We had a great time back in Texas, but it sure is nice to be back in our own house in Virginia! My mom was great and helped us drive back here. Unlike when Jarrod and I drove from here to Texas without stopping for the night, Mom and I split the trip into two days.
The first day started off fairly well. We had only been on a road a little over an hour, and Trenton was already saying it was time to stop at a hotel! Only a few minutes later he was asleep. Charlotte was sleeping too.
Not so much.
A morning nap for Trenton meant that he didn’t take an afternoon nap. He was good (with a few normal 2-year-old whiny moments here and there) up until around 4:30pm. Then it was meltdown time. Dinner didn’t help. Charlotte, who had been an amazingly good baby up until this point, got upset too, and the kids cried in harmony. We kept driving thinking that at any point Trenton would fall asleep and we’d get some quiet time. This was not the case. We finally pulled into a hotel just north of Montgomery, Alabama around 8pm.
While Mom got the kids settled into the hotel, I ran up the street to Wal-Mart to buy a few new DVDs for the next day’s drive. Out of the ten DVDs I had packed for our drive, Trenton watched one for about 30 minutes the first day and then decided that he didn’t want any more.
Boy was Dora a lifesaver for that second day on the road! Trenton watched NINE HOURS of Dora the Explorer our second day on the road, and he was a very happy little boy. Mommy and Mimi were much happier too (although Mommy still has Dora songs running through her head)! And Charlotte slept almost 3/4 of the twelve hours we were on the road the second day.
We pulled into our driveway around 9PM. I think the kids thought it was Christmas. It was like all of their toys were new! Within 45 minutes all of their toys were also all over my living room floor!
It was almost 11:00 before we all turned in for the night. And what a great night of sleep it was!