened. Back at the end of July, when the doctor told us we could go ahead and start the cycle for an IUI, we figured by the end of August, the process would be done and we could make our plans to go to Tennessee. As the cycle kept going with no progress, we were less sure, but we finally decided to just make plans, and delay fertility things if we needed to.
And here we are, back from our six day trip, and all of us survived the 12 hour drive back in one piece! Thankfully with Nashville being only an hour time difference, it's been a pretty easy transition back. They've actually been sleeping in closer to 8 a.m., which makes for a quiet morning (until of course I'm rushing us out of the house to get Noelle to school.)
We left for our trip last Thursday and drove about 4 1/2 hours to Radford, VA where we stayed the night. Luke booked us a hotel with a pool so that the kids would have some play time to gear them up for the longer trip the next day. While the pool was gross (who knows when it last got cleaned!) the kids had a blast, and we just made sure to shower them off really well afterwards. They loved being in a hotel, and the excitement delayed bedtime a bit, but they slept in for a little while the next morning.
|there's something extra fun about hotel beds and pillows|
We had about 8 hours left to drive on Friday, and the kids did really well! We didn't make a single stop in the first 4 hours, and there was only minimal complaining. We were looking for a Chick Fil A for lunch so that the kids could play, and of course at that point in the drive, there were none! Finally at like 1:00 after staving them off with snacks, we found one. Which of course ended up being an outdoor one only (I've never seen one of those before!) and didn't have a play place. But it felt good for all of us to be out of the car, and Jonah kept walking back and forth to the trashcan just so he could move around.
|at the Nashville Zoo|
A little bit before dinner, we arrived at Luke's brother's house. Debbie and Alyssa were there, and we all hung out until Caleb got home from work. It was SO good to be with them, and to see how much Alyssa has changed in the last three months since Luke and I were last down there. And so much fun watching the cousins all play!
Over the next few days, we met up with our college friend, Gary, and his wife Kelly, got together with our friends Jack and Jess who just moved down there three weeks ago, and went to the Nashville zoo with Caleb and Debbie. We made sure to have plenty of downtime at the house so the kids could play, and also be out at different playgrounds so they could run around. The kids shared a bedroom with a pack'n'play and blow up mattress, and did really well (aside from the last night when Jonah ended up in our bed.)
We were so thankful to be able to see family and friends, and just take a break from our everyday normal in Maryland!
|standing like a flamingo|
|Jonah missed his daily naps, but he was knocked out after the zoo|
|clearly enjoying the zoo|