We drove 17+ hours to get there because we're crazy. And also cheap. I have to admit, I was a tiny bit panicked before we left because, hello...we have two children under five years old.
In a car.
For 17+ hours.
But you know what? My boys surprised me, and were the epitome of perfect little angels for pretty much the entire trip. We strategically planned our drive so they'd be sleeping for at least several hours both ways, and I packed the appropriate distraction tools, i.e. DVDs, oreos, cars, the fridge farm, oreos, I Spy books, coloring pages, and oreos...did I mention the oreos?
We started out at 3:30 AM so we could get several hours of driving in before the boys woke up. Or so I thought. About ten minutes into the ride, I heard Gavin say, "Momma...Bennett's touching me!" and I immediately regretted the decision to drive, but the I'm-excited-to-leave-so-I'm-not-sleeping wore off about an hour later and they were both zonked out for next three hours.
We stayed the night in Nashville on the way there and the way back. The boys got in some roughhousing, and we got to see Ryan's brother, Matthew, and sister-in-law, Brooke in their Nashville home.
|Brooke, Matthew, and our overly-excited-been-stuck-in-a-car-too-long boys.|
|Our "fish for the night" was deemed "Fred."|
|At the Ripley's Aquarium with Uncle Adam and Aunt Jahlynn.|
|At the beach building sand castles.|
|Gavin put on "fireworks shows" with building blocks for our pre-breakfast entertainment.|
|The "old folks" mini-golfing team...and Gavin. Gavin even got a hole-in-one!|
|Aunt Jahlynn and Uncle Adam taught Gavin to bodyboard. He was quite the little surfer by the end of the trip!|
|Boys at the beach!|
|Late-night puzzle fun!|
|On the Myrtle Beach Skywheel.|
|The boys' first ride in teacups--they loved it as much as their Momma!|
It was a fabulous week with the whole Cohoon side of the family. We can't wait for the next one!