Well we not only survived but had a great time on our first family trip to Tennessee! It took 12+ hours each way and we went for a long weekend so essentially the boys were in the car for about 24 hours+ over a 5 day period. The boys were amazing! Jackson & Peyton had a few occasional fusses but nothing major and seemed to enjoy looking out the window at trucks and horses. Brett does not like to ride in the car and did well on the way down but had a tough time on the way home. The boys slept really well our entire visit too!
When we got out of the car at Aunt Delta's they were first very excited to see their great aunts, but then they spotted the field of cows behind the house and they spent the rest of the trip saying cow and moo! When we got home the first morning we were back they ran to the front windows and started saying cow and moo and almost cried when I said there were no cows - what a let down!
The boys had so much fun visiting with their great Aunts and Uncles and cousins and getting lots of loving! One of the highlights was when Uncle Bert took the boys to the farm and they saw calfs, cows, cows being milked and got to sit in a tractor and truck!
While the boys were at the farm me, Tate and Nancy took a drive to the mountains and had a good time just hanging out together. We also had a great time at the UT tailgate and game, even though they lost. We had a wonderful time visiting with Aunts, Uncles and cousins on Sunday too!
We were so spoiled with great home cooked meals and sweets.
We were a bit nervous about the long car ride and that the boys would have a hard time sleeping and keep others awake but they amazed us. It was a bit tiring, but worth every second and we can't wait to visit again!
A special thanks to Grandma and Granddad and Auntie Rhonda and Auntie Nancy for being so supportive and helpful on the road trip and everywhere else!
Big thanks and appreciation to all of our family for being so welcoming and gracious to all of us.
Below are some pictures from the trip - some of the cow pictures are on Auntie Nancy's camera and Grandma has video/pictures from the farm visit and some of the other aunts and uncles so I'll have to do a follow up post, but wanted to blog before it got away from me.
Here are some photos from our trip:
Jackson spent time in the car catching up on his reading.
And making some phone calls.
Peyton discussing his ideas for vacation videos with Jackson
Jackson behind the camera
Peyton riding in a car is tiring!
Grandma, Brett & Tate playing during a rest stop.
Me and Nancy in the Great Smokey Mountains!
Tate, Me and Nancy at the UT game
Brenda and Brett hanging out.
Me and Peyton catch up with cousin Jenny
Brenda and Peyton
Aunt Peggy with Brett - she came from Georgia with cousin Kim to see the boys and we were so glad to have some time with them!