We were in Indiana for the last week of January for our nephew, Jared's, wedding. Evelyn was the flower girl, so that made it extra special for us. Here's a look at our week - a whirlwind, but fun trip!
We had to wake up the girls and leave our house at 4:30am to get to the airport on time. Neither one of them are very good at staying asleep, or going back to sleep once we transfer them to their car seats, so they were pretty much awake from that point on. We had a minor hiccup at the airport when I thought Dan grabbed everything out of the back of the car when we unloaded, and he didn't realize I had the Boba (baby carrier) back there for a reason. Realized it after we went through security, so I ran out to the car to get it. The security line was super long when I got back, so I ran up to the front, picked the most sympathetic looking guy, and told him my husband was in there with my two kids waiting for me...he let me cut in front of him. :-) Other than that, the trip out was pretty smooth. Lillian slept during the flight from Corpus to Houston, then we had a 3 hour layover. We grabbed some breakfast, then tried to find some things for Evelyn to do. She's always a fan of the moving walkway - so we took several laps on that.
We also found this, which she thought was hilarious.
She loves hats, coats, and gloves...we need to be where there is snow!
Lillian loves to bury her face into anything to sleep...her bed, a blanket, my chest...
These two are ornery...and they know it!
She got to play in a restaurant (and apparently share germs with 7,000 other kids)
Go fishing with Grandma
Climb up to the top of a maze
Get stuck at the top of a maze so Daddy has to climb up and help you get down
(her poor legs were about 2 inches too short to feel the level underneath her coming down, so she freaked out)
Play in sand with Mommy and Lillian
Lillian liked taking in all of the sights
Next up was the carousel - first with Daddy
Then she wanted to ride the lion with Mommy and Lillian
And a quick stop to ride the bouncy pals with Grandpa
These two LOVED playing with each other
And this one loved watching them play around her
We had to cut a little off the bottom so she wouldn't trip
Evelyn liked playing with Micah's busy board that Grandpa made for him
Lillian loved hanging with Uncle Mike
There was some dancing fun
(It's amazing what 2 grown men will do when their 2 year olds ask them to!)
Some jumping on the trampoline
And car rides a plenty!
Micah got to try on his cute little tux (he was the ring bearer)
Cousins discussing their plan for the evening
Fortunately she took a good nap before the rehearsal
All dressed up for the rehearsal
The rehearsal was right during dinner time, so we packed PB&J for the kiddos to eat while we waited
This one was her normal, smiley, self!
Seriously, the cuteness.
Micah giving Evelyn a kiss!
She has perhaps seen a few too many princess movies...when we told her she would be wearing her princess dress, she started holding the dress she had on like this
Cheeeese with Mommy!
Some more practice (we had them do it 4-5 times!)
Evelyn wanting to dance with Micah
Still trying to dance
The best family picture we could muster
Saturday morning, we met Dan's family in Greenfield for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. It has become a little bit of a tradition when we are home for Thanksgiving, so we worked it out for wedding day as well.
The whole family (including the groom!)
Lilly and I were there, too!
Evelyn enjoyed stacking the coffee creamers and golf tees
She was a little distressed that there was one hole left without a golf tee in the triangle/golf tee game - it was hilarious
Spreading some gravy on her biscuit
Uncle Mike got the fun end of this play time!
A picnic lunch and a movie
This is how we do picnics in Indiana during winter
Naturally, the one day we really needed two 2 year olds to take a nap, neither one did. Great. Within about 5 minutes of getting in the car to drive to the wedding (about a 30 minute drive), Kendra and I were texting each other pictures like this...
Her favorite part was spinning
Sweet angel, ready to go!
The cuties coming down the aisle. When they got done, Evelyn said, "Let's do it again!"
Micah and his Mommy across the aisle during the ceremony
Daddy and Lillian while we waited for pictures
And another attempt at a family pictures
Evelyn liked the bread
Lillian liked the naps
Aunt Kendra enjoyed the flying carrots (*grin*)
Grandma helped pass the time with the stuffed lizard they gave to Evelyn
Evelyn did get to dance in the hallway with Grandpa before we left, though!
On Sunday we slept in and had a lazy morning at the house. Poor Kendra was sick with a stomach bug all night, so I made breakfast for the crew and we had a lazy morning. We had lunch with Dan's parents and geared up for the Super Bowl!
Ice cream with Grandpa
Seriously, I want this Manning jersey to fit her forever
(or at least she stays little for longer!)
No need to talk about the stupid Super Bowl...it wasn't exactly the capstone on a great trip I was hoping for! We went over to our friends, Jason and Emily's, house for the game and met up with them and another couple, Josh and Katie, who are some of our closest friends from Indy. We were in a small group with them when we lived there, and have stayed close with both families through the years and across the miles. The game being such a nightmare made me crabby, which then hacked me off because I barely got to talk to my friends - who I never see. So it was a double crappy crap game. But I did get to see them, and eat scotcharoos...which brought some solace at multiple points throughout the nightmare of a game.
We had another early flight out of Indy on Monday morning. This time we were only supposed to have a little over an hour for a layover in Houston, but ended up being there for a little over two hours because of a mechanical issue on our plane coming from Dallas. That extra hour proved to be the melting point for Evelyn. It wasn't long after takeoff that she was drooling on the seat. :-)
Sweet, sleeping angels