I had every intention of blogging during our trip to Georgia, but things just got busy and I didn't. So, I'll just recap the trip and throw in a few pictures.
I had been so nervous for this road trip for weeks. I really had no idea how Annelise would do traveling that far in the car. We decided to leave when Drew got home from work and drive overnight. I hoped that she would sleep all night, making every one's travels much easier.
When Drew got home from work, we packed up the car and headed out. We got on the road right before 8 PM. About five minutes down the road, Annelise was sound asleep. Drew started off driving and I napped off and on. We made it to Metropolis before we needed gas. And boy, did we need gas. I'm pretty sure our car was running on fumes at that point.
Annelise woke up while we were getting gas, so I feed her a bottle, she played in her car seat for about half an hour, then fell back to sleep again.
Drew made it to just past Nashville, about 4 AM before he got tired and needed to switch. That means that I drove through the mountains. That's a little scary doing that for the first time at night and while tired.
We made it to Jess and Eric's house shortly after 8 AM, which means we got down there in just over 11 hours. Not too shabby!! And, Annelise slept practically the whole time!
We spent the majority of the day hanging out around the house and visiting. We went to dinner at Uncle Maddio's. It's a pizza restaurant that has a bunch of specialty pizzas. Drew had a steak and blue cheese pizza, and I had a turkey panini. After dinner, we went grocery shopping for the week.
Eric had to work, and Jess had a dentist appointment and some other things to take care of, so Drew and I made plans to go visit with some friends of ours. Ryan and Rachel used to live near us, but moved down to Georgia a couple of years ago to be near her family. We went over to their house for lunch and to visit. Jackson, their son, is seriously adorable! He loved Annelise and kept wanting to bring her toys. He really wanted to hold her too. So sweet!
After we visited with them for a while, we went back to Jess and Eric's and ordered chinese food for dinner.
Eric had to work at home and Jess and I went and did some shopping. They have a consignment shop near them, Once Upon A Child, that has a TON of clothes, especially girl clothes. I've been waiting to get Annelise's 12 month sized wardrobe until we went down there because I knew that I could get a ton of clothes for very little. Jess and I had a ball picking out clothes for her. I managed to get 29 items and paid a little over $150. I seriously love everything we got for her, and some of the stuff still had the original tags on it.
Drew, Jen, and Emma arrived that night from North Carolina and we visited for a little bit before all heading to bed. Emma has gotten so big! It's crazy how much these kids grow in between times seeing them.
Jess asked me to take some family photos for them for their Christmas cards, so we all went to Stone Mountain. We went to a couple of different spots to take pictures, then went inside to take advantage of some of the stuff that is offered there. By the time we went into the attraction part of it, it was starting to get dark. They did a lighted parade, which was neat to see. We took the train around the mountain, but since it was dark you couldn't see it anything, which made it pretty lame. We stopped at a place called Spiced Right that my friend Whitney recommended. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, they were out of ribs, brisket, and some sides. It's hard to judge a BBQ place that is out of some of the main staples of BBQ. What we had was pretty good though.
Ahhhhh, Thanksgiving. We decided to eat more towards lunch because then all the kids could participate. That was all fine and dandy except that my child would not take a morning nap and then was cranky all morning. I finally got her to sleep, and then the food was ready. I was so bummed that Annelise missed out eating her first Thanksgiving meal. I seriously had to fight back tears. I know that she won't remember it, but I want the memories and pictures for me and to show her when she gets older.
After she woke up, I put her in her special Thanksgiving outfit and took a bunch of pictures.
Jess wanted to get one of Wes's Christmas presents that was a Black Friday special at Walmart. So, Jess, Jen, and I went to Walmart around 7 to get ready for the sale that started at 8. I've never been Black Friday shopping. Before Drew and I got married, I worked in retail and always had to work that morning, and last year I was pregnant and tired. I was amazed at how psychotic people get about it! Jess got the present she was looking for and we were home in record time. Drew and Drew went to Dick's at midnight to get some ammo to go shooting the next day. And my Drew got a new pair of tennis shoes.
The guys woke up bright and early and went shooting. Earlier in the week, Jess made a cute fleece blanket for Wes for a Christmas present and I really wanted to make one for Annelise too. So, Jess and I left all the kids with Jen and went to JoAnn's to get the fleece. We found some super cute patterns, stood in the fabric cut line forever, and then came home. I made one blanket that night and it came out really cute.
Drew, Jen, and Emma went to visit some of her family for the day. I made the other blanket while they were gone. We all didn't really do much and just hung and visited.
Drew, Jen, and Emma left late morning to go visit some more family and head home. Drew and I took our time getting packed up and ready to leave. Eric and Jess bought a new dishwasher, and after a huge fiasco of getting it delivered, it finally arrived and Drew helped Eric install it. We got on the road around 3 PM to go visit a friend of mine in Knoxville. I'll save that visit for another post.
The drive back home was pretty uneventful, and we were so happy to back home. Traveling with a baby is hard work and I think that we were all glad to be able to get back into our routine.