So we drove to Gastonia, NC on Thursday, arriving around 9 pm with two sleeping children who promptly quit sleeping when we got to the room. After explaining to Wyatt that we would have to sleep in the car if he kept up the loud crying (what? you never lie to your kids?), things settled down for the night. We enjoyed our free breakfast at the hotel the next morning and then headed out for Montgomery to see some great friends. It was super-fun when Wyatt spent the first 30 minutes of that drive crying, too. Somehow he managed to get himself pulled together and the rest of the day was pretty smooth sailing. It was great to get to Johnny and Tara's so Wyatt could play with Jack and so Millie could play with Buckley. Of course the adults enjoyed our time together, too, and we are trying to figure out if and when we'll be stationed together again. We are so lucky to have so many good friends, which was reinforced by our lunch with our other friends and their baby. Good times and 24 hours of good behavior from Wyatt. Whew.
The drive from Montgomery to the beach was a quick two and a half hours with sleeping kids (turns out Wyatt will settle down for his car naps when he's told he'll get a lollipop upon waking. Stop judging my parenting techinques!) who woke up about 30 minutes before we finally got to Grandpa and Grandma's. Jeff and I were excited as soon as we turned south of 98 and Wyatt was, too, though he certainly didn't know why. I remembered all the times my family drove down here for vacations and it made me so excited for him. So we opened the sunroof to see if we could smell the beach yet, just like I used to like doing. He was sure he caught a whiff of the salt air. That's my boy.
Fun with his cousins began immediately and, courtesy of Matt and Kyle, Wyatt's parents are getting a true break. They have entertained him constantly for the last 24 hours, even being patient with him when he woke them up during the night. Today is overcast but it hasn't stopped the fun. Grandma bought special pancake pans for each boy, so breakfast was prepared by the three youngest chefs in the house.
Somehow breakfast for the kids was followed by a trip with Uncle Joel and Daddy to the donut truck at Rosemary an hour later. As if that weren't enough, Grandma, Aunt Aimee & I set up cupcake decorating stations while they were gone so they could do that craft when they got back. We would have put it off to another day, but Grandma has enough Halloween crafting (all involving food, mostly sugar) for more than our week's vacation. The boys had a grand time.