Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Weekend Recap in Photos

This past weekend we took our first road trip with Jeanette and of course it was full of surprises!  We left around 8am on Saturday since we were attending a family reunion for my mom's family at noon.  We had a good two and a half hour drive ahead of us and knew we would be stopping for at least one diaper change.  We filled up the car and hit the road, Jeanette passed out quickly.  About halfway there she woke up and we found a good exit to pull off at for snacks and a diaper change.  I should have just changed her in the car since the hand dryer scared her to death in the bathroom.  I ended up sitting in the back with her the rest of the way to keep her calm.

As we got closer to our destination, the car started making a funny sound.  It was still running fine, but something didn't sound right.  When we arrived, Andrew left it running and crawled around, opened the hood and tried to figure out the noise.  He determined it was an engine issue.....not what I wanted to hear.  Side note: the week before, Andrew got strep, Jeanette had a cough for three days and our cat got a bad UTI (when it rains, it pours).  We spent the afternoon visiting with family and enjoying the beautiful day.  We decided we would still stay the night and prayed the car would make it home.

We headed back to my mom's brother's house to stay the night after the reunion.  It was great visiting with everyone, including my cousin who was in from Arizona for the week.  She had not met Jeanette or Andrew and I was so happy she finally could meet them both.

We were up early Sunday to head to church and then met up with the rest of our family for breakfast afterward and did a little shopping as well.  It was great to see my cousin's three kids who are now 17, 14 and 10.  Abby, their youngest who is my god daughter LOVES Jeanette and did not want to leave her side the whole weekend.  I was 18 when she was born and I remember being that in love with her too as a baby with her bright red hair and sweet personality.

With some of my cousins from PA

Even mister tough guy Garrett couldn't resist Jeanette's charm. 

Jeanette and her Great Aunt Kathy (one of my mom's sisters). 

Everyone at breakfast Sunday morning.
We hit the road around 2pm and once again Jeanette zonked out till we got about halfway home.  We stopped at the same exit and I opted to change her in the car to avoid the hand dryer meltdown again.  It rained on and off the whole way home, including some awesome downpours that flooded a construction zone on the freeway.  And three exits from home,  Jeanette decided to have a blow-out......needless to say we were happy to get home!

Once we did, Andrew determined the car would need a new engine.  It made it home fine and we followed my mom and dad just in case, but he found metal flakes in the oil.  I am so thankful to be married to a mechanic who can fix all of these things!  I'm also glad we decided to wait till next year for a family vacation.

Jeanette was very happy to be home again and squealed in delight when Andrew took her out of the car seat.  She's been practicing drinking from her new Nuby sippy cup and loves having her veggies and cereal at night.
She really needed a good nap yesterday after a long and busy weekend!

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