Every summer, I find myself getting jealous of people who pack up for an entire week at the beach in a house with their extended family. But then I realize that visiting family is stressful enough... there is NO WAY I am about to make vacationing with family a regular activity. So, twice a year, Puff and I pack up the SUV and hit the road for a 7+ hour drive to The Fort. It's not that I don't like seeing my family and friends, it's just that there is always so much to do when we are there! Nitpicky stuff like getting my hair colored, taking Bimmer's 2 year photos, and picking up stuff from my storage unit.
At what point would it be OK to just be like "Hey, family and friends. Why don't you come visit us for a change?" Because I'm sorta kinda tired of feeling obligated to make this trip.
Alas, at the end of June, we hit the road. The drive up was torture. It is normally about a 7 1/2 hour drive, but after accidents, construction, never-ending orange barrels, a semi-truck broken down in the fast lane, a check-engine light, and just overall congestion (on a Wednesday night, no less) it took us more than an hour extra. Ugh. At least part of the drive was pretty???
I will resist the urge to post a "we did this, followed by that" rundown that I am inclined to do sometimes. So let's just say it with some photos, shall we?
There was a little bit of this...
Swimming at Papaw's house
And some of this too...
Bimmer with her great-grandma
Then a lotta bit of this for my water baby...
At a local waterpark
And some of this...
Celebrating her cousin's 1st birthday
And somewhere in all of that, we hung out with my parents, I got my hair done, Bimmer and Puff had a daddy-daughter trip to a flower show, we took Bimmer's 2 year photos, and I actually found a few minutes to relax. Unfortunately, I was not able to get together with any of my friends this visit. I hated it, but there has just been so much going on in my life right now that I just couldn't begin to fathom how to squeeze in anything else into this visit. I just needed some time to breathe, and it sucks that time with them was the casualty of life this time. Here's hoping the next visit, that won't be the case.
The drive home was a lot more pleasant and while Bimmer was a rockstar in the car (as always) I am definitely thankful we don't have to do that drive again for awhile! Bimmer was super happy to get home to "Dee Dee's white house!"