We left a couple days after Christmas and started our six state tour down south. Our children traveled awesome! Matt and I seriously don't think they could have done better. Maybe we should clarify ... we knew Wes, Kate and Sophie would be able to handle it. Joshua was the big question mark. But we made the trip down in 14 1/2 hrs, and the trip back in 13 1/2. He did great and we timed our stops according to when his crankiness before nap time would be.
We didn't prepare like we should have for the historical and site-seeing part of the trip. And now in hind-site we're kicking ourselves for it, but I guess that means we'll have to swing back down again sometime, although not in time for my parents to still be there.
Joshua started to really have a hard time in Georgia and we were trying to find a park to run around and play for a while, but the GPS took us to a non-existent park in the middle of what looked like the bayou from Princess and the Frog.
My parents later told us that the stuff growing on the trees is called Florida Moss or Spanish Moss.
My parents live in a cute little 2 bedroom apartment and were so nice to let our family overtake their place for 4 days.
The first full day we were there we went to Amelia Island and Fernadina Beach. Our kids could have stayed there a couple of hours looking at all of the seashells.
Here's Wes standing before the oldest school house in the U.S.
When it got dark we got on the Holly Jolly Trolley, and outfitted with our 3D glasses that make the lights look like stars/snowflakes, we toured through the city again. It was so beautiful.
Sunday afternoon we decided to take a drive around nearby historical Kingsley Plantation. It turned out that the gates closed at 5 p.m. and so the only shots we got were from the outside of the gates. But the drive into the area was awesome and I kept thinking we'd happen upon an alligator because of the tropical/bayou feeling of it all. I'm sure my parents thought I was a little dramatic about the whole thing, but it was awesome to see such different foliage than Maryland's.
I wish we would have gotten pictures of all the states welcome signs as we were driving. But we were just plowing through and hoping to make it before there were too many meltdowns, but with the five new states we visited, Wes, Kate and Sophie's state number is up to 24, and Joshua's at 11.
It was awesome to spend some time with my parents and to have our children be with them while on their mission. I can't believe I never got a full-on picture of them, we were too busy looking at everything else.
We love you Grandma and Grandpa!