Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Wiebe Road Trip of 2008

Well, we just returned from our 12 day road trip. Some found us insane to drive so far with two young children. Perhaps, but we survived and actually had a great time. Here are some stats for you:

Number of cities visited - 5. Little Rock, Syracuse, Watertown, Detroit and Indianapolis
Number of children we stayed with - 7 (2 in Syracuse, 2 in Detroit and 3 in Indy)
Number of times Ellie woke up during our one drive through the night - 8
Number of people staying in 2 bedroom condo in Detroit - 8. 4 adults and 4 children under 3
Number of diapers changed in said 2 bedroom condo during our 5 day stay - somewhere in the neighborhood of 120
Number of times Georgie said "Why?" during our five day stay - infiniti to the infinity power
Number of times Georgie climbed into the crib with Ellie on night one of our stay - 5
Cousin time - priceless....

We had a fabulous time. We left on Tuesday and stopped in Little Rock to have lunch with Aunt Becka and Uncle Daniel. This was their first time to meet Emerson, so we're so glad we got to see them! The quick lunch went by way too quickly, but it was fun nonetheless.

We then continued on the road and drove through the night Tuesday night and all day Wednesday to visit our friends Doug and Jennie and their daughters Hannah and Lauren in Syracuse. Ellie struggled through the night getting comfortable, but both girls did great on Wednesday. We arrived in Syracuse by 4:30 on Wednesday - tired but happy to be there! We had a lovely dinner and crashed fairly early. On Thursday, we left the Lapes for a bit and took a road trip up to Watertown. James wanted to see the condition of his childhood home, and we also paid a visit to his (and now our) good friend Mitzie DeGennaro (and their dog Rio...get it? Rio DeGennaro?). Mitzie and her husband Vinnie built a beautiful cabin on a lake 30 minutes north of Watertown. The picture below is of us by the water. We also had lunch at one of James' favorite places - best wings ever!

Ellie found some interesting reading at the Lapes. Perhaps this means she'll start thinking about potty training soon...

On Friday, Doug got off work early, so all 8 of us went to a great park near their home. I was horribly remiss in taking good pictures, so below is the only picture proving that we saw the Lapes. Hannah is on the left, and you can barely see Lauren's head sticking out in the middle. Jennie is on the right. Below that is Ellie walking like a runway model. :) We had a great time with good friends. Thanks, Lapes!

On Saturday morning, we said goodbye to the Lapes and headed out to Detroit. Unfortunately, I completely forgot to pack our passports which would have allowed us to go the fast way through Canada. Alas, we had to go the long way, so it felt like a long drive to Detroit. We arrived a little after 7pm and sat down to a wonderful home cooked meal by Jennie (my sister - not Lape!). And that's right, folks. You heard me correctly. I said home cooked and Jennie in the same sentence. (Just kidding, Jenn. The lasagna was wonderful!) They have a beautiful condo that we hadn't seen before and are in a really nice area. We had so much fun letting the cousins hang out.

We embarked on the precarious mission of getting photos of all 8 of us taken at JC Penney after church on Sunday. It went amazingly well. We got some great photos. Sunday night was boys night out. Jenn and I stayed with the kids and James and Dave enjoyed Get Smart and some coffee. Monday we took the kids swimming and just generally took it easy. Dave and Jenn had a church obligation, so James and I put the kids to bed that night. Tuesday we went to the zoo. That's right - we took 4 kids under 3 to the zoo. It was a blast. See the pictures and video below. Tuesday night was girls night. Jenn and I enjoyed a lovely dinner, a bit of shopping and Get Smart as well. (Great flick, by the way.) Wednesday we took the kids to the splash area at the nearby mall and also had a nice dinner with Dave's parents. We then headed out Thursday morning for Indianapolis. It was such a nice relaxing time in Detoit with the Brady's. Thanks for having us!!

Detroit Splashing - 1 minute
Detroit Zoo - 1 1/2 minutes
Cousin Bedtime - 1 minute
Cousin Bedtime 2 - 30 seconds
Cousin Naptime - 1 1/2 minutes
Our wonderful friends the Cornwells live in Indianapolis with their 3 kids Reagan (7), Ryan (5 as of the day we arrived) and Riley (2 1/2). We were pumped to get to help celebrate Ryan's 5th birthday with them since we were there staying with Reagan the night he was born. Crazy that it was just 5 years ago. As it happened, the Cornwells were also heading to Texas on Friday to visit Lori's mom and us. So, we worked it out to caravan! We all left Friday morning and arrived at our hotel that night around 5. We let the kids swim and ordered pizza and then all went to bed. Saturday we kept trucking and parted ways after lunch. We'll see them again this week when they come to visit. Thanks for caravanning with us and letting us crash a night at your place!

Saturday afternoon was our longest day, I think, mostly due to an unhappy Emerson. She was an angel the rest of the trip, but she'd finally had it by then. Fortunately, we were home by 5 that afternoon and were able to unpack and get laundry going while the girls unwinded a bit. Whew! What a great trip!


jocelyn said...

Wow! Sounds like you guys had quite a trip! Glad you had so much fun and that the girls handled it so well (not surprised, of course). Let's hang out soon...before I start my next round of rehearsals in a couple of weeks.

Aunt Joci

Remy said...

Impressive! Thank you for filling the long void of needing to know what the Wiebe's were up to!

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The Cornwell Family said...

How cool of a trip! Sounds awesome! And those Cornwell's seem like great people with a cute kid in a sombrero!

Beck-O said...

We're glad you got to go on that trip and that we got to be part of it! Thanks for visiting and glad you made it safely. :) Love you guys!