Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Never Ending Weekend

Friday morning we got up and headed to Murfreesboro, TN for my cousin's wedding. It was a 6 hour drive (minus the many stops the children required!). Like always Eli wasn't to into napping in the car (shocked aren't you?) and he probably only slept 2.5hrs. total in the car (that's both his naps). I find the car to be exhausting and don't know how he can keep his eyes open so much.

The wedding was at 7pm so we had sometime to sit in the hotel and get dinner before getting dressed to go. Of course I didn't get any pictures at the wedding, but Eli had a super cute outfit. The wedding was beautiful! I am really not that into weddings (or maybe I'm just not into the extreme cost that goes into weddings- I just don't get it), but I really like this one, they did things just a little different (like the guys walking into the drums playing..) that made me really like it. SInce it was in the evening instead of having a meal they had a DESSERT RECEPTION- seriously genius!! Rowan really like that part, and it totally made up for the fact that there was no alcohol (I know, but it really was still nice). The boys did surprsingly well during the ceremony, Eli even clapped after they had a group of little girls sing (adorable). I probably should have put the oictures in more than one post, but you'll live.

Are you wondering about this picture? We bought disposable diapers for the trip and I couldn't believe how skinny Eli looked in them. I guess I forgot how bulky the cloth really are!

Eli was super tired at the reception (which was after his bedtime!), but he still managed to help me make my new ring sling look cute!

My cousins were in the wedding and helped clean up afterwards so we brough Rowan's cousin (2nd or 3rd cousin? I don't know..) back to the hotel with us. Rowan was so excited and just kept wanting to hug C- who was not as excited as Rowan, but did put on a happy face for the camera.

Eli loved checking out the hotel!

And he especially loved the fact that there was no crib, which apparently meant he didn't have to go to bed. He finally gave in at 11:30pm(almost 4 hrs. after his normal bedtime) and was up at 6:30am the next day. What is wrong with this child?! Seriously!?

So Saturday morning we got up and drove to Kentucky to a park just south of Evansville, IN. It was about a 3 hour drive (we wanted something half was home). After we got our tent set up we went for a hike.

Eli slept in the Ergo carrier, on my front since it was a short hike.

I thought it was cute when he folded his arms under his head.

The boys loved that there was so much dirt to play in. Luckily Rowan took a bunch of diggers so he was able to get extra dirty! It was really fun when it rained!

Eli liked the dirt too.

We bought a new tent since our old one was getting tight with Rowan, this one is great and has tons of room.

Eli chillin' in Rowan's chair with Rowan's water bottle. He tumbled out of the chair right after I took this. Reminder- never leave babies unattended in chairs without straps- or something like that.

Reminder- The 3 year olds water bottle is NOT spill proof.

Eli's new favorite toy is this Barney handheld vacuum. He loves to clean with it.

What happens when you forget your backpack.

Sunday we went on a 3.5mile hike. It took us about 2 hours at Rowan's pace- ok so I was probably slower than Rowan. But there were a lot of hills and a lot of steep hills. Rowan walked most of it and just had Mike carry him a little. Eli rode on my back in the Ergo, he napped for a while at first and then enjoyed looking up at the trees. It rained the whole time, but we were in the forest so didn't feel most of it and when we did it felt really good.

We came around a corner and this deer was standing right there eating, just a few feet away. It looked at us and then kept eating, but didn't run. I was a little scared, ok terrified. Usually they run, I was convinced it was going to come after us.

Saturday night both boys seemed to be getting colds, but they both seemed fine the rest of the weekend. We were worried about Eli, since he is suppose to get breathing treatments as soon as his cold starts. Of course I didn't take the machine, although I thought about it. So we started it last night when we got home hoepfully he doesn't get too bad. I started feeling awful yesterday morning and felt like crap the whole ride home, then spent the rest of the day on the couch. I feel better today so I'm pretty sure I'll survive this cold. Eli is sleeping better already, he stayed up way to late every night we were gone, and hardly napped. SUnday we were all exhausted and all decided to take a nap in the tent. Mike and Rowan fell alseep right away, I nursed Eli hoping he'd fall alseep, but no. I kept dozing and he just kept crawling all over us like we were playing a game. Eventually Mike woke up and took him and Rowan and I napped. H efell alseep later in the stroller for 30minutes- maybe. I just don't get him at all!


Rudy said...

Just south of Evansville, In?! That is my hometown :) Were you in Henderson, KY? I lived there as a small child. Looks like lots of fun! And Eli def. contributed to the cuteness of the new sling.

Quigs78 said...

I love these pictures! But wow, we are so not campers. I have a newfound respect for you. :P

Looseyfur said...

X-man and I were talking about putting up a tent and camping this weekend in the backyard if it's not gross and humid. He hasn't been camping yet, so we're excited. I loved the photos -- and completely understand the kid who doesn't sleep when you travel. X-man, as well-behaved as he is on a plane or in a car, sucks at sleeping in different places.

~rachel~ said...

Rud- we were in Henderson Joh James Audubon St. Park (which is surpsisingly in town!)

Quigs- We love to camp and I am good as long as they have flush toilets, although we have had many instances where there weren't and I can survive w/o. This one even had showers!

Loosey- Mike and Rowan did the backyard camping last year when Eli was a newborn. It's amazing how kids can be so excited by something so simple!

Anonymous said...

the pics are so cute at the camp sight !! Mom

Rudy said...

Yep, I know it well... Right on the Ohio River. LOVE that place. Hope to take SM when we are in town next. I knew immediately that the MUST have been where you guys went.

Anonymous said...

looks like you had a great time, love the pix A.Paula

Anonymous said...

eli looks more like rowan the older he gets, and i love that picture of him and mike! miss them so much!